News Ed Balls denied the claim that he would go beyond a 50p top tax rate

Ed Balls could consider increasing the top rate of tax to 55p or even 60p if he became Chancellor, former Trade minister Digby Jones claimed today.

City refuses to panic over the loss of UK's AAA credit rating

The City refused to panic over the loss of the UK’s AAA rating today as shares headed higher and sterling avoided a major sell-off.

Editorial: AAA loss is a sign of failure

Osborne made the mistake of cutting the deficit too sharply, and this stifled growth'

Advertising giant WPP plans return to UK

Advertising giant WPP gave Chancellor George Osborne a boost today by confirming plans to move its headquarters back to the UK.

Leading article: Politics to be sure, but a wealth tax merits a look

In their liability to tax, it seems, the rich are still different from the rest of us

Campaign to keep Scotland in the UK launches

The campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom has officially got under way with a warning from former chancellor Alistair Darling that voting to end the Union will be “irrevocable”.

Catherine MacLeod: A good 'spad' is trusted by the minister – and speaks for him

Being a special adviser at the heart of the Government is necessarily a privileged but hugely sensitive role. When Alistair Darling, then the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, asked me to be his special adviser in the Treasury in 2007 I had little idea of what was expected. There was no job description. It was a case of feeling my way, finding a modus operandi best suited to looking after his interests.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Is the UK fit to hold the Olympics?

The Olympic flame is on its way. Visitors and loaded, devoted Royalists, sports fans and politicos are so excited. I come to spoil the party. It feels impolitic, uncivil ... callous too. Buried evidence of destitution and hopelessness crawls out from official assurances (and excuses) and spin. Phone calls to Mind, the mental-health charity are up by 100 per cent. Research by the Church Urban Fund finds that in parts of Manchester and Liverpool, average life expectancy is 70 and 65 per cent of children live in poverty, while in parts of Surrey and Berkshire, life expectancy is 85 and 1 per cent of children live in poor households. As shocking as the statistics is the indifference of all of us who can, in hard times, still have very good times.

David Blanchflower: The facts aren't going the Coalition's way, so it has resorted to spin

Economic Outlook: Misleadingly, Danny Alexander suggests the government has created 634,000 jobs

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. Oprah Winfrey.

Charles Kennedy returns to lead fight against independence

Charles Kennedy is to lead the Liberal Democrat campaign opposing Scottish independence.

Goodwin in Nice, France in 2009

Goodwin's honour was upheld in 2009.So what changed?

News that knighthood got clean bill of health after collapse of RBS fuels row about 'political' decision

David Miliband outlines his seven-point plan for Labour

Labour needs “restless rethinking” of its purpose and its policies if it is to return to power, former leadership candidate David Miliband said today.

Johnson attacks 'bewildering' bonus for RBS chief

London Mayor Boris Johnson joined condemnation of the near-£1 million bonus for RBS boss Stephen Hester, saying he was "at a loss to justify" the scale of the payment.

David Miliband would beat Cameron - unlike Ed

Ed Miliband's leadership suffers another blow today with an exclusive Independent on Sunday poll showing only his brother can secure Labour a lead over the Conservatives.

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