Britain has backed Saudi Arabia since the kingdom’s birth because it wanted to maintain its influence in the Middle East. But its rulers are running into difficulties, writes Nick Clark
Plans for a regeneration project by a Labour-run council has split the local party—and campaigning has pushed back the right, says Alistair Farrow
Chancellor Philip Hammond will likely claim that he’s scrapped the 1 percent public sector pay cap when he delivers his budget this week.
United Nations talks this month are the latest chapter in our rulers’ failure to deal with climate change. But there are still solutions, argues Dave Sewell
A report on fixed odds betting terminals is completely toothless in the face of big bookies—and refuses to admit that poverty causes problem gambling, argues Sarah Bates
Fifty years ago the 1967 Abortion Act marked a major breakthrough for working class women. Sarah Bates looks at what life was like before the Act—and why abortion rights are so crucial
As 110,000 postal workers prepare for a national strike for 48 hours from 19 October, Nick Clark rifles through the bosses’ mail to expose the excuses for worsening conditions
Millions of people are scraping by in badly paid jobs and are being forced to take out loans. Ten years after the ‘credit crunch’, Sarah Bates looks at what’s behind the debt explosion
A new report says senior officials at Rotherham council knew of problems with child sexual exploitation—but none should be charged over failures.
After sixteen years of occupation the US is preparing to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan. Nick Clark argues it could be the graveyard of empire
The rumblings of a brewing storm in Royal Mail have grown louder over the past few months—and could soon burst into a huge national strike.
With leaked emails, a trial by jury and an accident report, evidence against the Tories’ push for ‘driver-only operation’ is mounting, writes Raymie Kiernan
Prison riots that broke out last week put the spotlight on the overcrowded jail conditions in England and Wales under Tory rule. Simon Basketter investigates
With a possible inquiry on the way, contaminated blood scandal victims spoke to Sadie Robinson
After thousands join a march with anti-Muslim speeches, Raymie Kiernan looks at who is behind it, what they are doing—and how to stop them
Gaza is a city ready to burst. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are suffering after Israel drastically cut their power supply last week.
An Islamophobic scheme to accuse Muslims of taking over Birmingham schools was further exposed as a lie last week. Sadie Robinson says the scandal is how Muslims were demonised
Tory home secretary Amber Rudd has promised an “uplift” for the Islamophobic Prevent strategy.
Theresa May tried to pitch her manifesto as progressive with false promises on the NHS and schools. Nick Clark unpicks the attacks that they’re planning
Government welfare ‘reforms’ are having deadly consequences for disabled people. Eleanor Claxton-Mayer investigates the devastation of the cuts