News Head of St Mary’s, Mike Kennedy, aims for ‘all-comers’

The elite Catholic college, launchpad to many illustrious alumni, will be open to all-comers

Employment and planning laws 'should favour firms'

Employment and planning laws should be overhauled in favour of companies to kickstart the economy, business leaders told the Government today.

Brendan Barber: The union man who won't use a megaphone

The TUC general secretary tells James Moore why softly-softly tactics are needed as the Coalition wields the axe

George Osborne 'might fail to pay off deficit by election'

Chancellor George Osborne risks missing his target of eliminating Britain's national deficit by the next general election because of below-par growth and "formidable" difficulties delivering cuts, a respected economic thinktank warned today.

TUC plans huge central London anti-cuts march

A demonstration against the Government's spending cuts is set to be the biggest union event in decades, the TUC has predicted.

Cameron and Osborne seek to move the agenda forward

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, and George Osborne, the Chancellor, yesterday sought to put the two biggest economic controversies of the Coalition Government's term in office behind them, insisting that their austerity measures would not derail the recovery and that Britain's banks would play their part in seeing the upturn accelerate.

Cameron and Osborne vow to stick with cuts

David Cameron and George Osborne today insisted they would stick to their spending cuts programme despite deepening economic gloom and renewed threats of coordinated strike action.

Keith Faulkner: Trade unionist and TUC stalwart for more than three decades

Keith Faulkner was one of the stalwarts of the Trades Union Congress, where he made his name as an organiser of events and conferences, as well as running rallies, demonstrations and festivals. A taciturn, straightforward man of few words, unless they were needed, Faulkner worked for the TUC for over 30 years. He joined as a press officer mainly responsible for design, working firstly under the flamboyant former European Union PR Brian Murphy and then under Brendan Barber, who would eventually become TUC general secretary. At that time, the TUC was coming to the end of its partnership with the Labour Government, which was to split open with the "winter of discontent".

One in five young people out of work as jobless total hits 2.5m

Unemployment in Britain has surged by 49,000 to nearly 2.5 million, including one in every five young people – putting the number of 16- to 24-year-olds out of work at close to a million, the highest since records of youth unemployment were first kept in 1992.

What does Cameron's 'massive gamble' with the NHS mean for us?

As the most radical shake-up of Britain's public healthcare begins, Oliver Wright examines its ideology, finances – and impact

Last-quarter drop will hit Goldman staff payouts

Goldman Sachs posted a rare set of disappointing financial results yesterday, and signalled that the investment bank's average employee would be getting a 13 per cent lower bonus this year.

Goldman Sachs rewards staff with £9.6bn

Wall Street banking giant Goldman Sachs revealed today that staff earned a total of 15.4 billion US dollars (£9.6 billion) in pay and bonuses last year - equivalent to around £270,000 per employee.

UK jobless total rises again to 2.5 million

Unemployment has soared by 49,000 to 2.5 million, with a record number of young people out of work, new figures showed today.

I will go where Blair feared to tread, says PM

David Cameron pledged to succeed where Tony Blair failed yesterday as he launched a new phase of the Coalition Government's sweeping plans to reform public services.

We cannot afford not to reform NHS, says David Cameron

The Government cannot afford to delay essential reform of Britain's public services, David Cameron warned today.

Boss of state-owned Lloyds gets £2m bonus – six weeks before he quits

The controversy over bankers' bonuses intensified yesterday as it emerged that the Lloyds chief executive, Eric Daniels, is likely receive a £2m bonus – close to his £2.3m maximum – before he leaves the taxpayer-backed bank on 1 March.

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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?