Economy and Politics

  • 29 Mar 2012

    Greens are calling on the Scottish government to back the idea of local energy companies. They say renewable energy should not be left to tycoons and big business.

  • 29 Mar 2012

    The development agency Progressio has responded factually to a critical House of Lords Economics Committee Report on UK Aid and its future.

  • 29 Mar 2012

    The housing and homelessness charity Shelter has revealed that renting a two-bedroom home in London is unaffordable for families earning less than £52,000.

  • 28 Mar 2012

    In the cash for access row the Conservatives have portrayed Labour’s relationship with the unions as equivalent to, and just as insidious as, their own relationship with a handful of rich donors. This is highly disingenuous. The Downing Street dinners only illustrate what we have all known all along: that rich people naturally gravitate towards the Conservative party, but whoever is in power they will always, as individuals, try to wield a disproportionate influence in their own interest.

  • 27 Mar 2012

    The region Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region - Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Morocco, Yemen and many others - is a tinderbox ready to be set ablaze, says Dr Harry Hagopian. So can the collective wisdom of the international community overcome its short-term stratagems and leap forward with political determination? Or will the haunting predictions of a well-placed Syrian activist from Homs who wryly suggested that we are in for a decade of sporadic and prolonged civil wars indeed come true? The stakes are high in Syria and beyond.

  • 27 Mar 2012

    Serious concern has been expressed that US property tycoon Donald Trump is set to fund a campaign in the 3 May 2012 Scottish council elections.

  • 27 Mar 2012

    A decision by Quakers to give a “loyal address” to Elizabeth II has triggered heated internal controversy due to the denomination's anti-royal tradition.

  • 26 Mar 2012

    “A hundred grand is not premier league. Two hundred grand to 250 is premier league.” The language of the huckster employed by Tory Treasurer Peter Cruddas in relation to access to the Prime Minister is ugly and dispiriting.

  • 26 Mar 2012

    Scandal has erupted over an offer to dine with the UK Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer, and influence policy, in return for money. Conservative Party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas was filmed promising undercover journalists access to the top reaches of government, in return for donations of up to £250,000. The reporters, from the Sunday Times, had posed as overseas wealth fund managers.

  • 26 Mar 2012

    It is almost a truism to note that if the mainstream media is our only source of news regarding anything to do with religion (however that might be conceived) in the Middle East, or even the Middle East in general, we are in deep trouble, says Dr Michael Marten. Here he analyses some of the major misunderstandings, urging the BBC and others to 'up their game' and to have the courage to address difficult and contentious issues appropriately.