Tag Archives: UK

UK | UK: Government admits ‘losing’ thousands of papers from National Archives

Documents on the Falklands, Northern Ireland’s Troubles, and the infamous Zinoviev letter among those ‘misplaced’, leaving historians suspicious

Thousands of government papers detailing some of the most controversial episodes in 20th-century British history have vanished after civil servants removed them from the country’s National Archives and then reported them as lost.

UK | 175 years on, study finds where you live still determines your life expectancy

Research led by the University of Liverpool has revisited a study carried out 175 years ago which compared the health and life expectancy of people in different parts of the country, including Liverpool, to see if its findings still held true.

They found that stark differences still exist and that people living in Liverpool still had lower life expectancy than those living in the rural area of Rutland.

UK | 10 key facts about debt in the UK

The UK government is paying virtually the lowest amount of interest on its debt in recorded history, as a proportion of GDP. Of the payments it is making, most are to people and institutions in the UK, with just 25% of UK government debt owed outside the country. In contrast, 24% of the UK government’s debt is owed to the UK government itself, via the Bank of England.

UK | Why Is the BBC Peddling False History About Ukraine?

In an era when politicians and journalists of all political stripes fling around accusations of “fake news” at their rivals, it is especially important that major news providers adhere to their own codes of conduct regarding impartiality and accuracy.

Organizations such as the BBC that relay news in foreign languages face an especially difficult challenge: its regulatory bodies may simply not contain people with the language or subject knowledge to oversee and hold to account its non-English output.

UK | Trump, May and Farage: the roll of shame – Election briefing

by Lindsey German

As campaigning enters its final stretch, right wing reaction is plumbing new depths, writes Lindsey German

As all readers of the briefing will no doubt be aware by now, my opinions of Donald Trump and Theresa May are low. However, even I have lowered that opinion still further given the events of the past 36 hours. Trump set the scene by using the terrible attack at London Bridge to demand that US courts allow him to go ahead with his Muslim travel ban. He later launched a completely mendacious attack on London’s Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan. Theresa May urged the calling off of election campaigning (apparently she wanted this for longer than one day) but then almost immediately made a speech which was anything but unpolitical and which allowed her to continue campaigning while others could not.