Ian Dolben

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HS2 and the garden bridge are vanity projects – it's not too late to scrap both

It said much about Boris Johnson’s eight-year performance as mayor of London that when the reviews came in, the highlight was often a fleet of buses. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick to satisfy some nostalgic, icon-hungry mayoral whim, they were widely taken at their instigator’s word to be an …

United Kingdom

Time after time, UK governments have denied the dangers of climate change

Some of the misery caused by the floods could have been prevented, had multiple warnings been heeded about how we use and protect our land<p>Two years ago, the south of England experienced its wettest period for almost 250 years as tidal surges battered East Anglia, threatening the country’s most …

Sea Level

Flood defences row: UK paying price for David Cameron's broken promises

Prime minister said in 2014 lessons would be learned, but latest floods show he has continued to ignore red flag after red flag<p>“There are always lessons to be learned and I will make sure they are learned,” said David Cameron after severe flooding affected thousands of people across the country. …

Environmentalism

Dear Ms Morgan: religious education must include atheism and humanism

Schools cannot prepare pupils for modern life by excluding secular beliefs from GCSE religious studies<p>There are many people in England who organise their lives without making any reference to a supernatural being. We may or may not call ourselves atheists, humanists or non-believers. Names, labels …

Religion

Secret Teacher: there's no place for luxury on my Christmas list – all I need is pens and wine

Dear Santa,<p>I have been a very hard working teacher this year and have only shouted at the children 53 times (OK, so I shouted at Denise McDewey every time I saw her, but she deserved it). I know that at 32 I am a bit old to believe in you, but I do, so here is my Christmas list:<p><b>A Victoria Beckham</b> …

Time I

David Cameron in wellies won’t mollify flood victims in the north

Northerners are angry and feel the government would never have allowed this to happen in the south of England<p>Growing up in postwar Leeds, you always knew where the Yorkshire Post stood on the issues of the day. You knew where its sister paper the Yorkshire Evening Post stood, too. The clue was in …

United Kingdom

Cost of UK floods tops £5bn, with thousands facing financial ruin

Leading accountant says many victims have inadequate or non-existent insurance, as PM faces growing anger over north-south ‘funding gap’<p>The cost of the UK’s winter floods will top £5bn and thousands of families and businesses will face financial ruin because they have inadequate or non-existent …

United Kingdom

UK floods: David Cameron defends flood investment

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1216000/1216635_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524697472_cdd8fbefa4910787629bb79663f94ca6<p><b>David Cameron has defended the government's spending on flood defences following widespread devastation across parts of northern England.</b><p>The prime …

Weather

Morgan's husband sits on three governing bodies

The education secretary reassured governors that she knows how important they are – revealing that it’s something her husband Jonathan (a governor of …

Education

Morgan looks again at axing requirements for parent and staff governors

The national body for governors has questioned plans announced this week by the education secretary to look into axing the requirement for a school …

The Annual Academies Report is published. Why no similar report praising non-academies?

The Annual Academies Report 2013/14, the yearly eulogy for academies, has now been published. Percentages drop like petals in a gale; case studies …

United Kingdom

Transparency data: Schools in England

<i>Updated:</i> Added the spreadsheet for July 2017.Information on all schools in England, including the:• unique reference number<br>• local authority<br>• school …

Transparency

A Single Day on the London Tube, Condensed Into 2 Minutes

It’s a living, breathing transit map.<p>Have you ever spent your commute on public transit feeling not unlike a ping pong ball, bouncing from line to line between bodies, backpacks and unending escalators? A new data visualization from a coder namedWill Gallia shows commuters working their way through …

Commuting

Is the Treasury prepared for the next crash?

<b>The Treasury was grotesquely unprepared in the summer of 2007 for the closure of financial markets and the financial and economic crisis that followed.</b><p>It was intellectually and emotionally unready for the mayhem that was about to break out. And it was chronically short of officials with relevant …

Bank of England

HSBC accused of incompetence by MPs in tax scandal

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1151000/1151136_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524697476_e3b2c10303caf32e4749c44e03a7540a<p><b>HSBC executives have been accused by MPs of incompetence for saying they were unaware of tax evasion activities in their Swiss private bank.</b><p>Chris Meares, …

Corruption

Ed Balls: Conservatives planning extreme spending cuts

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/politics/1150000/1150991_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524697473_9c9ea902fd1d11a91951e31cd06b58ae<p><b>Labour has accused the Conservatives of planning "extreme" post-election public spending cuts of £70bn.</b><p>Shadow chancellor Ed Balls made a speech …

Ed Balls

Free schools: David Cameron pledges 500 more by 2020

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1151000/1151038_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524697472_64755ded4d0d67baf8beabd300e98a77<p><b>At least a further 500 free schools would be opened in England in the next five years under a Conservative government, David Cameron has pledged.</b><p>He …

United Kingdom

Emily Thornberry: ‘Even if you get to be an MP, watch out for the Neanderthals’

Four months after her Rochester Twitter storm, Emily Thornberry talks about male mob mentality and gender equality<p>“There’s a particularly nasty element when lots of men get together sometimes,” says Emily Thornberry, looking down at her hands. It is nearly four months since the MP for Islington …

United Kingdom

Cyril Smith abuse allegations: Cabinet Office denies cover-up

Documents released to Mail on Sunday reveal Margaret Thatcher knew of child abuse allegations against Rochdale MP before he was given knighthood<p>The Cabinet Office has denied attempting to cover up information about Whitehall’s knowledge of Cyril Smith’s child abuse at the time he was granted a …

Corruption

Police search home of Lord Bramall as part of paedophile sex abuse inquiry

Scotland Yard officers swoop on Surrey home of former chief of the defence staff, Baron Bramall of Bushfield, as well as properties linked with Lord Brittan in a co-ordinated operation<p>Police investigating claims of a paedophile ring involving some of Britain’s most powerful figures have searched …