Fred Goodwin

Judge to rule on Sir Fred Goodwin's lover

A High Court judge is deciding whether to lift an order banning journalists identifying a woman with whom former bank boss Sir Fred Goodwin had an "extra-marital affair".

Revealed: Britain's best-known secret

Four weeks of speculation, legal wrangling and mass civil disobedience on the internet came to an end yesterday when an MP used parliamentary privilege to name Ryan Giggs as the Premier League footballer at the centre of the super-injunction fiasco. John Hemming named the Manchester United player only hours after a High Court judge had ruled that a ban on naming him should stand. Last night, Mr Justice Eady refused to lift the injunction despite the intervention – raising the prospect that Mr Giggs could sue news organisations who have named him for damages. To murmurs of disapproval from fellow MPs, the Liberal Democrat said: "With about 75,000 people having named Ryan Giggs on Twitter it is obviously impracticable to imprison them all.

MP lifts veil on Fred Goodwin super-injunction

Sir Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland who became a focal point for anger over the financial crisis, has obtained a super-injunction banning the media from identifying him as a banker.

What if women ruled the banks?

Harriet Harman has hinted that the financial sector should have a more feminine feel. Andy McSmith wonders whether her idea could have prevented the credit crunch

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The dark art of Radiohead

The mysterious Stanley Donwood is known as the band's sixth member. And his vicious depictions of bankers are in tune with the times