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Midweek View: The Gogarburn HQ is a great monument to Mr Goodwin's vanity. The detail here is frightening, and laughable
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".

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

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.

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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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

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A writer spends a night on the streets

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UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
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Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice