Jackie Long on Social Affairs

Our social affairs editor looks at the issues affecting modern Britain in an era of spending cuts and high unemployment.

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September 16, 2014 2 Comments

What took you so long, Shaun Wright?

It is hard to escape the conclusion that Shaun Wright is a man who takes a while to work out what is the best, the right thing to do.

He has decided “it is now right” to step down from his role as South Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner following the revelation that more than 1,400 children were groomed and sexually exploited in Rotherham, where he was head of children’s services of the local council for five years.


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September 15, 2014 2 Comments

Scotland decides, or Scotland divides?

Jackie Long reports from Perthshire, from a village where families are split down the middle on the question of independence. Shop owners and business managers join her to discuss.

September 11, 2014 3 Comments

Why welfare is a vote winner for Scottish independence

Some of the biggest and boldest promises being made by the Scottish yes campaign are on welfare – but can Scotland afford to be fairer for those on benefits?

September 5, 2014 3 Comments

The end of the spare room subsidy? No

Rachel Reeves’ optimism and excitement are perhaps a little premature, even after today’s government defeat in parliament over reform of the spare room subsidy.

September 2, 2014 2 Comments

It’s been a long week in Rotherham

Not much has changed since last week’s Rotherham child sex abuse report. But do we really need any more information before introducing meaningful change?

August 26, 2014 26 Comments

Why did those there to care for Rotherham’s children look away?

The most shocking aspect of today’s Rotherham report is the sheer scale: 1,400 children exploited in a decade and a half.

August 7, 2014 5 Comments

Robert Pattinson: teacher told me not to bother with drama GCSE

Robert Pattinson – who’s said to be worth an estimated $27m – is quick to realise that there’s not always much sympathy for people living in the public eye.

August 5, 2014 1 Comment

Young and Scottish: what do you want from #indyref?

Michael Low, a 19-year-old student, is in the no camp; trainee solicitor Kayleigh Waugh will vote yes for independence in September. Watch their exchange here.

August 3, 2014 1 Comment

How WWI changed the lives of Britain’s women

They were widows. They were bereaved mothers, sisters and friends. But women in the first world war were so much more too.

July 18, 2014 2 Comments

Assisted dying – a right or ‘murder by physician’?

There has been no fury and no barracking – but in the House of Lords ferocity belies what is being said. The debate? The right to die.

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