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EU Commission's Juncker seeks 'fair deal' for UK

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United Kingdom

Why are we subsidising the royal family at a time of gross inequality?

Nothing symbolises stagnation, immovable social barriers and hierarchy quite like the royal family. No wonder George Osborne is leaping to their defence<p>When you are on a limited income, a boiler packing up, a leaky roof, dodgy guttering or a basement full of asbestos can tip you over the edge. If …

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Why not treat scientists like footballers?

Daniel Zeichner: Bankers and footballers get paid vast sums and are allowed to move freely around the world. Scientists are vital to our future economy, so why do they seem to be treated so badly?<p>It’s a global race, we are constantly told. David Cameron and George Osborne are insistent – the only …

Labour calls on government to apologise over miners' strike

Move follows release of Whitehall papers showing deployment of troops was considered at height of mid-80s dispute<p>The Labour party is to call on the government to issue an apology for the conduct of Margaret Thatcher's administration during the miners' strike of 1984-85, after recently released …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

Ed Miliband hints at tax rises to eliminate deficit

Ed Miliband claims a Labour government would eliminate the deficit within five years of taking charge of the economy as he raises the prospect of raising taxes for high earners.<p>A Labour government would attempt to eliminate the deficit within five years by pushing up taxes for high earners, Ed …

Alex Salmond tuition fees pledge 'illegal’

Charging English students in an independent Scotland would trigger legal action and could end in crippling fines, warns ex-EU education chief<p>Alex Salmond’s plan for an independent Scotland to continue to charge English students tuition fees is illegal, a former European Commissioner for Education …

Trade unions to prepare collective response to Miliband's reforms

Labour leader seeks to alter system of automatically making union members who pay political levy into party members<p>Trade unions are to meet on Tuesday to try and agree on a common approach to Ed Miliband's plans to re-evaluate their relationship with the Labour party, amid signs that opposition is …

Nick Clegg Is David Cameron's Condom, Says Boris Johnson

Nick Clegg's job in government is to serve as David Cameron's condom, Boris Johnson has suggested.<p>Speaking during his monthly LBC radio show on …

Big Cannabis: will legal weed grow to be America's next corporate titan?

Critics of Colorado's new drug policy say the campaign for legal marijuana mimics cigarette's lobbying as 'Big Tobacco redux'<p>The people who made a hippie dream come true do not look the part.<p>Instead of tie-dye T-shirts, the campaigners who masterminded the legalisation of recreational marijuana in …

Britain's Housing Crisis Explained In This Simply Depressing Graph

Business secretary Vince Cable has today warned against a "recovery based on property inflation", as new figures show the government's mortgage …

Failing private prisons to be renationalised, says Labour

Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan issues warning in the wake of a damning report on flagship jail run by G4S<p>Labour would take control of privately run prisons if their managers failed to meet a six-month "buck up" deadline, the shadow justice secretary, Sadiq Khan, has said in the wake of a …

Energy firms paid £4bn more for power than market rate, claims Labour

Big six firms deny inflating prices to make extra profits from their own plants or striking expensive deals to detriment of consumers<p>Households may have paid £150 over the odds for their electricity over the past three years because energy companies bought their power for almost £4bn more than the …

Labour sets its sights on free childcare for all

Ed Miliband to say he will prioritise childcare if he becomes PM as shadow minister advocates universal provision over long term<p>Labour is to pursue the policy of universal childcare for all pre-school children in the runup to the general election.<p>As Ed Miliband pledges in his new year message on …

Nigel Farage calls on government to let Syrian refugees into UK

Ukip leader says responsibility to help refugees is separate from concerns over economic migration from EU countries<p>Nigel Farage is calling on the government to start admitting refugees fleeing the fighting in Syria into Britain.<p>The Ukip leader, who has been at the forefront of the opposition to …

Cable questions Hunt over risk to NHS from privatised plasma firm

Lib Dem minister risks further Tory ire by raising fears for patient safety after sale to US company<p>The business secretary, Vince Cable, has asked his cabinet colleague Jeremy Hunt, at the Department of Health, for assurances that the recent privatisation of the state-owned blood plasma company …

11 slogans that changed China

<b>China is marking 120 years since the birth of former leader Mao Zedong. During his tumultuous three decades in power, Mao elevated political sloganeering to an art form.</b><p>Although Mao's successors have shaken off many of his more extreme doctrines, they continue to deploy slogans at a dizzying rate. …

China

Pope Francis urges aid access to Syria in Christmas speech

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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Equality laws 'should aid the working class’

Working-class candidates hoping to become MPs, lay magistrates or school governors should benefit from the policies that cover gender, disability and ethnicity, think tank claims<p>Equality laws should include class to ensure that public life is not dominated by middle-class professionals, an …

Working-class

Free schools performing WORSE, according to Ofsted

Free schools are underperforming compared to all schools inspected by Ofsted.<p>According to education secretary Michael Gove, the new free schools set …

Iain Duncan Smith mocked as Bedroom Tax debate kicks off

As the <b>Commons debate on the hated Bedroom Tax kicks</b> off, Labour’s Rachel Reeves references Iain Duncan Smith’s absence, which <i>Scrapbook</i> revealed …

Michael Gove: privately educated people have too much power in Britain

Michael Gove says that Sir John Major, the former Prime Minister, was "right" to warn about the dominance of privately educated people in British public life<p>It is an “inescapable fact” that too much power in Britain is still in the hands of the affluent middle class and those who are privately …

Michael Gove

Guardian/ICM poll: Labour lead over Tories widens to eight points

Ed Miliband also outperforms David Cameron on several personal scores – but not on question of who makes best PM<p>Labour has forged an eight-point lead over the Conservatives, the biggest since March, in a Guardian/ICM poll. The poll also shows that the party leader, Ed Miliband, is outperforming …

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Economics lecturers accused of clinging to pre-crash fallacies

Academic says courses changed little since 2008 and students taught 'theories now known to be untrue'<p>Economics teaching at Britain's universities has come under fire from a leading academic who accused lecturers of presenting "things that are known to be untrue" to preserve theories that claim to …

Sir John Major: do more to boost social mobility

Former PM criticises dominance of privately educated and affluent at upper echelons of power<p>Sir John Major has criticised the "truly shocking" dominance of the upper echelons of power in Britain by the privately educated and affluent middle class, it was reported.<p>In remarks that will sting …

HMRC pledges new crackdown on employers not paying minimum wage

Letters will warn suspected firms of being 'named and shamed' and fined £5,000 if they use long-term unpaid interns<p>The government will toughen enforcement against employers who do not pay the national minimum wage today when it writes to hundreds of companies warning them they could be targeted for …

Labour forces vote on privatisation of probation

Labour is seeking to inflict a significant Commons defeat on the Conservatives today with a vote on plans to privatise the probation service.<p>Amid a …

John Major 'shocked' at privately educated elite's hold on power

Former PM blames 'collapse in social mobility' on Labour and says government should do more to help pensioners<p>Sir John Major has expressed his shock at the way in which every sphere of modern public life is dominated by a private school-educated elite and well-heeled middle class. He also suggested …