Labour’s candidate for mayor of London Sadiq Khan  with supporters in Brixton, south London:  he would be the first Muslim to hold such a high-profile political office in Britain. Photograph:  John Stillwell/PA Wire

As the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union sucks most of the oxygen out of British politics, voters throughout the country face e(...)

Margaret Thatcher’s coffin is carried on a horsedrawn gun carriage through Fleet Street in London during the ceremonial funeral of the former British prime minister yesterday. Photograph:Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

There once was a time when people raised their arms to cast flowers in the path of flag-draped coffins. Now they raise their arms and look away(...)