News Gamers in California using the Wii console as entertainment to play Wii Bowling.

The Department for Work and Pensions revealed the new system after a turbulent introduction of the Universal Credit programme

Proposed sell-off of Government land and property could pave the way for thousands of new homes

New property search engine will allow everybody to search the government’s £330 billion property portfolio by town and postcode

James Moore: So have the outsourcers become too big too fail?

Outlook An outbreak of sanity at G4S, which yesterday belatedly decided to follow Serco's lead by assuming the position in an attempt to draw a line under the criminal-tagging scandal.

We need a vibrant ecosystem of providers but I expect G4S to emerge stronger after review

The reward will be savings for taxpayers

The Confessions of Gordon Brown is at the White Bear Theatre

Cadres of expert advisers are about to be introduced to Whitehall: It's about time

To the public this is no more than an SW1 issue, to the Whitehall mandarins it represents an earthquake

Anti-smoking campaigns are regularly updated and renewed

Cabinet Office 'risking lives' as ad industry rebels against new system for running public health campaigns

'Francis Maude has disrupted a perfectly good system and replaced it with one which is bureaucratic and costly' says IPA head

Green MP Caroline Lucas is arrested near Balcombe during the anti-fracking protests

Green MP Caroline Lucas arrested as anti-fracking protests reach fever pitch

First day of ‘mass civil disobedience’ sees shows of dissent at Balcombe and related sites

Baroness Thatcher died on April 8th

The £1.2 million funeral: Cost of burying Baroness Thatcher revealed

The direct costs for Baroness Thatcher's funeral were about £1.2 million, it was announced today.

Bob Kerslake: being forced out of his job after less than two years, having 'failed' to implement changes in Whitehall

Exclusive: An uncivil end? PM’s frustrations could see Whitehall head ousted

Civil service boss Sir Bob Kerslake blamed for slow pace of reform, in role described as ‘impossible’ by critics

Jim Armitage: Let's end these rip-offs for the taxpayer on IT

Outlook Sometimes it seems like we should press control-alt-delete on the whole murky world of government IT procurement.

A worker walks past the Treasury building in Whitehall

Government wastes 'three days a year' waiting for old computers to start

Complaints come from Stephen Kelly, who criticized 'government in the old world'

Government looks to France to get civil servants to fulfil policy

Blue notes are issued when a minister makes a decision, with a timescale for its execution

The HS2 project is bitterly opposed by some MPs

HS2, benefit cap and broadband roll-out: Government flagship projects are 'unachievable'

23 schemes, totalling billions of pounds worth of public money, were given an amber/red rating

Treasury missing MP letters response target

Almost half the letters sent to the Treasury by MPs and peers are not responded to within the target time of 15 working days, figures revealed today.

Parliament calls in EADS for cyber protection

Pan-European aerospace and defence giant EADS has been asked to protect MPs’ and Lords’ computers from being hacked by cyber terrorists.

James Ashton: Consultants upbeat as they spy green shoots

Management consultants regard themselves as a canary down a mine shaft for the economy because when companies want to start spending, they’ll call in the experts first.

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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