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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