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The Co-operative Bank's disgraced former chairman, Paul Flowers, apparently won the job because he beat his rivals' psychometric test scores, MPs on the Treasury Committee have been told.

Ben Chu: All Greek bondholders should lose – even the European Central Bank

Economic Outlook: Where there is a foolish borrower there is also a foolish lender, this applies not only to Greecebut also to Ireland
'One aspect of 'The Iron Lady', directed by Phyllida Lloyd (pictured) was thoroughly authentic. Nowhere in recent film, fiction or drama have I seen such a convincing take on the psychology of the old-style lower-middle- class meritocrat'

DJ Taylor: Why do the rich need ever more money?

Those who aspire to great wealth expect to be rewarded for their drive – and then long to do nothing

Paulson Europe bonus bonanza

The four partners at Paulson Europe, the UK-based arm of John Paulson's hedge fund firm, have shared a £27m annual bonus pool, even though profits fell 17 per cent in the year to end-March.

Market Report: Man trips again – and falls to its lowest for 10 years

"Man down!" was the cry from the Square Mile last night.

What the Sunday papers said...

The Independent on Sunday: Industry set to plumb the depths

Leading article: Clegg's chance to clean up

Surely, if we learnt anything from the "loans for peerages" story, which this newspaper helped to break six years ago, it was that party funding should be kept away from the honours system. Yet the New Year Honours list tries again to push that water back uphill.

James Moore: McGrath shouldered too much blame in AIA row

Outlook So it's cheerio to Harvey McGrath. It is a mark of the way Prudential has conducted itself that he is probably not the worst occupant of the top seat in the life insurer's boardroom during the past few decades. The Ulsterman's tenure as chairman has hardly been a happy one, however.

Investment: Rolet's back with £450m FTSE deal

London Stock Exchange

John Kinsella quits TS Eliot award

A second poet withdraws from shortlist for £15,000 award over it's sponsorship by a hedge fund.

Business Diary: Cooking up a tasty comeback

Delia Smith hasn't had the easiest ride since taking over at Norwich City Football Club – who could forget her raucous appeal to fans to get behind the side on the PA system – but here's some reward for all her hard work. The Institute for Turnaround has just handed her and the rest of Norwich City's management team a gong for the way they've turned the once financially stricken club into a stable member of the Premier League. Let's hope this isn't the equivalent of the dreaded vote of confidence in the manager.

Goldman in debt talks with Peacocks

The investment bank Goldman Sachs is in talks to become the biggest shareholder in Peacoks, the debt-laden fashion chain.

Crimes across time and cities: Soldiers during the Battle of the Somme

Crime & Thrillers: Sleuths in battle

Let's avoid saying that 2011 was the best of times, the worst of times for the crime and thriller field - but it has been a turbulent year, with regular visits by authors to both the heights and the depths.

Former IKOS employee stole trading codes to set up rival firm

A former employee of IKOS Asset Management stole vital computer codes from the star hedge-fund manager as part of a plan to set up a rival firm, a judge has ruled.

Paul Vallely: There is no moral case for tax havens

They are the epitome of unfairness and injustice, leaving ordinary citizens to foot the bill for multinational corporations
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee