Economy and Politics

  • 11 Oct 2011

    The Health and Social Care Bill passing through UK’s Parliament is prompting heated debate, says Savi Hensman. The government claims that this and other reforms to the National Health Service (NHS) will improve patient care. Campaigners fear that they reflect further steps towards privatisation and a fragmented system, which they believe will be harmful to those in most need.

  • 10 Oct 2011

    A few weeks ago, I was sorting through some old papers and came across my first ever published article. It was a piece on Christian attitudes towards mental health, published in the (now defunct) New Christian Herald in October 1998. I was 21.

  • 10 Oct 2011

    The latest statistics issued by the Communities and Local Government Department show that 44,160 households were accepted as homeless last year.

  • 8 Oct 2011

    The Archbishop of York has warned about commercial pressures within the NHS under the government's proposed reforms to the way it works.

  • 8 Oct 2011

    Afghanistan's war enters its second decade with the Taliban emboldened and the United States enfeebled, says Professor Paul Rogers. But the power-play between Pakistan, India and China is also now central to an assessment of what comes next. Afghanistan's future will be decided in Islamabad, New Delhi and Beijing as much as, if not more, than in Kabul and Washington.

  • 7 Oct 2011

    Greens say that the latest Bank of England quantitative easing move further highlights the need for a regulated, environmental approach to finance.

  • 7 Oct 2011

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy twice acknowledged the 1915-23 Genocide when he met with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan yesterday.

  • 6 Oct 2011

    An international coalition of over 120 NGOs in Afghanistan is calling on the international community to chart a fresh direction for national reconstruction.

  • 6 Oct 2011

    Welcome to the parallel universe of David Cameron. It is a world in which the Tories stand up for the poor, lead the fight against dictatorship and stop people from being given benefits on demand. It is a world that exists in a conference hall in Manchester this week, in a few daily papers the rest of the time, and in the less well-informed parts of the right-wing blogosphere. It has nothing in common with the world that most of us live in.

  • 6 Oct 2011

    Aid agencies have taken a photo climate petition to No 10 Downing Street, in a campaign to get the UK government to act on its green pledges.