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Even now, political leaders are advocating wholly orthodox approaches to managing deficits and currency volatility

Top-scoring universities to bail out rivals

England's best-performing universities will be "taxed" next year, in order to bail out their less successful neighbours, higher education funding chiefs revealed yesterday.

Profit-linked pay `fails to motivate'

Share ownership schemes and profit-related pay operated by the UK's top 100 companies often fail to deliver benefits in terms of greater employee participation and understanding of their firms' aims, according to a new report, writes Nic Cicutti.

Letter: It's there in black and white: the right to act solely in our interest over EMU is long gone

Hamish McRae talks a lot of sense but there is one thing he consistently gets wrong. In "The immoral deficits that tax our future" (Business, 17 November) he writes that a 3 per cent deficit "is not low enough to maintain deficits [I presume he meant debts] as a percentage of GDP, for hardly any European economies can consistently grow at 3 per cent". This is meant to be an argument against the Maastricht criterion.

Obituary: John Hillaby

Pedestrian was the last word to apply to John Hillaby, though he has been called the most celebrated pedestrian in England. Yet like his contemporaries, Clive Wainwright and Wilfred Thesiger, he was admired as much by armchair idlers as by the serious walking fraternity. Whether pacing rapidly through the streets of London or across the high moors of his beloved Yorkshire, his tall, spare figure was instantly recognisable, and even in his seventies he could leave younger men struggling in his wake.

US scientists link abortion to breast cancer

A single abortion can significantly increase the chances of a woman developing breast cancer, according to scientists in the United States, who claim that there has been a deliberate attempt to conceal the risk for more than 40 years.

This idea is a fat lot of good

Franchising: the format that has made Fatty Arbuckles fit for expansion will seek new converts at its national exhibition this week

The language minders

Andrew Baker looks at the Mr Fixit role of the foreign footballer's interpreter

The road to benefits is full of potholes

Graduation means time to face reality - financial demands that may come as a surprise to those unprepared for life outside university. Welcome to the joys of council tax, income tax and national insurance, and kiss goodbye to free prescriptions and dental treatment. In addition, as soon as you start to earn anything worthwhile, student loans will need to be paid back.

Why left sounds right to a babe in arms

Scientists have a new explanation for the age-old question of why mothers instinctively cradle their babies on the left.

New issues generate millionaire boffins

A computer software company with only 25 staff was valued on the stock market at pounds 30m yesterday after its shares rose to a 60 per cent premium on their first day of dealings.

Letter: Overreaction to the Internet

Sir: In his comment on the trial of the murderers of Daniel Handley, David Aaronovitch suggests several steps that could be taken to protect our children (17 May). Among them is: "Clean up the Internet".

The Human Condition: The quitter's guide to fitness

Most people want to get fit. Very few make it. If you want to stay the course, help is at hand. Eleanor Bailey offers a step-by-step plan

Letter: Labour plans

Hamish McRae ("Markets think Labour may revert to type", Business, 5 May) makes some interesting points about Labour and the budget deficit, but his comparision between Labour's plans to keep the national debt at a constant proportion of GDP and the experience of the 1970s (when Labour ran a budget deficit of 6.9 per cent) is too simplistic.

City talk: History suggests that Camellia has a future

Camellia (20p) is something of an oddity, but one that could well repay investors' patience. Unsung, certainly, but there are a core of followers for the tea plantations to fine art company. A big attraction, as one fan puts it, is that it is stuffed to the gunnels with hidden assets. Some of these are quite extraordinary, such as its collection of historical manuscripts, possibly worth millions. Items in the collection, range from Impressionist letters to original papers by Einstein, and love letters between Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning. The shares have suffered in the past few days on poor figures from its associate company, Linton Parks. But with its hidden riches, the downside is limited. Although the company sees the manuscript collection as a long-term investment, it could well reward shareholders prepared to take a similar view. That, and the fact that it seems a well-managed business, suggests the shares merit a buy.

City Technology detects windfall

Two academics who bought their technology business from London's City University three years ago, are set for a multi-million-pound windfall when the company comes to the stock market in June.
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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

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Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried