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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

Backlash from investors over Shell bonuses set to intensify

Shareholders vow to fight on to prevent payouts

David Prosser: Right man, from the right place, at the right time

Outlook: There was a time when the new year honours list used to shower the great and the good from financial services with gongs galore. Think Sir Fred Goodwin and his ilk. Not this year, however. Honouring those who had exposed Britain to credit crunch and recession was never an option.

Margareta Pagano: Our votes are the only way to make Europe work for us

Politicians need to catch up with cross-border firms

Bailed-out bank directors hit the pensions jackpot

Banking crisis? What crisis? There's certainly no sign of a liquidity shortage when it comes to retirement

A constitutional ambush: Is it all over for the Speaker?

This week, Michael Martin faces serious moves in Parliament to remove him from office. Political Editor Jane Merrick reports from Glasgow on whether he can possibly survive

MPs attack 'self-pitying bankers and naive Myners' in new report

Treasury committee calls for FSA to take tighter control of remuneration

Jeremy Warner: Who are MPs to attack the City bonus culture?

Outlook We have to assume that MPs on the Commons Treasury Committee are relatively clean, for none of the present crop seems yet to have appeared in The Daily Telegraph's exposé of MPs' expenses. Even so, the timing of their latest report on the banking crisis, which fulminates against the City bonus culture, could scarcely be more unfortunate.

Dominic Lawson: It is not the corruption that galls – it is the sheer pettiness

These are the petty acts of spongeing by inconsequential people

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

RBS finance director Whittaker to resign

Guy Whittaker, the finance director at the Royal Bank of Scotland, and the only remaining top level board member still at bank following its government rescue, is set to leave.

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.

Sam Wallace: Premier League's voyages of plunder reveal rationale behind 39th game

Big clubs make lots of money from overseas tours, cash unavailable to Wigan, Hull or Stoke

Credit Crisis Diary: 25/04/2009

A speedy U-turn from retailer Alexon

Goodness, 48 hours is a long time in the world of retail. On Wednesday, Bay Trading's parent company, Alexon, sounded confident in its latest trading statement: "New high fashion lines have been well received by customers and the fashion press and a revitalised image has been designed for Bay Trading reflecting its more fashionable proposition". So fashionable, in fact, that Alexon put the company into administration yesterday morning.

Punitive rate rises for RBS cardholders

State-owned bank criticised for treatment of credit card customers

Richard Ingrams’s Week: So Blair has turned into the trendy clergyman after all

Although he has been a Roman Catholic only for a year or so, Tony Blair already feels confident to speak on behalf of millions of what he calls "ordinary Catholics" throughout the world.

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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home