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Outlook Congratulations to Mary Barra, who has become the first female boss of a big US car maker by taking over General Motors just as it stopped being unofficially known as Government Motors.

Stephen Byers: A Blairite thorn in Brown's side

Stephen Byers is one of a small group of prominent Blairite "ultras" who have been a thorn in the side of Gordon Brown since he became Prime Minister.

Car Choice: Taxi for Julio! That'll be the Mondeo or the Galaxy outside

Julio Lambert is 58 and looking to buy a car to use as a taxi. He admits to being on the short side, so wants a raised seat for excellent all-round visibility. Julio does have an old Rover which could be part exchanged for £2,000 in scrappage, but he wonders whether something a little older would be better value?

The real Gordon Brown

Fellow Fifer Tom Brown was a cub reporter when he first met the future Prime Minister, then a primary schoolboy. The pair have since enjoyed a long and close relationship, and the veteran journalist offers this fascinating insight into the Premier's flawed character and ferocious drive – and reveals why he will never quit

Tom Sutcliffe: Working-class culture... that's so middle class

"It pains me that working-class culture is sneered at and ridiculed. Fifty years ago it was seen as noble and dignified." This is Jon Cruddas, in yesterday's paper, answering a reader's question as to whether he thinks of himself as a class warrior. It was a remark that the sub-editor responsible thought sufficiently striking to pick out in large, red type as a pull-quote... and it struck me, for two reasons. First, I wondered who was supposed to be doing the sneering and then, more to the point, I found myself asking what would count as "working-class culture", both now and 50 years ago.

Letters: Reform after Rover

Rover shows need for workplace democracy

Business Diary: Rover man experiences an identity crisis

We have every sympathy for the former Rover employee quoted extensively in some media reports this weekend. The disgruntled ex-car worker is no doubt right to complain bitterly about the way his former bosses enriched themselves, as detailed in Friday's report into MG Rover. Still, one can't help wondering what Mr Morris Minor was doing working for Rover in the first place.

Editor-At-Large: After Turing, the shameful abuse of gays goes on

It's become fashionable for politicians to say sorry – generally for events they have no control over. It's easier to demonstrate humility for a social injustice that happened more than half a century ago than to admit responsibility for handing Rover cars to a bunch of avaricious buffoons who presided over its demise, resulting in thousands of workers losing their jobs.

Leading article: A sorry tale of private greed and public incompetence

There are uncomfortable lessons in the disgraceful demise of MG Rover

Rover director's lover 'paid £1.7m for one year's work'

Report condemns consortium who made fortune out of collapsed car maker / Vice-chairman deleted material from his computer day after inquiry was announced

Directors face ban over Rover collapse

Four directors in charge of car giant MG Rover when it collapsed with the loss of thousands of jobs face being banned from holding office again after a damning indictment today in a long-awaited report.

Rover report details restructuring changes

The Rover report runs to more than 830 pages and details restructuring changes within MG Rover Group under the "Phoenix Four" which led to the creation of 33 companies.

Phoenix four hit back at 'whitewash'



The so-called Phoenix Four hit back immediately today describing the report into the collapse of MG Rover as a "witch hunt".

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