News Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence

Scotland's First Minister will have face-to-face talks with the latest Bank of England governor for the first time

James Moore: If Paul Flowers passed the Co-op's test, we must put the test in the spotlight

Outlook So now we know how the Co-op came to appoint the hopelessly unsuitable Paul Flowers to chair its banking business: apparently his psychometric test scores made him a slam-dunk choice.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander; Treasury ministers have come under fire from economists after insisting that living standards were finally beginning to rise

Treasury accused of resorting to 'dodgy statistics' to claim raise in living standards

Treasury ministers came under fire from economists today after they insisted that living standards were finally beginning to rise for the vast majority of workers.

A referendum will be held by the end of 2017 if the Conservatives win the next election

Exclusive: Treasury to warn British public of economic risks of leaving EU - and Tory Eurosceptics are furious

Sir Nicholas Macpherson is accused of trying to scare the public into a Yes vote in an EU referendum

Anthony Hilton: Pompous and smug, Davos has lost the plot

My Week We can expect the papers next week to be filled with musings from Davos, where the business and political elite are about to have their annual shindig in the Alps, so it was particularly satisfying on Thursday to record a piece for National Public Radio in the United States on why the whole gathering had long since lost the plot.

Hello boys! ABN Amro chairman Gerrit Zalm dresses in drag to teach staff a lesson on 'brothel practices'

The video has received more than 75,000 views since it was posted on YouTube on Tuesday

Alex Ferguson and Ed Miliband at Manchester United's training ground in 2010

Labour's next big signing? Ed Miliband urged to recruit Sir Alex Ferguson for general election

Labour MP claims former Manchester United manager would provide morale boost

Chancellor George Osborne has repeatedly insisted that the task of clearing the deficit is not completed

George Osborne insists Britain must make £25bn more welfare cuts in 2014

The Chancellor has branded 2014 the 'year of hard truths'

RBS cancels £8bn buffer deal with Government

Royal Bank of Scotland has terminated a “contingent capital” deal that would have seen the Government inject another £8bn into the bank if its core capital ratio fell below 5 per cent.

Inside Whitehall: With more cuts looming, every department must get its finances in order… at long last

Less than half of those in Whitehall finance have an accountancy qualification

The Government last week moved to clamp down on a tax loophole whereby non-doms with split employment contracts will no longer be able to avoid duty by putting their earnings through low-tax foreign jurisdictions

Chancellor comes knocking for fat foreign incomes: Government moves to clamp down on tax loophole

Non-doms with split employment contracts will no longer be able to avoid duty by putting their earnings through low-tax foreign jurisdictions

US taxpayers lose $10bn after Treasury sells final stake in General Motors

American taxpayers have lost $10bn (£6bn) as a result of the US government’s bailout of General Motors during the global financial crisis.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of attempting to hide the bad news by announcing it at the same time as the Autumn Statement

New Universal Credit benefits system to miss 2017 deadline, admit ministers

Around 700,000 claimants will not transfer to the new system until 2018 at the earliest, Department of Work and Pensions admits

Autumn Statement 2013: Chancellor hikes bank levy

British banks will be called on to provide an extra £200 million in bank levy this year and another £400 million in 2015 and after.

MPs condemn Money Advice Service as 'not fit for purpose'

Money service under fire in report by Treasury Select Committee

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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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