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The Bigger Picture: Regulation and standards, Conservative desperation & Labour and the NHS

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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: Regulation and standards, Conservative desperation & Labour and the NHS
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University looks at some of the problems of regulation and setting standards in the light of the suicide of headmistress Ruth Perry in the wake of an Ofsted inspection. He feels that Keir Starmer has vectored rhetorically and atmospherically to the right of the Conservatives and that Jacob Rees-Mogg's teasing smacks of desperation and the end of a long chess game. And he feels that Wes Streeting should consider Singapore's health system, which could be the answer for the future of the NHS, although it would involve a heck of a battle with vested interests.
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Professor Tim Evans


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The Business of FIlm: May December, She Came To Me & Past Lives

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The Business Of Film

The Business of FIlm: May December, She Came To Me & Past Lives
James Cameron-Wilson takes Simon Rose through the box office chart, with takings down 25% WoW but up 43% YoY. With nothing new in the chart, still led by Napoleon, he sought out Todd Haynes's Oscar contender May December, starring Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore. About celebrity, James was enthralled, without ever feeling it quite ignited. He was more enthusiastic about Rebecca Miller's She Came To Me on Sky Cinema. With Peter Dinklage, Anne Hathaway and Marisa Tomei, it's about an opera composer with writer's block and is a refreshing, insightful and very funny farce. Best of all, though was Korean-American film Past Lives from Celine Song, about two childhood friends reconnecting after twenty years.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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Gadgets & Gizmos: Christmas gift guide 2023

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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: Christmas gift guide 2023
Steve Caplin takes Simon Rose through a cornucopia of techie Christmas gift ideas. Among his favourites are the crowdfunded Linka Lasso bike lock and the Hover X1 self-flying camera. There's an app to help with the office Secret Santa and a distillery to brew your own booze. You can get a magnetic wrapping tripod, a great phone case with a built-in stand, teflon mats for flaky BBQ food, an underseat suitcase for flights, magnetic bookmarks, a folding charger plug and even an electrified Land Rover Defender to use as a shore tender with your superyacht.
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Steve Caplin


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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: The dividend outlook for the FTSE 100

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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: The dividend outlook for the FTSE 100
Russ Mould of A J Bell has been crunching dividend numbers for the FTSE 100 index. Dividend forecasts for this year and next have fallen 10% over the past year and the jump in interest rates means that there is now more competition for investors' money. However, the market is expecting rate cuts and investors should remember that while fixed income is just that – fixed – companies can grow their dividends over time, with share prices adjusting as the dividends rise. Including extras such as buybacks (closed to private investors), the FTSE yields 6.9% and dividend cover is a decent 2.2 times. And while the market still seems undervalued, takeovers of UK companies (often smaller ones) by foreign buyers continue apace.
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Russ Mould


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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Why the UK market is cheap and Natwest Bank

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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Why the UK market is cheap and Natwest Bank
Neil Shah of Edison Group explains why the UK market is extremely cheap internationally, which is why we are seeing companies being bought out. He says that domestic investors should not give up hope. Given that many large UK companies have substantial foreign interests, you can get foreign exposure more cheaply, while investment trusts have further attractions. As the Chancellor has said that the government's stake in NatWest will be sold down, Neil explains how to judge if it is worth buying into the bank when it happens.
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Neil Shah


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The Bigger Picture: Autumn Statement, net migration, the Covid inquiry and Labour's strategy for government

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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: Autumn Statement, net migration, the Covid inquiry and Labour's strategy for government
Political commentator Mike Indian assesses the Autumn Statement now that the dust has settled. It is clear that the public finances are in a dire state, which will give an interesting economic inheritance for any Labour government. He also looks at the issue of net migration, wondering if a cap is the right thing and whether it will lead to public discontent as in other countries. He considers the state of the Covid inquiry, feeling that a more rapid assessment of how to respond to a future pandemic is also needed. And he talks about Labour's strategy for a future government, such as it is.
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Mike Indian


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The Business of Film: Napoleon, Wish & Nyad

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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: Napoleon, Wish & Nyad
James Cameron-Wilson assesses Ridley Scott's Napoleon, #1 with a take of £5.2m. Despite being 158m, he felt it cantered too rapidly through 32 years of Napoleon's life, as played by Joaquin Phoenix. However, the battle scenes are amazing, if gory, and he loved Martin Phipps's score. Shame about the longueurs. Disney's new U-certificate animation, Wish, is #3 with only £2.4m but such things are often slow starts and around for a long time. James also discussed true story Nyad, on Netflix, about a retired 60-year-old marathon swimmer who undertakes a crazy challenge. Sadly, despite Annette Bening, he found it uninspiring and unbelievable while the script was more DIRE-log than dialogue.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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Gadgets & Gizmos: Wearable stethoscopes, phasing out DAB & Deliveroo and electronics

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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: Wearable stethoscopes, phasing out DAB & Deliveroo and electronics
Steve Caplin delves into the world of tech. Sitting in traffic really does raise your blood pressure, it transpires. A wearable stethosope is being developed, as is a pill that can track your vital signs. Curtains could prove the answer to stopping superbugs being transmitted in hospitals. DAB is being phased out in favour of DAB+ and users need to be careful about buying second-hand radios. Kodak are producing a bizarre camera using Super 8 film. The Swiss have developed a machine for creating giant stone walls. Deliveroo are to add electronics then Screwfix and Boots to the things they'll bring. And the first disabled astronaut may be grounded beause his prosthetic leg could poison the air on the International Space Station.
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Steve Caplin


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The Bigger Picture: Is the Autumn Statement a suicide note, Argentina & anarcho-capitalism and could the UK get PR?

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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: Is the Autumn Statement a suicide note, Argentina & anarcho-capitalism and could the UK get PR?
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University thnks that the Autumn Statement is one of the final suicide notes of this administration. Examining the small print reveals the biggest drop in living standards since records began in the 1950s and the big picture is bleak. He even wonders whether the Conservatives may soon no longer be seen as the natural party of government. He is fascinated by the success of anarcho-capitalist Javier Milei in Argentina and wonders how many of his ideas he will be able to enact. And he looks ahead to the next election, He feels that, if there's a hung parliament, the LibDems may yet get proportional representation which could hugely benefit Nigel Farage.
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Professor Tim Evans


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The Business of Film: Hunger Games 5, Saltburn, Skylight & The Killer

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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: Hunger Games 5, Saltburn, Skylight & The Killer
James Cameron-Wilson found Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes confusing and poorly made, though the new #1 helped box office rise 54% with a £5.4m take. Nor was he as enthusiastic as many critics about Saltburn, Emerald Fennell's darkly comic tale of aristocratic mayhem, though he did like Rosamund Pike's and Richard E Grant's performances, as well as the score. However, he loved the new NT Live screening of David Hare's play Skylight with Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, which he found insightful, funny and profound. On Netflix, he recommends David Fincher's procedural The Killer with Michael Fassbinder, which is beautifully filmed and very clever.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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