Out of proportion
The bill to reform the House of Lords looks like being another failed attempt by Liberal Democrats to bring proportional representation to Westminster. But where did the idea of PR come from?
— The first such system was proposed by Louis Antoine Saint-Just, a deputy in France's National Convention after the revolution. The suggestion was beaten down by Robespierre.
Bob Diamond, former chief executive of Barclays PLC, saw his parting bonus reduced from £20m to £2m. But you don't have to work for a big bank to get a pay-off. Some recent public-sector examples:
|Ian Williams, deputy chief executive, One North East, an abolished development quango||£374,542|
|Mark Pearce, corporate director, Advantage West Midlands||£325,647|
|Oona Muirhead, South East England Development Agency||£282,054|
|(A 'retirement' settlement, even though she had already taken up another job)|
|Mark Hammond, former chief executive West Sussex County Council||£256,000|
|Andrea Hill, former chief executive Suffolk District Council||£219,000|
From the baseline
Andy Murray became the first British tennis player to reach the Wimbledon men's final since 1938. But how are other British players doing? In the 2006 the Lawn Tennis Association announced a 10-year plan for tennis. Here's how it's going so far: