Michael Gove’s new curriculum won’t ‘raise standards’ because it’s designed to bash teachers, blame children for failure and justify cuts, writes Sadie Robinson
As students return to universities and colleges, Raymie Kiernan looks at how the Tories’ austerity is affecting them—and the continuing battles against it
Attacks on Muslim women’s right to wear the niqab are about scapegoating—not professional standards and certainly not liberation, argues Judith Orr
Reports of the death of class consciousness have been greatly exaggerated according to the latest British Social Attitudes survey, says Sadie Robinson
People are more favourable towards trade unions than they are towards politicians, banks or newspapers.
Nearly half of those surveyed agreed that homosexuality is “not wrong at all”—compared to just 17 percent in 1983.
A huge majority— more than eight in ten—say the income gap between rich and poor is too big. This is up from three quarters in 2010.
The number of people who think those out of work could find a job “if they really wanted one” has fallen.
Some 21 percent didn’t identify with any political party.
The Tories new bill will make it harder for trade unions and campaigning groups to organise—and let lobbyists off the hook, writes Simon Basketter
Sarah Ensor finds government-backed Private Finance Initiative schemes have saddled public services with ballooning debt repayments to private firms
Criminalising those who reveal state secrets comes naturally to the security services—because the state sees us all as enemies, says Raymie Kiernan
Rising house prices boost wealthy speculators, not ordinary people who need somewhere to live. Ken Olende looks at the policies behind the housing crisis
Simon Basketter finds the claims of economic recovery an unconvincing mix of exaggerated figures, mounting debt and another property bubble brewing
Newly released government documents shed light on secret Tory plans to target miners, Northern Ireland and England’s flood defences, writes Simon Basketter
New figures reveal the year’s toll of deaths during and after police custody—painting a grisly picture of lives needlessly cut short, says Simon Basketter
Excited delirium is a diagnosis used by coroners to explain ten restraint-related deaths that occurred in police custody in England and Wales since the late 1990s.
Two new reports into the Cardiff Three case refused to blame cops who ‘lost’ evidence and derailed a major police corruption trial says Simon Basketter
Tony Paris, one of those convicted of Lynette White’s murder who was later acquitted, said, “In December 2011 I was robbed of the chance to see justice done to the police officers who stood accused of fitting me up for murder.
Simon Basketter looks at why Ed Miliband is trying to cut union members’ automatic subs to Labour—and why union leaders continue to fund the party