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A promotion for health boss at heart of Stafford scandal


David Nicholson became chief executive of the regional regulators for Mid Staffordshire NHS foundation trust in 2005.

Stafford health disaster could happen again


The public inquiry into the disaster at the Mid Staffordshire NHS foundation trust made 290 recommendations.

A foundation for business


The Department of Health does not manage foundation trusts (FTs).

Mali's history of learning, trade and colonialism


Mali is at the centre of the new front in the "war on terror". French forces, aided by the US and Britain, have invaded to fight "Islamic extremism" in the country.

Tuareg people fought for an independent Azawad


The semi-nomadic Tuareg people have lived in the region since the 12th century.

Mali - poor despite mineral wealth


Mali is one of the 25 poorest countries in the world.

What have the bankers done with all our money?


The year started well for bankers as Goldman Sachs last week opened the bonus season with average payouts of £250,000.

Obama’s bailout ‘profit’ is a lie and a distraction


The US bailout is within a whisker of being paid back.

Bonus points for dodging tax


Banks dodged £16 billion in tax in 2010 by moving bonuses forwards a few weeks.

Overpriced and chaotic - Britain's sold out railways


If a council worker has to commute by train to London from Chelmsford in Essex, they’ll pay £348.70 a month for the privilege. In a year the cost is £3,540.

Tories and Labour have always let bosses ride free


Britain’s rail network was nationalised 65 years ago—for the second time.

Railway neglect that costs lives


Poor maintenance under Railtrack led to a crash at Potters Bar that killed seven people in 2002.

'Bedroom tax' will force people out of their homes


The government’s attack on benefits could see thousands of people lose their homes. One attack in particular, popularly known as the "bedroom tax", is set to push almost 100,000 social housing tenants into arrears on their rent from this April.

Meet the loan sharks who trap millions in debt misery


Up to four million people planned to take out a payday loan to cover the cost of Christmas. Now, with the festivities finished, they’ll be stuck with the financial hangover.

Osborne cuts £950 a year from the poorest families in Britain


Tory chancellor George Osborne admitted on Wednesday of last week that his economic plan isn’t working—even on its own terms.

Underemployment: the struggling workers hidden by jobs figures


Over three million people work- ing in Britain are struggling to survive on the pay they receive each month—and want to work more hours than they can get. That’s the finding of a new report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

New oil production techniques will speed up climate change


Whatever happened to peak oil? Only a few years ago it was common to hear speculation that global oil production had peaked and would slowly peter out—forcing capitalism to adapt its energy use. But by last year oil production was increasing again, especially in North America.

The Kincora scandal: child abuse and cover-up in 1970s Belfast


The Kincora Boys’ Home in Belfast was opened in 1958. The home’s warden Joe Mains at once started to abuse the boys in his care. Mains recruited Raymond Semple and William McGrath in the 1970s and they joined in the daily brutal abuse.

Eddie Stobart: the firm leading the way in attacks on lorry drivers


From children playing "Spot the Stobart Lorry" on motorway trips to the Channel 5 TV documentary, haulage company Eddie Stobart has a knack for having good PR.

How to close the gender pay gap


Women who used to work for Birmingham City Council last week won a step forward in their claim for equal pay.

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