Government powers to grab land for free schools threaten school sport – witness the announcement that the preferred site for a new free school in Hove is, er, on other schools’ playing fields.
COSALT IN THE WOUND
More questions for Carphone Warehouse founder and Tory donor David Ross, who as chairman of Cosalt plc bought the group’s main assets from administrators for a song.
PROBLEM ON THE HORIZON
Problems loom for Post Office Ltd over its dodgy Horizon computer system which is likely to be deemed unfit for purpose by an independent review.
TOXIC SHOCK AT NATIONWIDE
Preliminary results reveal a series of pre-credit crunch gambles which mean the building society’s 15m members aren’t getting as cuddly a deal as the mutual makes out.
Campaigners call for urgent reforms after a report cites 1,500 whistleblowers who say they lost their jobs or were victimised for exposing wrongdoing at work.
BAR BELOW-STANDARDS BOARD
Why chaos reigns at the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the bumbling regulator that will soon have power over the career progression of criminal barristers.
SERCO & PROBATION
Computer codes that log offenders’ community work records are altered to remove adverse references to Serco, the private company responsible for “community payback” in London.
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
Despite paying out millions in dividends, NATS, the UK’s part-privatised national air traffic control service, wants to axe more than 10 percent of its staff.