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The closure of a tax loophole has hit profits at online birthday and Christmas cards retailer Moonpig.

Husband and wife interrupt day trip to reconquer Channel isle for Britain

THE QUEEN can sleep easy, knowing her realm is intact once more. Last Sunday a seven-man invasion posse planted a flag of the "Kingdom of Patagonia" on Les Minquiers islands, south of Jersey.

Patagonian king claims deserted Channel isle

ALERT THE fleet. Stir up the tabloid press. One of our islands is missing.

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The world will be one big tax haven

Tax has become a global issue. Powerful forces are driving rates on savings down towards zero.

Channel Islands set to run own stock market

Stock Market Week

Bands on the run

The Rolling Stones unplugged a UK tour for tax reasons. Will others follow? Cliff Dane writes

Travel: Give me a break: Jersey on pounds 250

City to city: Charing Cross, Friday. You have pounds 250 to spend on a weekend break from the centre of London.

It's not all shady on the sunshine islands

BERMUDA - It has been bash-the-tax-haven week. On Tuesday in Paris the OECD countries, with two notable exceptions, agreed to a seven-year drive to try to stamp out tax havens. Thet have published a report, Harmful Tax Competition, an Emerging Global Issue, saying that unfair fiscal policies can distort international competition.

Tax avoiders braced for a crackdown from the Chancellor

Anti-tax avoidance measures seem certain to feature in next week's Budget. Diane Coyle,, Economics Editor, outlines the Government's options

Labour's backers use tax havens

SOME OF Labour's most prominent donors are taking advantage of tax loopholes in off-shore companies at a time when the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, claims he wants to get tough on tax avoidance.

Money laundering: a tough business to clean up - Is the Government going overboard?

It is clearly open season for the offshore islands. Almost every day the papers have a new story. Last week Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, announced a six-month inquiry into money laundering in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. Robin Cook, the Foreign Secretary, is expected to make a statement today on the UK's future relationship with its remaining dependencies following a Foreign Office review.

Finance: Offshore centres still cloaked in mystery

As the Government announces a review of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, Roger Trapp assesses the role of these prosperous tax havens.

Sleazebuster without a red card

Sir Gordon Downey's in-tray is full, but he's a parliamentary watchdog without teeth, writes Chris Blackhurst

Robinson censured by MPs

Geoffrey Robinson, the Paymaster-General, was last night censured by MPs for failing to disclose his interest in a pounds 12.75m Guernsey-based trust. On the eve of a Commons debate on tax avoidance and offshore trusts our Political Editor says the Tories are demanding the Paymaster-General's resignation.

Hugo, the giant innuendo, priapism and all

The new-year hangovers have barely subsided, but the first prize of the literary season, the Whitbread, has already arrived. Boyd Tonkin, Literary Editor, recalls his happy experience as a judge
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