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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

John Rentoul: Cherie's got a case

My initial scepticism about the chances of Cherie Booth QC bringing a successful action against RBS over Sir Fred Goodwin's pension has abated.

RBS used 'elaborate ruse' to pay Sir Fred's pension

The Royal Bank of Scotland allowed Sir Fred Goodwin to take an upfront lump sum of £2.7m from his £16.6m pension pot and agreed to pay the tax on it, MPs were told yesterday. The City minister Lord Myners, being grilled by a Commons committee about his own role in the pension saga, said the RBS board "bent over backwards" to provide its ousted chief executive with an "outrageous" package.

RBS chief's huge pension 'contrary to bank policy'

The £700,000-a-year pension paid out to ousted Royal Bank of Scotland chief Sir Fred Goodwin was "clearly contrary" to the bank's own pension policy, City Minister Lord Myners told MPs today.

Credit crisis diary: Fry feels the heat

John Fry, chief executive of Johnston Press, didn't have the best of days yesterday. Not only did he have to unveil more than £400m of losses, admit more job cuts were on the way and concede his company faced question marks over its survival, but when he arrived at his City PR adviser Mr Fry was accosted by striking Yorkshire Post staff who had travelled to London to hold him to account. That's presumably what the company meant, in its results presentation, when it said it was "fostering constructive relations with union officials".

Letters: Mental scars of war

After 60 years, the mental scars of war persist

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: I'm all for washing my family's dirty linen in public

Julie Myerson's only crime is that she is unflinchingly honest

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails &amp; online postings (8 March 2009)

The horrific testimony of an Israeli soldier who courageously broke the silence about a "targeted assassination" may shock British readers, but it is no more than a commonplace occurrence for the Palestinians who have witnessed many such "operations" in the past ("Israel's death squads – a soldier's story", 1 March).

Dom Joly: I'm dancing for charity, even though I was a Goth

It's been the very weirdest of weeks – for starters I've been driving round a weather-battered Britain in a cream Morgan sports car. It's for this show I'm filming called Made in Britain. On Monday a whole bunch of people descended on my house and emptied it of everything not made in these isles. Then, leaving a desolate family in an empty house, I set off on a road trip in my very British Morgan. I'm supposed to find out what, if anything, we still make in this country that I can buy to refurnish my house with.

Lord Mayor pleads for end to bank fury

The Lord Mayor of the City of London has pleaded for an end to public fury against bankers.

Why was he made Sir Fred? For services to banking...

I was wrong to claim knighthood was for charitable work, admits Harman

The Sketch: Deputy Harman is all liability

As the Sketch was the first to issue derivatives in Harman a year or so ago, I have a fund manager's update for current asset holders. You don't have any assets. They're all liabilities.

Leading article: Tasteful suggestion

Pity the Fat Duck. Like the financial markets, restaurants feed on confidence. Who will trust Heston Blumenthal's baroque culinary creations now, especially since the mystery of what made those diners ill remains unsolved?

Dream Teams: AC Milan

The third Dream Team XI in the series focuses on the Italian giants AC Milan.

Letters: The electric car hire scheme

But what will power Boris's electric cars?
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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent