The finance pages of the Telegraph often make me smile, you can always tell who's been giving them lunch, more so even than most newspapers' business coverage. In fact, it's in the Polly Toynbee league.
Energy stories of the last couple of days make the point nicely: first of all a(nother) piece on Aggreko, "a global provider of temporary power solutions in a world that is structurally short of power ... It provides generating capacity and air conditioning for world-class events". Yeah, yeah, we've got that, in fact we remember it verbatim from several other occasions, pass the brandy would you ?
Then there's "Buy-out frenzy predicted in oil recruitment ... Britain's oil and gas recruitment industry is poised for consolidation". Frenzy? Literally the only person who cares about this is the PR type that fed the guff to the DTel - mildly amusing to read the piece and guess who it was. Hope the claret was a good one.
Actually there is a decent, chunky energy story on the DTel's pages this week: "International Power agrees £6.4bn GDF Suez offer: GDF Suez, the French utility, has agreed to pay an improved £6.8bn [on top of to take full control, just 14 months after buying a 70pc stake".
Numerical discrepancy aside, this is a big deal. It's an interesting tale, too. Some C@W readers don't like johnny frog buying our companies; and this one seems to have a rather fruity tang to it. We shall be keeping a watch out.