The government may clamp down on drunkeness at British airports

THERE are only a handful of occasions on which it feels acceptable to have a drink before the sun has reached the yard-arm. Christmas, weddings and funerals, and the Test match are all fine. So too, for some reason, is an airport. I have never been entirely sure why the last one should count. Probably… Continue reading The government may clamp down on drunkeness at British airports

Stress tests results reveal a broadly healthier industry

ANY big announcement about banks that is made after the markets close, and with a weekend to come before they reopen, brings back dark memories of the 2007-08 financial crisis. The results of the latest European bank stress test, which were released on Friday night, lacked the drama of that period and contained much that… Continue reading Stress tests results reveal a broadly healthier industry

Do flyers expect flight crew to talk in a certain (male) manner?

THERE are two professions in which you can identify members by the tone of their voice. One is teaching. Those who deal with unruly kids all day never quite lose that twang of exasperation mixed with bossiness. The other is flying aeroplanes. There is something instantly recognisable about the calm, authoritative voice of a pilot.… Continue reading Do flyers expect flight crew to talk in a certain (male) manner?

Bigger budget deficits in America: the crazy policy or the sane one?

THIS week, Democrats are meeting in Philadelphia to nominate Hillary Clinton as their candidate for the presidency. In between the speeches, party business, musical acts and other convention agenda items, the party has been airing short, funny little videos, starring former members of Barack Obama’s economic team. Here’s one that ran last night, featuring Gene… Continue reading Bigger budget deficits in America: the crazy policy or the sane one?

Hans free

Would an outsider do better? “THE pace of technological change will only increase,” Hans Vestberg told a group of visitors to Ericsson’s headquarters in Stockholm a few months ago, adding that his company had to learn from “innovators”. Though Ericsson is a colossus, with two-fifths of the world’s mobile-phone traffic passing through its networks, he… Continue reading Hans free