News archive from 14 June 2015

Spurling’s Ten Thousand Things wins Walter Scott Prize

Spurling’s Ten Thousand Things wins Walter Scott Prize

"Mesmerising' tale of Yuan Dynasty China wins £25,000 award for historical fiction at Borders Book Festival It is among the UK’s top literary prizes, funded by relatives of one of Scotland’s most ­famous ­authors. Now the £25,000 Walter Scott...

 
Fantasy version of Skara Brae in Bard’s Tale game

Fantasy version of Skara Brae in Bard’s Tale game

IT IS a novel way of bringing one of Scotland's most historic sites to life for a new generation. An eagerly anticipated computer game will allow players to explore a fantasy version of Skara Brae, one of the world’s best preserved Neolithic...

 
House prices a nightmare for first-time buyers

House prices a nightmare for first-time buyers

End of government support and buy-to-let boom also conspire to thwart attempts to climb on to property ladder, writes Jeff Salway THE obstacles are once again piling up for first-time buyers seeking a foothold on the property ladder as one expert...

 
Comment: Pension rules leaves bitter aftertaste

Comment: Pension rules leaves bitter aftertaste

"THEY haven't quite got the hang of it yet, have they... the bastards" is probably how you'd summarise the feedback I've had from readers about their experience of the pension "freedoms". I’ve been told about long delays, poor...

 

TUC calls on angry public and customers to help fight for exploited workers

Britain’s trade unions are preparing a major campaign to harness public anger against exploitative employers, from coffee chains to cinemas, in a shift to what TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady calls “citizen bargaining”. As the government...

Guardian, 00:07 in Business
 

Sharon White: superfast operator who’ll be ringing the changes

Sharon White is interested in power. Elbow power, to be precise. The new boss of Ofcom, the regulator which oversees telecoms, broadcasting and postal services in the UK, took to the stage at a conference organised by the campaign group Which? last...

Guardian, 00:07 in Business
 

Is the Bilderberg group sinister? Only ever so

To unravel the numeric code embedded in the name Bilderberg is to find yourself standing at the gateway to hell. By adding together all of the letters according to their position in the alphabet the chilling number 82 reveals itself. Eight plus two...

Guardian, 00:07 in Business
 

Education, education, education – but this time for all pupils

Since our devastating defeat, Labour has done some painful soul-searching. I have gone straight to the difficult issues I heard on the doorstep – the deficit, immigration and benefits – because we won’t win until we regain the public’s trust on them....

Guardian, 00:10 in Politics
 

Oh please, Sir! Are these honours the best we can do?

Massive congratulations to all of those on whom the Queen has bestowed an honour on the occasion of her Birthday. Apologies if I haven’t quite got the protocol spot on here, but I can only try my best. In truth I’m all at sea, simultaneously...

Guardian, 00:10 in Politics
 

The wrong ways and the right ones to pick Labour’s next leader

It was a cruel choice to book the Attlee Room for the parliamentary hustings between the Labour leadership contenders. They gathered in a venue named after a revered winner to hear the contestants explain how they would rebuild the party after one of...

Guardian, 00:10 in Politics
 

As old orders crumble, progressive alternatives struggle to emerge

The ambitions of the Islamists have been checked, those of the left revived. That is how most commentators viewed the results of last week’s Turkish general election. The ruling AKP, whose roots lie in the Islamist tradition, lost its parliamentary...

Guardian, 00:10 in Politics
 

Progress at last on surveillance. But we libertarians fight on

As David Anderson QC’s report on the UK’s enormous body of surveillance laws is published, it’s right to remind ourselves that decisions on the extent of surveillance allowed in a democratic society must all reduce to one thing, and that is a risk...

Guardian, 00:10 in Politics
 
John Niven: George Osborne can't get away with selling off taxpayers' assets on the cheap again. Can he?

John Niven: George Osborne can't get away with selling off taxpayers' assets on the cheap again. Can he?

HI there, all of you on middling incomes who voted Tory. You know who you are. You’re the kind of person who makes, I don’t know, 30 or 40 grand a year. Something just a bit above the national average income, something that maybe just edges a tiny...

 
Scottish schools 'have no black or Asian heads'

Scottish schools 'have no black or Asian heads'

Scotland does not have any head or deputy head teachers from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background, according to Scottish government figures. There were also only 18 black or Asian principal teachers out of 5,403 secondary principal teachers....

BBC, 00:11 in Regional
 
Rural Scotland has had enough of wind farms, say Scottish Tories

Rural Scotland has had enough of wind farms, say Scottish Tories

Subsidies for new wind farms should be scrapped as rural parts of the country have "had enough" of developments, the Scottish Conservatives have said. The party said the move would save money for businesses and consumers and reduce the...

BBC, 00:11 in Regional
 


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