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How the three stages of the Labour leadership race could benefit Liz Kendall

30 June 2015 15:50
Liz Kendall has warned that Labor should avoid Einstein's definition on insanity and change its stance on fiscal responsibility.

Liz Kendall is continuing to push herself as the ‘change everything’ candidate for the Labour leadership. During a speech at Reuters this morning, Kendall called for the party to make a big… Continue reading

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Greeks v Franks – why culture still matters

30 June 2015 15:13
Charlemagne, king of the Franks (Photo: Getty)

During the period of the crusades Greeks would refer to western Europeans by the generic term ‘Frank’, derived from the name of the leading barbarian tribe of the west. The… Continue reading

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Common sense suggests Britain’s economy doesn’t depend on the EU

30 June 2015 14:53
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They say you have to be nearly 60 to have voted in the 1975 referendum. I voted in that referendum. I was 12. My mum had forgotten her glasses. We… Continue reading

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We haven’t had a pan-European war for 70 years. Why is that?

30 June 2015 14:15
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The EU referendum makes me suspect that the grownups don’t know what they’re doing. I can see how we got to this point but it seems absurd that something so… Continue reading

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We don’t encourage suicide, so why should we assist it?

30 June 2015 11:10
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As MPs prepare to consider a private member’s bill to license what is being euphemistically called ‘assisted dying’, in Belgium a young woman with mental health problems has been cleared… Continue reading

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Aid is no substitute for defence, and Michael Fallon knows it

30 June 2015 10:20
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It’s been obvious for a while that the Prime Minister is exasperated by the way American and other allied officials – including President Obama himself – keep expressing concern about Britain’s… Continue reading

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Nicky Morgan: intolerance of homosexuality in schools may be a sign of extremism

30 June 2015 9:19
Secretary of State for Education, Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan speaks at the Conservative party manifesto launch on April 14, 2015 in Swindon, England.

Nicky Morgan is taking the fight against radicalisation into the classroom. On the Today programme, the Education Secretary outlined what her department is doing to support schools in tackling, what she called, this ‘very real threat’. The… Continue reading

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The Eurozone’s new strategy: hope for a Yes vote in Greece

29 June 2015 18:57
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The question that will be on the ballot paper in Greece on Sunday is rather wordy, so European leaders have been trying to simplify it for Greek voters today. Their… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: Is that ‘Well Spanked’ or ‘Disappointing Sandwich’?

29 June 2015 17:45
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A spoof Farrow & Ball paint-colour chart doing the rounds on social media was the inspiration for the latest challenge. Competitors were invited to see if they could outdo the… Continue reading

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How Tunisia became a target for terrorists

29 June 2015 17:30
Camels are walked along Marhaba beach where 39 people were killed on Friday in a terrorist attack (Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty)

The terrorist attack at Tunisia’s Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba that left 39 people dead was remarkable in its brashness and its detail. Islamic State were quick to name 23-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui… Continue reading

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Cameron wants the UK to be more ‘intolerant of intolerance’

29 June 2015 16:23
An image of the Tunisian gunman.

The minute’s silence before David Cameron’s statement to the House gave proceedings in the Commons this afternoon a particularly sombre air. When Cameron spoke at the despatch box, he announced… Continue reading

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We assume British Muslims support British values. Do they?

29 June 2015 15:26
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Let’s put the question very bluntly: do British Muslims affirm British values, or are they outsiders to our way of life? Or, even more bluntly: can we trust them? It… Continue reading

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Jean-Claude Juncker raises the stakes for the Greeks

29 June 2015 14:35
Greece Calls For A Vote On Proposed Bailout

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, has suggested that if Greece votes No in the referendum on whether to accept the terms of a bailout, it will be voting not… Continue reading

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If love now rules supreme, should incest and polygamy also be legalised?

29 June 2015 10:09
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The question is, says the Guardian in a report from San Francisco, whether God is actually gay, what with the gay marriage movement being on such a roll. The US… Continue reading

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If Greece leaves the Euro, Cameron should start the British renegotiation all over again

28 June 2015 20:42
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Tonight, it is still not clear how the Greek situation will be resolved. The European Central Bank–which is desperate to avoid being dragged into the politics of this situation–has chosen… Continue reading

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In pictures: Greeks queue for cash machine withdrawals as crisis intensifies

28 June 2015 19:28
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My local ATM queue and packed cafe across the street #Athens #Greece pic.twitter.com/pWutQpITSz — Maria Kagkelidou (@mkagkelidou) June 28, 2015 Queue outside Eurobank ATM in south Athens, a relatively wealthy… Continue reading

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State schools, not private schools, are the real sponsor of inequality in Britain

28 June 2015 11:17
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In today’s Observer, Will Hutton unwittingly highlights the poverty of the inequality debate in Britain. Gifted writers like him bang on about private schools the whole time rather than look… Continue reading

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British people need rescuing from North Africa. Where’s the Royal Navy now?

28 June 2015 9:39
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Just a thought – but might now be a good time to revisit our policy of using the Royal Navy to ferry large numbers of people from the North African… Continue reading

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Greece: ‘The crisis has commenced’

27 June 2015 20:56
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Alexis Tsipras’ gamble in calling a referendum on the bailout deal has failed in two respects. First, it has not prompted Greece’s creditors to offer the country a better deal.… Continue reading

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Is animal extinction really the end of the world?

27 June 2015 18:52
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‘Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which our children will never see’, says Pope Francis in his gloomy encyclicalLaudato si. Can this possibly be true?… Continue reading

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‘Religion of peace’ is not a harmless platitude

27 June 2015 8:51
An image of the Tunisian gunman

The West’s movement towards the truth is remarkably slow. We drag ourselves towards it painfully, inch by inch, after each bloody Islamist assault. In France, Britain, Germany, America and nearly… Continue reading

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Greece to hold referendum on bailout deal

26 June 2015 23:09
Alexis Tsipras (Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/Getty)

The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has just announced that there will be a referendum on the proposed bailout deal next Sunday, July 5th. He will ask for the current… Continue reading

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Foreign Secretary says that 5 Britons have died in terror attack in Tunisia

26 June 2015 19:19

Speaking after the government’s COBRA meeting, Philip Hammond has told the BBC that five Britons died in the terrorist attack in Tunisia. He has, though, warned that this death toll… Continue reading

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Sorry, SNP, but Scotland’s social attitudes are just the same as England’s

26 June 2015 17:25
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For most of my adult life, I’ve heard people say that Scots are – politically – different to the English. Not small differences, but fairly fundamental ones. This never rang… Continue reading

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Islamic State marks ‘caliphate anniversary’ with multiple attacks

26 June 2015 16:33
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Today’s attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait appear to be Islamic State inspired and designed to mark the first anniversary of its declaration of a new caliphate. I suspect, though,… Continue reading

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