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Gate–crashing 'the inner sanctum of the elite' at the Paris climate talks

Walk into 'the most exclusive club in the world' in the middle of COP21, and you find the polite chit–chat with which the powerful face impending disaster.

Returning native

Returning to Wales, David Marquand finds that devolution has created a political community interestingly open to new possibilities.

Market driven homelessness in London

Homelessness in London is spinning out of control.

Jeremy Corbyn’s first 100 days, revisited

The leader of Britain's Labour Party continues to inspire his supporters and confound his critics. Is he behind the times, or ahead of them? 

Biggest NHS 'market' deal to date collapses - what now?

A highly controversial new style of contract for nearly a billion pounds worth of older people's healthcare in the East of England has collapsed - but will anyone learn the right lessons? 

Solitary confinement and avoidable harm

Enforced isolation makes people ill and increases the risk of self harm. For one former governor a new report from the Prison Reform Trust is uncomfortable reading.

Kumi Naidoo, Shell and the manufacturing of consent for climate change

Greenpeace's executive director discusses how the oil industry has manufactured consent for the carbon age, and how they are going to be defeated.

Should I be 'ashamed' to be a GP? An open letter to Steve Field

The government's chief inspector of GPs told the Daily Mail this week that GPs have 'failed as a profession'. But who is helped by his morale-crushing and unjustified comments?

Corbyn – after Oldham

The Oldham by-election is an early suggestion that public support for the new Labour leadership is stronger than has been supposed.

Osborne's fire sale must be stopped

The British public is overwhelmingly against Osborne's planned fire sale of key national assets, an economically illiterate and short termist proposal.

Nine observations from the Paris climate talks

From the meaning of the deal to who has the best parties; the rise of new media to the lily-white participants, here are nine quick reflections on the Paris climate conference.

The Paris climate deal – how did the British press react?

If this was an historic deal, most of the papers clearly didn't agree.


An imaginary radio play about a sentient BBC tells us a lot about our fears.

The role of Manchester’s Gay Village in the Northern Powerhouse

How does local identity really interact with mobile capital?

Why the UK’s economic policies will fail by 2020

The government doesn't seem to grasp that the foreign payments deficit has a direct impact on its ability to get the national budget back into surplus. Unless it changes tack it will continue to fail.

The Paris climate summit presents us with a historic opportunity

It may not be perfect. But the COP21 model – and the democracy principle on which it rests – may just be our greatest weapon in the fight against climate change. 

Why did the BBC broadcast climate deniers during COP21?

By giving airspace to conmen and conspiracy theorists during the Paris Climate Summit the BBC failed its public service remit. 

The British papers with egg on their faces after the climate denier sting

Greenpeace has revealed that Britain's climate denying think–tank is running a peer–review scam. Which British papers were taken in?

Momentum are being attacked because they threaten Westminster's consensus

Corbyn's strength comes from his wider support in the party, something Momentum is trying to maintain. That's why it is being bitterly attacked by the Labour right.

We need to defeat Islamic State – but how?

A genuine, if brief, debate took place amongst the political classes in the UK on the dangers of intervening or not in Syria. But it seems that we live in a world of amnesiac thinking driven by fine words and high ambition rather than clear strategy.

The real life damage of local authority cuts

Our son, and many like him, will suffer acutely from the cuts being proposed by Oxfordshire County Council.

10 facts the government doesn’t want you to know about Syria

And why they matter when it comes to our airstrikes.

Beyond hope and despair: the battle for climate realism

How fast can we bend the arc of reality?

Making climate negotiations public

Climate negotiations should happen in the open, and be accountable to citizens. We're starting to make sure they are...

Climate denier scandal: who's been taking them seriously?

Which UK media have published under-fire climate deniers Matt Ridley and the Global Warming Policy Foundation in recent months?

'Dispirited' oil companies contradict their own spin at COP21

Shell's head of climate change admits in private the opposite of what his company says in public – while Statoil appears to confess that natural gas is worse for the climate than coal.

The Northern Powerhouse as ‘Real Mirage’

The new maps of Britain, and how we should understand them.

Greenpeace investigation exposes climate denier academics for sale

A Greenpeace investigation has exposed prominent climate skeptic academics as willing to accept secret funding from the fossil fuel industry and circumvent the peer review process.

Does the BBC care about class?

The BBC has made a concerted effort to reflect the diversity of Britain when it comes to race and gender. They should apply the same approach to socio-economic background.

The wider Syria debate: challenging Britain’s ‘empire of the mind’

This is not an opportunity for progressives to miss.

Race relations after 50 years

HIstory tells us that the prime minister's stated aim of ending discrimination is meaningless without the legislation and infrastructure to enforce it.

Hundreds of children are disappearing from local authority care

Already vulnerable children are going missing at an alarming rate. What is being done to protect them? 

After COP21: Reducing the carbon footprint of the richest

How much of climate change is caused by the mega-rich?

Strong on oratory, weak on facts

The whole argument against bombing rests on the historical fact that bombing is not what got rid of fascism in the 1940s and it is not likely to get rid of ISIS in the 2010s. 

Climate deniers agree their key messages for journalists (with a journalist in the room)

Climate deniers from across the world just met in Paris to agree the key messages they want to get across to the press. Here they are.

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