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Rotherham, ‘political correctness’ and child protection

Rotherham, ‘political correctness’ and child protection

There has been widespread anger since an inquiry revealed that at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham from 1997-2013. Yet many adults in Britain are still in denial about the extent and seriousness of child sexual abuse.

Conservatives defeated over harsh bedroom tax

Conservatives defeated over harsh bedroom tax

The Conservative-led UK government was defeated in the House of Commons yesterday (5 September) after their Coalition partners broke ranks over the controversial bedroom tax. Several Liberal Democrats joined forces with Labour MPs on an Affordable Home Bill.

Sri Lanka must change, urge unions and intellectuals

Sri Lanka must change, urge unions and intellectuals

Many health professionals have gone on strike in Sri Lanka, though this has been suspended for a fortnight by court order. Other workers too are threatening industrial action if their pay is not raised to match the cost of living.

Boris Johnson calls for limit on presumption of innocence

Boris Johnson calls for limit on presumption of innocence

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called for an end to the presumption of innocence for those visiting war zones and powers to remove UK citizenship for those supporting a “terrorist state”.

Home secretary promise of crackdown on ‘non-violent extremism’

Home secretary promise of crackdown on ‘non-violent extremism’

UK home secretary Theresa May has promised to get tough on “non-violent extremism” as well as terrorism. Unless this is narrowly defined, such measures may undermine civil liberties and do more to promote than to counter violence.

Guardian agrees ad accusing Hamas of 'child sacrifice'

Guardian agrees ad accusing Hamas of 'child sacrifice'

A controversial advertisement supporting Israeli government action in Gaza was turned down by the Times but accepted by the Guardian. A version of the ad previously ran in the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal (http://electronicintifada.net/sites/electronicintifada.net/files/styles/...).

The Commonwealth Games, principles and protest

The 2014 Commonwealth Games brought moments of sporting glory, and a grand finale with Lulu, Kylie Minogue and Deacon Blue, to Glasgow. It also brought protests exposing the gap between Commonwealth ideals and reality in many member countries.

Women bishops approved: welcome step towards inclusion

Women bishops approved: welcome step towards inclusion

The Church of England’s general synod has given the go-ahead for women to be bishops. The move won the required minimum of two-thirds of votes among bishops and both lay and clergy representatives at the gathering in York. (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/20648) For some synod votes, the three ‘houses’ vote separately and a simple majority is not enough.

Lethal proposal for people with depression unable to work

Lethal proposal for people with depression unable to work

People in the UK unable to work because of depression may have their benefits stopped if they do not undergo cognitive behavioural therapy, which it is assumed will cure them, a newspaper has reported. If this plan goes ahead, sizeable numbers of mentally ill people are likely to die.

Giveaway sale as public services struggle to cope

Giveaway sale as public services struggle to cope

Low share prices when the UK government privatised Royal Mail cost the taxpayer around £1 billion, a parliamentary committee has reported. Meanwhile the National Health Service and social services are in financial crisis.