Anger and admiration as India’s far-right leader Modi visits USA
Admirers and protesters have mobilised as India’s far-right Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the USA. He is a controversial figure, given his role in the mass murder of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002 and ongoing links with violent hardliners.
Faslane extravagance means net job losses and a threat to security
George Osborne, the UK chancellor, announced that £500 million is to be spent on a nuclear submarine base in Scotland, securing or creating over 6,700 jobs and protecting the country. This may sound impressive. But, when examined, his claims ring hollow.
The Archbishop of York will block a lay minister from serving local churches, simply because he is getting married. This move is divisive and exposes the Church of England’s injustice towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
Divisions have opened up among Labour Party leaders over whether to avoid opposing harsh social security cuts. Some regard this as a difference between the sensible and dogmatic. But perhaps this exposes past folly in supporting injustice and deceit.
Will the budget succeed in derailing the UK economy?
The Summer Budget produced by the UK chancellor George Osborne will, predictably, continue to widen the gap between the rich and the rest of the population. It may also fulfil economists’ warnings of further economic damage.
Social housing crackdown could cost taxpayers billions
Hundreds of thousands of council and housing association tenants in England could face rocketing rents or eviction unless they buy their homes. Though supposedly this will save £250 million a year, it may actually cost billions.