Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more | Brief letters

Tax avoidance | Andrew Adonis | Tory reshuffles | Wobbly tables | Cricket etiquette | The Today programme

Richard Thaler’s theory has helped “bring forward more than £200m for the government in one year” (Academic who steered Cameron towards healthy ‘nudge unit’ awarded Nobel prize, 10 October). A magnificent sum of £3 per head of population. I will be impressed when it can help collect the billions of tax that is currently being unpaid by multinationals trading within the UK and the EU. “Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more”!
Ian Hamilton
London

• If Keith Flett (Letters, 12 October) is to wage a class war, he ought to pick a better target than Andrew Adonis, whose mother deserted the family, leaving the father unable to cope. Adonis was taken into care at the age of three. Whatever he has achieved – Oxford, journalism, writer, government minister – he has done through his own gifts and efforts.
Terry Philpot
Limpsfield Chart, Surrey

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Sky set to retain live Football League rights in £180m-a-year deal

Broadcaster understood to have entered into exclusive talks, after winning bidding war with rival BT

Sky is set to retain the rights to the Football League in a blockbuster bidding battle with BT that has seen the price as much as double to £180m a season.

The Football League is understood to have entered into exclusive talks with Sky for the live rights, in a three to five-year deal worth between £500m and £900m.

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The cricket pay dispute is a wonderful advertisement for joining a union | Greg Jericho

If the players were operating individually, they’d be stuffed – and so are Australian workers in general, if they want higher wage growth

At the moment one of the most visible industrial disputes in Australia is occurring between Cricket Australia and its players, represented by the Australian Cricketers Association. And while the issues at stake are complex, among the consequences is the issue of the marketing of players. But regardless of what the dispute might do to the ability for cricket players – or Cricket Australia – to make money hawking fast food chicken, the players’ actions are a wonderful advertisement for joining a union.

Union membership in this country is at historic lows. The latest figures suggest just 13% of all workers are in a trade union – 25 years ago it was around 40%.

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Sky Sports to replace numbered channels and slash prices in revamp

Broadcaster to launch themed channels for football, golf and cricket, with cheapest package costing £18 a month

Sky is scrapping its numbered sports channels and replacing them with themed offerings focused on specific sports – led by football, golf and cricket – as it combats falling viewer numbers with a branding revamp and a cheaper viewing package.

The retirement of Sky Sports 1,2,3,4 and 5 and the introduction of a new package two-thirds cheaper than current prices represents a major shakeup of the strategy that has made Rupert Murdoch’s Sky a pay-TV powerhouse.

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The CommBank contradiction: support for cricket and fossil fuels

Extreme heat endangers cricketers yet the bank is Australia’s most significant private investor in climate-change-inducing fossil fuels

Contrary to most expectations, the Australia-India Test series is proving to be an absolute cracker, with the teams locked together 1-1 going into the decider that begins on Saturday in Dharamsala.

Australian commercial sponsors of sport must always be delighted when the results are close, wherever they are played. Excitement means more viewers, leading to greater brand recognition for the “proud sponsor”. One of only two “platinum partners” of Cricket Australia, the Commonwealth Banksponsors the national game at all levels.

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Ian and Greg Chappell call on Adani to abandon Carmichael mine project

Former Australian test captains say opposition to mine in Australia could affect sporting ties with India, in letter directly appealing to Adani boss

Australian cricketing greats Ian and Greg Chappell have signed an open letter calling on Indian billionaire Gautam Adani to abandon his company’s proposed Queensland coalmine.

The Chappells, well-known through their sporting exploits in India where the Australian team is currently playing, joined 90 prominent Australians in the letter, which will be delivered to Adani’s head office on Thursday.

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Scots can enjoy the best of exchange rates | Brief letters

Scottish £1 note | Women’s boxes | Beware small mouths | Anglo-Saxon beginnings | Weetabix with margarine and golden syrup

As an Englishman resident in Scotland for more than 50 years, I have never felt the slightest “shame … reserved for those who try to spend Scottish notes south of the border” (Time to cash in, G2, 18 January). I have, however, on two occasions, handed over a Royal Bank of Scotland £1 note in England and been offered change for a fiver.
Sebastian Robinson
Glasgow

• The passing of Rachael Heyhoe Flint, the former England women’s cricket captain, (Report, 19 January) reminds me of her wonderful reply when asked if women wore protective boxes, the same as male cricketers do. Yes, she said, but we call them man-hole covers.
Chris Grant
Harold Wood, Essex

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