All articles by: Ian Hernon

Labour issues warning to Davos ‘elite’

Published: January 27, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell slammed the Davos elites who talk about reducing inequality but fail to deliver real change. “Labour is likely to go into government, so we are …

Tories trade blows over Brexit

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Tory infighting over Brexit threatened to undermine alleged progress at the Davos economic summit on future trade deals. US President Donald Trump predicted a “tremendous increase” in UK-US trade in …

May sidles up to Trump over trade

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May insisted the UK’s relationship with the US was “as strong as it ever has been” as she prepared for talks with Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum …

Earnings still lag behind inflation

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The squeeze on workers’ living standards continues as earnings growth dipped in November and was once again well behind inflation. In November, growth in average weekly earnings growth, including bonuses, …

Rough sleeping on the rise again

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Rough sleeping in England has increased for the seventh year in a row, with 4,751 people counted or estimated to be on the streets in autumn 2017, a 15% rise …

Books: Nightmares in the dreamworld

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Fantasyland – How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History by Kurt Andersen Ebury Press £20 It is alleged that a quarter of Americans believe Barack Obama may have been the …

Carillion chaos leaves no cash for creditors

Published: January 17, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

More evidence of chaos, collusion and incompetence behind the Carillion collapse emerged after ministers ordered an investigation by the Official Receiver to be broadened and fast-tracked. Accountants warned that tens …

Unison guide for carbon-free councils

Published: January 14, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The public services union UNISON has launched a campaign to encourage local government pension funds to divest from carbon. It has published a step-by-step guide designed to help members of …

Unis not targeting free speech, say academics

Published: January 14, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

A Commons inquiry has heard that claims that universities are inhibiting free speech are based on misleading evidence “whipped up to create a moral panic.” Sussex University Vice Chancellor Prof …

Westminster Watch

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Theresa May’s much-heralded cabinet reshuffle swiftly turned into a meta­phor for her administration. Following last year’s disastrous general election, the role of Tory chairman was seen as pivotal. The Conservative …

Better-off pupils leading race for uni places

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

The most advantaged teens have tightened their grip on university places, pulling further ahead of those from disadvantaged backgrounds, official data shows. Although more poorer students won places at university …

Union slams assessment algorithms

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Plans to use algorithms to identify failing schools have been slammed by the National Association of Head Teachers. A data science unit, part-owned by the UK government, has been training …

Peru’s president beats impeachment charges

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Congress in Peru has voted not to impeach President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski for allegedly receiving illegal payments from the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. The president, during 10 hours of debate, …

Far right seal Austrian coalition deal

Published: January 13, 2018
Written by Ian Hernon

Austria’s president has approved a coalition government between the con­servative People’s Party and the smaller and more extreme Freedom Party, The deal makes Austria the only Western European state with …