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What we’ve learned from fifty years of Saudi arms deals

Arms deals with Saudi Arabia say a lot about British political culture and foreign policy. And not in a good way.

Googling Google – what tax do they owe?

Exact figures are hard to pin down, intentionally so. But it appears George Osborne celebrated a tax contribution from Google that was less than a tenth of what should have been owed.

A different Europe or bust

As David Cameron’s renegotiation nears its uneventful conclusion, the big picture of what kind of Europe we want to live in is in danger of being lost. What can we do to change it?

What is the future for public service broadcasting in Scotland?

With the UK facing an identity crisis how will the new BBC Charter meet Scottish demands for greater autonomy and what will that mean for Scotland and for Britain?

Can memorialisation be a form of urban protest?

Perhaps the arch footpath of the demolished Heygate estate should be preserved, a reminder of the London that was.

Children in trouble: punishment or welfare?

BBC Panorama exposed abuse at Medway Secure Training Centre — and a government policy that has gone off the rails.

Say no to Roosh V on Saturday, for the sake of, well, everyone

The pro-rape 'pick up artist' organising gatherings around the world should be met with a plethora of protests.

After Brexit: the Eurosceptic vision of an Anglosphere future

Eurosceptics fantasies about an alliance of the Anglosphere may be implausible, but they show the need for a positive vision.

With months until key elections, thousands have been purged from Britain's electoral register

The government ignored Electoral Commission advice to delay its voter registration system change, and thousands risk being denied a vote.

The growing gap between private and public in European broadcasting

We’re told the BBC is ‘too big’. Yet Britain is part of a Europe-wide trend where funding for public service is shrinking, while commercial revenue grows.

Red doors for asylum seekers: MPs grill one of Britain’s richest landlords

“An unseemly and unsavoury” business? Stuart Monk of Jomast fails to impress.

Is culture really what makes Britain great? And does Dominic Sandbrook understand it?

Sandbrook's new book takes a narrow version of British culture which fetishises Tory England and ignores all else.

The BBC must lead the effort against religious illiteracy

Religion continues to shape our world but most media fail to take it seriously. Public service broadcasters must confront this head-on, says the BBC’s Head of Religion. 

Is Downton Abbey the best we can do?

Downton Abbey’s blend of nostalgia and wishful-thinking has been entertaining, but it raises questions about class that have yet to be resolved even now.

NHS campaigners say 'No' to NHS Commission

Campaigners oppose Alan Milburn and Norman Lamb's latest wheeze, and MPs must too.

'Overground will be run by TfL' – oh really?

The big announcement that south London rail services will be brought under Transport for London fails to mention one thing – the service will actually be operated by foreign firms, for profit.

Marked out for attack: living in the UK 'asylum market'

Private companies took public money to house asylum seekers behind distinctive red doors and make them wear bright shiny wristbands.

A Kafkaesque journey through the Freedom of Information Act

With ministers talking about restricting Britain's Freedom of Information Act, take these experiences of trying to weasel information out of government departments using FoI requests.

Does British TV have a problem with independent documentary?

The Unorthodocs season at Somerset House features acclaimed documentaries never seen on British TV. Are UK broadcasters denying audiences access to a golden age of independent film-making?

Why are Russell Group universities opposing FoI?

Top universities think laws to encourage transparency and accountability are “unfair”.

Yachts, planes and buses... Mind the (inequality) gap

A new Oxfam report lays bare the extraordinary level of inequality in the world.

The Europe debate will tell us much about the state of Britain

The European referendum is looming in Britain. But when will it be?

The BBC, Savile and investigations

In a week when the BBC has been hit by yet more scandal as a result of suppressing an investigation into the notorious paedophile Jimmy Savile, we ask: does the BBC need an investigations unit?

Red doors made asylum seekers targets for abuse. Deliberate?

Why did UK commercial contractors G4S and Jomast paint asylum seekers’ doors red? Why did they ignore complaints for years?

Seven things the private healthcare insurance adverts won't tell you

The NHS financial crisis is being used by healthcare insurers to try and sell their products - but what are the risks?

Black deaths: still fighting for justice in the UK

Ken Fero's award-winning films about black deaths at the hands of the police in Britain record the continuing struggle to get justice. They have never been broadcast in the UK. Part of our partnership with the Unorthodocs programme of screenings and events.

Bowie and the Beeb [2016]

The BBC played a role in making David Bowie’s world, our world. There needs to be a metric other than that of viewing figures and clicks, and for it to be calibrated as such in regards to funding.

How much does ExxonMobil spend on lobbying in Europe?

The world's richest oil company spent millions building its web of influence in Europe in 2014.

Idris Elba on diversity: it’s about imagination, opportunity

Since when did the lead character in Star Wars come from Peckham? Since a woman with imagination became the casting director.

Big pharma now helping to run King's College Hospital?

The appointment of Pfizer's UK boss onto the board of one of the most respected NHS Trusts in the country has raised alarm amongst campaigners.

Towards better broadcasting in Wales

Public service broadcasting in Wales is on a knife-edge and there are loud demands for reform. The response will cast light on whether Wales is genuinely seen as a full partner within the UK.

Why is the Guardian letting Shell fill its pages with dubious spin?

The Guardian is publishing articles in partnership with one of the world's most notorious oil companies, despite running a campaign to divest from them.

The report which could destroy Britain’s immigration prisons

The former prisons Ombudsman Stephen Shaw has urged ministers to reduce immigration detention “boldly and without delay”.

TTIP: what can we expect from 2016?

2015 saw the campaign against TTIP grow into a mass movement of opposition across Europe. John Hilary asks whether 2016 could be the year we defeat TTIP and build a People’s Europe from below.

Countering Peter Tatchell’s pro-war anti-war arguments on Syria

Tatchell's comments raise more questions than answers.

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