Trump throws cat among the pigeons with NHS remark
The US president’s casual suggestion that Britain’s health service might be up for grabs in a future trade deal with the US is a fair warning for those hoping for a cosy post-Brexit relationship
The French philosopher Roland Barthes spent perhaps more time than is good for anyone looking at advertisements. Some 60 years ago, he was trying to understand and explain what parts of an advert (he focused on one for pasta) made consumers want to go and buy the item.
Barthes analysed the particular details in the advertising campaign that seemed to catch people’s attention, whether they fully realised it or not.
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The Last Post: Political page-turner takes a fresh look at a leader less ordinary
Charles Haughey was perhaps the most controversial politician in Irish history. A fine biography by academic Gary Murphy allows us to reappraise his life, though not forgive all of his shortcomings
Dan O’Brien: As inflation rises across Europe, Germany and the ECB are watching Italy with interest
Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, says its official position is that recent price increases are transitory. But if inflation does take off, the ECB will be in a nightmare scenario
Vincent Boland: Europe’s most unloved sector beginning to attract advances
The competition-heavy, investment-light approach to the once heavyweight sector has led it to near-extinction. Is the interest of US private equity firm KKR likely to bring one such casualty, Telecom Italia, back from the brink?