Bill Jamieson

Sajid Javid is seen through the door of 11 Downing Street. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Bill Jamieson: A fistful of spending cards – but few aces

Seldom in modern times has UK fiscal policy been prepared in such tumult. A recently installed new Chancellor, a suddenly announced spending review to come this week, an anxiously awaited budget in the late autumn – and high expectations of a proclaimed “end to austerity” with big spending announcements.

Head of news and current affairs at Channel 4, Dorothy Byrne, before delivering this year's MacTaggart Lecture at the 2019 Edinburgh TV Festival. Picture: PA

Bill Jamieson: Here’s where the BBC are failing

Public Service Broadcasting? To speak the phrase now is to sound as if you have climbed out of an ark - a mission long lost in the frantic search for ratings, the fight against the incursions of Netflix and Amazon - and the mounting of a £100 million drive for “youth”.

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Exchange rates can have a pivotal effect on a nation's economy. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Bill Jamieson: Spare your tears for tourists in Tenerife

Anyone calling in at a bureau de change for holiday money to spend abroad these days will have suffered a shock. The pound has taken another beating on foreign exchange markets in recent days, driving up the cost of visiting abroad – and this at the peak period for family holiday travel.

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