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Ed Miliband’s speech to launch Labour’s summer campaign – full text

25 July 2014 13:25
Ed Miliband says of politicians ‘you could find people who look less like Wallace’. Cartoon: Peter Brooks

Today Labour leader Ed Miliband gave a speech on leadership and ‘the choice’ at the Royal Institute of British Architects. Here’s what he said: listen to ‘Ed Miliband: ‘If you… Continue reading

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Don’t get too excited about Britain’s economic recovery. It’s built on shaky ground

25 July 2014 11:03
General Election - Economy

When I think about global stock markets these days, the image that springs to mind is the final scene of The Italian Job— the 1969 original, not the tacky 2003 remake.… Continue reading

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The economy is above its pre-crisis level – but when will voters feel the benefit?

25 July 2014 10:11
The UK's booming services economy is reflected in London's changing skyline. Image: Getty

The economy is now, at last, larger than its pre-recession peak. The coalition parties are keen to claim vindication this morning. Nick Clegg has declared that ‘The rescue has worked’… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband stakes all on his ‘big choice’

25 July 2014 8:59
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Labour will launch its summer campaign later today. The centre-piece is Ed Miliband’s speech. He will present a ‘big choice’ to the British public, arguing that they cannot afford 5… Continue reading

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No EU agreement on ‘Tier 3’ sanctions against Russia

24 July 2014 18:52
Vladimir Putin. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

Sir Malcolm Rifkind was right: there was no agreement in Europe on serious against Russia. The FT’s Peter Spiegel tweets the news that many have been expecting: The #EU ambassadors meeting finally… Continue reading

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The burqa makes me uncomfortable. But I wouldn’t ban it

24 July 2014 17:25
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Dr Taj Hargey, an imam of the Oxford Islamic Congregation, is calling for burqas to be banned outright, much like they are in France (where it is prohibited to conceal… Continue reading

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Is it time for ‘nose-peg Toryism’?

24 July 2014 16:24
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Before the election in 2005, the magnificently grand Polly Toynbee made a generous offer to Guardian readers reluctant to vote for Tony Blair after Iraq. ‘There is much to be… Continue reading

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Michael Fallon marks century of Muslim service in British armed forces

24 July 2014 14:45
Muslim prayer taking place in the Memorial Courtyard of the Ministry of Defence in London on 23rd July 2014. (Image: Ministry of Defence)

After nineteen hours without food, nor even a drop of water, the prospect of the single succulent date which breaks the fast looms ever larger in the mind as sunset… Continue reading

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Diane James is promoted to Ukip’s new look front bench

24 July 2014 13:50
Diane James and Nigel Farage in Eastleigh last year. (Image: Getty)

Nigel Farage has promoted a slew of women to senior roles in his reshuffle of the Ukip front bench. Diane James, who came close to winning the Eastleigh by-election, becomes… Continue reading

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Labour’s sports betting levy will hit poor punters

24 July 2014 12:43
Sandown Races

Harriet Harman has set the hare running this morning by proposing a levy on sports betting. The shadow sports minister Clive Efford said: ‘We believe it is right that businesses… Continue reading

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Sanctions won’t tame Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Talking might

24 July 2014 10:17
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This article first appeared in the print edition of The Spectator magazine, dated 26 July 2014 The civilised world felt as if its heart had been touched by an icicle. Photographs… Continue reading

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British Muslims must confront the truth of the ‘Trojan Horse’ schools

24 July 2014 10:15
Concern Grows Over Trojan Horse Inquiry At Birmingham Schools

The Trojan Horse reports are in, and they make for damning reading.  ‘An aggressive Islamist agenda… a coordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos’.… Continue reading

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Podcast: the next financial disaster, MPs quitting and sinister men in sunglasses

24 July 2014 9:15
President Obama Participates In World AIDS Day Discussion At George Washington University

Think we’ve done enough to avoid another financial crisis? Think again, says Liam Halligan. Sure, there’s no shortage of commentators (and stockbrokers) insisting the outlook is rosy and share prices… Continue reading

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The Ukip shuffle: Can the party become more than a one man band?

23 July 2014 19:51
Nigel Farage campaigning. Picture: PA

Nigel Farage has started his long awaited reshuffle of the Ukip top team tonight. Patrick O’Flynn, the former Daily Express journalist, becomes the party’s economics spokesman. Given O’Flynn’s writings, we… Continue reading

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Why is The Daily Dot, smooth and sassy website of ‘the internet community’, publishing racist nonsense?

23 July 2014 19:14
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The Daily Dot, founded less than two years ago, is best read while sipping the flattest of flat white coffees. I love it, even though it’s not pitched at me:… Continue reading

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What are the chances of Europe agreeing substantial sanctions against Russia tomorrow?

23 July 2014 18:17
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‘Somewhere between zero and minus five.’ That is the verdict of former Foreign Secretary and current Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, to the question in the… Continue reading

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It’s a bit rich for France to castigate Britain for sheltering oligarchs

23 July 2014 17:52
The South of France is the playground of Russian oligarchs - oodles of cash, lurid boats and a lack of taste. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/GettyImages)

There’s a big to-do between France and Britain at the moment, with France accusing Britain of protecting oligarchs’ money in London. President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party said that before lecturing… Continue reading

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Until the West confronts Putin, planes will keep falling out of the sky

23 July 2014 17:34
A Ukrainian SU-25 fighter plane. Image: GENIA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images

Two Ukrainian SU-25 ground-attack jets have been shot down in Donetsk Oblast, about five miles away from the MH17 crash site. This double strike reinforces a chilling message: the separatist war… Continue reading

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There’s no contradiction between cheering on Scotland and voting for the union

23 July 2014 16:02
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In choosing this September for the Scottish referendum on independence, the SNP was presumably hoping Scots voters would be basking in the glory of a successful Commonwealth Games. There is… Continue reading

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Are Nigel Farage’s agricultural policies really ‘unrealistic and uncosted’?

23 July 2014 15:15
Nigel Farage and Ross Murray of the CLA at the Game Fair. Image: Twitter, @TheGameFair

Much has been made of the reception that greeted Nigel Farage at the CLA Game Fair on Friday. The punters were far more interested in Nigel Farage than George Eustice, the incumbent Farming… Continue reading

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The Trojan Horse affair is about subversion, and only Gove understood this

23 July 2014 15:13
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Peter Clarke’s powerful report on the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham schools is confirmation of the weakness of David Cameron in demoting Michael Gove. When Mr Gove appointed Mr Clarke to conduct the inquiry, there was… Continue reading

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Stopping the obesity juggernaut will be a real legacy for our children

23 July 2014 14:29
American child actor Joe Cobb (1916 - 2002, right) meets the world's fattest man, circa 1925. Image: General Photographic Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Rather ironically, the best analogy I can summon to describe my appointment and role with Policy Exchange as senior research fellow on Obesity and Physical Activity is an enormous buffet… Continue reading

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No wonder Philip Clarke was axed – Tesco has lost its way

23 July 2014 14:05
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I really wouldn’t want to be chief executive of Tesco, I wrote in January, because the ‘too big, too dull, too dominant’ supermarket giant, besieged by discounters, has become ‘a business-school case study of… Continue reading

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The political implications of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

23 July 2014 13:01
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Several people have asked me to write something about the politics and potential implications of the Commonwealth Games which open tonight in Glasgow. As is sometimes the case, I am… Continue reading

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A game of loyalties: the Scottish independence debate is about belonging, not policy

23 July 2014 12:07
Europe's Oldest Surviving Iron Chain Suspension Bridge Connecting Scotland And England To Be Closed

It’s less than two months until the referendum on Scottish independence. Two months to decide the future of two (or, if you prefer, four) countries. No pressure and it’s not… Continue reading

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