Issue 1438

  • Issue 1438

Northern state of mind
Since the earliest humans arrived here from the continent, the North has helped to shape the world. Roger Ratcliffe talks to Brian Groom, author of a major book on Northerners.

Taking the initiative
The controversial Private Finance Initiative schemes that run our prisons and build our hospitals are coming to an end. Were they a costly mistake – and what’s the exit strategy? Chris Moss reviews the evidence on PFI.

Victims retraumatised by system
Oldham child sexual exploitation reviewed – Whistleblower Maggie Oliver calls for victim support.

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, Margaret Beckett’s letter to her younger self, columnist Saskia Murphy files from a Greek ferry – and more.