Insecure Men: Insecure Men review – slacker supergroup find redemption in pop

It’s seldom that anything involving Fat White Family comes with a heartwarming story attached. They are, after all, a band who describe themselves as “an invitation, sent by misery, to dance to the beat of human hatred”, whose artistic obsession with the ugliness of life is apparently reflected behind the scenes. Their music springs from …

My staff are trying to save lives in the rubble of Ghouta. Who will help us? | Raed Al Saleh

As Syrians, we have experienced death in so many more ways than we ever dared to imagine: we have been killed by barrel bombs, chemical weapons, starvation, drowning, torture, napalm and cluster munitions. This month, in eastern Ghouta, another encounter with death was added to the list: a mother’s corpse dug from under the rubble …

MPs attack pension regulator at Carillion inquiry

Carillion’s former finance director described pension payments as a “waste of money”, MPs conducting a parliamentary inquiry into the collapse of the government contractor have said. MPs referred to the alleged comment during a sometimes savage evidence session that involved heavy criticism of The Pensions Regulator over its grasp of key facts. The regulator also …

A modest proposal for solving the air pollution crisis: a worker smog bonus

We are all aware of the value of clean skies and the costs of pollution, so isn’t it time to put more economic pressure on governments and companies to clean up? I first considered the potential for a smog allowance while I lived in Beijing (my heavily polluted home from 2003-2012) and the idea only …

Les Ferdinand: ‘People talk a lot but it’s actions that count after Grenfell’

It has been eight months since the inferno tore through Grenfell Tower, killing 71 people and forcing hundreds from their homes. Of that number, 152 households are still to be rehoused, despite a promise from the prime minister that the process would take no more than three weeks. “It’s ridiculous to think that these people …

Talking Horses: Colin Tizzard guide to Cheltenham Festival runners

Stoicism is a useful – perhaps essential – trait for any racehorse trainer, but few carry it off quite as well as Colin Tizzard, who opened his yard on Wednesday morning for his annual pre-Cheltenham Festival media day. Tizzard drew a blank from 21 runners at last year’s meeting and returned home empty-handed in 2014 …