News Moya Greene in red at the London Stock Exchange in October 2013; Moya Greene's £1.5m earnings were modest compared to those of other FTSE 100 bosses

Don’t judge me on the Royal Mail float today, said Vince Cable in October. Judge me in three months’ time.

Cabinet vows to scrap Tory labour laws

THE GOVERNMENT registered its determination to scrap years of Thatcherite labour laws yesterday, granting unions legislation on compulsory recognition and new rights to millions of employees.

Decline in factory output continues

FACTORY OUTPUT fell in November for the fourth month running, and prices charged at the factory gate in December were flat for the first time in nearly forty years, according to official figures yesterday.

Business attacks Hume on days off

CLAIMS BY two church leaders that flexible working conditions are destroying family life were vehemently denied by the business community last night.

Clerics out of touch, say firms

CLAIMS BY two senior churchmen that flexible working conditions are destroying family life were vehemently denied by the business community last night.

Recession fears deepen as business failures increase

YESTERDAY BROUGHT fresh gloom about the state of the economy, with news of the first rise in business failures for six years. But one employers' organisation warned business against talking itself into a recession in 1999.

Flying Flowers stops wilting

FLYING FLOWERS, the Jersey-based florist by post must be in the running for worst performing share of the year after a vertiginous fall in the third quarter, which saw the shares slump from 592p to 130p.

Barbie's booming business

Claire Derry - as the head of Link Licensing - is the woman behind a thousand spin-offs

George ready

EDDIE GEORGE, the Governor of the Bank of England, last night admitted that UK growth could be weaker than the Bank has forecast, and repeated that he was ready to cut rates again if needed.

Politics: Job losses warning to SNP

UP TO 250,000 jobs could be at risk if Scotland opted for independence, the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, warned yesterday as he launched a renewed Labour campaign against Scottish National Party "separatism".

Bank fails to halt fear of slump

THE BANK of England moved yesterday to prevent Britain slipping into recession next year by announcing a surprise half-point cut in interest rates.

Cough up - with interest

The law on late payments is being changed - 100 years too late.

The Map: Want a drink? Join the club

Member's clubs once confined themselves to gentlemen in St James's. But now women and footballers get in, too. Rachelle Thackray opens the doors

Right of Reply: Ruth Lea, The head of policy at the Institute of Directors answers Ken Livingstone's attack on `fat cats'

I READ Ken Livingstone's recent comments on directors' pay and the need for the Institute of Directors to "get their heads out of the pig trough long enough to take a look at the real world" with weary resignation.

The union chiefs are right - our policies are causing job losses

Tabloid leaders complain about the politics of envy, but it is time someone took on the politics of greed

It's hard to be a high-flyer and a mum

VICTORIA KIMMINGS, the high-flying stockbroker who claims she was sidelined by her bosses when she returned to work after maternity leave, is not the only one eager to learn the outcome of her sex discrimination case after the end of the five-day industrial tribunal tomorrow. A growing number of employers are becoming concerned about the potential costs of employing women of child-bearing age.
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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