Global Superpowers dominate Olympic medal count
After sixteen days of frenzied sport and blanket media coverage, the Olympic results are in. USA, China and Britain took the most medals – but is that really what the Olympics are about?
Thousands of soldiers face sack as army slashed
The British Army is to be cut to its smallest level in hundreds of years. More than ten thousand soldiers will lose their jobs. But does the UK need an army at all?
Shakespeare’s history plays revived for a TV age
Four brand new adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays have been launched on the BBC. They tell stories of power, politics and identity — but should the plays really be called history?
More snow on way, as Britain’s big freeze continues
With more snow to come, the UK is in the grip of some icy winter weather. A freezing front from the Arctic has dominated the skies – and British conversation. Why is the nation so obsessed?
Moscow ‘spy-rock’ scandal embarrasses UK government
Yesterday, after five years of denial, Britain admitted to using a hollowed-out stone to spy on the Russians. Should modern nations still be investing in secret agents and James Bond gadgets?
Big cat investigation launched after deer deaths
Two mangled deer carcasses found in Gloucestershire are being tested for feline DNA. Are wild panthers, pumas and leopards really on the prowl in peaceful Britain?
Speech relaunches Labour as party for ‘tough times’
UK opposition leader Ed Miliband has outlined a ‘new approach’ for his Labour Party, promising fairness even when money is tight. It is the latest in a long history of political shifts.
Cameron challenges Scots over independence vote
Scots have been asked to decide by next year whether they want to remain a member of the United Kingdom. A ‘no’ could cut the ties of a union that has existed for over 300 years.
Britain at odds over state funeral for Iron Lady
Margaret Thatcher is back: subject of the new movie ‘The Iron Lady’ and a renewed debate about her radical politics – and now the focus of a peculiarly British row about her funeral.
Ping-Pong Poms choosing the UK over Australia
For years, Brits have fled the UK for the promise of sun, sea and sport in Oz. New figures, however, show many are leaving. Is the Australian dream not what it’s cracked up to be?
King James Bible celebrated in royal service
The Queen was among the congregation at a grand church ceremony to mark 400 years since the great Bible translation was finished. It was the culmination of a year of special events.
The Westminster ‘bear pit’: politics or panto?
Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons. A valuable lesson in holding government to account? Or an excuse for aggression and showing off?