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Marikana miners to return to work after accepting 22 percent

19 September 2012
Striking miners at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa say they will return to work on Thursday morning after accepting a new offer from British-owned mining company Lonmin.

Argos workers strike to defend their final salary pensions

19 September 2012
Over 1,000 workers struck today, Wednesday, at five Argos distribution centres around Britain.

Sexuality and struggle

18 September 2012
A trashy tale of a twisted relationship has become one of Britain’s best selling books. The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy tells the story of a wide eyed virgin who falls for a controlling man and changes him.

So who would live in a house like this? Only the super-rich

18 September 2012
A mansion in London’s posh Knightsbridge has gone on sale for £300 million—making it the most expensive house sale in British history.

Waterline: A tragic novel with an authentic working class voice

18 September 2012
Contemporary British novelists have a problem with today’s working class.

In pictures: Protests in solidarity with London Met students

15 September 2012
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Ugandan Asians in Britain 40 years on: here to stay and fight

11 September 2012
Some 27,000 expelled Ugandan Asians came in Britain in 1972, prompting a frenzy of racism from the press and politicians.

Dredd's bleak vision stays true to its dystopian comic book roots

10 September 2012
The new Judge Dredd film brings to life one of Britain’s most infamous anti-heroes—while remaining true to the character’s roots in the science fiction comic 2000AD.

Why Inequality Matters demands a narrowing of the wealth gap

07 September 2012
Inequality in Britain is on the rise, bringing a host of social problems in its wake. Yet there are simple measures politicians could take that would tackle the issue and narrow the wealth gap.

Stoke BNP leader Michael Coleman found guilty of racism

07 September 2012
Michael Coleman, leader of the fascist British National Party (BNP) in Stoke-on-Trent, was found guilty of racially aggravated alarm, harassment and distress at Stoke Crown Court today, Wednesday.

Allan Horsfall (1927-2012)

06 September 2012
Allan Horsfall, a pioneer of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) equality in Britain, has died aged 84. He was a key figure in the movement to abolish laws in England that banned all sex between men.

Real unemployment figure hits 3.5 million in Britain

04 September 2012
A new report shows that the real rate of unemployment in Britain is higher than at any time since 1997.

Anti-Atos protests take to streets of Manchester and Sheffield

29 August 2012
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Tory attack on GCSE grades will hit young people's futures

23 August 2012
School students across Britain are reeling today as many discover they have been awarded lower GCSE grades than expected, particularly in English.

It's time to stop the private train firms in their tracks

21 August 2012
Sky-high ticket prices. Overcrowded trains. Bumper profits for private firms. Massive bonuses for bosses. The reality of Britain’s privatised railways was brought to everyone’s attention last week as another year of above inflation fare increases sparked protests at 40 stations.

Privatisation nightmare looms at London Metropolitan University

21 August 2012
London Metropolitan University looks set to become the first British university taken over by a private company, reports have indicated.

Julian Assange must face rape charges, not US revenge

21 August 2012
Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder being protected by the Ecuadorian embassy in London, appeared on a low balcony last Sunday to make a speech. He seemed to be almost mocking the British police, who could not touch him.

China Crisis: Bo Xilai, corruption and looming economic slowdown

14 August 2012
The fall of prominent Chinese politician Bo Xilai earlier this year exposed the depths of corruption in China’s ruling class. Much of the media here is focusing on his wife, Gu Kailai, who last week stood trial for murdering a British businessman.

The rich start to panic

14 August 2012
The media is full of dire judgments on the state of the British economy. Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, says nothing is going to get better fast. He admits the recovery will be "a long, slow process".

News round-up

14 August 2012
UK faces court over kill list Britain’s role in supplying information to the US for their "kill list" is going to be challenged in court. An Afghan man who lost five of his relatives in a targeted missile strike has started proceedings against the Ministry of Defence and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

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