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As soon as the sad passing of South African civil rights icon Nelson Mandela was announced, and prime Minister David Cameron described him as “a hero of our time”, images have surfaced on social media of the “hang Mandela” posters created by the Federation of Conservative Students in the 1980s.
Chancellor George Osborne is updating MPs on the current state of the UK economy and the government’s future plans.
PC Toby Roland, the police officer at the centre of the “plebgate” scandal, is to sue Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell for libel over the incident.
Boris Johnson has back-pedalled on his controversial comments about people with low IQs before failing an IQ test on live radio.
Although opening up these questions to voters feels dangerous to those standing against a British exit from Europe or a Scottish exit from the UK, it would be more dangerous yet to ignore calls for change.
Greed is good. So is envy. So says Boris Johnson, who told the Centre for Policy Studies that the two deadly sins were “a valuable spur to economic activity”.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to tighten the eligibility rules for benefits for immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania are an overreaction said EU commissioners Lazlo Andor.
The government is to sell off £900 million of student loans to the private sector in its continued effort to balance the nation’s finances.
Conservative peer Lord James of Blackheath has claimed that cyclists in London are longing to be hit by cars so that they can film the accident.
One of the most worrying aspects of the Eurozone crisis has been its effect on democracy. Sonia Alonso argues that while the crisis has weakened democracy in several countries, particularly with regard to the implementation of austerity policies against public opposition, this should not be understood as the imposition of technocratic policymaking from Brussels. She writes that national governments have a tendency to downplay their responsibility for European decisions, with national actors in both core and periphery Eurozone members having more scope to shape policy-making than they present to their electorates.