All articles by: James Douglas

Kent fails poorer pupils

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A new study has found that the odds are loaded against children from disadvantaged back­grounds who apply for grammar schools in Kent. Entrance tests for the county’s grammars “understate the …

Single parents suffer sanctions

Published: May 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The pressure group Gingerbread claims that ministers are systematically underestimating the risk of sanctions to single parents. Researchers for the organisation scrutinised the government’s ongoing commitment to stringent “conditionality” in …

Wrong info on gender pay website

Published: May 4, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has launched an online gender pay gap viewing service to enable the public to view information organisations have published so far to fulfil their gender …

Nurses to be consulted over strike

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Royal College of Nursing is assessing the mood for strike action in protest over pay. The largest nursing union is asking 270,000 members across the UK whether they want …

Leaseholders suffer ‘extortion’

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Labour has condemned “legalised extortion” after new  figures showed that there are now four million leasehold homes in England. Shadow Housing Secretary John Healey said: “Home-owners who own their home …

Motability vehicles cut

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by James Douglas

More than 50,000 disabled people have had specially adapted vehicles taken away since changes to disability benefits in 2013. The Motability scheme entitles disabled people to lease a specially adapted …

Turkey votes for Christmas

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by James Douglas

President Recip Tayyip Erdo?an, as expected, won his battle to be granted sweeping new dictatorial powers, though only by a narrow margin. Afterwards, international monitors reported that Turkey’s referendum campaign …

Protestor dead in Venezuela unrest

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A teenage demonstrator was one of two killed during growing unrest in Venezuela, as the country’s political and economic crisis deepens. The 14-year-old boy and another protester were shot dead …

Abuse rises after Brexit vote

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A TUC-commissioned poll has found that over a third (34%) of black, Asian or minority ethnic people (BAME) witnessed or experienced racial abuse in the seven months following last June’s …

Male labourers at high risk of suicide

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by James Douglas

A new analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found that the risk of suicide among low skilled male labourers, particularly those working on construction, is much higher …

Cartes crisis worsens

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes sacked the interior minister and the chief of police after violent protests against a bill that would allow him to run for a second term in …

Gender plan required

Published: March 22, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The Women and Equalities Committee has reported that the Government must publish a plan on how it intends to achieve gender equality. In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were …

FBI probes Russia link

Published: March 22, 2017
Written by James Douglas

FBI director James Comey has confirmed that his agency is investigating alleged Russian interference in last year’s presidential election. Giving evidence to the congressional intelligence committee, he insisted there was …

Vatican admits Rwanda ‘sins’

Published: March 22, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Pope Francis begged “God’s forgiveness” for the “sins and failings” of the Roman Catholic Church at the time of the Rwandan genocide. Dozens of Catholic priests are believed to have …

Rethink sought on ‘Dubs’ cuts

Published: February 24, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The UK’s four children’s commissioners have written to the government asking for a rethink of a decision to end a scheme bringing in lone child refugees. Campaigners hoped 3,000 children …

‘Shocking waste’ of cuts

Published: February 24, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Surgeons at hospitals in England are being left “kicking their heels” because operations are being cancelled due to bed shortages. Royal College of Surgeons president Clare Marx said the “shocking …

Trump: The first ten days

Published: February 14, 2017
Written by James Douglas

American journalist John Reed’s chronicle of the October 1917 Russian Revolution, Ten Days That Shook The World, is rightly regarded as a classic chronicle of epoch-making events. Whether Donald Trump’s …

Tribunal fees let bad bosses off the hook

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by James Douglas

Punitive fees for employment tribunals are allowing bad bosses to get away with shocking treatment of workers. New regulations giving employment tribunals powers to fine rule-breaking employers for “aggravating factors” …

Housing conditions condemned by watchdog

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by James Douglas

The home affairs select committee has warned that the current contract system for asylum accommodation isn’t working and major reforms are needed. The MPs branded the state of some units …