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Businessman bailed over £115m Ponzi scam

A businessman appeared in court today accused of masterminding a sprawling £115 million scam that claimed a series of high-profile victims.

Ed Balls: Government cuts economically unsafe

Ed Balls today warned that the Government's deficit reduction plan is "economically unsafe" as he stepped up his campaign for the Labour leadership.

Businessman accused of £115m 'ponzi' scam

A businessman was accused today of masterminding a sprawling £115 million scam that claimed a series of high-profile victims.

The ice-cream heir who saw two fortunes melt away

John Robbins rejected his inheritance and then lost millions to Madoff. But it made him a better person, he tells Guy Adams

Matthew Norman: Liz Jones, poster girl for Big Society

In the most startling reinvention this industry has known in decades, the Daily Mail shrugs off its reactionary stereotype to host an intriguingly hybrid social experiment. The pit canary here is the magnificently prolific Liz Jones, who single-handedly spearheads two major breakthroughs – the first recorded case of Mr Cameron's Big Society in action, and the inaugural deployment of a newspaper column as care in the community. As many of you will know, Liz likes to keep the readership minutely informed of life, latterly dwelling on the £150,000 debt she says has depressed her even more than her rejection by the Somerset neighbours who took mystifying umbrage at being depicted as toothless imbeciles. "Being in debt," wrote Liz, "is worse than anything I have experienced." Given what Liz has experienced – and short of alien abduction, bless her, what has she not? – that's going some. "When you have no money people assume it's because you are lazy or profligate." The rank injustice. The very idea that a woman who spent £26,000 on a bat sanctuary, and lavishes more than £1,000 a year on mineral water, tends towards the wasteful!

Finance watchdogs looked at porn as banks collapsed

The heated atmosphere inside the Securities Exchange Commission, the agency charged with monitoring the US financial industry, may have had less to do recently with turmoil in the markets and more with ructions between the sheets, on account of senior staffers spending their days sampling internet pornography instead of Wall Street data.

Sean O'Grady: Three-party politics is here to stay

Tories could usefully stop claiming that a hung parliament - already priced in by the markets - or a proportional voting system would lead to a sterling crisis

Man who blew Madoff whistle meets SFO

The man who exposed the massive Ponzi scheme fears 'political' issues are blocking justice in London

US regulators suspected Stanford in 1997

American regulators had concluded in 1997 that Allen Stanford, the sports-mad financier who bankrolled English cricket, was probably a fraudster, but they didn't charge him for 12 more years because it was too complicated a case.

Computer programmers indicted in Bernard Madoff fraud

Two former employees accused of helping fraudulent Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff programme an old computer to generate false records have been indicted.

Business Diary: Murdoch silenced by autocue malfunction

It's not often that Rupert Murdoch is lost for words, but that's what happened during his keynote speech at an Abu Dhabi media summit yesterday when the autocue broke down. In the end, an aide had to dig out a hard copy of the speech, enabling the great man to carry on.

Last Night's Television: The Day the Immigrants Left, BBC1<br />Damages, BBC1

"It's like I'm a foreigner in me own country," complained Terry at the beginning of The Day the Immigrants Left. In truth, Terry wasn't nearly enough like a foreigner. He didn't have a job, for one thing, unlike most of the real foreigners in the area. And the programme he was taking part in was about to demonstrate that he was going to have to get a lot more foreign if he wanted to get and keep one. The pitch was simple. Several Wisbech employers had been persuaded to give some of their immigrant workforce a few days off and to replace them with unemployed locals. Is it that they can't get the jobs because overseas workers are undercutting them? Or is it that they just don't do the jobs as well?

TV schedules: A crazy clash of the titans

Fans of Mad Men and Damages will be left furious by the BBC's decision to let the two hit shows overlap, says Gerard Gilbert

Glenn Close - Lock up your pets, she's back

Nobody plays a manipulative monster as well as Glenn Close. As she returns to our screens in a welcome third season of the legal drama Damages, Gerard Gilbert celebrates the star's formidable froideur

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Still no hope of common sense in the war against anti-Semitism

These defenders to the end of all Israeli actions knowingly mix politics and race
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