News Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence

Scotland's First Minister will have face-to-face talks with the latest Bank of England governor for the first time

Leading article: Britain cannot stand apart from the euro crisis

Mr Cameron must throw his weight unequivocally behind efforts to save the single currency

David Prosser: Governor's call for banks to raise capital ratios can only be bad news for businesses

Outlook Having spent Tuesday promoting an Autumn Statement full of schemes to promote lending to small and medium-sized businesses, George Osborne can't have been too pleased to read yesterday's Financial Stability Report from the Bank of England. It was full of reasons for the banks to lend less rather than more.

Business Diary: Watson will be among friends

This could be fun. The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum says Tom Watson will speak at its conference later this month. The Labour MP and scourge of the phonehackers will find many kindred souls at the forum, which takes the lead on ethical and social investment, as well as among fellow speakers. They include Deborah Hargreaves, the chair of the High Pay Commission. How Tullet Prebon's Terry Smith will go down is another matter. He's a little more – how shall we put it? – free market.

A bemused looking Mervyn King gives evidence in the House of Commons yesterday

The Sketch: Finance – it's so complicated that even the head of the Bank of England can't figure it out

King leafed through the Financial Services Bill, marvelling at MPs’ ability to understand it

King calls for new powers to clamp down on banks

Sir Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, bared his claws yesterday, calling for wide-ranging new powers to clamp down on rogue banks and describing the embattled broker MF Global as "a good example of a company where, frankly, there was no public interest in saving it".

Bank's Governor to face grilling over QE decision

Sir Mervyn King will be called to account before Parliament today for the decision of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to inject £75bn into the British economy at a time when inflation is running more than double the Bank of England's target.

Stephen Foley: Cassandra King takes the stage in Liverpool

Outlook The notes struck by Sir Mervyn King sound gloomier each time the Bank of England Governor rises to speak.

We should have done something to get rid of Brown, says Alistair Darling

Former Chancellor's memoirs claim economic rift with PM stripped Labour Party of its credibility. Nigel Morris reports

Brown is like dental treatment with no anaesthetic, said Blair

Tony Blair found it so difficult to work with Gordon Brown that he complained that "dealing with GB is like having dental treatment with no anaesthetic", Alistair Darling recalls in his memoirs.

The Darling version: King and Balls savaged by ex-chancellor

Alistair Darling confirms that Gordon Brown tried to prise him out of the Treasury in 2009 to put Ed Balls in his place

Ben Chu: There are worse crimes than exasperating the Treasury

Can the Governor be exasperating? Certainly. Worse, he can also be wrong

Business Diary: BofA says don't buy the rumour

The poor saps running the crisis-hit Bank of America are so fed up with the gossip doing the rounds about their problems that they've taken to sending memos to their own staff to deny the rumours. "Some blogs are speculating about rumours of merger talks with JP Morgan Chase, which are baseless and don't even make practical sense," the bank has told them. As for the idea that it's about to raise tens of billions of dollars from investors to bolster its funding, that's "just wrong".

Business Diary: Apprentice master has much to learn

It's a good job this isn't a task,given how angry the fearsome Lord Sugar gets when contestants on The Apprentice lose him money. What then to make of his latest tweet? "Bank shares seem too low: I bought Lloyds, RBS, Barclays on Friday," he tells his loyal followers. Since then, almost inevitably, the shares in question have fallen further. Still, we're sure Lord Sugar is in for the long haul and to be fair, he does warn followers that he's not an expert and that they should take advice before copying his lead.

Vickers now expected to take tough line on banks

Sir John Vickers, chairman of the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB), is reportedly ready to defy the big banks and impose tougher than expected "ring fencing" of their retail and investment banking activities when he presents his report on 12 September.

Sean O'Grady: No wonder the Bank of England Governor is feeling grumpy

Economic Life: The opportunity to forge a new deal in the eurozone and a 'New Bretton Woods' came and went during what we thought was the recovery

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
Vietnam
Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that? The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year
Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

Sports Quiz of the Year

So, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect