AS LEAVING gifts go, former Pearson boss Marjorie Scardino’s present takes some beating. The firm’s annual report shows that when she left at the start of the year, the 65-year-old was rewarded for her 15 years at the top with a painting of lilies by the late Ivon Hitchens. The Capitalist hears that Pearson bought the picture for a modest £12,000, however it is now valued at £100,000. Not a bad golden goodbye.
■ Yet more beer banter in the capital as the week draws to a close with Mayor Boris Johnson offering an olive branch to Nick Clegg, days after the deputy PM implied he would like to pour a pint over BoJo’s head. As a peace offering, the Mayor of London declared “it's time for a truce with me and Cleggy”, to which the deputy Prime Minister warmly responded: “I'll buy him a pint then.” And what better timing? After the chancellor scrapped the planned beer duty in Wednesday’s Budget, at least “it will be a penny cheaper from next week”, pointed out Clegg.