Hamish McRae

One of the country’s most respected financial journalists and commentators Hamish McRae is an associate editor of The Independent. He was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year 2006 at the British Press Awards.

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The fall in the oil price will hit Russia hard, but is unlikely to personally affect the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin

Most pundits are wrong. The oil price fall is good news at last

The UK is a net importer, and lower costs are just what is needed to sustain and broaden the recovery

Hamish McRae: Fear factor? Let’s worry about stagnation rather than catastrophe

Economic View: We are not facing anything like as grave a crisis as we have twice in the past decade

Ringing the changes: BT has come a long way since the days of the General Post Office

BT's takeover of EE is a story about how we live now

BT's basic business of running wires into homes and businesses is hugely profitable

Economic forecasts are often wrong, but they are still needed

No one predicted the drop in oil prices, but that will not deter the current crop of crystal-ball gazers
Twitter could be used to improve public services, just as it does private

It's not just businesses that can benefit from embracing technology

The pressure will be on the next government to use this extraordinarily powerful tool

When it comes to our economy, neither East nor West is best

The eurozone may be 'the new Japan' but the UK isn't, and we won't become a mini-America either

Autumn Statement: If the Chancellor can’t predict the next six months, who knows what the deficit will be in five years?

Differences between the parties may not be great…. Whoever is running things, the squeeze must continue

As its economy collapses, Russia needs some help from its friends...

It turns out we need not have bothered with sanctions, for their impact has been marginal

The fall in the oil price is the biggest thing to happen for six months

Every swing in commodity values has winners and losers, but here there are many more winners
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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there