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Thursday 30 January 2014
On a per capita basis, the nation has all the ingredients to be one of the world's most prosperous nations
Sir Michael Butler: Europhile whose work on Britain's behalf culminated in his securing the EU budget rebate that Thatcher longed for
Thursday 09 January 2014
Michael Butler had been at the forefront of Britain's international relations longer than the Queen when he neatly tied up the details of the nation's budget rebate from the European Union with a word to the German finance ministry. His quiet tête à tête with the future head of the German central bank, Professor Hans Tietmeyer – then finance ministry deputy secretary-general – without telling the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, was against the rules and could have lost him his job as Britain's Permanent Representative to the European Commission, but his intrigue worked.
From the bargain basement to high Five: Richard Desmond stands to make £600m from sale of television channel
Friday 03 January 2014
Within days of buying Channel 5 for £103m, Richard Desmond sacked seven of the nine members of the board, axed 80 of the 250 staff and disposed of the broadcaster’s well-appointed, modern headquarters in London’s Covent Garden.
Wednesday 13 November 2013
Tuesday 05 November 2013
O'Neill has been in charge since December 2011
Saturday 12 October 2013
Azerbaijan had only won one World Cup qualifier in the last dozen years
Thursday 10 October 2013
MPs says Treasury is being cheated by firms that deliberately flood European markets
Friday 04 October 2013
Our legal system is still - just about - the envy of the world. Not for long
Tuesday 01 October 2013
Wednesday 25 September 2013
Outlook That's not to excuse businesses from paying the low levels of corporation tax levied in the UK. The problem is too many treat it as an optional charge payable only by those who don't have accountants smart enough to avoid it.
Monday 23 September 2013
The Eurovision Song Contest has introduced new rules to combat bribery after supporters of Azerbaijan’s entry were accused of buying votes at this year’s event.
Monday 16 September 2013
Amazon is under threat of being subjected to a fresh tax inquiry, it has been reported. The online retail giant has been dogged by controversy over its UK tax affairs and is now said to be in the sights of European regulators.
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Shaun Maloney lifted Scotland off the bottom of their group when he grabbed a late winner against Macedonia in Skopje but it was Ikechi Anya who impressed most, the Watford winger inspiring Gordon Strachan's side to victory.
Tuesday 10 September 2013
A look ahead to tonight's World Cup qualifier in Stade Josy Barthel
Monday 02 September 2013
Vodafone’s chief executive Vittorio Colao could be in line for a £5.5m personal windfall from the sale of its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless to America’s Verizon Communications.
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
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- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster