Despite overwhelming evidence there is still continuing reluctance from politicians to accept just how useless short prison sentences are
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Wednesday 20 March 2013
Wage rises would be limited to an average of up to 1% in 2015/16
Thursday 14 February 2013
The authorities have offered compensation to the families of 13 people shot dead in Bloody Sunday in 1972 and to those who were injured in the incident, it has emerged.
Tuesday 12 February 2013
Oh Jodie, love. While we would defend anyone’s right to cover themselves with eclectic tattoos, dye their hair nuclear scarlet and get into spats with Katie Price, she has made something of a slip-up when it comes to branding. Marsh has released a weight-loss aid called – wait for it – Semtex. Like the plastic explosive used by the IRA.
Thursday 06 December 2012
Just 15 per cent of those who have the condition are employed
Friday 09 November 2012
In The Red
Monday 01 October 2012
The concept of employees needing to opt out of saving for their old age, rather than opt in, is indeed a revolutionary one. But although the blandly named "automatic enrolment" scheme that starts today is being heralded by many as the biggest shake-up of the pensions system since Lloyd George set it up, in practice the reforms will make only the smallest dent in Britain's impending pensioner poverty crisis.
Sunday 12 August 2012
Saturday 16 June 2012
Elderly are being flogged worthless wine and coins, and tempted into dodgy property land-bank deals
Friday 09 March 2012
The mastermind in Britain's biggest Ponzi fraud lived like a playboy until his scheme collapsed, leaving a trail of broken lives. Cahal Milmo spoke to one of his victims
Last night's viewing - Racing with the Hamiltons: Nic in the Driving Seat, BBC1; Alex Polizzi: the Fixer, BBC2
Wednesday 07 March 2012
Good news for armchair Formula One drivers. Nic Hamilton, brother of the rather more famous Lewis, consistently comes first when they play video racing games. Imagine that. Lewis cheerfully owned up to as much in Racing with the Hamiltons: Nic in the Driving Seat, recalling an occasion on which he'd spent all day beating his younger brother's lap time on a particular track, only to have him come back from school and best it within five minutes. It's the kind of thing that I'm sure has flickered through the fantasies of many callous-thumbed petrol-heads, but the next bit could only happen in meat-space. That's when the former world champion turns to you and says, "You know, you're really good at this. Why not do it for real?"
Friday 27 January 2012
Our view: Hold. Share price: 219.8p (3.1p)
Saturday 04 June 2011
Monday 23 May 2011
A Tory backbench peer will today accuse the high-street banks of "taking advantage of people" by withholding tax relief on cash ISAs. Baroness Stowell of Beeston will call on the Treasury to get tough on the financial institutions that she says are short-changing savers.
Friday 11 March 2011
Outlook For Standard Life and its rivals in the UK life and pensions sector, the next 18 months will see a phoney war. The real action in this marketplace begins at the end of 2012, when the Financial Services Authority at last implements the recommendations made by its retail distribution review, a process that began five years ago. The most significant of these reforms will be an end to commission payments to independent financial advisers from product providers.
Sunday 31 October 2010
This is National Adoption Week, and it provides a test for David Cameron's slogan "the Big Society". As we report today, hundreds of children are stuck in temporary foster care because short-term financial pressures on local councils discourage them from paying voluntary agencies to arrange adoptions.
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
- 2 Tower Bridge glass walkway 'smashed' by night-time visitor dropping bottle of beer
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'