The EU vision for plastic-free oceans
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The European Commission has launched its plastics strategy, setting out an agenda to make all packaging recyclable by 2030, reduce single-use plastics and ban microplastics. European Commissioner for Environment Karmenu Vella outlines his plan to …

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Does the Celtic Tiger need a helping hand from “The Auld Enemy”?
23 Nov 2010 – 16:24
Does the Celtic Tiger need a helping hand from “The Auld Enemy”?

By Dr John Coulter, a political columnist with the Irish Daily Star and Tribune magazine

Irish politics has become dominated by the art of the impossible, so the only financially long-term future for …

Terrorism and Unionist inner fighting await returning MLAs
23 Nov 2010 – 16:17
Terrorism and Unionist inner fighting await returning MLAs

By Dr John Coulter, a political columnist with the Irish Daily Star and Tribune magazine
Cross-party unity will be the Holy Grail Stormont MLAs must achieve if the Province is to weather the …

Safeguarding Northern Ireland’s economic recovery
23 Nov 2010 – 16:12
Safeguarding Northern Ireland’s economic recovery

By Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
The Northern Ireland economy has had to endure some tough times over the last forty years or more.
Labour intensive industries …

Big cuts based on a big lie
23 Nov 2010 – 16:08
Big cuts based on a big lie

By Peter Hain, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

The scandal of this summer’s budget is that the poorest will be hit the worst. Increasing VAT to 20% will affect everyone, most of all pensioners and …

Establishing Wales as a centre for outside investment
23 Nov 2010 – 16:01
Establishing Wales as a centre for outside investment

By Cheryl Gillan MP, Secretary of State for Wales
It’s not often I find myself agreeing with my predecessor Peter Hain.
But he was right when he said the private sector in Wales is too small.
My regret …

Scotland’s poorest will be hit the hardest
23 Nov 2010 – 15:58
Scotland’s poorest will be hit the hardest

By the Rt Hon Jim Murphy MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and Labour MP for East Renfrewshire

George Osborne’s Budget was not a budget for growth or jobs – it was …

Building bridges between Britain’s Jews and Muslims to build community cohesion
23 Nov 2010 – 15:52
Building bridges between Britain’s Jews and Muslims to build community cohesion

By Mark Gardner, Director of Communications at Community Security Trust, the body responsible for monitoring anti-Semitism across the UK

Discussing the relationship between British Muslims and British Jews is a delicate task, …

Heritage and community values
23 Nov 2010 – 15:11
Heritage and community values

By Baroness Kay Andrews
No matter where we live, we are all shaped by what we can see – and indeed what we cannot see – around us.  At English Heritage, therefore, we are delighted …

The urgent need for more social housing
23 Nov 2010 – 13:58
The urgent need for more social housing

By James Murray, Islington Council’s Executive Member for Housing

The Government’s plans for social housing reveal just how out of touch it is with the reality on the ground concerning the needs of social housing …

Britain urgently needs a 21st century welfare system
23 Nov 2010 – 12:33
Britain urgently needs a 21st century welfare system

By Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Our welfare system is complex, inefficient and not fit for purpose. Too often it acts as a barrier to work and self improvement, …