A man in detention in Britain is close to death having refused
food and drink for over 80 days. The government’s response has been to issue
an ‘end of life plan’. His death could be a death sentence for us all.
Two outsourcing giants who tagged and monitored ex-offenders charged British taxpayers tens of millions of pounds for doing nothing. A new report reveals flagrant and systematic abuses, ahead of executives' interrogation by Members of Parliament today.
Reform - the think tank that provided David Cameron with
his lead health advisor - is trying to resuscitate discredited policies on NHS charging in England and introduce some dangerous new ideas to boot.
International men's day risks being used as an argument against women's rights and feminism. But can it become a reminder of how dangerous masculinity can be for men as well as women? Or is even saying that problematic?
They may not be in fashion, but political parties provide useful structures for activists to organise through, says Adam Ramsay, and whether or not the goal of electing someone is an important aim, the process of doing so is a helpful one.
A posthumous collection of the writings by one of
Scotland’s most distinguished advocates of independence,
Stephen Maxwell, has just been published: ‘The Case for Left-Wing
Nationalism’. It has been edited by Jamie Maxwell and is published
by Luath Press and has been introduced by Tom Nairn.
The new Director General wants to overhaul the BBC's corporate culture. This doesn't need management reform or expensive consultants, says Nick Fraser. It just needs the BBC to get better at listening, and trusting.
Sir Jeremy Heywood was
Principal Private Secretary to Tony Blair; he must not be the man to decide which conversations are to be made public at the Chilcot enquiry. Here is David Owen's full letter to David Cameron with accompanying note.
Charities are set to be silenced. The Chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee explains the appalling process by which this government has bulldozed its astonishing Lobbying Bill through the British parliament. The government has shown a flagrant disregard for democracy.
The UK immigration minister Mark Harper mocked an Iraqi asylum-seeker on national television. Expert witnesses discover time and again that the Home Office fails honourable people who have valid claims for asylum.
The London student president was arrested yesterday outside his union building for "failing to notify police of a procession", and has now been bailed with conditions banning him from protesting about anything within half a mile of any university.
Since court interpreting has been outsourced, wages have plummeted, quality of interpreting has dropped to a dangerous level, and the justice system has often ground to a halt. A foretaste of what to expect from outsourced services across the country?
New media like Buzzfeed has the potential to reinvigorate news consumption just as the Mirror did in the 20th century. Novel imagery can be incredibly powerful. If Buzzfeed invests properly in its images it could be the established media's worst nightmare.
The recent Changin Scotland weekend highlights the fact that the radical left can, and must, go further than simply speaking to itself in order to help create a more democratic, equal and less institutionally-dominated Scotland.
Class remains by nature vague and ill-defined, one of society's necessary mythologies. Class is defined not by a lowly start, nor money nor region, but ultimately as attitude, confidence and absorbed rather than learned values.