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

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Great Britain

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

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 you are mortgaged-up, you cannot let your property fall into disrepair. If you live in social housing or are renting privately, you may find you receive …

Why not treat scientists like footballers?

It’s a global race, we are constantly told. David Cameron and George Osborne are insistent – the only way for the UK to prosper will be to compete and to win. That logic means that for the financial sector, we have to pay the most to keep the best. Limiting the bonuses of the top-bankers would be …

Labour calls on government to apologise over miners' strike

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 Whitehall papers showed a secret plan to close 75 pits.<p>In a sign of how Ed Miliband is returning the Labour party to …

Opinion

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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

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 hardening to any substantial reforms to their collective voice.<p>Senior union officials are also demanding that any …

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?

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 Colorado wore dark suits and ties to celebrate the world's first legal retail pot sales. Instead of talking about the …

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

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 damning report on a flagship jail run by G4S.<p>Tougher contracts would be negotiated, including stiffer financial …

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

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 average market rate, Labour has claimed.<p>In a new analysis of official figures, the Labour party, which has pledged to freeze prices …

Labour sets its sights on free childcare for all

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 Monday to make childcare one of his priorities if he is elected as prime minister, the shadow minister with responsibility for the …

Nigel Farage calls on government to let Syrian refugees into UK

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 allowing migrants from Bulgaria and Romania unfettered access to the UK, said the position of those displaced by …

Cable questions Hunt over risk to NHS from privatised plasma firm

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 will not leave the NHS short of life-saving products.<p>In a private letter Cable sought "personal …

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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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 …

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 …

The Worst Arab States For Women

By Crina Boros<p>LONDON, Nov 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sexual harassment, high rates of female genital cutting and a surge in violence and Islamist feeling after the Arab Spring uprisings have made Egypt the worst country in the Arab world to be a woman, a poll of gender experts showed on …

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 …

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

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 David Cameron on several personal scores – but not on the crucial question of who makes the best prime minister.<p>The …

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Economics lecturers accused of clinging to pre-crash fallacies

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 show how the economy works.<p>The Treasury is hosting a conference in London on Monday to discuss the …

Sir John Major: do more to boost social mobility

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 Eton-educated David Cameron, his Tory predecessor in 10 Downing Street is said to have called for …

HMRC pledges new crackdown on employers not paying minimum wage

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 on-the-spot checks by the taxman.<p>HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will warn 200 businesses who have advertised …

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

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 interest rates should go back to "normal levels of 3% to 5 %" as one way of helping pensioners deal with the …