UK politics

By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 Dec 2014

Hung parliament preparations.

Having addressed the deficit and immigration, the party plans to focus on its greatest strength.
By George Eaton - 19 Dec 2014

Having addressed the deficit and immigration, the party plans to focus on its greatest strength. 

A sign at the entrance to the Yarl’s Wood detention centre. Photo: Aliya Mirza/Women for Refugee Women
By Helen Lewis - 19 Dec 2014

There are 13 immigration detention centres in Britain but only the name of Yarl’s Wood really resonates – it’s where nearly 400 stateless, powerless women – the majority of whom say they are previous victims of sexual violence – are held.

Ed and David Miliband at the moment when the former won the 2010 Labour leadership contest. Photo: Getty
By Jason Cowley - 19 Dec 2014

It’s almost as if we are yearning for politicians of greater and diverse experience who know something of life beyond Westminster.

Tories have been ordered to be full of ho, ho, ho this Christmas. Photo: Getty
By Kevin Maguire - 19 Dec 2014

Plus: an unexpected gnome.

By Tim Wigmore - 19 Dec 2014

The Chief Constable of Durham, Mike Barton, breaks the taboo on drugs.

Human Rights

The Home Office has renewed Serco's contract to run the Yarl's Wood detention centre. Photo: Getty Images
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 27 Nov 2014

The detention centre in Buckinghamshire, where 400 women await deportation, has been dogged by allegations of mistreatment - so why has the company which has run it for the last seven years been awarded a new contract?

Naples.
By New Statesman - 17 Sep 2014

The critics’ verdicts on Ian McEwan’s The Children Act, A N Wilson’s Victoria: A Life and Elena Ferrante’s Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.

Gazans are suffering, says resident Ghada Al Kord. Photo: Alison Baskerville, CARE
By Ghada Al Kord - 25 Jul 2014

Palestinian Ghada Al Kord tells of the difficulties of navigating a warzone while pregnant and the indignity of being trapped in Gaza. 

By Lucy Fisher - 22 Jul 2014

The number of female genital mutilation survivors in the UK is double the official NHS estimate, according to a new report.

Instead of immediately implementing protective measures to fight female genital mutilation, the government has called for further "consultation". But it's time for action, not more talking.

New face of justice: along with many black South Africans, Pumla Godobo-Madikizela thinks Eugene de Kock should be freed. Photo: Bloomberg
By Eric Abraham - 13 Jun 2014

Ten years ago psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela wrote a book about the encounters she had with Eugene de Kock, head of apartheid South Africa’s death squad, when in Pretoria prison. She thinks he should be pardoned. 

Blogs

By Anoosh Chakelian - 19 Dec 2014

Hung parliament preparations.

Having addressed the deficit and immigration, the party plans to focus on its greatest strength.
By George Eaton - 19 Dec 2014

Having addressed the deficit and immigration, the party plans to focus on its greatest strength. 

By Tim Wigmore - 19 Dec 2014

The Chief Constable of Durham, Mike Barton, breaks the taboo on drugs.

Yesterday’s Provisional Local Government Settlement contained the worrying news that dedicated funding for council-run emergency support schemes will cease.

By Steve Barclay - 19 Dec 2014

Why the government's anti-corruption plan is a missed opportunity.

The party reaches the nadir prophesied by Chris Huhne in 2010.
By George Eaton - 19 Dec 2014

The party reaches the nadir prophesied by Chris Huhne in 2010. 

International politics

Fighting talk: speaking for the opposition, David Granger said President Ramotar walks like a dictator
By Girish Gupta - 18 Dec 2014

A constitutional crisis in a divided country. 

Barack Obama with Chuck Hagel. Photo: Getty
By John Bew - 11 Dec 2014

Chuck Hagel's resignation - the latest soap opera to hit the Obama adminstration - is a sign of severe dysfunction. The team of rivals has disintegrated, with many of them becoming a thorn in the president’s side as he limps on for a final two years.

The foyer at CIA headquarters at Langley, Virginia. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty
By Donald Campbell - 10 Dec 2014

What has been published by the Senate is just the tip of the iceberg – so far, the UK has successfully avoided a public accounting for the part it played in facilitating rendition and torture.

Star factor: Marine has modernised the FN's image but remains a divisive figure even in her own party. Photo: Getty
By Charles Bremner - 04 Dec 2014

Under her father, the Front National was the pariah party of  France. Now Marine Le Pen has brought it closer to the mainstream – and people are getting worried. 

By Harry Lambert - 03 Dec 2014

Could Labour also fail to pass a budget next year, and trigger a second election?

The “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” installation at the Tower of London. Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty
By Martin Plaut - 28 Nov 2014

How many of the vast sea of poppies at the Tower represented the contribution of the South African forces who died in the campaign to take the German colony of what is today Namibia?

Environment

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.

They're wrong: John Oliver prepares to do battle with climate deniers
By Hillary Kelly - 13 May 2014

John Oliver, once of The Daily Show, and America's “Science Guy” Bill Nye show the world how to debate with climate-change deniers. 

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.

Law

It has been pointed out that Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is quite often the defendant in judicial review proceedings. Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 09 Dec 2014

Judicial review is the mechanism by which citizens can hold the government to its own laws. With the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, the justice secretary is trying to put it out of reach.

A view of a sign at Greenwich Magistrates Court is pictured in south-east London, on July 10, 2008. Photo: Getty Images
By David Banks - 08 Dec 2014

Coverage of our courts is being censored - because magistrates are too quick to impose unnecessary reporting restrictions. In the interests of open justice, this has to stop.

 

What place does the law have in what happens privately between consenting adults? Photo: Getty
By Jane Fae - 01 Dec 2014

The Ministry of Justice has begun a review process into a law that is widely recognised as outdated, archaic in language, and Victorian in its approach. But do they really want to change anything?

The atrium at HMP Pentonville in London. Photo: Ian Waldie/Getty
By Lilian Pizzichini - 28 Nov 2014

Sweden’s prison population is shrinking, and they are actually closing facilities because they aren’t needed. What are they doing differently?

Not this kind of tiger, clearly. Photo: Getty
By Margaret Corvid - 27 Oct 2014

Experts predicted that the law would result in fewer than 30 cases a year. Instead, there have been thousands of convictions. The Act is not fit for purpose.

The term “revenge porn” implies a level of consent that isn’t present. Photo: Getty
By Lyndon Harris - 15 Oct 2014

In the past, governments have used the creation of new criminal law as a political football to score cheap points in the eyes of the public and press. But in the case of revenge porn, fresh legislation is sorely needed.