Another tribute to conspicuous wealth comes in the annual "Rich List," a guide to the 1,000 richest in Britain, published in The Sunday Times Magazine. A fat feline sits proudly on the cover with the symbol of a British pound (in gold) around its neck

Many people do not have enough income for a "decent diet", public health experts have claimed in an open letter to the prime minister

2014 marks 450 years since William Shakespeare was born. His presence is still felt strongly all over the world -- but nowhere more so than in Britain. This is the ideal time to visit his birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Up to a fifth of all crimes in England and Wales could be going unrecorded by police, according to a recently published report



  • Dean Acheson's remark that 'Britain has lost an empire and not yet found a role' was made fifty years ago, in 1962. Ever since, it has been held up as a uniquely pithy summary of the Great British foreign policy dilemma

  • In place of the drift that we see in Great Britain's relationship with the European Union, British politicians should start to think and act strategically

  • Once we begin killing on the pretext of common safety or some other sort of necessity -- once we choose to believe that murder is necessary -- we have to keep committing murder

  • When the news of Margaret Thatcher's death broke, I went back to the archives of National Review to look at what William F. Buckley had to say about her when she was a fresh face. Dismissing the skeptics, Buckley was impressed by her personal story

  • The United Kingdom could set an attractive precedent as it tries to disentangle itself from European Union affairs. There is a faction within the ruling Conservative Party that believes the UK should abandon the European Union entirely

  • Scottish nationalism passed through a romantic period in the Eighties and Nineties, which its leadership enjoyed but now wishes forgotten

  • Alex Salmond has confidently asserted that, if Scotland becomes independent, it will automatically remain a member of the European Union. This will be a central issue in the Scottish independence debate

  • Great Britain, an EU member not part of the euro currency zone, has always kept one foot inside Europe in its dealings. But as the old dating adage goes, you don't dump the chump before you've secured another one

  • Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of Britain joining the European community but the odds on it being there a decade from now are lengthening fast

  • The Argentine-British dispute over the Falkland/Malvinas islands is once again heating up, and the latest events point at a new diplomatic setback for Argentina's legitimate claims over the South Atlantic islands

  • Chile's support is crucial in the longstanding dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom

  • While southern England gets most of the glory -- and the tourists -- the country's far northeastern corner harbors some of the best historical sites

  • If there's one thing Europe doesn't need, it's more drag on economic growth. Yet that's just what it could be getting, with a fresh dose of snow and frigid weather

  • Although you may see professors in their traditional black robes, Cambridge, Oxford, and St. Andrews are fun, youthful towns, filled with lots of shopping, cheap eats around every corner, and rowdy, rollicking pubs

  • From the summer Olympics to the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking, several major events will make the British Isles a popular destination in 2012

  • WikiLeaks' Julian Assange will be able to ask the U.K. Supreme Court to block his extradition to Sweden following an appeals judge's ruling

  • Britain's financial regulator fined HSBC $16.4 million and ordered the bank to compensate 2,485 elderly customers $46 million for selling them unsuitable bonds

  • Many people travel across the Atlantic in search of 'Old World' Europe and to witness traditional culture in action. These days, the easiest way to experience traditional culture is by exploring Europe's great open-air folk museums

  • Fauja Singh set a record by becoming the oldest runner to finish a marathon at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Singh is 100 years old, which puts his last place finish in perspective

  • However kindly you look at it, the United Kingdom's economy is broken and so are significant parts of our society. How worried should we be? Just over twenty years after that infamous 'end of history' and triumph of western capitalism moment, have we now reached the nemesis point?

  • Unemployment in the United Kingdom has hit a 17-year high of 2.57 million people, boosting the unemployment rate to 8.1 percent, according to government figures

  • The falling standard of living, coupled with the economic slowdown and government reduction of tax breaks and social benefits, will lead to 3 million children in the United Kingdom living in poverty by 2013, the Institute for Fiscal Studies forecast

  • Some politicians and commentators have dismissed the recent British riots as pure criminality. But they ignore the politics at their own risk

  • A survey of 1,500 adults between July and August found that 40 percent of British households suffered from financial deterioration. It was the fastest pace of financial worsening since February 2009.

  • The High North has become the new frontier for the United Kingdom's energy and security concerns. The catalyst is climate change which, in turn, is causing the ice cap to retreat and new opportunities to open up. With those opportunities come risks and, some would say, threats

  • 'America's biggest enemy after 9/11 was not Bin Laden and his followers but its inability to maintain a realistic sense of the threat they posed.'

  • The head of the Bank of England issued a strongly worded warning to United Kingdom banks to get their financial houses in order to shield themselves from repercussions from the eurozone credit crisis

  • Is a superpower confrontation over the Falkland islands a real possibility?

  • Two independent British think tanks warned of harder times ahead for the UK due to the slowdown in the global economy and a prolonged debt crisis in the eurozone

  • Britain plans to shut down the family access immigration route in a bid to reduce the number of migrants entering the United Kingdom outside the European Union.

  • Repressive regimes of the Middle East and North Africa had all the equipment they needed to quash Arab Spring protests, thanks to arms exporters

  • Ever since public money was used to bail out banks, the public has been demanding change in the way they are run. This is particularly the case in the UK, where the Independent Banking Commission presents its final report today. If it calls for a breakup of Britain’s banks into deposit and investment banks, this column argues that to follow such advice would be a grave mistake

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron opened one of the first free schools in the country

  • The number of High Street shops in Britain that are closing is going up as the country stays stuck in a slowing economy marked by declining consumer spending

  • British Airways is interested in bidding for BMI, which is owned by Lufthansa and the second biggest carrier at Heathrow Airport

  • Retail spending in the United Kingdom slowed in August because of weak consumer confidence coupled with high inflation, according to the British Retail Consortium

  • When I first read that media mogul Rupert Murdoch had closed down his sensationalist British tabloid News of the World, my first reaction was, 'Good riddance!' But I'm no longer rejoicing -- the scandal around the now defunct daily's unscrupulous journalism will encourage government controls of the media worldwide

  • Slapstick was a suitable accompaniment to the statements by Rupert and James Murdoch to a parliamentary committee in London, and to Prime Minister David Cameron's performance in the House of Commons concerning the intimate relations that exist between News International's London newspapers and the present British government

  • Consider this an obituary for a newspaper. The suddenly late News of the World succumbed at 168 this month to a fatal case of shame aggravated by financial calculation. Its chronic hubris became acute under its latest owner, who has not been free of that malady himself.