Economy and Politics

  • 5 Jan 2012

    A new survey from Shelter reveals that almost one million people have taken out a payday loan to help pay rent or mortgage in the last 12 months.

  • 5 Jan 2012

    New evidence from the Institute for Fiscal Studies for the Family and Parenting Institute shows government policies and cuts hitting vulnerable families hard.

  • 4 Jan 2012

    A Christian debt counselling charity says it will be able to expand its areas of work after receiving a licence from the Office of Fair Trading.

  • 3 Jan 2012
    There is an excellent letter in today's Financial Times from James Skinner, a trustee of the New Economics Foundation, referring to the 'conspiracy of silence' surrounding the creation of money by commercial banks.
  • 2 Jan 2012

    2012 will see the UK government sending arms sales delegations to countries who use violent repression against protestors

  • 1 Jan 2012

    New Year was not kept in my childhood home. My parents believed that every day was the beginning of a new year.

  • 31 Dec 2011

    Occupy London, part of the global movement for social and economic justice, is welcoming local people visitors joining them for New Year’s celebrations.

  • 31 Dec 2011

    From my point of view, one of the major stories from 2011 has to be the growth of the Occupy movement - which in many places, not least London, has shown itself to be more than a ragged protest. Rather, it is a movement looking to make a sustained, subversive impact on our dominant political and economic processes.

  • 31 Dec 2011

    The political ride in Britain, in Europe and more widely is set to get bumpier, sometimes alarming, and never less than fascinating, says Simon Barrow. But the key question remains: who does (and who should?) call the shots in shaping the capacity of our key institutions both to respond to popular pressures and to ride the economic tiger?

  • 31 Dec 2011

    December 2011 was characterised by two key Armenian events - one in France and another in Israel. In France, the National Assembly (he lower house of parliament) approved a draft law that would criminalise the denial of the Armenian genocide. Dr Harry Hagopian questions this approach. The horrific scale of the crime means this sensitive issue becomes laden with profound moral, ethical, legal, political and psychological implications, he says, recommending a pan-Armenian strategy.