Loose Change
  • In Grayling’s Britain only the very …

    In Grayling’s Britain only the very …

    By Andy Slaughter MP The lord chancellor, Chris Grayling, is no friend to those of modest means seeking justice from his courts. He has cut a quarter of the legal aid budget, set court and tribunal fees at unaffordable levels, … Continue reading → More »

    Talking Politics - Wed, Apr 16, 2014
  • Car pollution: The invisible killer …

    Car pollution: The invisible killer …

    By Adam Bienkov There is a killer that roams the streets taking tens of thousands of lives every year. This killer sneaks into our children's playgrounds, schools and even our homes. In London alone, this killer is responsible for around … Continue reading → More »

    Talking Politics - Tue, Apr 15, 2014
  • Brussels bureaucrats and Tory eurosceptics …

    Brussels bureaucrats and Tory eurosceptics …

    By Nathan Dabrowski To call them unlikely bedfellows would be an enormous understatement. Hard-line Conservative MPs have made a mission out of pushing for a British exit, or 'Brexit', from the European Union, threatening the very cohesion of their party. … Continue reading → More »

    Talking Politics - Mon, Apr 14, 2014
  • Five ways to restore public trust in …

    Five ways to restore public trust in …

    By Francis West CEOs of big business aren't trusted by the public. A toxic combination of executive salaries, bailouts, pricing structures that appear to hit consumers rather than profits and the Rana Plaza tragedy has taken its toll. A 2013 Ipsos … Continue reading → More »

    Talking Politics - Thu, Apr 10, 2014
  • Maria Miller’s seven deadly errors

    Maria Miller’s seven deadly errors

    Maria Miller's departure from the government was fully avoidable. But for years her scornful attitude has combined with some terrible decision-making to leave her no choice but to resign. Here's a breakdown of her seven biggest mistakes... Dodgy expenses Maria … Continue reading → More »

    Talking Politics - Wed, Apr 9, 2014
  • We have a chance to finally stamp out …

    We have a chance to finally stamp out …

    By Diana Johnson MP Just the other Saturday, amidst the best sunshine we’ve had for months, Britain saw its first lesbian, gay and bisexual husbands and wives say their marriage vows. It was a momentous, giant leap forward for equality … Continue reading → More »

    Talking Politics - Tue, Apr 8, 2014
  • The Foreign Office prefers Saudi arms …

    The Foreign Office prefers Saudi arms …

    By Andrew Smith You would be hard pushed to find a country where human rights mean less than in Saudi Arabia. The country is run by a dictatorial monarch that has even been accused of keeping his four daughters under … Continue reading → More »

    Talking Politics - Mon, Apr 7, 2014
  • How did Maria Miller keep her job?

    How did Maria Miller keep her job?

    Maria Miller has been forced to repay expenses and apologise to the Commons. Yet somehow she is still in her job. The perfunctory apology lasted just 31 seconds and was delivered with an unmistakeable air of resentment, despite other Tory … Continue reading → More »

    Talking Politics - Fri, Apr 4, 2014
  • Grayling’s book ban excuses just don’t …

    Grayling’s book ban excuses just don’t …

    By Caroline Lucas Last week, the secretary of state for justice wrote an article on the Conservative Home website to try and defend the decision to put a blanket ban on parcels being sent to prisoners, thereby preventing inmates receiving books … Continue reading → More »

    Talking Politics - Thu, Apr 3, 2014
  • The medieval punishment of Syria continues, …

    The medieval punishment of Syria continues, …

    By Kristyan Benedict Last week the first Syrian refugees arrived in the UK as part of the government's commitment to help the "most vulnerable" Syrians under a resettlement scheme - a low-key but absolutely vital gesture for those affected. But … Continue reading → More »

    Talking Politics - Tue, Apr 1, 2014