Léon-Robert de L’Astran, an 18th-century shipowner, was praised for his noble refusal to participate in the slave trade. Sadly, however, it seems that he existed only as an internet hoax — duping Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, for three years, along with Ségolène Royal and others.
The prospect of an eventual “tell Sid”-style sale of shares in Lloyds Bank was raised by George Osborne as he claimed Britain’s economy had emerged from “intensive care”.
George Osborne has used his annual Mansion House speech to the City to announce the government is preparing to sell its stake in Lloyds Bank back to private investors.
Chancellor tells Mansion House the Treasury ‘actively considering’ how to start sale of Lloyds, while more radical restructuring may be needed at RBS
An overwhelming majority voted for the measure, which raises the prospect of urgent mail such as debit cards, gas bills and bank statements being abandoned at Royal Mail delivery offices.