COMMENT: Law, respect and the lesson of 'Plebgate' PUBLISHED: 00:58 GMT, 23 December 2012 | UPDATED: 00:58 GMT, 23 December 2012 The case of former Tory Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell, pictured, has been a lesson So much of our civilisation rests upon trust that we have tended to take that trust for granted. After all, it is surely a good thing that people believe the police generally tell the truth, that public servants are honest and competent, that the BBC is scrupulous and fair. On that basis, we willingly pay our taxes, automatically obey the law, endure the costs – human and monetary – of war, and live on the basis that an innocent person has nothing to fear from authority.
Nearly half of families are worried about debts as toxic combination of runaway inflation and low wage growth means they struggle to make ends meetAverage household now 22 a month worse off than a year agoHouseholds are cutting spending, looking for extra work or asking for helpBank of England says consumer spending has been 'flat' since end of 2009 | UPDATED: 00:04 GMT, 18 December 2012 Nearly half of all households in Britain are worried about their debts as the squeeze on family finances intensifies, the Bank of England warns today. A toxic combination of runaway inflation and low wage growth has left millions struggling to make ends meet in the run up to Christmas. The average household is now 22 a month worse off than they were a year ago, according to a study from the Bank, blowing a 264 hole in annual family budgets
Behaving like animals: Students from prestigious London School of Economics get blind drunk at 10am in fancy dress bear costumes | UPDATED: 19:25 GMT, 7 December 2012 They say that school days are the best days of your life.