Battle over De La Rue's blue passport printing descends into farce

The printer is reportedly appealing the decision to award the contract to print post Brexit passports to a Franco-Dutch firm, prolonging minsters' agony
Feeling blue at the end of the Easter break? Fear not! If you’re the sort of person who laughs at absurdity there’s truckload full of it to start the working week courtesy of passport printer De La Rue.
The company that likes to boast of how it prints documents for the world, is, we are told, going to appeal against the world coming in to print documents for Britain.
De La Rue is hoping to capitalise on the firestorm it ignited over the half billion pound contract to print the post-Brexit blue passport being awarded (hee hee) to French-Dutch firm Gemalto on account of it offering a the best deal for the taxpayer.
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The changing face of the CEO: Why executives must engage with their public when a crisis occurs

For the first time in history, chief executives have the opportunity to connect in a meaningful way with their customers and clients
There was a time when a chief executive just had to run the business. In 1955, Fortune described the “successful American executive” as someone who spent almost no time on politics, drank moderately, and only attended cultural events “because they must”. These chief execs weren’t household names or familiar faces. They could hide away in their office. They could take the train home without being recognised. And if they wanted to, they could segment their audiences, “optimising” what they said for each group, from the public to the staff to the regulator. If they weren’t consistent, no one would know. No one would remember. And no one would be able to do much with the information anyway.
Fast forward to today. It’s been fifteen years since Michael Bloomberg became mayor of New York and proved you could be both a corporate leader and a politician. Donald ..

China Insists on Control of Religion, Dimming Hope of Imminent Vatican Deal

China Insists on Control of Religion, Dimming Hope of Imminent Vatican Deal Photo Bishop Joseph Li Shan, center, who was appointed by the Chinese authorities rather than the Vatican, during a Holy Saturday Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a government-approved church in Beijing. Credit Mark Schiefelbein/Associated Press BEIJING — China will not allow any foreign interference in religious affairs in the country, a senior official said on Tuesday, dousing expectations of an imminent deal with the Vatican over control of the Roman Catholic Church here.
“I think there is no religion in human society that is above the state,” the official, Chen Zongrong, said during a briefing on religious affairs in China, underscoring the government’s intention to maintain strict control over all religious organizations and their believers.
Mr. Chen’s remarks came amid reports that the Vatican was prepared to make concessions to Beijing in the appointment of the church’s bishops — inclu..

It’s Spotify’s Big Day. Here’s What to Expect: DealBook Briefing

Supported by It’s Spotify’s Big Day. Here’s What to Expect: DealBook Briefing Photo Daniel Ek Credit Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images For Spotify Good Tuesday morning. Here’s what we’re watching:
• Spotify’s shares will begin trading on the Big Board today.
• If the markets fall again, we have some possible explanations.
• Should Facebook offer “Why Me?” buttons?
• Disney has offered to buy Sky News to help Fox’s Sky bid.
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Spotify hopes its shares won’t jump too much todayIt’s not going to be like a traditional listing, where companies ring a bell and make a huge fuss. Spotify is particularly keen to avoid another trope of successful I.P.O.s: a big “pop” in its share price on Day 1.
Alex Barinka of Bloomberg explains how the company has set up its direct listing:
With Spotify, there’s no predetermined supply and the company isn’t selling in the offering. The company’s advisers have had to work a long list of existing investors to try t..