The Ministry of Defence (MoD) must pay the entire cost of renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system, the government confirmed today. This increases the chances of Trident renewal being delayed or scrapped as nuclear weapons have previously been funded by the Treasury.
Students and lecturers are warning that theology and religious studies departments in British universities could be under threat due to cuts in higher education funding. Bangor University will this year accept new theology students for the last time, while staff at Birmingham have warned that they will consider strike action to resist compulsory redundancies.
The Business Secretary, Vince Cable has triggered a mixed reaction after saying that university students will “almost certainly” have to pay more towards their education, in contrast to the Liberal Democrats' previous approach.
Britain has a “once in a generation” opportunity to reform counter-terrorism measures, according to the civil rights organisation Liberty. They welcomed an invitation from government to participate in a review of anti-terrorism legislation.
Campaigners have welcomed the government's decision to scrap the controversial Section 44 of the Terrorism Act, which allowed the police to stop and search anyone, without requiring "reasonable suspicion".
David Cameron has tried to use Armed Forces Day to whip up support for the unpopular war in Afghanistan, but the ruinous cost of ineffective military spending is clearly at odds with his government's rhetoric about the urgent need for cuts.