UK politics

The Chancellor has shifted his focus from an absolute surplus to a current surplus.
By George Eaton - 28 Nov 2014

The Chancellor has shifted his focus from an absolute surplus to a current surplus. 

By David Lammy - 28 Nov 2014

Radical devolution means new powers for cities, regions and local communities around the country.

By Paul Hilder - 28 Nov 2014

Over the coming months and years, this new politics will shake the British establishment to its foundations. It has many faces but a common origin: the growing consensus that the status quo is broken.

By Grant Shapps - 28 Nov 2014

How the Communications Data Bill is intended to tackle Islamic State.

By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 Nov 2014

Central to the Prime Minister's plan to "toughen" his stance on immigration is to curb welfare to migrants. But "benefits tourism" is a myth.

By avoiding impossible demands on immigration, the PM put keeping Britain in the EU ahead of appeasing the Tory right.
By George Eaton - 28 Nov 2014

By avoiding impossible demands on immigration, the PM put keeping Britain in the EU ahead of appeasing the Tory right. 

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

The Chancellor has shifted his focus from an absolute surplus to a current surplus.
By George Eaton - 28 Nov 2014

The Chancellor has shifted his focus from an absolute surplus to a current surplus. 

By David Lammy - 28 Nov 2014

Radical devolution means new powers for cities, regions and local communities around the country.

By Paul Hilder - 28 Nov 2014

Over the coming months and years, this new politics will shake the British establishment to its foundations. It has many faces but a common origin: the growing consensus that the status quo is broken.

By Grant Shapps - 28 Nov 2014

How the Communications Data Bill is intended to tackle Islamic State.

By Anoosh Chakelian - 28 Nov 2014

Central to the Prime Minister's plan to "toughen" his stance on immigration is to curb welfare to migrants. But "benefits tourism" is a myth.

By avoiding impossible demands on immigration, the PM put keeping Britain in the EU ahead of appeasing the Tory right.
By George Eaton - 28 Nov 2014

By avoiding impossible demands on immigration, the PM put keeping Britain in the EU ahead of appeasing the Tory right. 

International politics

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?

Image by Andre Carrilho
By Tim Wigmore - 27 Nov 2014

The characters change but, essentially, the plot remains the same. The old order is being thrown out. Populists of a leftist, rightist and nationalist bent are thriving.

Ukip supporters in London, 10 November. Photo: Getty
By New Statesman - 27 Nov 2014

Mainstream parties are under siege from populist parties on the far left and right, while a new tide of nationalism is also sweeping Europe.

Kosovo Albanians walk past posters featuring Kosovan Prime Minister Hashim Thaci in Pristina, 4 June. Photo: Getty
By Melanie McDonagh - 27 Nov 2014

The small nation state has not had a government for six months and corruption and cynicism still rule.

A protestor holds her hands up in front of a police car in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty
By Peter Bloom - 26 Nov 2014

As long as racial fear can be used to justify disproportionate force, killings like that of Mike Brown in Ferguson will continue.

Breaking up: Pro-independence activists after a symbolic vote on independence for Catalonia from Spain at a polling station in Barcelona on 9 November. Photo: Getty
By Jamie Maxwell - 20 Nov 2014

This crisis could have been avoided. In recent years, Madrid has run a masterclass in how not to handle breakaway nationalism.

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

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.

A hearing room in the European Court of Human Rights. Photo: Getty Images
By David Banks - 06 Oct 2014

The European Court of Human Rights and the Human Rights Act have both done a huge amount of good for people in the UK.

A puppet of Justice Secretary Chris Grayling during a protest against legal aid cuts in March 2014. Photo: Getty
By Carl Gardner - 03 Oct 2014

The plan for a “British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities” isn’t as significant as it sounds, says Carl Gardner.

To put it bluntly, I am not South Park’s Timmy or Ricky Gervais’ Derek. Photo: Steve Johnson on Flickr via Creative Commons
By Alex Taylor - 26 Sep 2014

A court can only deter and punish, not challenge prevailing mindsets.