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Advertising is like a faulty shower, ITV chairman Archie Norman once said, and the Downton Abbey broadcaster today showed again that is the case.

Anger brews at move to break up Royal Mail

The Government faced anger from Labour MPs and union leaders tonight after it was revealed a Bill to sell off part of the Royal Mail is to be introduced into Parliament on Thursday.

Royal Mail reveals all-business profit boon

The Royal Mail made an increased profit of £255 million in the nine months to Christmas, and all its businesses are in profit for the first time in almost 20 years, the postal group announced today.

Sam Wallace: Shearer does not need Newcastle job but one day England may want him

Ideally, Shearer should start as manager pretty much anywhere but St James' Park

David Gill favourite to succeed Barwick

David Gill has emerged as the frontrunner to replace Brian Barwick as the FA chief executive.

Barwick falls as Triesman coup ends the FA's power struggle

The Football Association chief executive, Brian Barwick, was last night forced out by the governing body after a power struggle at the very top of the English game. The man who appointed Fabio Capello in December fell victim to the all-powerful new regime of the new FA chairman, Lord Triesman.

Chief executives' pay rises by more than 30 per cent

The chief executives of the country's largest public companies saw their pay rise by more than a third last year, far faster than most wages across the nat-ion, according to a report.

Take us to the semi-finals, FA demands of Capello

The Football Association yesterday set out its targets for Fabio Capello and declared that he needs to reach the semi-finals of the 2012 European Championship and the 2014 World Cup to be deemed a success.

Notice served on inflexible savings deals

In an age where we want everything now and can move money online at the click of a button, there is something terribly old-fashioned about holding your hard-earnt money in a savings account that makes you wait up to four months to get your hands on your cash.

John Rentoul: Last week, I asked how far Alan could go. Today, Gordon must be wondering, too

Knock, knock. Who's there? Gordon. Gordon who?

Personal column: A gong for grime

Michael Winner has boasted of turning down an OBE because it was the sort of honour 'awarded to toilet cleaners'. Sheena Grant MBE has scrubbed and polished at the University of Aberdeen for 23 years

Editor-At-Large: Lancashire hotpot? For the love of Pauline, give it up man

As romantic celebrations go, it was a menu that revealed an awful lot. For John Prescott's 68th birthday dinner, his long-suffering wife Pauline cooked him a hotpot. Yes, a hotpot. Instead of braving the media, the cameras, the gawpers and the regular diners at his favourite Chinese restaurant in Hull, the Prescotts decided to batten down the hatches and celebrate behind closed doors at the family home. We owe the revelations about the homely fare on offer to John, of course. For Pauline, true to form, has said nothing. From the moment John put his foot in it by revealing that Pauline didn't want to mess up her hair at the party conference in Bournemouth several years ago, and so committed the environmental crime of taking the Jaguar 200 yards from her hotel to the delegates' hall, Pauline has wisely decided that the less she says about anything the better.

Virginia Ironside: Yes, I've had a facelift. And so should you

I didn't want to look in the mirror and see a gloomy old person

Premiership set to ban players from England

The great stand-off: Clubs refuse to play ball with All Black game

Royal Mail to increase price of first-class stamps

Royal Mail put the interests of its business customers firmly ahead of personal users yesterday by increasing the cost of first-class postage in a move designed to prepare the organisation for open competition in 2006.

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