Quote of the day: BT CEO on the Public Accounts Committee

“They are clearly designed to attract publicity rather than get to the underlying truth."

“They are clearly designed to attract publicity rather than get to the underlying truth."
 
BT chief executive Ian Livingston gives his view on the Public Accounts Committee.
 
The committee and Livingston’s employers have history - PAC chair Margaret Hodge previously accused the BT of "blackmailing the public" by demanding subsidies expand its broadband to rural areas.

BT chief executive Ian Livingston. Photograph: Getty Images
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The NS Podcast #157: Michael, May and mayhem

The New Statesman podcast.

In this second podcast of the week, Helen and Stephen examine the latest in leadership battles: from the chances of Michael Gove and Theresa May, to the shake-up of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet. Contributing editor Laurie Penny then joins to help answer questions on Brexit: is it a good idea for Labour to pursue a second referendum? What are the downsides of the EEA for agriculture? And what does Laurie want from the Labour party now? (Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Laurie Penny)

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