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Michael O’Leary on Ryanair/Aer Lingus controversy: "Bizarre and manifestly wrong".

Michael O’Leary gives a typically mannered response to the UK Competition Commission ordering Ryanair to sell 25 per cent of its stake in rival Irish airline Aer Lingus.
 
The Commission ruled Ryanair’s 29.8 per cent holding in its rival damages competition on routes between Britain and Ireland, and must be cut to 5 per cent. Ryanair has said it will appeal the decision.

O’Leary said, "This prejudicial approach to an Irish airline is very disturbing, coming from an English government body that regards itself a model competition authority.”

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The NS Podcast #112: Going Underground

Are women-only carriages the way forward?

This week, we explain why we're backing Tessa Jowell as Labour's candidate for London mayor, talk women-only carriages on the tube, and speak to Tom Shone about Woody Allen. (Caroline Crampton, Barbara Speed, John Elledge, Stephen Bush, George Eaton).

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