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 cascade of revelations in recent months showing multinational companies doing a huge amount of business here and yet paying virtually no corporation tax has provoked widespread public demands for something to be done. But people tend to be rather hazier on what that "something" should be.
The outgoing Bank of England governor warns a government plan to boost the housing market with part-mortgage guarantees has no long-term place.
With two years until the next election, the Tory party has reopened old divisions over Europe which helped destroy Margaret Thatcher and John Major
Little Eisa Hayat, one, from Newport, South Wales, was the sole survivor of a car smash which wiped out a British family on pilgrimage to Mecca.