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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.

Diary: Gibson's star on the rise

The accomplished controversialist Lars von Trier may endure a few sleepless nights in the next month: Denmark is starved of darkness at this time of year, after all. But he can rest easy in the knowledge that his exile from the Cannes Film Festival – quite apart from garnering him countless precious column inches – will likely lapse in due course.

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.

Down but not out

Sporting defeat is painful to watch and worse to experience. But off the pitch, failure is more complex – and may even be useful, argues Hamish McRae

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

Pandora: Image gurus jostle over Sir Fred's comeback

Implausible as it may seem, former RBS boss Sir Fred Goodwin may not be doomed to quite the life of notoriety that Pandora had first assumed. Rather the opposite, in fact: it would seem that the PR industry is positively overflowing with big-wigs jostling for the chance to lend the country's least popular banker a hand.

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Minister agreed deal says ex-RBS chief

Sir Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, who is at the centre of a huge row over huge pension payments, is accusing Lord Myners, the City minister, of agreeing to his deal.