UK politics

A secular state, which protects all religions and privileges none, is a model to embrace.
By George Eaton - 24 Apr 2014

In an increasingly atheistic and multi-faith society, a secular state, which protects all religions and privileges none, is a model to embrace.

Just 28 per cent of free schools have reached their capacity for first year intake.
By George Eaton - 24 Apr 2014

Just 28 per cent of free schools have reached their capacity for first year intake.

Why Scottish independence will benefit England.
By Alex Salmond - 23 Apr 2014

Scottish First Minister says the ties between Scotland and England "are based instead on links of family and friendship that are facts of geography, not acts of parliament."

Social democrats must champion the interests of the newly insecure middle class.
By Patrick Diamond - 23 Apr 2014

Social democrats must champion the interests of the newly insecure middle class if they are to govern again. 

Cross faces: children with St George's flag painted faces at the England-Belgium friendly match, 2012. Photo: Getty
By Michael Kenny - 23 Apr 2014

The past 20 years have seen the growth of a more deeply felt and prominent sense of English identity, going beyond a chauvinist form of nationhood.

Contrary to Yvette Cooper, the evidence suggests that the problem is less severe than commonly thought.
By Jonathan Portes - 23 Apr 2014

Contrary to Yvette Cooper, the evidence suggests that the problem is less severe than commonly thought.

Human Rights

Young women in Somalia take part in a discussion on FGM, February 2014. Photo: Getty
By Reema Patel - 11 Apr 2014

The problem is that many feel they have to pick a side. But we know that cultures are not as fixed and unchanging as powerful advocates within them may like to make out.

Roma children arrive by bus in Romania after being sent back by French authorities in 2011. Photo: Getty Images
By Ashley Cowburn - 09 Apr 2014

In France, 20,000 Roma live in extreme poverty with little or no access to basic services and face a constant risk of forced evictions.

Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre.
By Ashley Cowburn - 09 Apr 2014

Anne Nassozi, who is currently detained in the Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre, will be deported to Uganda this evening despite the country's anti-gay legislation.

Yashika Bageerathi (right) has been deported just months from taking her A-levels. Photo: change.org
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 03 Apr 2014

The Mauritian schoolgirl had been held at Yarl’s Wood detention centre, where another woman recently died. If we want to be a country that can be proud of helping those in need, we need to shut it down.

The first challenge to the ban on same-sex marriage at Westminster Registry Office on 19 March 1992. Photograph: Stephen Mayes
By Peter Tatchell - 28 Mar 2014

Peter Tatchell looks back on decades of campaigning that have finally resulted in the first same-sex marriages.

Blogs

A secular state, which protects all religions and privileges none, is a model to embrace.
By George Eaton - 24 Apr 2014

In an increasingly atheistic and multi-faith society, a secular state, which protects all religions and privileges none, is a model to embrace.

Just 28 per cent of free schools have reached their capacity for first year intake.
By George Eaton - 24 Apr 2014

Just 28 per cent of free schools have reached their capacity for first year intake.

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.
By New Statesman - 24 Apr 2014

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers. 

Why Scottish independence will benefit England.
By Alex Salmond - 23 Apr 2014

Scottish First Minister says the ties between Scotland and England "are based instead on links of family and friendship that are facts of geography, not acts of parliament."

Social democrats must champion the interests of the newly insecure middle class.
By Patrick Diamond - 23 Apr 2014

Social democrats must champion the interests of the newly insecure middle class if they are to govern again. 

Contrary to Yvette Cooper, the evidence suggests that the problem is less severe than commonly thought.
By Jonathan Portes - 23 Apr 2014

Contrary to Yvette Cooper, the evidence suggests that the problem is less severe than commonly thought.

International politics

"The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world."
By Tony Blair - 23 Apr 2014

"The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world."

Venice seen from the air. Photo: Getty
By Anna Cento Bull - 22 Apr 2014

A flash in the pan, or the start of something big?

Portrait of Josef Stalin (1933) by Isaak Izrailevich. Image: Bridgeman Art Library
By H G Wells - 18 Apr 2014

In 1934, Wells arrived in Moscow to meet a group of Soviet writers. While there Stalin granted him an interview. 

By Timothy Snyder - 17 Apr 2014

Ukraine has no future without Europe, but Europe also has no future without Ukraine.

James the evangelist: Jimmy Carter at home in Plains, Georgia
By John Bew - 17 Apr 2014

Our man in Washington John Bew has coffee with the former US president – and they talk Thatcher, Iran’s Islamic Revolution and the persecution of women.

A pro-Russian activist holds an icon in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, 9 April. Photo: Getty
By David Patrikarakos - 17 Apr 2014

Standing in front of the barricades, two pensioners held up a banner with “For ever with Russia” emblazoned across it. The sentiment was uniform and unambiguous.

Environment

More than the floods, it is interventions by politicians.
By Guy Shrubsole - 19 Feb 2014

More than the floods, it is interventions by politicians that have led to a spike in public concern.

By Guy Shrubsole - 14 Jan 2014

To date, the coalition has unforgivably weakened Britain's climate adaptation plans.

Texas.
By Naomi Klein - 29 Oct 2013

Is our relentless quest for economic growth killing the planet? Climate scientists have seen the data – and they are coming to some incendiary conclusions.

By Natalie Bennett - 27 Sep 2013

The IPCC report has given the government a wake-up call.

The Fiddlers Ferry Power Station sits under a brooding sky in Cheshire
By Mehdi Hasan - 26 Sep 2013

Worse than the dottiest 9/11 conspiracy theorists, climate-change deniers — from our Tory Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, to the US senator James Inhofe — are dawdling as the world’s poorest die.

New Statesman
By Bianca Jagger - 19 Sep 2013

There are clear conflicts of interest over the sources of the government’s advice on fracking. In 2012, Cameron was committed to renewable energy - what changed?

Law

An LGBT pride march in Paris. Photo: Getty
By Helen Belcher - 04 Apr 2014

Although gay couples can now marry, the law still distinguishes between heterosexual and same-sex marriages - and that can cause problems for trans people. 

Unlike the deadly silence elsewhere, there is often a busy buzz in the prison library. Photo: Getty
By Rene Denfeld - 01 Apr 2014

Rene Denfeld, a death penalty investigator and author, describes the power the written word has behind bars.

Supreme Court.
By Mark Nayler - 03 Mar 2014

Tooth, a 73-year-old veteran of divorce law, accused his former protégée Vardag of trying to pinch celebrity clients from him, and set about him in astonishing fashion.

A young Crystal Palace fan enjoys his hot dog before a match

Are we seeing the emergence of a two-tier legal system in which football fans are treated as a class apart? Martin Cloake and solicitor Darren White examine the evidence and ask whether we should have cause for concern.

By David Banks - 14 Feb 2014

The depth of feeling that exists about the disaster and what came after is entirely understandable. The attorney general has a difficult task ahead deciding what consititutes contempt of court in this unique circumstance.

It is time for a new law which places the cultural harms of pornography at its centre.