New rules for car indicators: from the archive, 17 May 1956

Three new standards to be enforced as Minister of Transport confirms his approval of flashing direction indicators on carsThe Minister of Transport has confirmed his approval of flashing direction indicators on cars. He announced in the House of Commons yesterday that all three types of indicator at present approved should continue to be legal, but […]
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Autumn-born teenagers should be set higher GCSE pass marks

Institute for Fiscal Studies says pass marks should be lower for those born in the summerTeenagers born earlier in the school year should be set higher pass marks in their GCSEs, experts argue in a paper on Friday .The Institute for Fiscal Studies, the respected economics thinktank, is calling for pupils in primary and secondary […]
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Letter: Another mis-selling scandal

The news that 250,000 interest-only loans cannot be repaid is not as simple as it appears (Interest-only mortgage warning: 1.3 million homeowners risking retirement dream, 2 May). There is a growing body of evidence that interest-only mortgages were sold to people who would have been quite capable of discharging a repayment mortgage. There is also […]
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Why do I have to pay commission to my former estate agent?

Q In 2010 I put my house on the market with an estate agent. The contract gave him sole agency. Over the years we had a few viewings but I had to keep contacting him to reduce the price.In September 2012 I decided he’d had enough chance to sell the house so I got another agent […]
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Civil servants’ strike over pay signals start of guerrilla war, says union

PCS union warns of further action as thousands of staff stage walkout amid ongoing dispute over pay and conditionsTens of thousands of civil servants, including staff in jobcentres, courts and driving test offices, have staged a half-day strike on Friday afternoonyesterday in what the head of their union, the Public and Commercial Services (PCS), said […]
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Simon Hoggart’s week: hubris and the house of Miliband

How different the British political landscape might be if David Miliband had taken the time to talk to some fellow MPs? The disappearance of David Miliband has been treated as a family tragedy, as if they were a latter-day House of Atreus. In fact, it’s a fable about arrogance.This seems to afflict Labour leadership candidates. […]
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Why is a mortgage lender imposing conditions on a lent deposit?

Q My son is buying a house. He cannot afford the deposit of 25% but he and his wife can just about manage repayments on a £200,000 mortgage.I am prepared to put down a deposit of £70,000 pounds, but the lender is insisting I sign a letter confirming that this is a non-refundable gift, that […]
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Politicians can ignore public opinion | Ben Page

As a pollster I recognise that MPs will never fully represent people’s views, which are too varied, dependent on age and too often wrongSometimes you have to sympathise with politicians. This was “the decision that led inexorably to the disaster of genetically engineered babies”, declared Human Genetics Alert last week. They were responding to the […]
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HSBC: banking to a different set of rules reaps dividends and stability

HSBC’s decision to hand its boss a £2m bonus might raise eyebrows but it is excelling at keeping shareholders happyHSBC is different from other banks. For a start, it sees nothing wrong in handing a £2m bonus to the boss in a year in which the bank took a record-breaking fine of £1.2bn in the […]
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