Daily Archives: October 16, 2008

reubenbrothers.jpgThere’s lots of talk in Westminster over Peter Mandelson’s meetings with Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire who owns the world’s biggest aluminium producer.

This makes Mr Deripaska the third aluminium tycoon to have played a walk-on role in British politics. Read more

Jim Pickard

At some point the government may not be able to raise any more money in the gilt markets.

That’s my interpretation of comments made yesterday at a Treasury sub-committee by Robert Stheeman, chief executive of the Debt Management Office. Read more

Jim Pickard

You may have missed the FT article this morning about the Audit Commission – guardian of the public purse – leaving £10m in Icelandic banks.

This is one you couldn’t make up. The chief press officer for the watchdog (“We promote value for money for taxpayers”) spent about 10 minutes on the phone yesterday refusing to confirm or deny the rumours flying around Whitehall about the missing millions. We wrote it anyway.   Read more