Copying CDs to iPods to be made legal as Britain vows to block Europe"s "iTax" on all music gadgets

Copying CDs to iPods to be made legal as Britain vows to block Europe's 'iTax' on all music gadgetsCopyright law shake-up to make it easier to transfer files between devicesiPod and e-book users will not be criminalised if copy is for personal useRecord companies will not be able to block song parodies | UPDATED: 20:55 GMT, 20 December 2012 Music users who copy CDs to iPods and laptops will no longer be treated as criminals under a major shake-up of copyright laws. The government has also ruled out imposing an ‘iTax’ on all music storage devices, despite being levied across much of Europe. And record companies will no longer be able to block parodies of songs by their biggest artists, clearing the way for spoof videos to go viral

Give us an EU referendum before 2015 election, urges Boris Johnson as he says it would not be the end of the world if Britain left

Give us an EU referendum before 2015 election, urges Boris as he says it would not be ‘the end of the world’ if Britain leftLondon Mayor says public pressure on referendum has become unstoppableHe has acknowledged is unlikely to see one before 2015Three opinion polls have revealed UKIP as the country's third political party | UPDATED: 01:34 GMT, 17 December 2012 Boris Johnson yesterday called for a referendum on Europe before the 2015 election – and said it would not be ‘the end of the world’ for Britain to leave. The London Mayor insisted that he would like Britain to remain within a common market-style European Union, if David Cameron can negotiate a deal that sees us freed from costly employment regulations and wasteful initiative like the Common Agricultural Policy. But he said public pressure for a referendum on Europe – including the question of Britain’s membership of the EU – had become unstoppable.

Business Minister Michael Fallon will set out measures to prevent regulators from stifling small business

Bonfire of red tape to liberate small firms in fresh crackdown on council and quango jobsworthsSmall business regulators warned they face a 'bonfire of excessive red tape'Move ordered by Business Minister Michael Fallon Dramatic overhaul of guidelines planned for 'men with clipboards'George Osborne set out 'package of measures' to tackle regulation last week | UPDATED: 01:28 GMT, 15 December 2012 Easing the burden: Business Minister Michael Fallon will set out measures aimed at preventing regulators from burdening small businesses Council and quango jobsworths who regulate small businesses face a ‘bonfire of excessive red tape’ in a fresh crackdown on their box-ticking culture. Ministers want to prevent regulators from needlessly burdening businesses and stifling economic growth

Census 2011 results: Portrait of a nation bursting at the seams

Portrait of a nation bursting at the seams | UPDATED: 09:29 GMT, 12 December 2012 In one extraordinary statistic after another, the results of the 2011 census spell out the most dramatic demographic upheaval in our country’s history. Some 7.5million foreign-born residents in England and Wales, most arriving in the last ten years… four million fewer Christians, with the number of Muslims almost doubling to 2.7million… Fewer than half London’s 8.2million residents describing themselves as white British… overall numbers up by 3.7million, the biggest surge in two centuries… The number of people living in England and Wales who were born overseas has risen by nearly three million to 7.5m Indeed, the make-up of many of our communities has been transformed, permanently and beyond recognition, since Labour threw open our borders at the beginning of the new millennium

Portrait of a nation bursting at the seams

Portrait of a nation bursting at the seams | UPDATED: 00:18 GMT, 12 December 2012 In one extraordinary statistic after another, the results of the 2011 census spell out the most dramatic demographic upheaval in our country’s history. Some 7.5million foreign-born residents in England and Wales, most arriving in the last ten years… four million fewer Christians, with the number of Muslims almost doubling to 2.7million… Fewer than half London’s 8.2million residents describing themselves as white British… overall numbers up by 3.7million, the biggest surge in two centuries… The number of people living in England and Wales who were born overseas has risen by nearly three million to 7.5m Indeed, the make-up of many of our communities has been transformed, permanently and beyond recognition, since Labour threw open our borders at the beginning of the new millennium. This paper takes pride in Britain’s long tradition of offering a haven to settlers from overseas

Boris Johnson calls for dramatic cuts to Britain"s ties with EU and accuses Germany of taking over Greece

Boris Johnson calls for dramatic cuts to Britain's ties with EU and accuses Germany of taking over GreeceLondon Mayor wants UK to withdraw from social chapter and fisheries policy but remain in single marketPuts pressure on David Cameron to go further in negotiations with BrusselsAlso warns German Chancellor Angela Merkel has 'taken over' Greek government | UPDATED: 11:25 GMT, 4 December 2012 London Mayor Boris Johnson called for major changes to Britain's relationship with Brussels, which could then be put to a referendum Dramatic cutbacks to the UK’s relationship with Europe are ‘essential’ Boris Johnson declared today, insisting a reworked deal with Brussels should be put to the British people in a referendum. The London Mayor warned David Cameron it is ‘high time’ voters had a say on the EU and called for a more ‘pared down’ and ‘common sense’ agreement with the EU. Mr Johnson called for a return to a simplified ‘single market’, with Britain no longer bound by the social chapter or EU-wide fisheries policy

Motorist who hit pensioner, 81, for driving too slowly has jail sentence overturned

Motorist who hit pensioner, 81, for driving too slowly has jail sentence overturnedPatricia Pearson was punched in the head and mouth by Usman YasinYasin claimed she was driving at 5ph and became infuriated at her speedShe was off to visit her husband in his care home The father of two overtook her, blocked the road with his car and attackedSentence of 16 weeks in prison dropped to 150 hours community service | UPDATED: 16:18 GMT, 30 November 2012 Attacker: Usman Yasin, 30, attacked Patricia Pearson in a vicious road rage attack but has now had his jail term quashed in favour of community service An aggressive male motorist who hit an 81-year-old woman in a road rage attack because she was driving at five mph has had his jail sentence quashed. Pensioner Patricia Pearson was left with deep cuts on her head and face after Usman Yasin overtook and blocked the road before smacking her in the face. She had been driving to visit her husband in his care home