Economy and Politics

  • 2 Sep 2014

    Copeland in West Cumbria is the last local authority area in England where the average house price is less than three times the average annual salary, according to new analysis published by the TUC.

  • 1 Sep 2014

    The government is being asked to take action against British firm G4S, after it emerged the company has won a £71mllion contract to provide a range of ‘base support’ services at Guantánamo Bay.

  • 31 Aug 2014

    The UN says its peacekeepers in the Golan were attacked by armed elements on 30 August, as efforts continue to achieve the safe release of 44 blue helmets previously detained.

  • 30 Aug 2014

    Do they expect us to believe it all again? With weary familiarity, I have been reading the government’s claims that we face a heightened “terror threat”. UK governments have been making this claim every so often since 2001. It is usually followed by a fresh restriction of civil liberties or the departure of British troops to yet another war zone.

  • 30 Aug 2014

    More than one in three (37 per cent) working parents in England are having to cut back on buying food to be able to afford their rent or mortgage, new research from Shelter revealed yesterday.

  • 30 Aug 2014

    Stealing is a crime, but is it always a sin? Christian teaching over many centuries has said that to steal to meet an essential need is not in fact a sin, and that the real sin lies in the human systems and values that create such need.

  • 29 Aug 2014

    Many health professionals have gone on strike in Sri Lanka, though this has been suspended for a fortnight by court order. Other workers too are threatening industrial action if their pay is not raised to match the cost of living.

  • 29 Aug 2014

    Three days after returning from Greenbelt, I've had some time to process my impressions of this year's festival. I've realised that the main division at Greenbelt - a leading Christian festival - is not between liberals and conservatives but between liberals and radicals.

  • 29 Aug 2014

    The UN Secretary-General has expresssed alarm at what seems to be a “dangerous escalation” in the crisis in Ukraine, as the Security Council held emergency talks on the latest developments.

  • 29 Aug 2014

    The British and Portuguese trade union movements have signed a co-operation protocol aimed at ensuring Portuguese migrant workers in the UK can join unions and enforce their rights at work.