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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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