News archive from 28 April 2013

The payday loan shops opening fast on the UK's streets of debt

The criticism of payday lenders is fierce. They are accused of leaving borrowers without money to buy food or pay bills, targeting the vulnerable and wrecking communities. The lenders say they meet a need and provide an alternative form of short-term...


Bailout RBS and Natwest drop customer charter then shut 40 branches

Hopes of increased competition and better service among banks were dashed last week when The Co-operative's attempt to buy 632 branches from Lloyds collapsed. It means banking continues to be dominated by the biggest and most criticised giants - Royal...


TONY HETHERINGTON: I was burnt for £20,000 in carbon credit con

Tony Hetherington responds: It is bad enough to be persuaded to invest in carbon credits. There is no regulator or watchdog. There is no proper market or exchange to turn your certificates back into cash. And there is every chance the firm selling the...


'Own up to your mistakes', new voice of energy industry tells providers as bills continue to soar

Angela Knight represents Britain's 80-plus much-criticised energy companies and has some clear advice for her members: "Be upfront, be open with customers, explain what you've done, admit if you have made a mistake and put it right as soon as you...


Clifford: Charges are 'nonsense'

Apr 27 2013 PR guru Max Clifford repeated vows to clear his name after he was charged with 11 historic counts of indecent assault against teenage girls. The 70-year-old, famed for representing celebrities including Simon Cowell and Jade Goody, said...


SLIDESHOW: Penguins on the streets of London ...

NEARLY 150 penguin-clad Poolies descended on the capital on Saturday. In their traditional end-of-season fancy-dress outing, the P-p-p-p-oolies gathered in Covent Garden before making their way down to Crawley Town ahead of the 2-2 draw. The Mail...

Said & Done

Said & Done

The week in football (clockwise from top left): Marcos Martiniano, Jack Warner's relaunch, Santo Angelo's sheep, plus Nicolás Leoz. Images: Reuters, AFP, YouTube Bringing sunshineJack Warner – blaming years of "vindictive",...


Ian McMillan: A wave of joy at the simple pleasure of being daft

I did something the other morning that I've not done for years, and when I'd done it I laughed with the sheer joy of the thing I'd just done. I hadn’t planned it: it was an impulse that wasn’t mediated by what the great Barnsley philosopher Frank...


Boris Johnson urges support for third Heathrow runway

MAYOR of London Boris Johnson yesterday urged the government to resist the "great Moloch of aviation capacity" and rule out a third runway at Heathrow before the next election. Attending a rally against expansion of the transport hub,...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Hot News

PM adviser defends his Eton claim

AN ADVISER to the Prime Minister has defended an interview in which he said Eton's "ethos" of public service was why so many former pupils were in top positions in government. Tory MP and Old Etonian Jesse Norman told a newspaper yesterday:...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Hot News

Tributes to teen killed in ‘hen party’ crash

TRIBUTES were paid yesterday to the teenager who was killed in a horrific motorway crash involving a minibus taking a group of women to a hen party. Bethany Jones, 18, was killed and eight women seriously injured when their vehicle collided with a...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Hot News

British rower takes on challenge of North Pacific

A BRITISH adventurer yesterday began her second

Scotsman, 00:08 in Hot News

Scots helm London Fire drama

A TELEVISION drama depicting one of the nation's greatest disasters will be filmed later this year, ITV said yesterday. The network confirmed commission of the period drama, The Great Fire of London, which will follow the lives and loves of historical...

Scotsman, 00:08 in Hot News

Credit cards bridging payday gaps

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Scotsman, 00:08 in Hot News
Kerry Godliman: 'We're cracking up on stage for your entertainment'

Kerry Godliman: 'We're cracking up on stage for your entertainment'

Kerry Godliman: 'If you are perfect, comedy doesn't work.' Photograph: Karen Robinson "Growing up, all the comics I liked might as well have lived on the moon," Kerry Godliman confides over tea at Dulwich Picture Gallery. "They were...

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