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Credit where it's due: Another staging post on RBS's road to recovery

As investments go, the taxpayer’s 80 per cent stake in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), owner of NatWest and the soon-to-be resurrected Williams and Glyn, has been disappointing.

Lost soul: With the naming of Isis's most notorious killer, religious and cultural chasm is laid bare

As details emerged about the background of Mohammed Emwazi, the man thought to be the Isis murderer “Jihadi John”, it was hard to avoid the familiar feeling of dread that, yet again, a young Briton had found himself so disengaged from this country that he prefers to oppose its people and its values in the most brutal manner.

Constructive criticism: We would be wise to heed the OECD's advice on road building and the housing market - not that we will

Many large corporations that consider themselves successful, well-managed and with little room for improvement could benefit from a little impartial, frank, strategic advice from external consultants. So too with nations. Greece, most obviously, would do better to listen to the advice proffered by its European partners and the IMF about structural reforms, rather than simply pleading for debt forgiveness.

Britain's Green Party leader Natalie Bennett speaks during the party's general election campaign launch in central London on 24 February, 2015

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett must learn from her disastrous LBC interview

Today did not end quite so disastrously as it began for the leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett. If the leader of any of the main parties had put in such a toe-curlingly awful interview as she did, early in the morning on LBC radio, the following day’s papers would be full of speculation about an impending leadership contest. But by frankly apologising at the first opportunity and admitting that the interview had been “excruciating”, Ms Bennett made the best of a very bad lapse.

Rule of law is still our defence

Better to go into the heart of the establishment and make your case than to stand outside shouting slogans

A long way to go: When will black coaches be a common sight in football?

When English domestic football resumes today at the end of a week disfigured by the racist incident involving Chelsea fans on the Paris Metro, it should do so in a spirit of sober self-examination. It is not enough to dismiss what happened on Tuesday as an unrepresentative outbreak of appalling prejudice whose significance is somehow lessened by having occurred some distance from the stadium.

The great divide: Post-communist Russia was never going to become just another Western state, as the world is learning to its cost

They were heady days when communism collapsed in Europe a quarter of a century ago. The star political scientist of that period was the American Francis Fukuyama, who wrote an essay in 1989 entitled The End of History?, then removed the question mark when he expanded his ideas in book form.

Rides and wrongs: Is the haulage industry doing enough to keep cyclists safe?

It is a sequence of events all too sadly familiar, in which progress is checked by tragic setback. Our cities change to make cycling more attractive, and the number of cyclists duly increases. But then comes news of another cycling death, very often after a collision with a lorry.

Sins of the brother: Don't judge Jeb Bush by the presidency of George W. He is a thoughtful candidate worthy of the Republican ticket

The first obstacle to Jeb Bush’s ambition to be President of the United States is his surname. Hence this week’s foreign policy speech, in which he declared: “I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make. But I am my own man.”

Libya civil war: Egyptian air strikes on Isis will only impede UN's work to bring about a peaceful resolution

The beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts has refocus the West's attention on the anarchy taking place in the North African nation

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