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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.

The former Culture Secretary James Purnell, who sensationally quit the Labour cabinet in a challenge to Gordon Brown in 2009, has been given a senior role as Director, Strategy & Digital

Page 3 Profile: James Purnell, former Minister

A return to politics?

Saudi prince loses secret court bid

A Saudi prince has failed to persuade a High Court judge to hear allegations that he was "guilty of wrongdoing" behind closed doors.

Elena Gorbunova (left) supported Boris Berezovsky (right) during his legal fight with Roman Abramovich

Boris Berezovsky's former girlfriend claims he owes her millions

The former girlfriend of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky is seeking to have £200 million of his assets frozen after claiming he owes her millions of pounds.

Offices could be converted to homes without planning permission under new government proposals

Empty office blocks could be converted to flats without planning permission under Government proposals to increase the supply of housing.

Rare profits downgrade by Pearson surprises City

John Fallon, new chief executive of Pearson, looks to have inherited quite a few problems from his predecessor, Dame Marjorie Scardino, as he has been forced to cut the education giant's profit forecast.

Simon English: Memo to Goldman Sachs: This is (partly) why people hate you

The great vampire squid’s move to even consider delaying bonus payments to some of its staff just to save them a few quid in tax indicates that it continues to live in a separate world to the rest of us.

Welfare cuts are 'fair and right' says David Cameron

Real-terms welfare cuts are “fair and right”, David Cameron insisted today as he faced Labour accusations the Government was trying to “divide the country”.

Pearson to close adult education arm with £120m loss

Pearson took a £120m hit yesterday as its new chief executive, John Fallon, announced plans to close its UK adult education arm less than three years after buying the core business, Melorio, for £99m.

Danny Rogers on PR: Pay day for other golden Olympic stars

Still glowing from their plaudits and New Year's honours, the marketing and communications executives behind the London 2012 Olympics are starting to find new jobs.

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 12 December 2012

Asos' booming US sales set to beat UK

Michael Palin rubbishes claim of '7th Python' Mark Forstater in court battle over royalties to Spamalot musical

From the seventh Python to a missed Nobel prize, Jonathan Brown looks at those who fame forgot

Grime pays: Jermaine Scott, aka Wretch 32, backstage at Koko in Camden

The Financial Times doesn't get rap, and their caricature of it is dangerous

Rap is not "loud, but lacking in Substance", Mr Guthrie

Fleet Street’s editors summoned to Downing Street over Leveson’s recommendations

Fleet Street’s editors were told today that the Government wishes to appoint an “unimpeachable, impartial verifier” to oversee a new press regulation system and ensure Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations are implemented in full.

Media: It's a right royal knock-up!

The announcement that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant caused huge levels of excitement… among newspaper editors. Luke Blackall rates their Kate levels

The Business Matrix: Thursday 29 November 2012

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