Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

Nick Clegg: banking reforms could come in ‘well before’ 2019

imageLib Dem leader says date of implementation of reforms could be far earlier than that recommended by Sir John Vickers’ Independent Commission on Banking

Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister, has said banking reforms designed to prevent another taxpayer bailout of the system could be implemented “well before 2019”.

Clegg said he thought the date of implementation for reforms of Britain’s biggest banks could be far earlier than that recommended by the Independent Commission on Banking, chaired by Sir John Vickers. (more…)

Arsenal’s new boundaries all too evident against Borussia Dortmund

imageDespite its last-gasp nature the point gained in Germany will ultimately be seen as a good result by Arsène Wenger

Talk to the football fan on the street in England about Europe’s super-clubs and the chances are that Borussia Dortmund will not merit a mention. Bayern Munich will normally be advanced as Germany’s representative, as the discussion incorporates the rival powers of Spain, England and Italy. (more…)

Sad to say,

but this Turner should be allowed to go abroad

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This marvellous picture, sold by Lord Rosebery for £30m earlier this year to the Getty Museum, is the one that Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has just slapped an export ban on.

You can see his point – it is a highly skilled picture of an A1 view by Turner at his best. But, all the same, it’s hard to justify keeping it here.

For several centuries – from about 1650 to 1900 – Britain, the richest country in the world, Hoovered up the lion’s share of the great European paintings on the market, not to mention some pretty good 5th century BC sculptures from the Parthenon.

That seems completely fair to me; fair too to hold on to them, given that those works, including the Elgin Marbles, were bought honestly. (more…)

Libya: Liam Fox compares Libya to Afghan conflict

imageLiam Fox, the Defence Secretary, has stoked fears of a prolonged British role in Libya by comparing the conflict there to Afghanistan, where British forces have been fighting for almost a decade.

By James Kirkup, Ben Farmer in Benghazi 12:10AM BST 21 Apr 2011. (more…)

AV – it’s nothing to shout about

imageIf Australia is any guide, both supporters and opponents of voting reform will notice little real change, says Andrew Gilligan . (more…)