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Prisons fail us all – policy has to change | letters

Government ineptitude over many years has resulted in overcrowded jails and reoffending on a huge scale<p>Your report on the crisis in our prison system (“Are Britain’s prisons facing a meltdown?”, Focus) rightly poses the question: what is prison for? However, we have been asking the same question …

We need a special court for free speech, delivering justice for all | Nick Cohen

Two recent privacy cases have made the case for an urgent overhaul in the law<p>In the 21st century, everyone can be a journalist and everyone can be a victim of journalism. Debates about free speech are fierce because millions now feel the urgency of questions that were once rarely aired outside …

Court to hear case of banker kept alive against family's wishes

Supreme court to rule on whether judges need to authorise withdrawal of life support care<p>The case of an investment banker who suffered severe brain damage following a heart attack will be heard by the supreme court on Monday in a test of whether judges need to authorise the withdrawal of life …

Privy Council backs appeal over judge's apparent independence

Former High Court judge 'should have disclosed’ Qatari appointment when sitting on Cayman Islands dispute.

Anger erupts over Trump's order banning refugees from US

LONDON (AP) — Anger erupted on Saturday — along with some praise from the far-right — about U.S. President Donald Trump's ban on refugees entering …

The vicious assault on UK judges by the Brexit press is a threat to democracy | Charles Falconer

The judiciary is a vital pillar of our constitution. The government must defend it from these unconscionable attacks – or put all our freedoms at risk<p>The Brexit-supporting press has mounted a vicious assault on the three high court judges who ruled in the article 50 case. And it has undermined our …

Creating child poverty for a whole new generation. Take a bow, Theresa May | Aditya Chakrabortty

I have seen how the new household benefit cuts will tear poor families apart. Even Margaret Thatcher would have balked at this<p>In a little council house in Birkenhead, Steve is panicking over how he’ll find an extra £304 rent money a month. He has just days to magic up an answer. If he can’t, he can …

Congratulations To Bolivarian Socialism - Finally A Sensible Economic Policy In Venezuela

We cannot yet say that economic policy in Venezuela is sensible but we can say that one economic policy is now, finally, sensible. The law hasn’t changed as yet but it appears that the government is allowing price controls on food to wither away. As a result there is now food in the shops in those …

John Bassett III on the global economy, the power of people, and how to make it in America

In this episode of the Radar Podcast, I chat with John Bassett III, chairman of the board of the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company. We talk about …

'There are growing threats looming over the global economy'

In his recent talk at the Strategic Investment Conference 2016, David Rosenberg of Gluskin Sheff argues that there are growing threats looming over the global economy.<p>He believes that current macroeconomic and political trends could lead to serious problems in China, and especially Europe, in the …

Free Trade Is the Key to Economic Growth

Contrary to what the political class has been saying.<p>Typically when we watch the news, we are given a conspiracy theory of free trade economically …

Economics

The global economy has entered unexplored, dangerous territory

As the world’s finance ministers and central-bank governors came together in Washington last week for their annual global financial convocation, the mood was somber. The specter of secular stagnation and inadequate economic growth on the one hand, and ascendant populism and global disintegration on …

Economics

British economy loses steam as business investment wilts - surveys | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s economy appears to be losing steam, with major business surveys showing a marked slowdown in the services sector and boardrooms beset by doubt about the future following the country’s vote to leave the European Union.<p>Commuters walk past the Bank of England in London, …

Why There's a War on Cash in Europe

While anti-crime and anti-terror justifications are offered, at bottom its about central bank policy.<p>The debate on cash is heating up right …

Abolition

IMF study warns free trade seen as benefiting 'only a fortunate few'

Policymakers must address needs of trade-affected workers, International Monetary Fund’s new World Economic Outlook says<p>The International Monetary Fund has warned that free trade is increasingly seen as benefiting only the well-off and that help is needed for those whose job prospects have been …

The Brexit economy: post-referendum data defies gloomy UK predictions

Guardian analysis of key economic figures gives rounded assessment three months after the vote<p>Related: How has the Brexit vote affected the UK economy? September verdict<p>Fears that Britain will slide into a post-referendum recession have been allayed after a Guardian analysis showed the latest news …

UK Economy

UK visitors handed over £1.8bn in July as weak pound fuels spending spree

First official figures on tourism trends since Brexit vote also showed that Britons cut their spending overseas by 1%<p>Spending by UK visitors picked up in July, while British holidaymakers’ cut their spending overseas, according to the first official figures on travel trends since the Brexit vote …

UK failing on many human rights measures, report claims

Coalition of 175 civil society organisations raises alarm over prisons, hate crimes, stop and search powers and threat to Human Rights Act<p>The UK has failed to meet many human rights recommendations made by the United Nations and should do more to prevent prison overcrowding, tackle hate crimes and …

Negative interest rates are damaging the economy and hitting investment

A number of central banks now have negative official rates. Over $30 trillion (£10 trillion) of worldwide government bonds are now trading at yields …

Monetary policy fails to address uncertainties in global economy: MAS' Ravi Menon

Speaking at the Milken Institute Asia Summit, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Managing Director, Ravi Menon, suggested that these uncertainties …

China's Stubbornly Vibrant Economy

In the 1980s I had the occasion to follow a group led by Prof. Byron Weng, a political science professor from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, to …

Five things to look out for in the world economy this week

We are going to learn a lot about the world economy this week and it won’t all be good news. The most important day will be Friday, when we get the …

Venezuela provides a glimpse into the horrors of inflation gone wild: A dozen eggs cost $150 USD as hyper inflation wrecks economy.

The award for worst performing economy in 2016 would likely go to Venezuela. What could possibly go wrong when the government tries to control …

Brexit And Article 50 Could Be Triggered Without A House Of Commons Vote

May reportedly doesn't need parliamentary approval.<p>MPs could be sidelined by Theresa May over Brexit, with the Prime Minister reportedly set to deny …

European Union

‘No Brexit till Parliament gets a vote!’ Pro-EU campaign threatens govt with legal action

Supporters of the UK remaining in the EU have launched a crowdfunding effort to legally prevent Tory Prime Minister Theresa May initiating Brexit without a full vote on the issue by MPs in Parliament.<p>So far 1,400 people have contributed to the People’s Challenge crowdfunder, bringing the total …

UK PM has no legal obligation to consult parliament on EU divorce: spokesman

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government has no legal obligation to consult parliament on triggering the formal divorce procedure with the European Union, but lawmakers will have a say, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday.<p>Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May visits a joinery …

Great Britain

Brexit supporters urged to back MPs' vote on triggering Article 50

Pro-EU campaigners have urged Leave supporters to help fund their legal challenge aimed at preventing Theresa May from triggering Brexit without …

Legal body warns European laws could remain in place after Brexit

Dean of the Faculty Gordon Jackson QC made the point in a submission to MSPs on Holyrood's European and External Relations Committee as they start to …

Great Britain

Revenge porn: More than 200 prosecuted under new law

<b>More than 200 people have been prosecuted since a new revenge porn law came into force in England and Wales last year, a Crown Prosecution Service report on crimes against women shows.</b><p>The director of public prosecutions said the cases were part of a trend of crimes committed through social …