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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Far-right groups plan day of demonstrations across England

Anti-racism campaigners warn of ‘day of hate’ on Saturday as English Defence League and BNP prepare for marches Far-right groups are planning their biggest mobilisation for 30 years this weekend with more than 50 demonstrations planned in towns and cities across England. Anti-racism campaigners have branded Saturday a “day of hate” after identifying 55 English […]


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King’s Desert Island Discs song list sets off speculators

Twittersphere speculates on possible choices for outgoing Bank of England governor, with Dire Straits among suggestions Sir Mervyn King, the outgoing governor of the Bank of England, is to be Kirsty Young’s guest on Desert Island Discs. King, who is being by replaced the Canadian central bank governor Mark Carney, will be the castaway on […]


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Why England fans should surrender their traditional chant | Mark Perryman

Banning the ‘No Surrender’ chant against Ireland won’t work. Dialogue, not diktat, is needed to find a new tune to unite fans It has been on the fixture list for months – I snapped up my tickets as long ago as February. On Wednesday, England play Ireland at Wembley, as part of the celebrations to […]


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Fire and rescue services in England should merge, says report

Fire services could slash costs by sharing stations with police and ambulance crews, says former chief adviser Ministers should consider replacing the 46 local fire and rescue authorities in England with a single national organisation – as has happened in Scotland – according to a review of the £2.2bn-a-year emergency service. Mergers, privatisation, staff-led mutual […]


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