“You love me,” sneers Sam Claflin’s hateful Hooray Henry into the face of a country pub landlord. Claflin’s Alistair is arguably the worst of a ver(...)

Queen Elizabeth II’s understated but significant words of insight on the troubled history of Anglo-Irish relations at a state dinner in Dublin in 2011 are included in the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations: “With the benefit of historical hindsight, we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As Scotland goes to the polls today to decide on its independence, it is interesting to leaf through this week’s newly published eighth edition of (...)

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond:  failed to secure ‘devolution max’ option on independence referendum ballot paper. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Some Scots want independence and nothing less. Before the referendum campaign started, however, the majority would have settled for running more of(...)

Reports have suggested that US banks are considering moving their European headquarters from London to Dublin, due to concerns that Britain might exit the European Union, the so-called “Brexit”. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

By this time of year, wealthy bankers in the City of London have usually jetted off to their summer holiday destinations. Tuscany, Provence and the(...)

Bank of England and Royal Bank of Scotland banknotes: a yes vote in Scotalnd’s independence referendum could have major consequences for sterling

The Clydesdale Bank’s purple-hued £20 note bears the image of Robert the Bruce on its front and New Lanark, a 18th century village built by philanthro(...)

For most Londoners Uxbridge is just the western terminus of the Central Line, somewhere near Heathrow. For one of their number, however, the capital’s(...)

 Boris Johnson delivers a speech in Bloomberg’s European headquarters on Britain’s involvement in the EU  in London yesterday. Mr Johnson also announced his intention to become an MP again at the 2015 general election. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Conservative heavyweight Boris Johnson has finally ended years of speculation, evasion and denials by declaring that he will stand for the House of C(...)

London mayor Boris Johnson speaks to members of the media in London today. Mr Johnson, widely regarded as a potential challenger to prime minister David Cameron, said he would try to run for parliament in next year’s national election. Photograph: Reuters

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, widely regarded as a potential challenger for prime minister David Cameron’s job, has said he would try to run for parl(...)

Bus routed?: the change will affect the service vehicles on which London’s economy relies, according to the president of the AA

London looks set to declare war on the diesel-engined car if plans by Mayor Boris Johnson get the go-ahead. Under the current congestion-charge legisl(...)

British foreign office minister Sayeeda Warsi has resigned from cabinet over the government’s policy on Gaza. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.

Britain’s first Muslim cabinet member has resigned from her position as a minister in the foreign office, saying she could no longer support the gover(...)