HSBC recruits former MI5 chief

HSBC, fined £1.9bn last year for money laundering, appoints Sir Jonathan Evans as independent non-executive directorHSBC – Britain’s biggest bank, which was last year fined $1.9bn (£1.3bn) for acting as banker for rogue states, terrorists and drug lords – has recruited the former director general of MI5 to join the board.Sir Jonathan Evans will be […]
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Treasury chief says threats to quit EU undermine UK’s economic revival

Danny Alexander backs EU membership and aims for capital overhaul in long-term expenditure planDanny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, on Thursday warned that the UK’s nascent recovery would be squandered if the coalition continued to suggest willingness to leave the EU.He also revealed that the government wanted the spending review, due to be […]
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In praise of … Paul Moore

Among the many dishonoured bankers of HBOS, here’s one who deserves some praiseAmong the many dishonoured bankers of HBOS, here’s one who deserves some praise. Had it not been for whistleblower Paul Moore, James Crosby would probably still have his knighthood and the surrendered third of his pension; and he almost certainly would not have […]
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Sexism in the workplace is alive and well, and Adria Richards is latest victim | Jill Filipovic

When women like Adria Richards speak out against sexism and misogyny, they’re met with rape threats and/or firedThe Adria Richards story isn’t a new one: Woman publicly says something about sexism. The internet hoards descend. Woman is on the receiving end of rape and death threats. Woman disappears for a while, sometimes forever. Commentators who […]
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With threats and bribes, Gove forces schools to accept his phoney ‘freedom’ | George Monbiot

Through its academies programme, the government is creating a novelty: the first capitalist command economySo much for all those treasured Tory principles. Choice, freedom, competition, austerity: as soon as they conflict with the demands of the corporate elite, they drift into the blue yonder like thistledown.This is a story about England’s schools, but it could just as […]
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