Martin Vander Weyer Martin Vander Weyer

Are the Qataris ready for the curse of Canary Wharf?

Plus: The maker of Jaffa Cakes is sold to Turkey while Farrow & Ball heads for Hollywood

I’ve written before of a ‘curse of Qatar’ that might explain misfortunes attending the Gulf state’s UK investments, of which the seven-years-delayed Chelsea Barracks redevelopment is an example. I also claim to have coined ‘curse of Canary Wharf’, a phenomenon afflicting not only financial tenants of the Docklands complex but visitors such as Gordon Brown, who never lived down his speech congratulating Lehman Brothers on ‘the contribution you make to the prosperity of Britain’ at the opening of the doomed bank’s office tower there.

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