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Monitoring social media is easier said than done

26 February 2015 17:43
Fackbook Acquires WhatsApp For $16 Billion

The three British girls who packed their bags and took a flight to Turkey have apparently crossed the border into Syria. Their intention seems to be to join the Islamic State and it looks… Continue reading

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The footprint of Britain’s immigrants – and emigrants – is important

26 February 2015 14:46
(Photo: Shaun Curry/Getty)

Half a million people. That’s quite a lot, isn’t it? I mean, half a million here, half a million there, why, soon you’re talking a million, which is even more… Continue reading

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Ukip is the most trusted party on controlling immigration

26 February 2015 14:17
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Which party does the public trust the most to control immigration? ComRes/ITV News have released a new poll revealing it’s not the Conservatives — unsurprisingly given today’s figures. 36 per cent trust… Continue reading

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The crude legal term ‘cannabis’ is unhelpful. Skunk causes psychosis, regular weed doesn’t

26 February 2015 13:49
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Next Tuesday Channel 4 will air their pseudo-scientific ‘Jon Snow stoned’ show The Cannabis Trials (or Drugs and How Not To Enjoy Them). Presumably intended to reignite national conversation about… Continue reading

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Single snowdrop sells for £1,390: welcome to galanthomania

26 February 2015 13:41
Galanthus plicatus 'Golden Fleece'

Have you heard of galanthomania? It’s an affliction that can rob people of their money – and, it seems, their senses. They’re so desperate to get hold of some small… Continue reading

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How Cameron’s jobs miracle ate his immigration target

26 February 2015 13:06
Last year, employment rose faster in Yorkshire than in France (Photo: Getty)

The embarrassing truth is that David Cameron did not think carefully about this pledge to take net immigration into the ‘tens of thousands’. The pledge originated in a Thick-of-It style… Continue reading

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Why are the Lib Dems spending so much time talking about mental health?

26 February 2015 13:03
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Nick Clegg is to hold an hour-long phone-in next week on mental health. The Deputy Prime Minister will host the session himself on LBC on Monday. This is part of… Continue reading

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The Tory trouble to come on defence spending

26 February 2015 11:45
Eurofighter Typhoon Launched To Replace Tornado F3s

There are still some unhappy mutterings about the possibility that the Tories won’t commit to spending 2 per cent of GDP on defence in the next Strategic Defence and Security… Continue reading

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New figures show Cameron’s net migration target in tatters

26 February 2015 9:54
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Today’s news that lots of people want to come and work in a free, welcoming country with many opportunities and a growing economy is actually very bad news. Not for… Continue reading

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Podcast: the SNP threat to Westminster and the myth of a house building crisis

26 February 2015 9:09
First Minister Alex Salmond, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Jim Sillars, former deputy leader of the SNP campaign in Piershill Square with activist on September10, 2014 in Edinburgh,Scotland.

Are the SNP poised to become Westminster’s kingmakers? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Alex Massie discusses this week’s cover feature on the role the Scottish nationalists could play… Continue reading

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Labour unsure about health policy its own councils support

25 February 2015 20:25
Public Inquiry Into Stafford Hospital Scandal Resumes

The announcement today that Greater Manchester will receive full control of health spending – worth £6bn – has left Labour in a rather interesting position. On the one hand, it… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: A jam for Cam but the greased piglet escaped again!

25 February 2015 17:30
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That was a close one. Miliband set two traps for the PM today. One was visible. The other, far more dangerous, was hidden until the very last moment. Miliband wants… Continue reading

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The Syrian-bound schoolgirls remind us that feminism isn’t for everyone

25 February 2015 17:01
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There is much to be said for Rod Liddle’s view that the fuss over the aspiring jihadi brides from the Bethnal Green Academy is getting on for preposterous and we shouldn’t,… Continue reading

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MPs hang out with the wealthy so is it any wonder their worldview is warped?

25 February 2015 16:54
UK Political Parties Seek To Form A Coalition

Had the public been asked, before Monday morning, to identify two MPs who stood for honesty and decency, the names Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind would have been prominent… Continue reading

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You can tell a lot from watching how MPs act

25 February 2015 16:17
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One thing worth noting from today’s PMQs – and indeed from all the sessions since the start if the year – was how many MPs left early. They are now not… Continue reading

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The Tories need to put Boris front and centre of the campaign — the numbers prove it

25 February 2015 15:46
London Mayor, Boris Johnson is shown around the Aura residential development which is under construction in the Edgware district of north London on February 20, 2015 in London, England.

Have you seen Boris Johnson? The Mayor of London has been surprisingly absent from the Conservatives’ floundering campaign so far. He was not chosen to be member of the core… Continue reading

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The real scandal of zero-hours contracts: HMRC’s greed

25 February 2015 14:42
Fast Food Rights campaigners and members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union protest against the rise of zero hour contracts and job insecurity.

Cue the Guardian headlines of ‘exploitation’ in ‘Dickensian’ Britain. Nearly 700,000 people are now working on zero-hours contracts, a rise of 100,000 in just one year. Is that really such… Continue reading

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PMQs: Second jobs, lobbying and ‘obsessive crackpots’

25 February 2015 13:13
Cameron lost today's bout.

Ed Miliband boxed cleverer than David Cameron at PMQs today and came out with a comprehensive points victory. Miliband went, predictably, on the whole issue of second jobs for MPs.… Continue reading

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Twitter has become a barometer for the political issues of the day

25 February 2015 12:42
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Twitter has never been friendly to British politicians. From MPs’ gaffes that spread across the platform like wildfire to the incessant trolling, it can’t make good bedtime reading for anyone on the… Continue reading

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As ‘long-term economic plan’ goes global, will Cameron have an easy PMQs?

25 February 2015 11:55
David Cameron And George Osborne Visit The North Of England

How will Prime Minister’s Questions go today? Both party leaders have had to deal with troublesome MPs this week, with Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind both falling prey to… Continue reading

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When did it become OK for the police to electrocute children?

25 February 2015 11:23
(FILES) A file picture taken on December

Hard as it may be to imagine, dear reader, once upon a time the police managed to fulfil their obligations to society without resorting to electrocuting children. The sky did not… Continue reading

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Do we now know what the Tory strategy for defence is?

25 February 2015 8:48
Britain's Defence minister Michael Fallon talks with his US counterpart Chuck Hagel during a defence ministers meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 5, 2015.

For a while the Tories had hoped they could get away with dodging questions on defence spending until after the election. Even as the pressure within their own party for… Continue reading

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Douglas Carswell vs Nigel Farage (again) — but are these real disagreements?

24 February 2015 22:03
Douglas Carswell speaking at a British Future event in Westminster this evening.

Is Douglas Carswell happily at home in Ukip? The Clacton MP’s latest policy intervention, this time on immigration, adds to the sense that his beliefs differ somewhat from his party and… Continue reading

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To be ‘groomed’ is to gain instant victim status

24 February 2015 16:01
CCTV footage of two of the girls at Gatwick airport (Photo: PA)

A minor point, I suppose, but one worth noting. It was stated on the BBC and in the liberal press that these three girls who have scuttled off to Syria… Continue reading

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Charities love to lobby so why should they be exempt from the Lobbying Act?

24 February 2015 15:42
Oxfam Prepares To Deploy Aid To Areas Hit By Typhoon Haiyan

In the next few weeks, you’ll hear endless grumbles from charities about the Lobbying Act. They will argue it restricts their spending on political campaigning during the run-up to general… Continue reading

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