BILL OF THE WEEK

BARCLAYS boss Bob Diamond last week revealed he encouraged up to 40 of his staff he considered “too ostentatious” to find other jobs. Something of a U-turn from the firm where a group of bankers famously spent £44,000 in the restaurant Petrus in 2001, but no matter – the point is that the six European financiers who spent £7,500 in Notting Hill club Supperclub probably weren’t from Barclays. The £6,500 they spent on a jeroboam of Cristal was not far off the £9,400 their bonus-crazed predecessors spent on a 1946 bottle of Pomerol, however, making the shots of tequila, jaegermeister and the Crazy Horse cocktails the group added to the mix rather – unlike the bankers – redundant.