‘Queen of the City’ Category

August 28th, 2009, 6:00 am

Queen of the City: Pay Limits for Bankers? The Debate Rages On

In the last ten years, the average FTSE 100 chief executive’s pay packet pole-vaulted up by 295%. Contrast that with the mere 50% increase in earnings of average citizen in the UK (according to Manifest, which advises investors on corporate governance). The banking industry hasn’t exactly held bank on paying itself big bucks in bad [...]

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August 21st, 2009, 6:00 am

Queen of the City: Hillary Clinton is a Powerful Woman not a Princess

Since last week’s article went live, I’ve had my regal thinking cap on about why playing princess riles some folks and I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that the problem many have with the idea of being a princess is, well, the need for the prince. Women who want to run big organisations need to [...]

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August 14th, 2009, 6:00 am

Queen of the City: Finery and Frills Versus Feminism

The grumbling in the press in Britain currently about feminism and the Disneyfication of our daughters has got my royal dander up a bit. While no one can deny that equality for women (and girls) is a desirable and thoroughly deserved destiny for us of the so-called weaker sex, there are some strident voices decrying [...]

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August 7th, 2009, 6:00 am

Queen of the City: Burning the Career Candle at Both Ends

“I am so sorry. Big Kiss.  My love to you and the girls.  Hold them close.” Catherine Bailey’s tragic last words to her husband just before the successful City lawyer and mother of three daughters drowned herself in the Thames earlier this year.    The resulting heartbreak for her young family, and consternation and sadness [...]

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July 24th, 2009, 6:00 am

Queen of the City: The Equality Bill as the Bright Spot (Other Than the Weather) Amidst all the Doom and Gloom

We’re basking in a sporadic heat-wave in the Square Mile as I type. It’s OK for the ladies of the City when the sun blazes, but those poor deluded men have to self-strangle with suits and neckties on some of the hottest days of the year. You have to pity them. Yeah, we used to [...]

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July 10th, 2009, 6:00 am

Queen of the City: It’s Time for Ethics to Become Business as Usual Again in London

Introducing our new series -  London’s Queen of the City column – written by our eyes and ears across the Pond.  In this installment, the Queen takes on the current economic crisis, talking about its effect on the Square Mile (a/k/a London) and the need for constant vigilance. Writing about City folk in general and bankers in particular has [...]

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