“When the State pays, it doesn’t mean that the poor subsidise the wealthy”

Prof Thomas Docherty has been an outspoken critic of the marketisation of education, and last year he found himself at the centre of a row over “ac(...)

Meik Wiking, director of Denmark’s institute for happiness research: ‘I never worked so hard, earned so little or had so much fun.’ Photograph: Carlos Manuel Sánchez

The interesting thing about Meik Wiking, who studies happiness, is that he’s terribly happy. In fact he’s never been happier. He loves his job as dire(...)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the volume of goods bought at British stores last month jumped by 6.4 per cent from November 2013

British retail sales surged at their fastest annual rate in more than a decade last month, as US-style “Black Friday” discounts drove record sales gro(...)

A Liberian nurse wearing protective clothing during the removal and burial of an Ebola victim in the Virginia community on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Scientists are hopeful that a new drug can treat the virus after  tests appeared to knock it out completely. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA.

An international team of scientists have come up with a drug therapy for the Ebola virus that appears to reverse the disease, knocking it out complete(...)

Lottery winners become more right-wing and less interested in equality after they enjoy a win, according to research published today.

Lottery winners become more right-wing and less interested in equality after they enjoy a win - and the bigger the winnings the more right-wing they b(...)

Dr Sam Coulter Smyth, master of the Rotunda Maternity Hospital in Dublin: would love to see women starting off with midwife-led care, once there was a seamless transfer to an obstetric-led unit if complications occurred. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Women who receive continuous care from midwives throughout pregnancy and birth fare better than women cared for by a combination of obstetricians, (...)