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Edward Snowden, the US intelligence leaker, may soon be filling a ceremonial role in Britain’s academic life. Students at Glasgow University have embarked on a campaign to have him elected as their rector.

Sexism in the City still rules OK

A laddish culture translates into lower pay and fewer opportunities to advance, an investigation finds

Hamish McRae: Pay attention: this is a stupid idea

The cost of pay freezes and high taxes was a culture of duplicity, envy and hypocrisy

Top executives pocket huge bonuses despite recession

Pay consultants voice concern about bonuses and warn of shareholder wrath

Andreas Whittam Smith: In no other business would Trevor Phillips survive

Only in politics, at least in the corrupt system we have, could it happen

Letters: Independent schools

Charity ruling will make schools more exclusive

Fear and loathing at equality central

Discrimination, conflicts of interest, financial irregularities: allegations against Trevor Phillips and his commission are building.

Julian Knight: Why we have to ring the changes in life insurance

And, while we're about it, let's get rid of commission-based selling, too

Scotland 'should levy its own income tax'

The Scottish Parliament should be given sweeping new powers to levy income tax in an effort to make it far more accountable to its electors, a major review of devolution concluded yesterday.

Letters: Campaign for Democracy

For true political reform, the people must have a say

Women occupy just a third of the top jobs in fashion

It's a female-dominated industry yet it discriminates against women, paying them 15 per cent less

Iraq faces the mother of all corruption scandals

Allegations of kickbacks rock key government department as 1,000 officials face arrest and Trade Minister is forced to resign

I Want Your Job: Postman

'We sing along while we work'

You're blameless, Labour tells MPs as poll shows damage done

Party sends email to members exonerating them in expenses scandal
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Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that? The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year
Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

Sports Quiz of the Year

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Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect