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Clegg backs Cable in battle over bank reform

David Cameron is on a collision course with his deputy Nick Clegg over banking reform, it emerged last night, with the Liberal Democrat leader accusing the banks of having "pointed a gun" at the economy.

Markets snub promises from Merkel and Sarkozy

The latest attempt to solve the eurozone sovereign debt crisis got the thumbs down from world markets yesterday, with sell-offs of equities and a further flight to safe-haven assets.

Business Diary: Get Barclays while it's still British

Is this decision by the BBC (remember that the first "B" stands for "British") just a little premature? The corporation's Today programme on Radio 4 is launching an annual business lecture in November and has invited Bob Diamond, the chief executive of Barclays Bank, to be the first speaker. But will Mr Diamond still be presiding over a British company by then, given the frequent hints that Barclays might be off to pastures new should banking reforms not go its way?

David Prosser: Britain's banks are running very scared

Outlook: D-day for Britain's banks is 12 September. That is when Sir John Vickers is due to unveil the final report of his Independent Commission on Banking. And with time running out to influence Sir John's thinking, it is clear the banks are increasingly spooked by the possibilities.

Inquiry into why Diamond sat in Virgin plane cockpit

Bob Diamond has long been dubbed "the unacceptable face of banking". Now it seems he is the unacceptable face of flying too.

Paul Simon, Hammersmith Apollo, London

The Gospel according to Paul – still crazily good after all these years

Business diary: Barclays bankers just flowering

Today marks the opening of the Chelsea Flower Show where the green-fingered descend en masse on the Royal Hospital in London, although lucky journalists and sponsors had a sneak peak yesterday. While our spies were wandering delightedly through the elaborate displays, they could not help but notice a remarkably large presence from Barclays Bank. The group is clearly following the words of chief executive Bob Diamond, who said earlier this year that time for remorse was over. In fact they seem to have come up smelling of roses.

Sir Richard Broadbent to be chairman at Tesco

Tesco has raided the boardroom of Barclays bank for a new chairman to take over from its long-standing incumbent David Reid.

Diamond faces investor pay revolt at first AGM

Barclays Bank shareholders dished out a strong protest against pay plans for Bob Diamond and other top executives at the bank's annual meeting yesterday. Including abstentions, 11 per cent of voters withheld support for its remuneration report, with rebellions against two specific bonus plans.

Your money's at risk - from your own bank

Barclays pushed one Independent reader too far and helped itself to her cash. She took them to court. Simon Read went with her

David Prosser: Final salary pensions do not have to be consigned to history

Outlook Had yesterday's announcement from Unilever that it is closing its final salary pension scheme even to existing members, been made a decade ago, it would have caused a storm – and certainly a major industrial relations dispute. These days, such closures are commonplace. They have already taken place at companies as varied as Barclays Bank, Morrisons the supermarket and Rentokil the pest control business.

Bank customers at risk after details are hacked

Customers of many of the world's biggest banks and numerous other companies are being warned to expect fake emails trying to lure them to part with their log-in details, after what could be one of the biggest data breaches of the internet era.

David Prosser: Let's put a stop to the kite-flying at Barclays

Outlook What is Barclays Bank up to? Eleven weeks ago yesterday, Bob Diamond, the bank's chief executive, told a public hearing of the Treasury Select Committee that he was "crystal clear" about one thing at least: Barclays headquarters would remain in the UK. Now, rumours are flying round the market that the bank has held discussions with US regulators about a move to New York – and Barclays isn't denying the story.

Barclays tops FSA rankings for bank complaints

Barclays Bank has become Britain's most complained about finance brand, grabbing the title from Spanish-owned Santander. According to figures issued yesterday by the Financial Services Authority, there were nearly 10,000 complaints a day about finance institutions in the last six months of 2010, with Barclays attracting 276,315 new complaints.

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

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Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

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