Ivan Yates: ‘The psychological damage to yesteryear’s boarding-school pupils is worthy of thought.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In all the scrutiny given to the historical institutionalisation of children in Ireland, no consideration has been given to the legacy of boarding (...)

Different directions? Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel with British  prime minister David Cameron at the Nato summit in Wales in September. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid /Getty Images

Britain has insisted it will put national interest first when addressing social pressures caused by migration, shrugging off an apparent German warnin(...)

Cameron and Tories look to voters
  • UK
  • October 6, 2014, 01:00

Last week’s Tory party conference, and British prime minister David Cameron’s speech, were all about putting the party on a war footing for next May’s(...)

Muslim men attend prayer at the East London Mosque. The Conservative Party is trying to make up ground on Labour in securing votes from British Muslims. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Afzal Amin, who is in his 40s, made his first appearance on television when he was a six- year-old pupil in a Church of England school in the Black(...)

Work is scarce: archaeologist Liza Kavanagh. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s a message the Government has been selling for months: the dark clouds of austerity are parting; the wind is at our back; we are finally emerging (...)

Already over half a million Londoners use Tube trains after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays

The launch of 24-hour weekend Tube trains in London has been confirmed for next year. Trains will run through the night from September 12th, 2015, wit(...)

Commuters walk towards escalators after disembarking from a London Underground tube train at Canary Wharf station. Photo: Bloomberg

A new 24-hour Tube service at weekends will begin in September next year, it was announced today.Transport for London (TfL) said the new service had(...)

Muddy the water on social class.. wellies are welcome everywhere now.

So, the Great British tradition of class obsession rocks on. The Riot Club (at a cinema near you now) is a romp through the lives of members of the in(...)

“You love me,” sneers Sam Claflin’s hateful Hooray Henry into the face of a country pub landlord. Claflin’s Alistair is arguably the worst of a ver(...)

Queen Elizabeth II’s understated but significant words of insight on the troubled history of Anglo-Irish relations at a state dinner in Dublin in 2011 are included in the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations: “With the benefit of historical hindsight, we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As Scotland goes to the polls today to decide on its independence, it is interesting to leaf through this week’s newly published eighth edition of (...)