Empty roads during England vs Sweden World Cup match shows a football-mad country as you’ve never seen it


Or go to the beach (Image: London News Pictures Ltd) Or practice your driving (Image: London News Pictures Ltd) And plenty of non-fans (and football widows) took advantage of this. In towns around the country, life seemed to grind to a standstill as fans flocked to pubs or headed home to watch the match. Went out andContinue reading “Empty roads during England vs Sweden World Cup match shows a football-mad country as you’ve never seen it”

Why elitism is dragging France down


  France‘s National Assembly where the corridors are patrolled by an elite who are not good at doing their job, argues author Peter Gumbel. There is no egalité when it comes to France’s ruling class, which is dominated by an elite clique where a ‘jobs for the boys’ culture prevails, argues British author Peter GumbelContinue reading “Why elitism is dragging France down”

Not Allowed to wear the Christian Cross at work. Violation of religious freedom? European Court of Human Rights will rule


In 2006, Nadia Eweida a British Airways worker, was suspended for wearing what her employers said was a violation of the since-modified uniform code. BA had a policy of not permitting additions to the uniform and so ordered Ms Eweida to follow the rules. She refused and claimed religious discrimination. Shirley Chaplin left her 31-year nursing career after refusingContinue reading “Not Allowed to wear the Christian Cross at work. Violation of religious freedom? European Court of Human Rights will rule”