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Keith Allen defends TV drug experiment

Keith Allen has defended a forthcoming Channel 4 programme in which he is seen under the influence of drugs and said it is "insane" to suggest it glamorises their use.

US economist warns Vickers bank reform is doomed

Sir John Vickers' Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) will today be accused of "a dangerous dereliction of duty" by one of the Bank of England Governor's favourite economists.

Warning that Vickers bank reform is doomed to failure

Report comes as pressure mounts on Barclays to spin off investment bank
A shortage of skilled staff threatens the success of firms at London's technology hub in Old Street

Does not compute: UK's 'Silicon Roundabout' hit by lack of brain power

Skills shortage is hampering the hub of Britain's internet companies

Alexander Lebedev pledges support for Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny

Alexander Lebedev threw his support behind the Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny yesterday, offering him backing in any future presidential bid.

Police app should let victims follow case

Victims of crime should be able to track their case online from the moment it is reported to the point when justice is served, a think-tank says.

Ugandan refugees enjoy a jubilee street party in Brixton, south London

Jubilation for the new Britons who made monarch their own

When Paul Sathianesan got off the plane at Gatwick Airport to begin a new life in a new country, all he had with him were two shirts, two pairs of trousers, a sarong and a container of soil from his homeland, Sri Lanka.

Clegg: we must reform our broken establishment

Britain's establishment, including politics, the media and big business, is "broken" and must be radically reformed, Nick Clegg will claim today.

Government cuts in student migration could 'cost the UK £3bn a year'

The Government is putting short-term political aims above concerns over long-term migration with its plans to cut the number of international students coming to the UK, a think-tank said today.

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High energy bills, tax and the price of petrol are top voters' concerns

Research shows most see Tories as the rich people's party, while Labour can't be trusted to run economy, reports Oliver Wright

London mayoral candidate Boris Johnson on the campaign trail

Energy bills, fuel duty and tax top voters' concerns

Survey shows that most feel Conservatives are the party of the rich – while Labour still can't be trusted to run the economy

Millions of workers are going to be too poor to be able to afford to retire, says a think tank

Half of over-50s will be forced to work until age 77

Study warns that poverty will force millions to stay in work for years after they can claim a state pension

Despite optimistic economic statistics, almost one-fifth of people say they are having an increasingly difficult time affording essentials

Economic gloom prevails despite predictions of better days ahead

Poll finds people on lower incomes are losing hope – but those better off say things are looking up

Fewer jobs and lower pay: Black graduates
pay price in jobs crisis as majority fail to find work

Report condemns a lack of opportunities and bleak outlook in employment

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The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker