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Government adviser reveals his frustration at talk of bank kindness to zombie businesses

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Governor of the Bank of England takes a paddle in shallows full of killer jellyfish

After a yes vote in September’s referendum the two countries are brought to the brink of the first Anglo-Scottish war for five centuries by a menacing deadlock over whether the pound will survive north of the border. Scotland has seized control of Trident.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence

Mark Carney to meet Scottish leader Alex Salmond to discuss currency debate

Scotland's First Minister will have face-to-face talks with the latest Bank of England governor for the first time

UK GDP: Slower growth puts Bank of England rate hike on back burner

Sterling fell as much as 0.3 cents following the release of the data as the Bank of England had forecast 0.9% growth over the quarter

Vince Cable: 'There are different ways of finishing the job. Not all require the pace and scale of cuts set out by the Chancellor'

Vince Cable warns against housing bubble-linked recovery

Vince Cable has warned a housing boom could mean the economic recovery is merely a “short term bounce” in a warning shot aimed at the Liberal Democrats' Coalition partners.

George Osborne during a visit to AW Hainsworth and Sons textile manufacturer in October.

UK GDP: British economy growing at fastest rate since 2007

Official figures show UK economy grew 0.7% in the fourth quarter bringing the annual growth rate to 1.9%

Britain's economy 'growing at fastest pace since 2007' crash, says CBI

Britain's economic output grew at its fastest pace in January since September 2007, the Confederation of British Industry said today

Behind good news headlines on recovery and jobs we are no better off than at the start of this slump

Recession will have lasted three years longer than any other in the past 100 years

The tax breaks are good with a pension but the cost in terms of personal financial freedom are often too great

Julian Knight: Why we can’t force people to pay up for their pensions

Making them compulsory will be seen as yet another tax ... and beware the consequences

Anthony Hilton: Back-tracking over Unemployment rate makes a mockery of forward guidance

The recession of 2008 was the first internet recession.

Isabella Sorley (left) and John Nimmo have been jailed for abusing a feminist campaigner over Twitter

Twitter 'trolls' Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo jailed for abusing feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez

The pair bombarded Caroline Criado-Perez with offensive tweets

Davos 2014: Larry Summers slams George Osborne in fiery exchange over austerity

Larry Summers suggested the Chancellor's spending cuts prevented the British economy from growing sooner

Former rate-setter Adam Posen warns of danger of Help to Buy property bubble

Bank needs to dampen impact of Chancellor’s scheme ,

The Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney may soon be deciding whether decide to increase interest rates if unemployment drops further

Unemployment: Fall in jobless total is second biggest on record, renewing speculation about interest rate rise

Drop takes rate within 0.1% of threshold at which Bank of England could end interest rate freeze - but it may still "move the goalposts"

Lloyds lashed by grandee whose bid for branches was blocked twice

Lloyds Banking Group and the Government acted in "bad faith" in the way Co-op was twice selected as the exclusive bidder for more than 600 Lloyds branches, MPs on the Treasury Committee have been told.

High street banks judged to have too great a share of the market will be forced to start selling off branches

Ed Miliband: Labour would break up high street banks within a year of winning power

High street banks judged to have too great a share of the market will be forced to start selling off branches within 12 months if Labour wins next year’s general election.

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