Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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HSBC alone was fined £216m in the UK and $275m in the US

HSBC accused of 'engaging a systematic and profitable collusion in serious criminal activity'

Lord Ken Macdonald said there existed 'credible evidence' of HSBC’s involvement in 'grave' cross border crimes that should have had a 'sustained criminal investigation' in the UK

David Cameron is keen to avoid TV debates without being seen to sabotage the process

Broadcasters to hold an FA Cup-style draw to decide order of proposed television debates

Under the plans three debates will be held during April: two with all seven mainstream British political parties included and one head-to-head debate between Ed Miliband and David Cameron

Channel 4 launched in 1982

Channel 4 could be sold for £1bn by a new Tory government

Some senior Tory figures are in favour of divesting ownership of the TV station

The Daily Telegraph is accused by staff of downplaying HSBC stories

Media anger over Telegraph suicide story

Newspapers condemn the publication's 'unforgivable and immoral' attack

Protected great crested newts have, so far, delayed construction by a year

Persistent newts put the brake on a Transport Secretary's rail showpiece

The Transport Secretary's plans for a new station have been stymied by Ilkeston's rare amphibians

An official task force to tackle rogue landlords set up with great fanfare two years ago has not met once

Official task force dedicated to tackling rogue landlords have never met, and don't plan to

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis also admitted that its predecessor group had only met three times since it was established in 2012

Charlotte Leslie MP in the BBC series ‘Inside The Commons’

Charlotte Leslie: Tory MP’s sudden change of heart over tax-avoidance donor

Returning donation could have set costly precedent for Conservatives

The conclusion of the report insists there are concerns at the way in which top posts within Whitehall are currently filled

Mantra of impartiality ‘blocks talent’ at top of Civil Service

"Impartiality must not be allowed to become a religion in its own right"

Mr Bloomfield was on a list of HSBC clients with secret Swiss accounts.

HMRC failed to prosecute British property mogul who did not pay any tax for 20 years

Paul Bloomfield is a property investor who was involved in the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium

The hacking of Millie Dowler's phone sparked public outrage

The 'Milly Dowler' moment that never was

Nothing in politics is truly private

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...