William Hague throws down gauntlet to Labour over Scottish MPs voting rights




William Hague throws down gauntlet to Labour over Scottish MPs voting rights The leader of the House of Commons called on Labour to clarify its thinking by the time of the election in May, as an opinion poll showed that nearly two-thirds of voters believe Scottish MPs should be banned from voting on English-only matters at […]







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Enjoy your retirement, Meryvn King – just don’t call it a ‘grey gap year’




The Bank of England boss is about to step down, and has said he’s going to give himself a gap year. He probably deserves a break – but lose the backpacker lingo, eh Merv? Mervyn King is retiring as governor of the Bank of England. I’m sure we’ll all get over it. It’s not like […]







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Jeremy Deller’s visions of England




The spirit of Albion, as conjured in the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale, makes for some surprising and dramatic connections. The Turner-winning artist explains his thinking ‘Things obsess me,” Jeremy Deller says, “but I don’t think of myself as obsessive.” At 9.30 on the morning before his show opens in the British pavilion at […]







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Mortgage lending buoys Bank of England figures




Lending to individuals is on the up, driven by mortgages, BoE figures show, but business lending hits a slump Lending to individuals rose in April, but figures from the Bank of England showed a sharp fall in the amount of borrowing done by businesses. Non-financial firms paid off £3bn of loans (including overdrafts) over the […]







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