Economy and Politics

  • 27 Apr 2012

    Teachers in England are witnessing increasing numbers of pupils coming into school "hungry", "dirty" and "struggling to concentrate" since the economic crisis began, according to a Prince’s Trust and Times Educational Supplement survey. Interviews with over 500 secondary school teachers painted a bleak picture.

  • 26 Apr 2012

    The World Development Movement will protest at the AGM of Barclays’ bank over the company’s role in fuelling global hunger by betting on food prices.

  • 26 Apr 2012

    The British government is reported to be blocking attempts at the United Nations to discuss how governments can lend and borrow responsibly.

  • 26 Apr 2012

    A Quaker has interrupted a speech by Business Secretary Vince Cable to deliver his own impromptu speech against the government’s support for the arms industry.

  • 25 Apr 2012

    A ruling against Egyptian actor Adel Imam, who has been goven a prison sentence for “insulting Islam” in his films, sends out the message that Egypt has not moved on from "quashing free speech", says Amnesty International.

  • 25 Apr 2012

    The debate over options for Scotland's future is at the moment primarily focused on how, when, with what question(s) and on what terms the referendum around the constitution will take place.

  • 24 Apr 2012

    Newham Council has written to housing associations across the country, including one in Stoke, in an attempt to find accommodation for the 32,000 families on its housing waiting list.

  • 24 Apr 2012

    A senior Church of Scotland minister has written to Alex Salmond about asylum seekers who are facing oppression and persecution if they are sent back home.

  • 24 Apr 2012

    When we talk about issues of economic justice, it’s nearly always a broad discussion of unjust structures and systems rather than individuals, and on the whole that’s probably the way it should be. But does that in effect mean that the super-rich, the one per cent, are allowed to be comfortably anonymous and unaccountable? And should they be allowed to remain so?

  • 24 Apr 2012

    The Bahraini authorities have been accused of “toying with the life” of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who has been on hunger strike in prison for 75 days.