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After a yes vote in September’s referendum the two countries are brought to the brink of the first Anglo-Scottish war for five centuries by a menacing deadlock over whether the pound will survive north of the border. Scotland has seized control of Trident.

Boris Johnson, seen here in Melbourne, has submitted a proposal for exceptional non-EU job applicants to be allowed quick access to work in London

Boris Johnson proposes ‘London Visa’ for job applicants in tech and fashion industries

Tech experts and fashion designers could bypass the often lengthy and expensive process of the UK’s current visa system

Closure threat to Ineos plant in Grangemouth

Ineos is considering closing down one of its plants in Scotland because of rising costs and a fall in the production of gas from the North Sea.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 7 September 2013

Ineos considering refinery closure

Put some cream on it - that'll make it better! Hospital's own brand of moisturiser goes on sale to remedy funding gap

Trust managers are confident they can sell 20,000-30,000 bottles required to make profit

James Moore: If you really want RBS to start lending to firms, it should be state owned

Outlook The Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards has, it seems, smelled a rat. It wanted an independent review carried out on whether it might not be a good idea to split RBS into a good bank and a bad bank. The reasoning was that an RBS shorn of its toxic assets should be much freer to support the British economy by lending, particularly to businesses.

Jim Armitage: Mandarins may have been outwitted on the probation service deal

Outlook Justice secretary Chris Grayling used emotive language to demand G4S and Serco "purge themselves" after the electronic-tagging scandal. The companies should, he declared, undergo "corporate renewal" before being considered for new government contracts.

Shane Smith is the founder and chief executive of Vice

Rupert Murdoch buys into alternative media with a $70m slice of Vice

Deal values online youth empire that started as a local magazine at a hefty $1.4bn

In fashion: Vice magazine, the scenesters' Bible

Vice Media sells 5% stake to Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox

The company have signed a $70m deal with 21st Century Fox

Mark Leftly: Audacious they may be, but defence reforms look a complete mess

Outlook Bernard Gray is a yo-yo dieter, but when it comes to philosophical conviction he is as steadfast as the sturdiest dreadnought. Mind you, plenty of those super-battleships were sunk by undetected mines and enemies.

Mark Thompson

Is New York Times boss Mark Thompson the luckiest CEO in the world?

He was at Channel 4 when the ad market  was soaring, left the BBC before the Savile scandal and has now inherited a booming New York Times. Ian Burrell  reports on the latest chapter of a charmed career

Satyajit Das: China sets out on long march back to self-reliance as trade gets rough

Midweek View: The country has become increasingly resentful about the destruction of the value of its savings

Archbishop of Canterbury confesses: Church’s Wonga investments are 'very embarrassing', says Welby

Most Rev Justin Welby promises he will ‘make sure it doesn’t happen again’

Chinese police today accused GlaxoSmithKline of being the “ringleader” in a massive bribery scandal

GlaxoSmithKline admits 'senior executives' may have broken Chinese law

Police detain executives amid allegations that employees bribed doctors to prescribe their pharmaceutical products

“Kill switch” software to tackle smartphone theft as Boris Johnson calls for action

New security measures needed as part of “corporate responsibility, Mayor tells companies

Cathy Newman says getting too heavy handed with people like John Inverdale can lead to a counter-productive ‘battle of the sexes’

Channel 4 newsreader Cathy Newman says public humiliation is the answer for sexist remarks

Broadcaster believes shaming online trolls is the best medicine

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