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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.

Bruised BAE offers reassurance after abandoned EADS merger

Bruised BAE Systems stepped up its efforts to reassure staff, customers and investors today in the wake of its abandoned attempt to merge with EADS.

Seemingly endless German demands scuppered deal to secure British jobs

The German government proved the insurmountable obstacle to the mega-merger. EADS advisers said yesterday that every time a concession was made to the Germans, such as agreeing for them to hold parity with any stake France held in the combined business, there would suddenly be a new demand.

NHS South West pay plans condemned by union

A group of NHS Trusts was today accused of undermining staff morale and patient care after details emerged of plans to introduce regional pay and conditions.

FTSE 100 company Pearson becomes first to offer its own degrees

A leading business publisher is to become the first FTSE 100 company to award its own degrees.

United’s new kit is ‘a tribute to the world-famous fabric that powered Manchester’s growth’

Glazers gain £75m in Manchester United stock market float

The American owners of Manchester United pocketed around £75 million today as shares in the football club were publicly traded for the first time in seven years.

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Manchester United stock market flotation kicks off

Manchester United will kick off their stock market flotation today in a move which could value the club at more than £2billion.

Penguin pain from Fifty Shades of Grey

Record sales of Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James have inflicted spectacular pain at rival book publisher Penguin.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw opposes radical reform

The Ofsted chief inspector is against radical reforms that would see less able pupils sit simpler qualifications or take papers later on, it was reported today.

Spin sheds light on mining industry in Congo

The cosy world of the natural resources industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo was hinted at yesterday as it emerged that a spin doctor for Dan Gertler, a major investor in the industry, had a hand in delivering a communication about an apparent U-turn by the government that benefited his client.

Leveson Inquiry: Any framework to legally regulate Britain’s press would be 'continually challenged'

Any statutory framework that aimed to legally regulate Britain’s press would be “continually challenged” in the courts by the newspaper industry, the Leveson Inquiry heard today.

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Ofcom puts cap on cost of stamps

Aquascutum goes into administration

Aquascutum, the 160-year-old British clothing retailer which has dressed Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother, collapsed into administration today, jeopardising 250 jobs.

Margaret Thatcher became the first female British Prime Minister at the end of the seventies

Amol Rajan: The Thatcher home dream has become a nightmare

There was crude electoral logic as well as moral force in Margaret Thatcher's pursuit of a "property-owning democracy". The phrase was, in fact, coined by Noel Skelton, a Tory MP of the interwar years. He felt, as Thatcher did decades later, that pride in home-ownership would infuse the working-class with conservative values, so deterring them from socialism.

President Sarkozy has gambled in the last month on a hard-right campaign

Divisions emerge as Sarkozy loses ground in polls

Reports of deep divisions within the President’s camp as he prepares to address supporters at a rally in the heart of Paris

A Palestinian woman and her daughter mourn the death of her husband after the Sabra massacre in 1982

Patrick Cockburn: The strange forgettability of some civilian massacres

World View: It is too soon to know if the deaths of an Afghan family last week will alter things in Afghanistan, but some atrocities have the power to shape history

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