CITY DIARY: Beer baron comes out fighting after Trade Secretary brands businessmen 'too fat and lazy'

Beer talk:?Cobra tycoon Lord Bilimoria spoke out against remarks made by Liam Fox's

Beer talk:?Cobra tycoon Lord Bilimoria spoke out against remarks made by Liam Fox's

Pleased-with-himself Cobra beer tycoon Lord Bilimoria has been ranting against International Trade Secretary Liam Fox over his remarks about businessmen being 'too fat and lazy' to boost Britain's prosperity, telling the House of Lords: 'He should not dare to insult us and our businesses.'?

His Lordship, 56, is proud of his achievements. His Wikipedia entry contains an exhaustive list of 'honours and positions' – however tenuous – that have been assiduously added by a parliamentary lackey.

The bitcoin boom delights the BBC's technology editor Rory Cellan Jones, 59, whose mere £60 investment in the crypto-currency last year is now valued at £1,300.?

Perhaps Rory's senior colleagues will soon demand remuneration in bitcoin as a crafty way of disguising their vast earnings.

BT customers were yesterday informed that, as of January, broadband packages will increase by £2.50 a month, while subscribers to its sports package will pay an extra £30 a year.?

Presumably this helps pay for BT's (thus far) dreadful coverage of The Ashes cricket. The measly 100,000 viewers the first day's play attracted last week looks scant value for BT's £80million investment.

Lloyds' copper-toned boss Antonio Horta Osorio credits his recovery from anxiety in 2011 to the support of his colleagues.

I am told that while recuperating in London's Priory clinic, £5.5million-a-year Antonio was particularly perked up by a visit from then Bank of England governor Lord King.

Journalists attending the Bank of England's stress-test results weren't thrilled at having to arrive before 5am yesterday.

?Nor at being rounded up into the vault for over two hours, without even internet access to distract from the sound of the Tube reverberating through the walls.?

They weren't allowed to emerge until 7.30am, when the ultra-sensitive information had been released to the markets. 'Were it not for some half-decent bacon sandwiches, Amnesty International might have had grounds to investigate,' moans a bleary-eyed scribe.

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