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Stefan Stern

Director of the High Pay Centre

Director of the High Pay Centre
'I Welcome Their Hatred' - Leaders Who Keep It

'I Welcome Their Hatred' - Leaders Who Keep It Real

There is much talk today that so-called "unspun" political figures - Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage - are the only ones to win significant personal popularity. But the apparent spontaneity and geniality of these two politicians is in fact carefully considered, and rehearsed. It is only skin deep. What Bob Crow displayed was that other, elusive quality of authenticity. What you saw was what you got.
11/03/2014 13:58 GMT
Might As Well Face

Might As Well Face It...

The first step, they say, is admitting that you've got a problem. The Conservatives have got a Maggie addiction. It's worse than a habit. They are hooked.
11/04/2013 16:30 BST
Public Sector Rides to the Rescue -

Public Sector Rides to the Rescue - Again

Hats off to Philip Hammond. He has done that unfashionable thing and admitted he has changed his mind. And happily, this being August, he has not been set upon by a seething mob shouting "U-turn, u-turn!"
15/08/2012 12:12 BST
Dave and George's Lost

Dave and George's Lost Weekend

I know why George Osborne has called for a "relentless focus" on the UK economy. It's because it keeps getting smaller. If you don't look hard soon you might not be able to see anything at all. But a flat-lining (and worse) economy is not really a joking matter. The 0.7 per cent fall in second quarter GDP was the sort of shock that no-one finds funny.
27/07/2012 11:04 BST
A Question of

A Question of Character

<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/07/17/stephen-r-covey-dies_n_1678636.html" target="_hplink">Stephen Covey</a> died this week. You may not have heard of him, or even of his multi-million best-seller <em>The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People</em>, which was published in 1989.
20/07/2012 17:06 BST
Only a Jerk Has a 'No Jerk'

Only a Jerk Has a 'No Jerk' Rule

Presumably Bob Diamond, the former Barclays boss, was touched to see his daughter speak up for him on Twitter the other day. But it's not clear that her more profane comments (look them up) were entirely helpful.
12/07/2012 14:30 BST