One Direction’s earnings mad, says business leader in City pay debate

Institute of Directors boss digresses in discussion of executive pay, as business secretary outlines minimum wage risesTheir debut album reached number one in 16 countries, and on their way to chart success the five members of One Direction have provided ample material for gossip columnists. But on Monday Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis […]
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Plans to drop climate debate from national curriculum ‘unacceptable’

Letter signed by academics, politicians and business leaders warns proposals are unfathomable and short-sightedLeading environmental figures, including broadcaster Sir David Attenborough and mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington, have condemned government plans to drop debate about climate change from the national curriculum for children under 14 as “unfathomable and unacceptable”.In a letter to the Sunday Times, also […]
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Letters: Framing the debate on poverty and social exclusion

As illustrated by the misuse of the Philpott case to support aspects of the current policy assault on the poor, social problems are framed both by government action and by the interplay of political and media rhetoric. In this context, the portrayal of social exclusion in two Guardian articles (‘I didn’t care whether the kids […]
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The readers’ editor on… coverage of the Scottish independence debate

The referendum on Scottish independence is a real challenge and an opportunity for the Guardian, but there is some deep-seated resentment to navigateCriticism of the Guardian’s coverage of parts of the UK that are not England – even parts of England that are not London – is a constant theme in complaints to the office […]
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Osborne ‘playing politics’ with Philpott deaths

Chancellor exacerbates Lib Dem unease over Conservative use of Philpott deaths in making case for welfare reformsA coalition rift was blown into the open when the Liberal Democrats condemned George Osborne for “playing politics” with the deaths of six children after the chancellor highlighted the Mick Philpott case to raise questions about high welfare payments.Amid […]
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Government using increasingly loaded language in welfare debate

DWP speeches and press releases on benefits show rise in words such as ‘dependency’, ‘entrenched’ and ‘addiction’The government is increasingly using value-laden and pejorative language when discussing benefits and welfare, a Guardian analysis has found, something poverty charities warn is likely to increase the stigmatisation of poor people.The findings show that the work and pensions […]
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Exxon cleans up Arkansas oil spill amid debate over Canada-to-US pipelines

Ruptured pipeline in Arkansas is second incident in a week and comes as US debates controversial Keystone XL projectExxon Mobil was working to clean up thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower, Arkansas, after a pipeline carrying heavy Canadian crude ruptured, a major spill likely to stoke debate over transporting Canada’s oil to the United […]
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Can government data change the world? Join our debate to find out

We are gathering together a crack panel of experts on open government data – will you be part of it?• Register for the FREE event: April 25, 18:30 GMTWe think data should be at the heart of policy – and we’d like you to help us debate the key issues.Google and The Guardian Datablog – […]
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An immigration debate in which our politicians demean themselves | Ian Birrell

The three big parties are pushing cowardly, populist policies as they compete to sound as tough as UkipNigel Farage must have been smiling to himself as he supped his pint of real ale last night. His party has no members of parliament, a situation unlikely to change at the next election, and offers promiscuous and […]
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As Salmond and Cameron battle over TV debates, the pollsters are already winning

Last weekend’s SNP spring conference provoked a rash of competing opinion polls from the yes and no camps: by happy coincidence, one polling firm kept both sides sweetIf good lawyers like a nice long legal battle, then the UK’s pollsters are enjoying the referendum. This may be one of their richest harvests for a long […]
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