Notebook; things that caught my eye this week

On the day that the UK opened negotiations with the EU over Brexit by lamely conceding to the EU's timetable, Ian King, Sky's Business Editor, had a more upbeat piece in The Times about the appointment of Crawford Falconer, New Zeland's former Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation, as the UK's chief trade negotiation adviser. Comments on this and some other notable developments I have noticed this week.

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