Voices The Government has faced a barrage of criticism over the HS2 plans

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London shoppers unfazed by cuts

Retailers in central London maintained their stellar sales growth last month, despite the austerity measures unveiled in the Comprehensive Spending Review on 20 October.

Tougher welfare sanctions spark 'destitution' warnings

Campaigners issued stark warnings today about the impact of tougher sanctions on benefit claimants who refuse work planned under Government welfare reforms.

Professor Christopher Freeman: Influential economist whose radical views gave him a healthy suspicion of capitalism

The economist and science policy adviser Chris Freeman was one of the most original and influential economists of the late 20th century who combined the radical political outlook that inspired him (he refused government honours) with advising unashamedly pro-capitalist governments on technological policy.

Leading article: Pupil power

Cynical parents might assume it is every pupil's dream. They are being invited to go online and rate their teachers. Revenge all round, might be expected to be the order of the day. But don't you believe it.

Bigger than Beck's: Jon Stewart's rally eclipses Fox News pundit's effort

There were an estimated 215,000 different interpretations of what just happened. As the throngs who attended Saturday's enormous "Rally to Restore Sanity" dispersed, there was no agreement on whether it had been a powerful answer to the Tea Party rallies that upturned politics last year, a popular uprising against the media, or just a hilarious free show by two of the hottest comedians in America.

Rural schools 'may struggle to survive'

Rural primary schools may be forced to close as a result of ministers pumping more money into disadvantaged areas, it emerged yesterday.

Ex-housemistress cleared of school abuse charges

A former housemistress at a top school was today cleared of helping a male teacher abuse boys.

Green lessons are wasted on parents

Parents are undermining schools' efforts to educate children about being green, a poll found. More than a third (37 per cent) of parents with children of school age acknowledge they do not set the best example when it comes to being energy efficient.

Welfare cuts cast doubt on Coalition's claim of fairness

George Osborne imposed a further £7bn cut in the welfare budget to blunt the axe falling on frontline services, but insisted that yesterday's government-wide spending review was "fair" as well as "tough".

Youngsters outside school system 'risk life of crime'

Children as young as 11 face a lifetime of crime, drugs and prostitution if they are excluded from school, MPs were told today.

Osborne swings the welfare axe

The most savage public sector spending cuts in 50 years were today outlined by the Chancellor George Osborne.

Morrisons to fund 20 BSc students

Morrisons, the supermarket group, is launching a new "learn while you earn" undergraduate scheme to fund 20 places for students who want to study for a BSc at Bradford's Management School, one of the UK's top business schools.

Gurkha veterans lose pensions appeal battle

Gurkha veterans lost the latest round of their legal battle with the Ministry of Defence over their Army pensions today.

Trio shares Nobel prize for economics

A British-Cypriot and two Americans, including one nominated by President Barack Obama to the US Federal Reserve board, won the 2010 Nobel Prize for Economics for their work to explain persistent unemployment.

Steve Richards: Plenty of politics, but where was the economics in Osborne's speech?

Boris Johnson delivered a deftly crafted speech in which he put the case for public spending
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