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Issue No. 2364

Gove takes on banker advisor

Tory education secretary Michael Gove has appointed a former economist for Goldman Sachs as an advisor to his department.

Jim O’Neill is famous for coining the term “Brics” to refer to growing economies. 

It isn’t clear what “advice” he will give on education—or what his salary will be.

New job for bees boffin

Leading government scientist Helen Thompson has been given a new job at insecticide giant Syngenta.

Thompson’s research was used to justify British government opposition to a Europe-wide ban on insect nerve agents linked to a mass die-off of bees.

Superhead must roll

A “superhead” lauded by Michael Gove has been suspended.

Greg Wallace ran a federation of five primary schools in Hackney, east London. His partner runs an IT firm that was awarded contracts by the schools.

Gove described Wallace as “magnificent”.

Thatcher left £3.2 million bill

The total cost of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral has been revealed as around £3.2 million of public money.

Meanwhile hospitals are organising more and more “paupers’ funerals” for poor people whose families can’t afford to bury them.

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Tue 30 Jul 2013, 17:24 BST
Issue No. 2364
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