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The rise of the green mayor – Sadiq Khan and the politics of clean energy

On Thursday night, deep in the bowls of Tate Modern’s turbine hall, London Mayor Sadiq Khan renewed his promise to make the capital a world leader in clean energy and air. Yet his focus was as much on people as power plants – in particular, the need for local authorities to lead ...

yesterday 18:49 open_in_new
The Gallows Pole's ultra-violence turns reading into a kind of dare

Here is a tip for the squeamish when reading a Ben Myers novel. Imagine the worst thing that could happen to the characters, and then drop the book, because whatever Myers has imagined will definitely be worse than your version. The Gallows Pole is Myers’s sixth novel, and its territory is ...

yesterday 17:43 open_in_new
Skam, interrupted: why is the phenomenally popular teen drama ending before its peak?

“Have you heard they started their bus already?” “No!” “One month into high school – and they started their bus.”

This Skype conversation between Eva and Isak comes early in the first episode of Skam. The phenomenally internationally successful series follows ...

yesterday 17:43 open_in_new
Chart of the week: America goes shopping

The banking crisis forced US consumers to deleverage. Between 2008 and 2013 they worked off 12% of their borrowings – having spent the 63 previous years growing them. They have since resumed buying things they don’t need with money they don’t have. Total household indebtedness has ...

yesterday 16:31 open_in_new
The three avoidable mistakes that Theresa May has made in the Brexit negotiations

We shouldn’t have triggered Article 50 at all before agreeing an exit deal

When John Kerr, the British diplomat who drafted Article 50 wrote it, he believed it would only be used by “a dictatorial regime” that, having had its right to vote on EU decisions suspended “would ...

yesterday 16:29 open_in_new
Who really controls the Labour Party now?

Jeremy Corbyn's advance at the general election confirmed his place as Labour leader. Past opponents recognise not only that Corbyn could not be defeated but that he should not be.

They set him the test of winning more seats – and he passed. From a position of strength, Corbyn was ...

yesterday 16:29 open_in_new
Who will take responsibility for the rise in far-right terrorism?

Following the attack on a Finsbury Park mosque, both Theresa May and Amber Rudd have issued statements and delivered speeches adopting hard lines against Islamophobia and right-wing extremism. May has gone so far as stating that Islamophobia itself is a form of extremism.

These ...

yesterday 15:01 open_in_new
How and why "inspirational" Instagram accounts are stealing photos to spread lies

The internet loves a glo up. Technically, they began before the term was even invented.

“Before” and “after” pictures of people transforming from ostensibly unattractive to ostensibly attractive were some of the first spam on the web (Doctors hate her!). Nowadays, there’s an ...

yesterday 15:01 open_in_new
Who really controls Labour now?

Jeremy Corbyn's advance at the general election confirmed his place as Labour leader. Past opponents recognise not only that Corbyn could not be defeated but that he should not be. They set him the test of winning more seats - and he passed. From a position of strength, Corbyn was able to ...

yesterday 15:01 open_in_new
Watching Bob Dylan on stage made me yearn for the gigs of my youth

A couple of weeks ago I failed in my journalistic duty. I went to see Bob Dylan at the Palladium, intending to review it, but I found to my dismay that I simply couldn’t.

I had assumed I would enjoy it, you see; that even if I didn’t love every musical moment, at the very least it ...

yesterday 13:41 open_in_new
Lord Sainsbury pulls funding from Progress and other political causes

Centrist Labour MPs face a funding gap after the longstanding Labour donor Lord Sainsbury announced he will stop financing party political causes.

Lord Sainsbury funded the centrist  organisation Progress, dubbed the “original Blairite pressure group”, which was founded in 1996 ...

yesterday 12:31 open_in_new
Watching Bob Dylan on stage made me yearn for the gigs of my youth

A couple of weeks ago I failed in my journalistic duty. I went to see Bob Dylan at the Palladium, intending to review it, but I found to my dismay that I simply couldn’t.

I had assumed I would enjoy it, you see; that even if I didn’t love every musical moment, at the very least it ...

yesterday 12:31 open_in_new
Cones and cocaine: the ice cream van's links with organised crime

Anyone who has spent a summer in this country will be familiar with the Pavlovian thrill the first tinny notes of “Greensleeves” stir within the stolid British breast.

The arrival of the ice cream van – usually at least two decades older than any other vehicle on the road, often ...

yesterday 12:31 open_in_new
Okja begins as a buddy flick – but ends up in the slaughterhouse

If Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation studio responsible for Spirited Away, were to branch out into live action, the result might be something like Okja – at least in part. It’s the tale of a genetically engineered breed of waddling grey superpigs, not so much porcine in appearance as ...

yesterday 12:31 open_in_new
This week in MoneyWeek: Turkey will stuff emerging markets investors

In this week’s MoneyWeek magazine, why the next big emerging-market meltdown will begin in Turkey, why Britain’s new-car market could be heading for trouble, and how not to get ripped off by high fund fees.

Also this week, we have a 24-page special report on pensions and ...

yesterday 11:19 open_in_new
Theresa May missed an easy opportunity on EU citizens' rights

It's been seven hours and 365 days...and nothing compares to EU, at least as far as negotiations go.

First David Davis abandoned "the row of the summer" by agreeing to the EU's preferred negotiating timetable. Has Theresa May done the same in guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens ...

yesterday 11:13 open_in_new
Labour MP for East Lothian Martin Whitfield: "I started an argument and ended up winning an election"

Two months ago, Martin Whitfield was a primary school teacher in Prestonpans, a small town along the coast from Edinburgh. Then he got into an argument. It was a Saturday morning shortly after the snap election had been called, and he and other members of the local Labour party began ...

yesterday 11:13 open_in_new
Jeremy Corbyn faces a dilemma as Brexit solidifies: which half of his voters should he disappoint?

Imagine a man who voted to leave the European Economic Community in 1975. A man who spoke out against the Maastricht Treaty in 1993, saying that it “takes away from national parliaments the power to set economic policy and hands it over to an unelected set of bankers”. A man who voted ...

yesterday 11:13 open_in_new
How the fire at Grenfell Tower exposed the ugly side of the housing boom

It’s impressive, in a way, how quickly we slot horrific new events into the beliefs we already hold. In the Grenfell Tower fire – a tragedy that, at the time of writing, is presumed to have cost 79 people their lives – some on the right saw a story about poorly built high-rise ­social ...

yesterday 11:13 open_in_new
Has Argentina confirmed that the bond bull market is well and truly over?

There’s been a lot written about this 100-year Argentinian bond that came out earlier this week.

In fact, I wrote a bit about it in the current issue of MoneyWeek magazine. But I just wanted to revisit it again, because it’s such a beautiful moment.

In some ways, it’s almost ...

yesterday 10:01 open_in_new
The High Court is right to rule the benefit cap is "unlawful" for lone parents with small children

Thursday’s High Court decision that the benefit cap is "unlawful" for lone parents with children under the age of two is another blow to the Tories failing austerity agenda. It is failing on its own terms, it's failing our communities, and it’s failing the most vulnerable in our country ...

yesterday 09:49 open_in_new