Diary: Palin – the white cat purring on Murdoch's lap

How to put the seal on media history's most remarkable career and cement the gnawing suspicion that you are the most powerful person on the planet? The answer for Rupert Murdoch is now plain. He apparently intends to put Sarah Palin in the White House, and this must give those of us who have glibly dismissed her chances in a general election, if not of winning the Republican nomination, excruciating pause for thought.

Business Diary: Twinkle-toes Vince will lead

If, as seems likely, Vince Cable accepts the BBC's invitation to appear on a Christmas special of Strictly Come Dancing, he will no doubt wow the public – he has been a keen ballroom dancer for years. The best thing about this story so far, however, was the total bemusement yesterday of the two presenters on the American business channel CNBC who dedicated a good five minutes to discussing Mr Cable's appearance. Though the US has its own version of Strictly – Dancing With The Stars – the US Commerce Secretary, Gary Locke, is not thought to be planning an appearance.

Ben Chu: It's bankers who are the real drain

I am ready to accept that the benefits system harms those it is intended to help. But if a life of reliance on others is bad for the poor, then surely it is equally so for the rich

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Margareta Pagano: How the Tories' NI plans play at the Dog & Whistle

Labour's 1 per cent rise is seen as a tax on jobs

Greenspan denies his hands-off policy caused credit meltdown

Former Fed chief says crisis was not his 'oops' moment

US panel to delve deeper into causes of financial meltdown

Leading figures blamed for credit crisis to be hauled over the coals

Stephen Foley: For the wrong answers, turn to Greenspan

Perhaps it is impossible for someone as ideologically committed to unfettered markets as Mr Greenspan to break out of his flawed view of how the world works

Rupert Cornwell: Hail to the chiefs, the real power in the White House

Out of America: Barack Obama may have to jettison his doughty Chief of Staff to get through the present storm

David Buik: It's time to stop this bonus bashing and get on with the rebuilding

Here we go again. We have stepped aboard the old bankers' bonus bashing merry-go-round, where angst and hatred are spewed out with tiresomely monotonous regularity. Really. Hasn't everyone got bored of this yet? It's worth remembering that the banks will be paying out proportionately less than in previous years. However, as their recovery has been dramatic the net figure payable is up by perhaps as much as 30 per cent.

Joss Garman: Climate change deniers cost the earth

Hardliners around the English-speaking world who ignore the evidence for global warming will pay a heavy political price

How Markets Fail, By John Cassidy

When the invisible hand almost strangled us all

The books cashing in on the crash

When the masters of the universe came crashing down to earth last year, the reverberations were felt far beyond Wall Street and the City. Sean O'Grady surveys the best of the books that explode the myth that greed is good
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Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

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'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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The Arab Spring reversed

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Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

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