The jobs engine isn’t working any more and we need the economic tools to fix it

Piece by piece, Britain’s jobs-creating machine in the years of economic recovery since the financial crisis appears to be coming unstuck. Dating back to early 2012, the number of people in employment has been on an upward curve – to fanfare from the Conservatives, who readily quote the 3 million jobs created since they came …

Fire on All Sides CD review – James Rhodes’s rescue remedies

Jarvis Cocker has called James Rhodes’s forthcoming book Fire on All Sides – his account of a concert tour accompanied by his ever-present personal demons – “hysterical, harrowing, honest”. Now we can hear the music in all its hysterical, harrowing and honest reality: the Bach, Chopin, Beethoven and Rachmaninov that kept Rhodes from going under. …

Suzuki Swift review: ‘A proper terrier’ | Martin Love

Price: from £11,499Top speed: 121mph0-62mph: 10.6 secondsMPG: 61.4CO2: 104g/km If our self-driving future comes to pass, will we ultimately be left slumped in the front seat like so many de-skilled chimps? Possibly, but there’s a lot of trial and error to get sorted before then. Here’s my small contribution towards an understanding of robo error. …

Australian Tried to Sell Missile Parts for North Korea, Police Say

Neil Gaughan, the assistant commissioner for the Australian Federal Police, spoke to reporters about the arrest of an Australian man charged with trying to sell North Korean missile parts and technology. Peter Parks/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images SYDNEY, Australia — The federal police said Sunday that they had arrested an Australian man who was charged …

Suddenly, the mighty Murdoch is just another middleweight | Peter Preston

Let’s be clear. The Murdoch equation has changed utterly as Rupert and sons bail out of Hollywood, movies, archives, Star of India and Sky. That empire will belong to Disney now. And what the family has left is much smaller: Fox News, some US sports and business channels, some TV stations. Not a shrimp beside …

California wild fire: Santa Barbara ‘a ghost town’ as Thomas blaze moves closer

Santa Barbara has turned into a “ghost town” after residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California’s history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito. The mandatory evacuations around Montecito and neighbouring Summerland came as winds that had eased a day …

The Prince of Nothingwood review – magical and intrepid

In the current release The Disaster Artist, James Franco celebrates the tale of Tommy Wiseau, who realised his dream of getting a movie made when all the odds were apparently against him. Yet Wiseau made his 2003 “disasterpiece” The Room with seemingly endless financial resources, in the heart of Hollywood, where all the perks and …

Big Brother on wheels? Fired security robot divides local homeless people

To some homeless, San Francisco’s latest security robot was a rolling friend on five wheels that they called “R2-D2 Two”. To others living in tents within the droid’s radius, it was the “anti-homeless robot”. For a month, the 400lb, bullet-shaped bot patrolled outside the not-for-profit San Francisco SPCA animal shelter, rolling around the organization’s parking …