We struggle to find right-wing comedians, admits BBC chief

We struggle to find right-wing comedians, admits BBC chief Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation led to complaints from Radio 4 listenersShow criticised for 'Tory bashing' and 'prejudiced extreme left wing views' Commissioning editor Caroline Raphael has now admitted it is a struggle to find comedians with a right-wing point of view By Paul Revoir PUBLISHED: 04:08 GMT, 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:31 GMT, 12 March 2013 'Diatribe': Jeremy Hardy has come under criticism from Radio 4 listeners for his 'extreme left-wing views' on his show The BBC has admitted it finds it ‘very difficult’ to find Conservative comedians to appear on radio programmes in order to provide political balance. Radio 4’s comedy boss has claimed it is a ‘struggle’ to find performers regarded as having a right-wing point of view

The stunning images of water droplets that show rain can sometimes be a work of art

The mesmerising images of water droplets that show there's no greater artist on Earth than Mother Nature | UPDATED: 15:36 GMT, 27 December 2012 As Britain is lashed by rain and floods, a Russian photographer has captured another side of water in these stunning images of droplets.

West Antarctic warming TWICE as fast as previously thought: Study raises the alarm over rise in sea levels

West Antarctic warming TWICE as fast as previously thought: Study raises new alarm over rise in sea levelsAverage temperatures have risen 2.4C since the Fifties, study showsWest Antarctic ice sheet contains enough water to raise sea by 3.3m Sea levels have risen by about 20cm (8in) over the past century By Damien Gayle PUBLISHED: 10:13 GMT, 24 December 2012 | UPDATED: 10:13 GMT, 24 December 2012 West Antarctica is warming almost twice as fast as previously believed, a new study shows, heightening fears of a catastrophic thaw that raise water levels from San Francisco to Shanghai.

Half the impact of sleeping pills "is due to placebo effect: Findings cast doubt over effectiveness of medication

Half the impact of sleeping pills 'is due to placebo effect': Findings cast doubt over effectiveness of medicationStudy finds 'placebo affect' is behind much of the drug's benefitSleeping pills have wide range of side effects, such as memory loss and imbalanceScientists urge insomnia sufferers to seek out psychological treatment PUBLISHED: 01:08 GMT, 21 December 2012 | UPDATED: 01:08 GMT, 21 December 2012 Placebo: Much of the effects of sleeping pills are in the mind , according to a new report Around half the benefit of taking sleeping pills comes from the placebo effect – where people get better even when they are taking a ‘dummy’ drug, according to a study. Researchers in the UK and the U.S

Ed Balls on the economy? It"s like consulting the undertaker before calling for the doctor

Ed Balls on the economy It's like consulting the undertaker before calling for the doctorOne of the biggest beasts in the Tory jungle savages Labour delusions over Britain’s gargantuan debt | UPDATED: 02:10 GMT, 9 December 2012 George Osborne had the guts to tell it as it is last Wednesday. We are a trading nation. Every market to which we sell has its economic problem: America has a fiscal cliff, China and India are both slowing, Europe is mired in debt

Tax on high street banks to rise: Lenders face 24% rise in levy

Tax on high street banks to rise: Lenders face 24% rise in levy Chancellor said this would ensure banks don't benefit from further cuts in corporation tax in 2014 | UPDATED: 23:39 GMT, 5 December 2012 High Street lenders face a 24 per cent increase in the bank levy as the Government strives to hit its target of raising more than 2billion a year.

Mr Osborne is right to stick to his guns

Mr Osborne is right to stick to his guns | UPDATED: 00:04 GMT, 6 December 2012 To give George Osborne his due, he has never for one moment lost sight of the vital task entrusted to him: giving our children and grandchildren some hope of a decent life by bringing the biggest deficit in history under control. Indeed, it is a tribute to his courage that he has pressed forward doggedly towards that goal through some of the toughest economic conditions faced by any peacetime Chancellor