Economy and Politics

  • 21 Mar 2012

    Christian Aid says that chancellor George Osborne has spoken out against tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance, but has failed to act accordingly.

  • 21 Mar 2012

    Cuts in welfare, age-related tax benefits, child benefit and the minimum wage will combine with high joblessness and price increases to heighten austerity.

  • 20 Mar 2012

    Three major British Churches are calling on Chancellor George Osborne to take tough action on tax avoidance in his 21 March 2012 statement.

  • 20 Mar 2012

    On Budget Day, MPs and campaigners will call on the government to rethink its £100 billion spending commitment on nuclear weapons.

  • 19 Mar 2012

    The House of Commons has heard a call for the powers of the Crown Estate Commissioners in Scotland to be fully devolved and decentralised to local communities.

  • 19 Mar 2012

    Critics have accused the coalition government's NewBuy scheme of being an irresponsible attempt to entrench unaffordable house prices.

  • 19 Mar 2012

    Time and again in the midst of "events, dear boy, events" (Harold Macmillan's famous response to an interrogation about what is the biggest difficulty in being Prime Minister), I keep coming back to Dutch theologian Harry Kuitert's observation that while "everything is politics, politics is not everything".

  • 18 Mar 2012

    In 2010 an earthquake ripped through Haiti killing more than 200,000, making millions homeless. Speaking to Haitians now, they date everything from that day – “après le douze”, “avant le douze” meaning after or before the twelfth of January when the 7.0 magnitude quake shook itself out from near the capital Port au Prince.

  • 16 Mar 2012

    In May 2009, Sri Lanka’s civil war came to an end. On 14 March 2012, Channel 4 broadcast Sri Lanka's Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished, a follow-up to an earlier documentary. This focused on the last few months of the armed conflict, when large numbers of civilians were killed or injured.

  • 16 Mar 2012

    President Sarkozy's call for labelling meat from animals slaughtered in line with religious rules has sparked outrage among France's Muslim and Jewish leaders.