Trump’s plans to cut the arts and humanities
Yesterday President Trump proposed a new budget for America which abolishes funds for thousands of arts and humanities projects. Are these not the most important part of any democracy?
UK says ‘national consensus’ will guide Brexit
The British government published its strategy for leaving the EU yesterday, after Parliament gave its permission to start exit negotiations. Will it deliver the Brexit people voted for?
More skyscrapers than ever built in 2016
Tall buildings have divided opinion since the Tower of Babel. Last year, the human race built more than ever before, despite global economic uncertainty. Is this cause for celebration?
We’re going for a hard Brexit, declares May
In a keynote speech on Brexit yesterday, the prime minister pledged to create ‘a global Britain’ and take the country out of EU institutions. Is she right to pursue ‘hard Brexit’?
Apple needs cutting down to size, experts say
Exactly ten years and a day have passed since the first iPhone was launched. Apple now utterly dominates the smartphone market. Is the power of the biggest technology firms bad for us all?
And now for the second French revolution
Francois Fillon, a latter-day Thatcherite, has trounced his rivals and is favourite to become president of France. He vows to slash state spending and launch an economic revolution.
UK debt spiral sparks economic collapse fears
Yesterday the UK chancellor delivered his autumn statement. Even with Brexit, he will allow the national debt to increase — and some warn of impending financial and social catastrophe.
Demand to close ‘greedy’ shops on Boxing Day
As Black Friday approaches, retailers are preparing for their busiest period of the year. But many of their staff want to shut the doors on the UK’s biggest shopping day of all, December 26th.
Trump & trade: a new era for globalisation
Building walls, scrapping trade deals, making America ‘great again’ — Donald Trump’s presidency is set to be a turning point in the rebellion against globalisation. Is it worth fighting for?
Trump’s ‘political tsunami’ shocks the world
How will history explain the rise of a maverick like Donald Trump? And how did the volatile combination of star power, raw emotion and incendiary language propel him to such dizzy heights?
War of words over massive new EU trade deal
After seven years of negotiation, Canada and the EU have signed a huge new trade deal. For believers in globalisation it is a triumph. But for many it spells disaster for democracy. Why?