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Star quality

Things may be tough in the sector but you can always count on the Strategy hackettes to provide a bit of glamour. It seems Natalie Holt spends her free time schmoozing with Hollywood A-listers.

The superstar reporter spent an evening at a swanky London cocktail bar recently where she enjoyed the company of Slumdog Millionaire cinematographer and Bafta winner Anthony Dod Mantle.

“What can I say? I’m a mortgage journalist, he’s a world-renowned film photographer – us arty types are just drawn to each other,” Holt told Mole.

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Tricks can’t make mistakes vanish

The Monetary Policy Committee’s decision to cut the base rate again to just 1% suggests that our chancellor-turned-Prime Minister has only one trick in his briefcase – the great base rate illusion.

House building hits record low

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