UK politics

By Jonathan Portes - 18 Apr 2015

The Conservatives want welfare reform to be a success story. But the real picture is more mixed.

After the nationalists' pledge to oppose the Tories, Miliband could simply invite them to support a left-wing Queen's Speech.
By George Eaton - 17 Apr 2015

After the nationalists' pledge to oppose the Tories, Miliband could simply invite them to support a left-wing Queen's Speech. 

Votes being counted in Scotland last year. Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images
By Laurie Penny - 17 Apr 2015

Not voting isn't passive, but it only works if politicians care what you think. To be counted, you have to step into the ballot box - if only to register your disgust.

By Stephen Bush - 17 Apr 2015

400 people drowned this week in the Mediterranean. Here's what can be done about it.

Office workers in London. Photo: Getty
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 17 Apr 2015

Will Labour’s proposal to ban unpaid internships really make any difference to inequality while men in high places can still pull strings on behalf of their privileged offspring?

Human Rights

The price of beans: today in Britain, some working families are so stretched that parents are going without the basics so that they can feed their children. Photo: FELICITY MCCABE
By Sophie McBain - 30 Mar 2015

Last year, almost a million free food parcels were handed out. At the Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank, Sophie McBain meets the people only a pay cheque from crisis.

By Caroline Criado-Perez - 17 Mar 2015

Is parliament dragging its heels on modern-day slavery because women's domestic "work" is still considered part of the natural order?

By Tom Batchelor - 10 Mar 2015

Gay people who seek asylum in Britain and end up in detention centres continue to face the "reverse of justice" and the threat of deportation.

A police line armed with tazers in New York. Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images
By Rob Crilly - 04 Mar 2015

Meet the co-founder of New Yorkers Against Bratton, who wants New York cops to clean up their act.

Rohingya children play by a relief tent at Bawdupah's Internally Displaced People camp on the outskirts of Sittwe. Photo: Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images
By Oliver Griffin - 06 Feb 2015

The status of Burma’s Rohingya people has devolved to the point where even naming them has become controversial. We need to do more.

US Military Police guard detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Photo: Petty Officer 1st class Shane T. McCoy/U.S. Navy/Getty Image
By David Rose - 05 Feb 2015

Detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi's account of the camp is heartbreaking. But it is crucial the truth is told.

Blogs

By Jonathan Portes - 18 Apr 2015

The Conservatives want welfare reform to be a success story. But the real picture is more mixed.

After the nationalists' pledge to oppose the Tories, Miliband could simply invite them to support a left-wing Queen's Speech.
By George Eaton - 17 Apr 2015

After the nationalists' pledge to oppose the Tories, Miliband could simply invite them to support a left-wing Queen's Speech. 

By Stephen Bush - 17 Apr 2015

400 people drowned this week in the Mediterranean. Here's what can be done about it.

By Ivan Lewis - 17 Apr 2015

The launch of Labour's groundbreaking young people manifesto today is further evidence of Ed Miliband's determination to put the future of the younger generation at the heart of this election campaign.

By Stephen Bush - 17 Apr 2015

The shadow minister for care and older people on the future of old age in Britain, parents versus the state, and what she's most excited about.

Party promises to force companies to pay workers at least the minimum wage after they have served four weeks.
By George Eaton - 17 Apr 2015

Party promises to force companies to pay workers at least the minimum wage after they have served four weeks. 

International politics

By Stephen Bush - 17 Apr 2015

400 people drowned this week in the Mediterranean. Here's what can be done about it.

Members of Keep Britain Out of the Common Market protest outside Chequers in 1967. Photo: Ann Ward/Rex
By J B Priestley - 16 Apr 2015

Britain is not a super-ICI but the home of the British people.

Hillary Clinton at the world bank. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
By Sasha Abramsky - 16 Apr 2015

Coronations seldom proceed as planned in the drawn-out US primary season - the polish can't hold long without cracking somewhere.

By Richard Howitt - 09 Apr 2015

In Colombia, the government and FARC are taking the first steps to a lasting peace.

Marine Le Pen. Photo: Getty
By Stephanie Boland - 08 Apr 2015

Marine Le Pen has declared that her father Jean-Marie can no longer "hold the party hostage" following his recent remarks on the Holocaust.

Illustration: John Thys/AFP/Getty
By Charles Bremner - 07 Apr 2015

François Hollande was elected on a promise to rule from the left, but proved an unpopular figure – until the January attack on Charlie Hebdo offered an unexpected reprieve.

Environment

By Bob Ward - 20 Mar 2015

Climate sceptics are turning to increasingly tricky ruses to hide their motives.

Stacked peat turf in Connemara. Photo: Tim Graham/Rex
By John Burnside - 27 Jan 2015

94 percent of our peat bogs have been destroyed. Saving them is a vital step in securing our planet's future.

Growing appeal: the Green Party's only MP, Caroline Lucas. Photo: David Levene/Eyevine
By Tim Wigmore - 06 Nov 2014

In 2010, there was little to suggest that Ukip would comprehensively surpass the Greens. While Lucas won the seat of Brighton Pavilion, Nigel Farage came in third when he tried to oust John Bercow in Buckingham.

Houses not covered by the coalition's Flood Re scheme could become uninsurable. Photo: Getty
By Guy Shrubsole - 12 Aug 2014

New Conservative Environment Secretary Liz Truss ahd her Lib Dem coalition partners need to be clear on how they will better protect Britain from climate change.

On climate change and other issues, parliamentarians are ignoring the evidence.
By Bob Ward - 30 Jul 2014

On climate change and other issues, parliamentarians are ignoring the evidence. 

People need to be able to feel they can effect change in their own backyard before they can change the world.
By Ed Wallis - 09 Jun 2014

People need to be able to feel they can effect change in their own backyard before they can change the world.

Law

A police line armed with tazers in New York. Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images
By Rob Crilly - 04 Mar 2015

Meet the co-founder of New Yorkers Against Bratton, who wants New York cops to clean up their act.

A portion of the first ever printed copy of the Magna Carta. Photo: British Library
By Anthony Barnett - 26 Feb 2015

A protest march against the Global Law Summit reminds us that the charter is still relevant today.

Surprisingly, “Be Aware B4 You Share” is targeted at the perpetrators of revenge porn. Photo: Getty
By Eleanor Margolis - 13 Feb 2015

Finally, some culprit-blaming as the Ministry of Justice takes an important step forward with the “Be Aware B4 You Share” campaign.

By Aisha Gill - 06 Feb 2015

It is changing attitudes to FGM, rather than high profile trials, that will finally bring the practice to an end.

A branch of Paradise brothel in Spain. Photo: Getty
By Sarah Ditum - 05 Feb 2015

The Liberal Democrats and Greens both support the decriminalisation of prostitution - in the hope of making it "safe". But Germany legalised it in 2002 and it still isn't "a job like any other". 

The atrium at HMP Pentonville in London. Photo: Ian Waldie/Getty
By Andrew Katzen - 27 Jan 2015

Thanks to our ageing population and the surge in harsher sentences, British prisons are slowly turning into dysfunctional nursing homes.