European Euro banknote

I have written here before that there is schizophrenia about what the EU really is. Have we created a free trade area or are we trying to create a superstate? […]

MP for Morley and Outwood, West Yorkshire

I was amazed this morning to hear Ed Balls on the Today programme complaining about the Government financial measures that come into force today. So let’s be very clear about […]

Britain's awful education system

Britain is the land of Eton and Harrow of Oxford and Cambridge of Professor Stephen Hawking, Sir James Dyson, Stephen Fry and Sir Richard Branson so what could be wrong? […]

War map of the coastal strip of Libya

The Libyan coastal strip is a strange place to conduct a war, the distances are vast and there is nothing there but desert and a few small towns that are […]

The burden of debt

Let your reasonable, informed, intelligent voice be heard in London starting at 11.00am on Saturday 14 May in this sensible gathering that asks the government to act firmly on the […]

English version of the Arabic-language news network. Breaking news and features plus background material including profiles and global reactions.

This morning on the Radio 4 Today programme Ed Milliband was questioned with some thoroughness by Evan Davis and you could almost hear the collective jaws of the nation hitting […]

Yobbish behaviour and intimidating groups taking over public spaces

Currently in Britain we have around a million NEETs (youths not in education, employment or training) which are a direct result of our education system failing to prepare these people […]

The disparate elements that make up Libya

So Colonel Gaddafi has lost, it is just a matter of time to his departure day. Militarily the ground forces against him are singularly unimpressive and fire most of their […]

Julia Roberts plays a prostitute in the film Pretty Woman

It is pretty uncivilised that unliberated, Victorian, repressive and prudish legislation is still enforced in this country, whilst in more enlightened countries with the legacy of our legal code, like […]

Small oil well in America

The BBC is currently obsessing about petrol prices, they obviously see it as a way of having a go at George Osborne. So let’s look at what is behind this. […]

Nick Clegg, George Osborne, David Cameron on front bench

The best budget, by a huge margin, for something like 14 years, and maybe much longer. A tour de force. With no manoeuvre room due to the immense economic hole […]