It is understandable that David Cameron and his Conservative colleagues are aghast at the £1.7 billion bill Britain now faces as a result of a recalculation of what member countries are due to pay the European Union.
When campaigners talk about vulnerable groups bearing the brunt of austerity policies, it is sometimes hard to know what that means.
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Today's report from Unison paints a picture of housing officers at risk of attack from violent clients, classroom assistants dealing with pupils who lash out, and care workers fielding violence from patients who may have dementia or mental health problems.
EVEN in the digital age there are no short cuts to learning.
Don't drink and drive.
Could a rough sense be emerging already of where agreement might be reached in the Smith Commission?
THE storm petrel is, pound for pound, one of Scotland's most fascinating creatures.
There appears to be something amiss with the legal process when it comes to stalking offences in Scotland.
Charging for entry to a church?
IT might surprise some to learn that the municipality of Zermatt, in the Swiss Alps, has a population of just 5,800.
When we talk about social inequality in Britain we are often reluctant to look too directly at certain issues. Politicians are understandably uncomfortable about talking about the fact that, while seven per cent of UK pupils attend private schools, those children go on to make up 36 per cent of the cabinet and 55 per cent of all civil servants.
For the past few years it has been dawning on governments, local authorities, and the EU that there is more than one way to measure value for money in public contracts.
The new Which?
It takes less than half an hour on Scotland's roads to see how far many drivers have strayed from the good habits they presumably had on the day they passed their test.
In a world with an ever-growing population and ever-scarcer resources, the sight of shoppers in supermarkets taking a fresh plastic bag for every three or four items of shopping has become increasingly jarring.