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

Money alert: Co-operative Bank rescue plan

The Co-operative Bank has issued details of its rescue plan which involves handing over around 70 per cent of the business to a number of institutional investors, including hedge funds.

Ben Chu: Mark Carney is relaxed about banks' balance sheets – that should worry us

Economic View: The attitude that size doesn't matter as long as there is robust regulation is dangerous folly

Inside Westminster: George Osborne’s housing boom will echo into the future

Mark Carney will be watching the housing market closely, a hint that he has reservations

Only 34 per cent of first-time buyers in the UK were able to buy their home without any extra help last year

Help to Buy: The government scam of a lifetime

The new scheme  is nothing like the original Help to Buy, which was also an ill conceived scheme but not nearly so dangerous

James Moore: A more stable banking sector does not mean our finances are safe again

Outlook Where's the next financial crisis going to come from? Up until now, regulators have been focused on preventing a repeat of the last one.

Deputy governor of the Bank of England Paul Tucker warns on rules

The outgoing deputy governor of the Bank of England today warned watchdogs are in danger of becoming "dazzled by rules and regulations".

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt with the Prime Minister, David Cameron

Inside Whitehall: Cameron and Hunt know the next leader of NHS England could cost them an election

These decisions should have been ones for NHS England. Mr Hunt should not have been involved

Just thank the great cars we make (and the economy)

This country still dominates the top-end with products from likes of Land Rover, Jaguar, Bentley, Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce

Fastest house-price rise in three years fuels bubble fears

House prices rose at their fastest rate for more than three years in the three months to September, the Halifax said today, adding to fears the Government’s Help To Buy scheme could create a price bubble.

The Conservative party have brought forward plans to guarantee mortgages for home buyers with deposits as low as 5 per cent

Tories bring forward Help to Buy: Young Britons to get 95% mortgages next week

In a dramatic start to the Conservative party conference, David Cameron accelerates plans for state-guarenteed house buying by around three months

As rents rise, there may not be a better time to buy

Cheap mortgages can help you, not your landlord, benefit from the market, says Chiara Cavaglieri
New manufacturing figures will ease pressure on Mark Carney to pump more stimulus into the economy

Bank of England: Mark Carney boosts value of pound by saying no to more quantitative easing

Governor says the strength and breadth of the economic recovery means no more cash injections are needed - for now

Leading central banker claims interest rate rises by Bank of England unlikely as markets are 'spectacularly misguided'

Markets are “spectacularly misguided” if they think interest rate rises are around the corner or that the economy is back to normal, a leading central banker has warned.

Could a 'property speculation tax' stop a housing bubble?

Focus would be on helping to reduce market instability

Beleaguered Co-op in fresh black hole challenge

New concerns about the capital shortfall that led to the collapse of the Co-op Bank’s bid for 632 Lloyds branches emerged today following the publication of a letter from Britain’s leading Bank regulator.

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?