A second budget Darling? Why not.

April 23, 2009

On Wednesday, Britain’s Chancellor, Alistair Darling, delivered his second budget. A commentary round-up.

The top ten Brownies of the UK budget

April 23, 2009

This was a budget of tricks, of bogus assumptions and of huge traps for the conservatives.

The disappearing jobs of Merthyr Tydfil

April 21, 2009

By the 1970s Hoover employed more than 5000 people in Merthyr and was so dominant that the British town was dubbed “Hooverville”. But since the factory closed last month, lives have been shattered.

Sinking ships and people smugglers

April 20, 2009

Meanwhile in the Mediterranean...

I like a drink. Does that make me an alcoholic?

April 20, 2009

The latest government health campaign will show how each drink is the equivalent of four fish fingers. Bonkers, writes Janet Street-Porter.

The spin is all in the prism

April 15, 2009

Political reporters see everything through a prism. It changes according to mood and moment, writes Alastair Campbell.

Grubbier than your average British Labour stuff-up

April 15, 2009

How is it that the British Labour party's future and reputation had been put in the hands of a man who had wrecked it once?

Germaine Greer tackles Margaret Thatcher

April 12, 2009

To mark the 30th anniversary of Thatcher's election Germaine Greer embarks on a signature personality assassination.

London, the city that votes on red buses

April 9, 2009

The problem for Boris Johnson is that the GFC has put the kybosh on many of the plans -- mainly public transport -- that would have put his stamp on the place.

Could Ireland become a failed state?

April 8, 2009

Ireland's woes should be considered an advanced warning system for all countries outside the US.