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Into adminestrone

Why do celebrity chefs do it to themselves? They open a restaurant, get a bit of success, then open a further 25 and after falling out with close family members, announce they are closing the chain down, owing creditors millions (who will get nothing) and their staff a livelihood. Hubris, overambition, whatever, they all tend to fall for it. Oliver’s restaurant empire has called in the administrators, putting more than 1,000 jobs at risk. Ironically, they have shut 23, not 15 of his establishments. The company, which includes 23 Jamie’s Italian outlets, plus the Fifteen and Barbecoa restaurants, is understood to be appointing KPMG as administrator. Oliver said: “I am deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank all of the staff and our suppliers who have put their hearts and souls into this business for over a decade. I appreciate how difficult this is for everyone affected. “I would also like to thank all the customers who have enjoyed and supported us…

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More made-up stuff

Don’t you just love made-up figures. Especially when they’re stuck on the side of a bus. Well, apparently pointless meetings will cost the…

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Go away and stay away

When Alex Ferguson left Manchester United, he said: “It is unfair  to try and retain the authority you once possessed. You have to let…

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Rubbish male leaders rule

The title of psychologist, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic’s (and winning Scrabble-hand) new book is, ‘Why do so many incompetent men become leaders?’ It is a…

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Stop eating fish

It is the most important news humanity has ever received: the general collapse of life on Earth. The vast international assessment of the…

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Rip it up and start again

Part of me wants to smash it all up. I want to see the British bubble burst: the imperial nostalgia, the groundless belief…

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Shoplifters of the world unite

Sainsbury’s has changed one of its central London branches into the UK’s first till-free grocery store. It lets shoppers pay with their smartphone…

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Should the old bale out the young?

People over the age of 50 could be forced to pay over £300 more in national insurance each year in order to fund…

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Capitalism will eat itself

George Monbiot says that in order to save the planet we must destroy capitalism. Fair enough; but if I were Mr Monbiot I wouldn’t worry too much about capitalism; it is already self-imploding. Go to the supermarket and robots have replaced humans, Amazon is replacing the high-street and the best jobs available for graduates are based on zero-hour contracts; meaning no safety net, no guarantees, but the government can massage the employment statistics. It has been running at all-time lowest rates since, well, forever. Essentially, robots are replacing humans, unemployment is going to increase exponentially and retail/business interests are being consolidated, resulting in increased profits for the very, very few. Amazon is trying to be the most efficient seller of all time; selling goods as cheaply and quickly as possible, utilising AI to employ as few humans as possible, whilst selling to as many people as possible. The problem with this business plan is that the unemployed tend not to spend much money; nor do…

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Better Call Saul: workplace drama?

Do you watch Better Call Saul? It’s quite satisfying; to watch the current season (4), you log onto Netflix, click on ‘search’ and…

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