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If you pay £6 to go to Prague on RyanAir, what do you expect?

Fibre-optic cables - the way to super-fast broadband

Ofcom proposes changes to superfast broadband to promote competition

New regulations would make it easier and cheaper for consumers to switch between providers

Visitors to Thorpe Park are urged to try win prizes

The unfair fairground: Thorpe Park games 'are rigged to reduce wins'

TV undercover team claims distraction and ball-switching tricks were used

Some payday lender customers rack up debts with several firms

Payday lending advertising faces ban under hard-hitting new rules

Payday lending advertising could be banned under hard-hitting new rules being considered by the new City Watchdog.

A report claims Scotland would lose its six-day postal service

Scotland split 'threatens to raise mobile and post costs'

With 444 days to go before a referendum, the coalition steps up pressure against independence

Stella Creasy: A cap on the cost of credit will curb the loan sharks

It's time to end the myth that there are a few bad apples and recognise that the way the entire industry works is causing problems for millions of British consumers. Legal loan sharks have been able to rack up huge profits on the back of consumers struggling with the rising cost of living and a regulator without teeth, with five years of talk resulting in no action.

Google's mauling over its tax affairs may have contributed to its fall in the rankings

Google slides down brand rankings as tax row takes its toll

Search giant, named as fifth-most desirable brand in 2012, drops 109 places as consumers start to wonder whether it can be evil after all

Media PR giant's spinning success

Edelman has proved there is plenty of money in public relations as UK fee income leapt 26 per cent to £32.4m last year.

VocaLink develops mobile payments app Zapp

Technology which will allow consumers to make payments using their mobile phones is to be developed by the company behind Link cash machines.

Waze was founded in Israel in 2008 and first raised $25 million of funding in 2010 followed by a further $30 million in 2011

Google faces FTC antitrust investigation following Waze acquisition

$1.1bn deal was completed mid-June but may allow search giant to unfairly dominate the market

A cute sense of irritation: What's 'wackaging'? It's when food packaging treats consumers like idiots or children

The vogue for cutesy widdle phwases on the back of products, as pioneered by Innocent Smoothies, isn’t going away. It’s known as ‘wackaging’ – and it’s driving Will Coldwell mad

Editorial: People and profit can get along

Ethical customers can put pressure on conventional firms to raise their sights'
Hotel staff should be treated courteously, something not all guests remember
The Government and the energy regulator, Ofgem, have promised to get to grips with power bills

Savvy Money: We still need more clarity on complex charging for energy

New plans to give a fairer deal to consumers do not go far enough to clear up the confusion

Screenshot courtesy of NeverWet - a superhydrophobic spray

Superhydrophobic spray NeverWet enters US market in a $20 can

Two step spray coating makes fabrics, wood, metals and plastic waterproof

EDF Energy says single unit gas and electricity prices will help consumers compare different tariffs

EDF quick to back single unit gas and electric price

One of the “Big Six” energy suppliers has broken ranks to back proposals for firms to offer a single unit price for gas and electricity. EDF Energy says such a move will help consumers compare different tariffs and identify the cheapest deals.

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions