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June 5th 1975 was a big day in the United Kingdom – the first oil was pumped from the North Sea and the country voted 67 per cent in favour of membership of what was then called the European Economic Community on a turnout of 65 per cent. And top of the hit parade were the stars of the then popular sitcom ‘It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum’ Windsor Davies and Don Estelle singing ‘Whispering Grasses’
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Author: Mike Bartlett
As the General Election Campaign stumbles towards its unedifying conclusion, it may be time to take stock and examine why, despite the best efforts of many very hard-working PR politicos from all sides, the polls are stubbornly refusing to budge. Is it possible that the respective campaigns of the various parties are effectively cancelling each other out? Are we now so entrenched in our positions that no amount of political campaigning – or even downright bribery - can tease us out even temporarily?
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Andre Sokol was head of M&A at Vodafone and previously a managing director at UBS. In 21 years of deal making he has executed US$430 billion worth of transactions and now leads boutique advisory firm Akira Partners. So he was taking his career in both hands when he agreed to address the first Tavistock Insight Breakfast briefing on 15 April addressing the question ‘Will the telco mega mergers create shareholder value?’ With BT committed to spending US$19 billion acquiring EE, the UK’s largest mobile network operator and Hutchison 3G stumping up to buy EE’s rival O2 UK from Telefonica of Spain the question is very far from being hypothetical.
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