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Government adviser reveals his frustration at talk of bank kindness to zombie businesses

Mark Leftly: Boris Johnson's airport plan is a monumental folly without a grain of sense

Westminster Outlook Boris Johnson's plan to replace Heathrow Airport with a four-runway mega-hub on the Isle of Grain in Kent is a curious thing. The London mayor's own submission to the Airports Commission last summer concedes: "National Grid's LNG (liquefied natural gas) facility… on the south-east side of the island, is too tall and too close to the proposed airport site."

James Moore: Yet again a regulator has ticked boxes and avoided taking tough decisions

Outlook John Mann, the Labour MP for Bassetlaw, got to the nub of the issue at an astonishing hearing of the Treasury Select Committee yesterday. He pointed out that while much has been made of how banking culture has gone badly wrong, the same could equally be said of the culture at Britain's financial regulators.

Airports Commission: New runways considered at Heathrow and Gatwick - but politicians refuse to be bound by final decision

Thames Estuary options not included at present 'because there are too many uncertainties and challenges surrounding them at this stage'

On the warpath: Whistleblower Paul Moore on Lloyds Banking Group’s 'pathetic' £28m fine

As Lloyds is hit with a fine for mis-selling, whistleblower Paul Moore speaks out

Those buying a retirement income are in danger of losing out through poor advice

Pensions row puts pressure on annuity companies

Those buying a retirement income are in danger of losing out through poor advice

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Norway told to go easy on the pastries

Norwegians are being warned to watch their cinnamon intake during the festive season

Members of jihadist group the Al-Nusra Front, which the West opposes

West suspends aid for Islamist rebels in Syria, underlining their disillusionment with those forces opposed to President Bashar al-Assad

A spokesperson for the Free Syrian Army said the move was rushed and mistaken

Lloyds Bank fined record £28m by FCA over toxic ‘sell or be demoted’ scheme

Sales staff under pressure to hit targets for bonuses or risk being demoted

Britain's pensions system failing consumers, experts warn

The current pensions system is failing the consumer, according to pension experts.

After Co-op, the building society bosses with no bank experience

The Co-operative began a root and branch review of its “democratic structure” last night in the wake of the mounting scandal over the drug-taking of the former Co-op Bank chairman Paul Flowers.

Sir Hector Sants today announced he will not be returning to Barclays

Sir Hector Sants quits Barclays as he falls victim to stress

Compliance chief steps down from £3m role after month's sick leave

Cyber war games dubbed 'Waking Shark II' begin for London's financial institutions

A number of scenarios will test banks' responsiveness to cyber attacks

Britain's banks and financial firms take part in major cyber 'war game' exercise

Simulation designed to mimic a real-time threat - dubbed Waking Shark II - is set to be one of the largest of its kind in the world

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

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Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital