A measure in George Osborne’s 2013 Budget which made no headlines outside the financial pages was the abolition of stamp duty reserve tax on UK-domiciled asset management funds. That may not sound like an attention grabber, but it was manna for Britain’s hedge-fund bosses, who by the Government’s estimate saw £145m drop off their companies’ collective annual tax bill.
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Sunday 18 October 2009
Monday 12 October 2009
Motoring groups expressed fears today that drivers could face increased toll charges under Government plans to sell off the Dartford Crossing on the M25 - Europe's busiest motorway.
Dutch courage: Eden Project drafts in 25,000 bulbs from Holland in a bid to brighten up Britain's street corners
Sunday 20 September 2009
The Eden Project's creator, Tim Smit, absolutely loves to get people together (maybe, as a Dutchman, he thinks we uptight Brits need a bit of Netherlandish help to love our local communities). Earlier this summer, he was all about the Big Lunch, where we were encouraged to close down local traffic and hold a street party with our neighbours. And now, as autumn rolls in, it's the Big Bulb Plant.
Thursday 17 September 2009
Six men plotted to flood the island of Jersey with £1m worth of cannabis, a court heard today.
Friday 11 September 2009
A crash involving three lorries forced the closure of one of the Dartford tunnels today, the Highways Agency said.
Tuesday 11 August 2009
Glen Johnson might be England and Liverpool's first-choice right-back earning £120,000-a-week and 11 months from playing in a World Cup finals – but to some people he will always be the bloke who stole a toilet seat from B&Q.
Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Peter Blake, a founder of pop art and the designer of the Sergeant Pepper cover
Thursday 06 August 2009
Tuesday 21 July 2009
Motorists were allowed a toll-free ride over a key river crossing today after a major power cut affected thousands of homes and businesses.
Wednesday 15 July 2009
A Kent man who survived an avalanche in which four of his friends died was celebrating a change in fortunes after his family won almost £8 million on the Lottery.
Tuesday 09 June 2009
All schools should be given the freedom to ditch GCSEs in favour of a new baccalaureate qualification for 16-year-olds, the headteacher of one of the country's leading independent schools will say tomorrow.
Wednesday 18 February 2009
More than 400 workers at high street music retailer Zavvi are to lose their jobs after administrators today announced the closure of 18 stores.
Thursday 15 January 2009
Sunday 04 January 2009
Wednesday 03 December 2008
A woman is under arrest in hospital after a child's body was discovered at a house, police said.
Days Like Those: 'Pete Murray spoke fondly, Stewpot did his Crackerjack routine – and Matthew yearned to see DLT'
Monday 15 September 2008
Matthew is always asking me baffling and insulting questions, but not since he asked me if I had filled an Evian bottle with antifreeze in an attempt to kill him can I recall one as baffling and insulting as the one he posed recently.
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
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