The stamp duty loophole trustafarian chancellor George Osborne, heir to a fancy wallpaper empire, may hesitate to close.
BROTHERS IN ALMS
The Barclay brothers won’t say if it’s HSBC, already a £250m lender, that’s also behind a £1.25bn arrangement at their online business, Shop Direct.
FOR POORER, FOR RICHER?
Jack Straw’s peerage may look shaky after his cash-for-access accident. But thanks to his well-connected, head-hunting wife, he’s unlikely to starve.
WHO’S FUELLING WHOM?
Despite loud calls for Russian sanctions, a close pal of Vladimir Putin is still invited to a London conference on what really counts – petroleum.
HSBC chief exec Stuart Gulliver, who’s spent most of his life in the UK but is domiciled in Hong Kong, makes a nonsense of those non-dom tax rules.
How research into the safety of the nation’s food is being handed on a plate to the disaster-prone outsourcing giant, Crapita.
Despite having been midwife to disastrous light touch regulation at the FSA, Sir Howard Davies is now trusted with the chair at taxpayer-owned RBS.
The government scheme to save billions in civil service staff costs by introducing shiny new websites falters on its two biggest initiatives.