Economy SHRANK by 0.3% at the end of 2012, raising fears of a triple-dip recessionOffice for National Statistics announces negative growth for final quarter of last yearResulsts mean there was no growth overall for the whole of 2012 Nick Clegg admits government was wrong to cut funding for big building projects, damaging jobs and growth Boris Johnson says it is time to 'junk the rhetoric of austerity'IMF chief economist says the Chancellor should use the Budget in March to 'take stock' and change course , raising fears of a triple-dip recession. The figures are a devastating blow to David Cameron and George Osborne who were last night seen dining out in the Davos ski resort hours after being told of the grim economic figures.
If you really must have 'a life' girls, leave it till the weekend | UPDATED: 01:44 GMT, 30 December 2012 The 2011 UK Census found that men are no longer the main breadwinners Who is going to be worrying about the bills that plop on the mat over the next few weeks For once, remarkably, my own peculiar lifestyle choice – to have been richer than my husband – segues nicely into the results of the 2011 UK Census. It found men are no longer the main breadwinners, an astonishing leap: my mum never possessed a cheque book, let alone a paid job. A leading union stated: ‘Employers need to acknowledge the fundamental importance of family-friendly policies as women continue to take on the burden of domestic work and childcare.’ Oh dear.
Wife of paralysed motorbike stunt rider Eddie Kidd charged with repeatedly beating him Estranged wife Samantha Kidd charged with six counts of assault by beatingEddie, 53, recently split from his wife after five years' marriageMrs Kidd was arrested by police following reports of domestic violence | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 21 December 2012 The estranged wife of tragic motorcycle stunt rider Eddie Kidd has been charged with beating the severely disabled star.
Human right judges go too far, says Grayling as he ratchets up hostilities with Strasbourg courtJustice Secretary says European human rights judges are interfering with domestic issuesThey have 'lost sight' of the core principles behind human rightsRights are 'too open to abuse', Mr Grayling added | UPDATED: 08:01 GMT, 18 December 2012 Broadside: Conservative Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has accused European lawmakers of overstepping their authority and deciding matters best left to domestic courts A senior cabinet minister last night accused European human rights judges of ‘overstepping the mark’ – in a significant ratcheting up of hostilities with the Strasbourg court. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s remarks are the strongest condemnation to date of the controversial court from a Tory minister. He accuses the judges of prying ‘more and more’ into areas that should be decided in domestic courts or by MPs in Parliament
Britain’s coveted triple AAA credit rating comes under threat as ratings agency puts country on 'negative watch'Standard & Poor’s said there was a one in three chance it could lower Britain’s rating within the next two yearsIt said it expected government debt as a percentage of gross domestic product to continue to rise in 2015 before declining againA downgrade by one of the big three credit ratings agencies would drive up the UK's borrowing costs | UPDATED: 19:24 GMT, 13 December 2012 Worrying: Britain's gold-plated triple AAA status came under pressure today after an influential credit ratings agency put it on negative watch.
It is time for Western Governments to raise their voices against the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses | UPDATED: 09:51 GMT, 5 December 2012 Tragedy: Sattar Beheshti died whilst in police custody, reportedly as a result of extensive torture Iran remains front page news throughout the world, stealing headlines with their nuclear ambitions, inflammatory rhetoric and regional interference. The Iranian regime continues to be the focus of much discussion and debate, yet little attention is being paid to the internal dynamics of Iran; particularly its brutal crackdown on dissidents and its appalling human rights record. For Iranian activists on the ground, it has been a struggle to have their voices heard.
Women with careers 'twice as likely' to be victims of domestic abuse as they 'threaten men's authority and power' | UPDATED: 09:52 GMT, 1 December 2012 Trouble at home: the study found that women who go out to work were more likely to report having faced abuse from their partner Women who work are more likely to be abused by male partners than women who don't, a study has found. New research carried out in the US has found that domestic violence is more than twice as likely to happen in homes where both partners have jobs
No, Mr Tubby Tycoon, dodging your tax tab is NOT a jolly clever wheeze | UPDATED: 00:37 GMT, 2 December 2012 Toughening up: The Government has said it wants to do more to combat tax-avoidance scheme which are estimated to cost the UK billions every year in lost revenue The Government, pressured by the Liberal Democrats, appears intent on tackling tax avoidance. Revelations about the lengths individuals and corporations go in order to avoid paying their fair share have reminded me of an evening in 2008 that I spent on the same dinner table as a minor-league oligarch. We were at a French film festival and this gentleman spent a long time boasting how he'd jetted in privately from Moscow.
Demand for British butlers DOUBLES in one year from world's wealthiest families 'influenced by Downton Abbey' | UPDATED: 12:12 GMT, 28 November 2012 Who hasn't sat down to watch Downton Abbey of an evening and wished they had their very own Mr Carson to take care of things But for some, it's more than an idle wish. In the last two years, demand for British butlers has more than doubled, as wealthy families seek to model their lives on the period drama.
Battered wife called police SEVEN times in SIX weeks before being shot by estranged husband – THEN her son was found hanged while she was recovering in hospitalPolice arrested Darren Williams twice in a week for threatening to kill his wife and assaulting her – but he was released on bail to live near her Rachel Williams called police seven times between July 9 and August 18, 2011, visited her local station twice and was 'at high risk of harm' IPCC upheld four complaints against Gwent Police, who have been told to improve how they deal with domestic abuse casesReport says Gwent police did not share information between departments | UPDATED: 15:43 GMT, 28 November 2012 A beaten wife whose son was found dead after she had been shot by her estranged husband today spoke of her anger at how the teenager was let down by social services. Domestic abuse victim Rachel Williams, who called police seven times in six weeks and visited her local station twice before being attacked by her husband Darren, says that her son Jack was not given enough support in the aftermath of the attack in Newport, south Wales.