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Martin Bright is Political Editor of The Jewish Chronicle and founder of New Deal of the Mind.

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Downing Street humbled by Mo Farah

11 August 2012 22:24

The genius of Mo Farah was only underscored by the plodding stupidity of Downing Street’s statements about the “All Must Have Prizes” culture this weekend. If this is the culture… Continue reading

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Are you thinking what Aidan Burley was thinking?

4 August 2012 10:30

When you are not a part of the Tory tribe there are certain subjects you worry about mentioning as journalist, whether it’s at a Conservative Party conference, or indeed, on… Continue reading

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The unusual case of Matt Nixson, the hack with the big heart

30 July 2012 15:14

This is not a great time to be a tabloid journalist. It is an even worse time to be an out-of-work tabloid journalist. Few tears are shed when red-top hacks… Continue reading

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Anti-Semitism: no longer big news

23 July 2012 14:15

My fellow Spectator blogger Douglas Murray wrote a powerful post yesterday. Like him, I was disturbed by the way the Bulgarian bus-bombing and the Manchester terror trial were treated in… Continue reading

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Why I’m backing my local free school

17 July 2012 9:30

Last night I attended a public meeting to discuss the successful bid by parents in north London to set up a free school in East Finchley. The Archer Academy is… Continue reading

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First, call the lawyers

16 July 2012 19:16

I have just started a new column, Bright on Politics, for the Jewish Chronicle. My first piece last week discussed Ed Balls and Israel. And this week I discussed why… Continue reading

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The Championships - Wimbledon 2012: Day Thirteen

Tennis and the rise of the ‘mediocracy’

9 July 2012 13:45

The discussion of Britain’s latest tennis nearly man has turned inevitably to the culture of a sport which, in this country at least, remains laughably exclusive. Asked on the Today… Continue reading

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Soldiers From The 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment March In A Farewell Parade

Let’s get to work getting our veterans back to work

6 July 2012 13:00

The cutting of 17 army units by 2020 was never going to be popular. It is over-dramatic to suggest we now have a self-defence force rather than an army, but… Continue reading

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British Education Secretary Michael Gove

Is Michael Gove the government’s only true radical?

3 July 2012 23:00

I have been waiting more than two years for this government to say or do something really radical. By this I don’t mean taking the Blairite revolution to its logical… Continue reading

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Why this government is not down with the kids

29 June 2012 8:45

Hardly a day goes by without more bad news on youth unemployment. The latest figures on NEETs (a horrible de-humanising term for school leavers who are not in education, employment… Continue reading

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Meet Professor Bright

25 June 2012 14:45

I have not often been called a ‘renowned political commentator’ (for readers of this blog it tends to be ‘hopeless naive leftie’ and elsewhere it’s ‘notorious Zionist neo-con’) so I… Continue reading

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Who funds think tanks?

21 June 2012 16:00

I was very interested to see the launch of the Who Funds You? website today. This is an intriguing new initiative to examine the transparency of think tanks. The tendency… Continue reading

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Will journalists soon have to pay for the privilege?

18 June 2012 18:30

I had the strangest call today from an outfit called publicservice.co.uk. A rather pleasant woman, albeit with a slightly insistent phone manner, asked me for my views on work creation… Continue reading

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Have Israel and Britain given up on each other?

15 June 2012 17:00

Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement to authorise more than 800 new housing units in West Bank settlements, and the condemnation which followed from British Foreign Secretary William Hague, has marked a new… Continue reading

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The Jubilee stewards scandal reveals the flaws of the Work Programme

8 June 2012 10:30

It all seemed innocent enough. I even found myself in the rain at Somerset House watching the river pageant (for the kids, you understand). The street party in my road… Continue reading

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The Lobby’s existential search for meaning

19 May 2012 11:00

There was a small but important piece in the Independent this week by my former boss John Kampfner. He’s not my boss any more, so I don’t have to be… Continue reading

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Rochdale is a lesson to all of us

10 May 2012 14:51

The coverage of the appalling Rochdale grooming case has been, for the most part, well-informed and responsible. In the Times today David Aaronovitch takes on the cultural issue directly (£)… Continue reading

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This omnishambles is no joke

2 May 2012 21:54

As those of us in London face up to the prospect of the none-of-the-above election, it’s worth thinking ahead to 2015 and asking yourself if any of the major parties… Continue reading

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It’s hard to find a minister who hasn’t messed up

1 May 2012 7:17

Over the weekend I had some interesting responses to my rather flippant tweet asking if there was a government minister not under pressure at the moment. The consensus seemed to… Continue reading

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Get it right, and the Big Society bank could be massive

4 April 2012 12:06

Michael Dugher is only half right when he tweets that you know the government is in trouble when it dusts down another Big Society announcement. The idea, in principle, is… Continue reading

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The closer you are, the bluer they get

27 March 2012 7:17

I have always thought Francis Maude was a rather decent chap on the moderate side of Tory politics. He has worked valiantly to drive the Big Society agenda from the… Continue reading

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15-a-side solidarity

17 March 2012 22:24

Wales have won the Grand Slam and I have grown to love rugby. Over the past weeks I have been completely captivated by the Six Nations and I don’t quite… Continue reading

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Visionaries, poetry and a game that turned deadly serious

11 March 2012 9:13

There is a certain poetry to the leaking of Vince Cable’s ‘vision thing’ memo and the departure from Downing Street of Steve Hilton, the very man who is supposed to… Continue reading

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David Cameron, A4e and subcontracted policy

27 February 2012 17:51

It has taken some time, but the media has now worked out that the government’s back-to-work reforms are a story which just keeps on giving. Under the Work Programme, vast… Continue reading

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The Coalition must not create the modern workhouse

18 February 2012 17:04

I have warned on this blog before that the reforms of the welfare-to-work system risk embedding unpaid labour into the benefits system. This week’s story about Tesco advertising for night… Continue reading

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