Firefighters strike over pensions across England and Wales Members of Fire Brigades Union set up picket lines, with threat of further action if dispute continues.
As a political force Englishness is on the rise – and Labour mustn’t forget it | Vernon Bogdanor This week the party’s headache is Falkirk. But its long-term problems will be south of the border.
The Bank of England boss is about to step down, and has said he’s going to give himself a gap year. He probably deserves a break – but lose the backpacker lingo, eh Merv? Mervyn King is retiring as governor of the Bank of England. I’m sure we’ll all get over it. It’s not like […]
The spirit of Albion, as conjured in the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale, makes for some surprising and dramatic connections. The Turner-winning artist explains his thinking ‘Things obsess me,” Jeremy Deller says, “but I don’t think of myself as obsessive.” At 9.30 on the morning before his show opens in the British pavilion at […]
Lending to individuals is on the up, driven by mortgages, BoE figures show, but business lending hits a slump Lending to individuals rose in April, but figures from the Bank of England showed a sharp fall in the amount of borrowing done by businesses. Non-financial firms paid off £3bn of loans (including overdrafts) over the […]
Anti-racism campaigners warn of ‘day of hate’ on Saturday as English Defence League and BNP prepare for marches Far-right groups are planning their biggest mobilisation for 30 years this weekend with more than 50 demonstrations planned in towns and cities across England. Anti-racism campaigners have branded Saturday a “day of hate” after identifying 55 English […]
Twittersphere speculates on possible choices for outgoing Bank of England governor, with Dire Straits among suggestions Sir Mervyn King, the outgoing governor of the Bank of England, is to be Kirsty Young’s guest on Desert Island Discs. King, who is being by replaced the Canadian central bank governor Mark Carney, will be the castaway on […]
Banning the ‘No Surrender’ chant against Ireland won’t work. Dialogue, not diktat, is needed to find a new tune to unite fans It has been on the fixture list for months – I snapped up my tickets as long ago as February. On Wednesday, England play Ireland at Wembley, as part of the celebrations to […]
Fire services could slash costs by sharing stations with police and ambulance crews, says former chief adviser Ministers should consider replacing the 46 local fire and rescue authorities in England with a single national organisation – as has happened in Scotland – according to a review of the £2.2bn-a-year emergency service. Mergers, privatisation, staff-led mutual […]
At the Bank’s quarterly inflation report and his last as governor, Sir Mervyn King predicted modest economic growth this year and a fall in inflation Steve Bell