British justice stalls as barristers walk out
Britain’s top lawyers downed pens and took up placards yesterday for the first time in their history. Is the protest a threat to one of the world’s most revered legal systems?
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?
Poverty-stricken parents give up babies in Greece
Poverty, hunger, families crammed into crumbling houses and, now, babies left on church doorsteps. It sounds like a Victorian novel – but this is happening right now, within the EU.
Britain walks the tightrope of economic misery
UK economic forecasts are getting grimmer and more urgent. In tomorrow’s autumn statement, the chancellor George Osborne will be forced to confirm a long period of rigid austerity.
Riot crackdown focuses on teenage gangs
After the summer riots in English cities, ministers are seeking solutions for antisocial behaviour and crime. Gang culture is their latest target.
Buds of hope amid cuts, meltdown and revolution
Spring has arrived, and it finds the world emerging from a deep dark winter of crisis. As the fog clears, are there reasons for hope amid the chaos?
UK Budget: hard numbers and political theatre
After weeks of meticulous planning, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has offered a Budget to cheer people up. But amid bad economic news, will it really work?
Retirement income for state employees under threat
Government spending cuts and reduced retirement perks could make it less attractive to work for the state. The changes prompt a debate on protecting 'frontline' workers.
A ‘compelling plan’ – Cameron defends Big Society
It was one of the crucial strands of the Conservatives' election strategy. But many say it isn't working. Can Cameron convince us that the Big Society is more than just hot air?
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?
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 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.