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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Monday 15 September 2008
Monday 14 July 2008
One of Britain's most precious nature reserves has made a remarkable comeback from a fire which devastated it two years ago today.
Tuesday 20 May 2008
Conservationists are calling on Britain to act to save birdlife on a tiny British-owned island in the South Atlantic, which is now home to a quarter of the world's newly endangered birds.
Friday 25 April 2008
Saturday 19 April 2008
Further confirmation that we live in a mad world came this week with the announcement that in future, the GCSE syllabus for religious studies will include the study of humanism.
Sunday 17 February 2008
Wednesday 31 May 2006
The thirteenth-century warlord Genghis Khan is best known as one of history's most bloodthirsty rulers, and at first glance appears an unlikely subject for a Jesus Christ Superstar-type rock opera. But in his native Mongolia, a rock opera has opened that gives the medieval empire builder the Genghis Khan Superstar treatment, claiming he had a softer, more appealing side which was overlooked.
Wednesday 17 May 2006
It would have been quite a sight: Gavin Henson, hair permed and legs waxed, playing Test rugby in wet and windy Patagonia, where the local definition of a prima donna is a farmer with a centrally-heated house. Unfortunately, the celebrity centre has been withdrawn from the Wales squad to tour Argentina this summer after failing to meet fitness standards. He will, according to the new national coach Gareth Jenkins, spend the summer "getting himself right" with an eye on next year's World Cup in France.
Friday 14 October 2005
Thursday 25 August 2005
Tuesday 23 August 2005
Monday 08 August 2005
Friday 11 February 2005
Tuesday 25 May 2004
Friday 30 August 2002
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Benefits 'smart cards' plan revealed by Iain Duncan Smith to stop claimants spending welfare money on alcohol
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