Mitchell Johnson has been transformed from figure of derision to a 31-wicket menace

Ashes 2013-14: England captain Alastair Cook should remember Michael Clarke holding back tears after last summer’s drubbing at Lord’s

Aussie Angle: Mitchell Johnson’s job, in the words of Jeff Thomson, is to  ‘run in and let it go whang’

Covert and overt sexism thrives in Britain's workplaces

It’s easy to recognise the sexism in an unwanted hand on a knee, a lascivious comment or a lecherous leer. But while these forms of overt harassment still happen in workplaces around Britain, the most common discrimination is more hidden.

A fifth of women surveyed said managers failed to promote them

‘More than half of women are discriminated against at work’

Almost a fifth of the women surveyed so far say that their careers have stalled because managers failed to promote them or offer training opportunities

The immigration issue is overshadowing the spirit of optimism which once defined Cameron's Conservatism

There is a danger that the buzz and momentum around that initial modernisation is being lost

President Hollande's approval rating has fallen faster than that of any other French President in the Fifth Republic, with 3.5 million French people out of work

François Hollande heading for crisis as he fails to deliver his promise to reduce unemployment

The French President staked his political credibility on a fall in the number of unemployed by the end of the year, but the figures are not going his way. What now for France’s increasingly unpopular leader, asks John Lichfield

Tens of thousands of benefit claimants not paid after Department for Work and Pensions 'error'

Over 32,000 people have not received benefit payments in time for Christmas due to an “administrative error” at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Staff distrust of their managers ‘risks damaging businesses’

Low productivity is hitting output, with just 37% of staff saying they trust their bosses

The workforce is rising in some countries and falling in others. Why? Economists are puzzled …

These inactive folks stand ready to return to the labour force if jobs become available

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No shortage of controversial owners and chairmen; Cardiff's Vincent Tan may yet end up as one of the more villainous. On the pitch, being loyal Welsh internationals won't spare the likes of Craig Bellamy, Ashley Williams and others from dog's abuse.

Is Cardiff City's Vincent Tan the worst club owner in the history of football?

We take a look at the most controversial club owners to have graced football

The Hart district of Hampshire has been named the most desirable place to live in the UK. With 84 square miles of green wooded landscape and Hampshire's largest freshwater lake, the area has been dubbed

Ten best places to live in the UK: Hart in Hampshire takes top spot

The Hart district of Hampshire has been named the best place to live in the UK for the third year in a row, with Uttlesford in Essex taking second place

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Who could replace Malky Mackay as manager of Cardiff City?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Yilmaz Vural and Dave Jones among those linked

Bear and hare woodland scene from John Lewis Christmas advert

John Lewis hopes for late Christmas boost as sales decline

John Lewis has revealed that sales fell last week across all its London stores, compared with the same week a year ago, in the clearest sign yet that people are leaving their Christmas shopping later than ever.

Vince Cable has decided against a ban on zero- hour contracts as some workers need flexibility

Government plans ban on exclusive 'zero hours' contracts – but stops short of outlawing completely

Move follows growing criticism of the controversial contracts, which do not ensure a minimum number of hours

University of Cambridge graduates will now be able to graduate in either skirts or suits, irrespective of gender

Job prospects for graduates improving as more companies look to hire, says CBI

Job prospects for graduates and apprentices are looking brighter for next year as more companies expect to hire staff, according to a new report.

US Walmart worker shot car of colleague who was named 'Employee of the Month'

Willie Mitchell told his victim 'I'm gonna show you' before shooting her vehicle

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