Film stars are a joke for Ricky Gervais
The Golden Globes ceremony is usually all about praise. But this year, Hollywood’s finest were also the butt of jokes. Should comedy upset people?
Rage as ‘greedy bankers’ take bonuses
Despite widespread blame for our economic woes and a renewed outbreak of banker bashing, top financiers are due for another bumper year.
Miracle and disaster as China grows rich
Boomtime for industry in China has brought health risks for the population, with frequent poisonings and accidents. But there are benefits as well.
Terrible floods in Australia bring ruin and snakes
They have not seen floods like this in Queensland for over fifty years. But as the waters subside, who should be paying for the damage?
An emergency budget for turbulent economic times
Yesterday’s Budget – full of severe cuts to services and tax rises – was presented as unavoidable given our economy’s dangerous position. But where do the real risks lie?
The challenge for George Osborne on Budget eve
How can a government possibly communicate one of the most complex financial plans of the year in a way that people who are not economists can understand?
Cheap as chips? Not any more, warns the UN
The UN has issued a warning about poverty, malnutrition and the rising cost of food. What’s pushing up the prices? And can we avoid a global disaster?
The horror of an army turning on its own people
In 1972, British soldiers killed 14 Irish protestors in the city of Derry. Yesterday an exhaustive inquiry declared the protestors totally innocent.
Life without mangoes, bananas or flights to Paris
A group of global experts has worked out that Britain could cut 637m tonnes of greenhouse gases within 20 years. But life would be very different.
Greece told: beware Chinese bearing gifts
As Greece struggles, China comes to the rescue with its biggest ever European investment. But does Chinese help come with dangerous strings attached?
The lost millions: 43.3m are now displaced worldwide
It’s Refugee Week, and the number of displaced people is at its highest for 20 years, with 80% housed in developing countries. Is Britain shirking its responsibility?
The cruellest cut — or a brave new world?
Beneath the endless gloomy headlines about job losses and closures there lurks an ideological argument about the role of the state in the future of Britain.
Oil pollution: best when out of sight and out of mind
The BP oil leak off the coast of America has led Barack Obama to crack down on offshore drilling. But does this mean even worse pollution in other parts of the world?