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.
A Finance Team set up by HM Revenue and Customs to target wealthy fund managers and investment bankers has brought in £39 million since it started in September 2012, while the number of investigations is up by a quarter in the last year.
The UK's banking industry will have to prove it can endure a global economic slump in this year's Bank of England stress tests.
PM to use Downing Street press conference to attack Labour’s tax plans
The Chancellor said that workers will start paying 40 per cent tax at £42,385 from April this year - a £520 increase from the current £41,865 threshold.