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Government will control entire market 'from seed to smoke,' in a bid to curb addiction and drug violence

Green shoots: Signs of economic recovery?

Green shoots of recovery are thriving in the UK. Record high-street sales and optimistic economic forecasts show the only way is up for a Britain battered by the global slowdown. Here are 20 reasons why the recession is all but over

Do economists know any more than us?

Our credit is crunched and the recession's gone global, so can the world's greatest economists rescue us? Nick Fraser searches for salvation

Bailout money is flowing abroad

Study casts doubt on the effectiveness of Bank of England’s ‘quantitative easing’ policy

Intervening to prop up pound is 'recipe for failure', says Brown

PM expected to admit today that he should have been tougher with 'freewheeling bankers'

Now it's time to emigrate, says investment guru

When asked his advice for a young person growing up in Britain, Jim Rogers, former partner of George Soros and one of the world's most successful investors, is forthright. "Move to China; learn Chinese." In an interview with The Independent, Mr Rogers warns that Britain will go bankrupt if the Government continues to follow its present policy of attempting to save the banks through subsidy and nationalisation.

Hands up if you made billions of dollars out of the credit crisis

Hedge fund 'masters of the universe' face Congressional grilling over their role in the global credit crunch

US reaction: Soros clashes with Brown over 'blank cheque'

Gordon Brown will make a surprise visit to Washington today for talks with President George Bush on the global financial meltdown after declaring strong support for America's $700bn bailout plan.

Professional Investor: Greece is the word among London equities

With worldwide attention switching from Silverstone and Wimbledon to Beijing, many investors have been experiencing the yin-yang of equity, property and bond markets – and they must wonder if they would not be better off stuffing all their savings under the mattress.

When George Soros cries 'wolf', bet on the wolves arriving

After trailing George Soros for nine years, Irene Hell comes face to face with him again – and his latest grim warning for the financial system

Rijkaard rests Barça's key players

It is possible that Thierry Henry, Andres Iniesta, Rafael Marquez, Gabriel Milito and Lilian Thuram are all genuinely unfit to play for Barcelona against Espanyol today. Or perhaps their manager, Frank Rijkaard, has given up on La Liga, in which Barça trail Real Madrid by nine points, to concentrate on next week's European semi-final against Manchester United.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Soros thinks crisis the worst since 1930s, but beware a similar regulatory response

It's always nice to see the sinner that repents, but I doubt that's what George Soros, the billionaire speculator, means when, in a series of interviews to launch his new book, he blames the present crisis in financial markets on Thatcherism, Reaganism, deregulation and what he sees as misguided free-market thinking.

Queen of Mean's hard face cracks frombeyond the grave with a £2bn donation

Leona Helmsley's generosity in death will benefit a lot of 'little people who pay taxes'

Joan Bakewell: Where next when we are already sated with luxury?

I love my iPod. It was a Christmas present from my children. I would never have bought it for myself and have had to be taught how to use it, how to download tunes and play in sequence or random tracks. It is beautiful in design, a pleasure to hold and a miracle of cleverness which everyone now takes for granted. It is still a mystery to me and I still handle it as a piece of strange and new technology.

Against The Grain: 'What if violence is needed to keep things as they are?'

Slavoj Zizek is international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. Professor Zizek argues that our understanding of violence is wrong.

Public borrowing smashes forecasts to hit record high

FTSE 100 drops 5.5 per cent amid global shares sell-off; Mortgage lending in UK declines 25%
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