Sat 20th Sep 14 - 11:55

It seems that Phones 4U was just the latest in a string of companies in debt up to the hilt which then fold, their directors having drawn princely rewards in the mean time. Chris Blackhurst's analysis in the Indy today is more generous but surely the private equity company which bought out founder John Caudwell at the top of the market knew what it was doing. The result is that "workers ... may have to wait months to receive unpaid salaries despite administrators revealing the collapsed retailer has £110m in the bank" and "staff may not even receive the full ...

Sat 20th Sep 14 - 10:47

Whilst Scotland was busy voting no to independence on Thursday a Welsh border town was conducting its own ballot. To be fair, Hay-on-Wye has form on this when, in 1 April 1977, Richard Booth conceived a publicity stunt in which he declared Hay-on-Wye to be an 'independent kingdom' with himself as its monarch. According to the Western Mail another bookshop owner, Derek Addyman organised his own vote to coincide with the day Scotland decided whether to go it alone. Locals cast their votes outdoors in the Cheese Market in a swing bin liner between 11am and 3pm. The question they ...