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Not seeing the wood for the trees: Fred Goodwin obsessed over RBS's new Scottish HQ

Fiddling while RBS burned – new book reveals Fred the Shred Goodwin’s fatal obsessions

Fred Goodwin was a corporate ‘psychopath’ who worried about minutiae as his bank lost control, a new book claims

James Moore: James Crosby's failings were every bit as egregious as Fred Goodwin's. He just knew when to get out

The commission has done us a service by shining a harsh spotlight on HBOS

RBS faces £4bn claim from shareholders

RBOS Shareholder Action Group claims the directors misled investors, missed out vital information and misrepresented RBS's underlying strength during the lender's 2008 rights issue

Ben Chu: The good banker has good timing

Outlook

Margareta Pagano: Banks need to get their boardrooms in order

A radical overhaul of senior management is needed to ensure that we are not overtaken by similar scandals in the future

Even the City wouldn't tolerate the Director-General's £450,000 pay-off

Few City chairmen would resort to the L’Oréal defence any more: because he’s worth it

MPs call for reforms to honours system

Clear rules must be established to stop the Government giving in to "media storms" and unfairly stripping individuals of their honours, a committee of MPs says today.

James Moore: 'Comply or explain' shouldn't be optional

Outlook It is common for executives to start tearing their (thinning) hair when the subject of corporate governance is mentioned. A commonly held view among the business elite is that it amounts to little more than box ticking while taking up an inordinate amount of time.

Ed Miliband: 'It is pro-business to demand responsibility at the top'

Labour grandees join the bonus bashing backlash

"Banker and bonus bashing" by leaders of all three main political parties is undermining British business and harming the nation's image abroad, senior Labour figures have warned.

Stephen Hester speaks out after bonus row

Royal Bank of Scotland boss Stephen Hester today broke his silence after waiving a near-£1 million bonus by urging the bank's staff to "prove critics wrong".

Errors & Omissions: If you're looking for a scapegoat, make sure you are in the right place

In a time when nobody is ever held personally responsible for anything, and all we have to do after any disaster is "make sure that the lessons are learnt", the word "scapegoat" has undergone a change.

Stephen Foley: If only Fred Goodwin had done things the Mark Zuckerberg way...

Mark Zuckerberg is about to join the 1 per cent. No, not that 1 per cent, not the one that Occupy folk have been waving their placards at.

Andrew Grice: Sadly for them, Labour still owns the economy

Inside Westminster

Miliband urges bankers to reconnect

Ed Miliband warned bankers today they must wave goodbye to their culture of "excessive" bonuses and reconnect with the rest of the country.

Disgraced peers will face expulsion in future

Disgraced peers could be expelled from the House of Lords for mis-conduct under government plans for an elected second chamber, to be proposed by Nick Clegg.

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