When actor Bill Nighy joined director Richard Curtis to launch a campaign for a 'Robin Hood tax' on banks, they were confident it would easily gain public support.
After all, the banks' behaviour had been blamed for bringing the economy to its knees - and this was a chance to raise money for worthy causes such as tackling poverty and climate change, writes the Daily Mail.
So when an online vote asking if people supported the 'Robin Hood' tax suddenly began receiving 'No' votes at a rate of six per second, foul play was suspected.
Even more so when many of the votes were traced to banking giant Goldman Sachs. Full story...
ALISTAIR DARLING'S 50% "super tax" on bankers' bonuses has done almost nothing to curb the City's culture of excess, with almost half its bankers receiving significant increases, a survey to be published today reveals.
The poll of 694 British bankers and finance professionals carried out by eFinancialCareers found that 57% saw an increase in their bonuses this year compared with last year, with many payments more than doubling, writes the Independent.
Across the board, the rise in bonus payments was calculated at an average 40%. Basic pay has also increased sharply, with nearly two-thirds (64%) of respondents saying they had been handed rises, with the average increase coming in at 26%. Full story...
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