Audit firms' 'cosy' links to the Treasury: Damning report attacks Government's relationship with 'Big Four' companiesCommittee says accountants have 'inside knowledge' of tax loopholes By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 00:44 GMT, 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:46 GMT, 26 April 2013 Margaret Hodge said accountants knew about tax loopholes Britain's biggest accountancy firms have ‘an unhealthily cosy relationship with Government’, a damning report from MPs will warn today.
The gurning exhibitionist: Fergie makes her presence known at Margaret Thatcher's funeral Her friends say the former royal simply has an 'expressive' faceShe was also forced to deny texting at the end of the service By Rebecca English PUBLISHED: 23:11 GMT, 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 03:47 GMT, 18 April 2013 She was a surprise addition to the guest list.
Mastermind behind plans to disrupt Thatcher funeral is Oxford student whose parents live in 700,000 house in Tunbridge Wells 25-year-old Dominic Francis studies at Oxford's Rushkin CollegeFanatics plan to 'celebrate' Iron Lady's death in Central London todayIf people do break the law they will be properly dealt with,' Mayor said By Martin Robinson PUBLISHED: 13:08 GMT, 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 02:31 GMT, 13 April 2013 Dominic Francis has organised a demonstration on the Baroness Thatcher funeral route Protesters plan to disrupt Baroness Thatcher’s funeral by turning their backs on the funeral cortege as it passes. Thousands of people are supporting the plot as the eyes of millions of people turn on St Paul’s Cathedral next Wednesday. The architect of the protest is Dominic Francis, 25, whose parents live in a 700,000 home in Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Readers' fury at 'biased' BBC website: Corporation accused after negative articles appear about Baroness ThatcherReaders reacted angrily to BBC's coverage, branding it 'terrifically biased'Corporation has received more than 700 complaints over its coverage By Alasdair Glennie PUBLISHED: 23:50 GMT, 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:36 GMT, 11 April 2013 The BBC was accused of more ‘leftie bias’ in its coverage of Baroness Thatcher’s death yesterday after its main news website was filled with negative articles about the former Prime Minister.
Why folks Down Under are fed up with Fry: The TV presenter's show QI is on so frequently there are fears he is killing off local talentFormer senator tells Australian inquiry she wondered how viewers knew they were Down UnderHis quiz show has appeared on Australian Broadcasting Corporation so often, there are fears local talent is being killed off By Richard Shears PUBLISHED: 01:34 GMT, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:05 GMT, 4 February 2013 Too much Stephen Fry's quiz show QI appeared on national channel the Australian Broadcasting Corporation so frequently there are fears he is killing off local talent If you think there’s too much Stephen Fry on British TV, spare a thought for Australians. His quiz show QI has appeared on national channel the Australian Broadcasting Corporation so frequently there are fears he is killing off local talent. Former senator Margaret Reynolds told an Australian parliamentary inquiry into ABC’s content that Fry was on the channel in Tasmania so often she wondered how viewers would know they were actually in Australia
Tony Blair is a national hero (if you are Polish!) Former PM given award by country for helping thousands come to live in Britain Poland grateful to Blair's 'open door' immigration policiesBlair said: ‘I have a lot of admiration for Poland and the Polish people’Number of Poles living in Britain now stands at approximately 625,000 By Tamara Cohen PUBLISHED: 23:49 GMT, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:36 GMT, 30 January 2013 Tony Blair was given a gong at the Polish Business Leaders Awards in Warsaw In Britain, his ‘open door’ immigration policies have been criticised by all sides.
Britain could quit the EU and 'still be friends', admits the former European Commission presidentJacques Delors' u-turn after trying to force European federalism on UKHe suggested Britain could be EU 'partner' instead of fully fledged member | UPDATED: 10:42 GMT, 29 December 2012 U-turn: Jacques Delors' change of heart comes 22 years after he infuriated Eurosceptics by trying to force European federalism on the UK Britain could negotiate a looser relationship with the EU under plans floated by a key architect of the European project.
Maggie's war with treacherous Mitterrand over Exocet missile: Archive files reveal 'James Bond' plot to hijack aircraft carrying French-made weapons Leaders clashed over sale of French Exocet missiles in 1982Strain revealed in files released under 30-year rule by National ArchivesMI6 plan 'appropriate to a James Bond movie' was proposed to steal missiles | UPDATED: 11:43 GMT, 28 December 2012 In his memoirs, former Defence Secretary Sir John Nott describes France as Britain's 'greatest ally' during the Falklands War. But behind the scenes, the relationship between the two countries was strained almost to breaking point over the sale of French Exocet missiles in 1982, newly released documents reveal.
Thatcher's ideological mentor urged her to run a 'campaign of fear' to cut teenage pregnancies Details discovered in official papers released by the National Archives Education Secretary Sir Keith Joseph pressed for a series of 'scare' filmsDubbed the 'Mad Monk', he was one of Thatcher's closest cabinet allies | UPDATED: 14:15 GMT, 28 December 2012 Margaret Thatcher's 'ideological mentor' urged her to run a campaign of fear to deter teenage girls from becoming pregnant, according to newly published files. Education Secretary Sir Keith Joseph wanted the Government to produce a series of 'scare' films in an attempt to curb the number of pregnancies among immature adolescents from 'the least good homes'. Joseph – one of Mrs Thatchers closest Cabinet allies – believed a 'sharply rising trend' of bad parenting was a 'major cause of poor education and crime', and he had no doubt who was responsible, according to official papers released by the National Archives under the 30-year rule
How Mrs Thatcher personally paid son Mark's bar tab and the 1,800 cost of his rescue operation after he went missing during Paris-Dakar rally | UPDATED: 16:56 GMT, 28 December 2012 After her son Mark got lost in the desert competing in the Paris-Dakar rally, Margaret Thatcher shed a rare tear in public. When it came to paying for his rescue, however, the 'Iron Lady' was firmly back in the driving seat and at pains to ensure she personally, not taxpayers, footed the bill for her hapless off-spring's misadventure. With questions being asked in Parliament about the cost of the operation, she ordered a breakdown of Foreign Office expenses…