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Cultural boycotts are ineffective and wrong

25 July 2014 12:57
The poster for Incubator Theatre's 'hip hop opera' The City

Scotland’s national poet Liz Lochhead has been at it again. Two years ago she was petitioning against a dance company from Tel Aviv, this year it’s an Israeli theatre company… Continue reading

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Has Morrissey finally recorded a decent album?

24 July 2014 19:00
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Time was when the former Smiths singer surfaced only once every five years or so to do the Carry On Morrissey routine. But the more you ignore him, the closer… Continue reading

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The snobbery of farmers’ markets makes me want to run to the nearest Morrisons

24 July 2014 18:46
Borough Market, London. Getty Images/AWL Images RM.

My friend Cathy once paid £9 for a small bag of green beans from an organic deli because she ‘wanted to support local businesses’. But this shop, in trendy Crouch… 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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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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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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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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The law’s an ass, obviously

23 July 2014 17:17
General View Of The Old Bailey

‘The award of Queen’s Counsel is for excellence in advocacy in the higher courts,’ says the QC appointments page. ‘It is made to advocates who have rights of audience in… Continue reading

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Don’t jump to conclusions over the positive drugs test on the Queen’s filly ‘Estimate’

23 July 2014 17:02
Estimate and The Queen after winning the Gold Cup in 2013

The news that one of the Queen’s horses, Estimate, tested positive for morphine, a banned substance, hit the headlines yesterday evening and unsurprisingly caused a bit of a stir. If… 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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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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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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Jeremy Hunt opens the attack on the Working Time Directive

23 July 2014 11:10
The Working Time Directive costs lives. (Photo by Lefteris Pitarakis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

For years, Secretaries of State for Health have studiously ignored one of the most corrosive regulations to the NHS: the European Working Time Directive. Although the EU is not supposed… Continue reading

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Lib Dems David Ward and Edward McMillan-Scott on bombing Israel and ‘disputatious Jews’

23 July 2014 7:57
Here's the (daily) proof of Hamas's murderous intent. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s quite a stooshie this morning, following David Ward’s latest contribution to peace in the Middle East. The Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East tweeted yesterday evening: The big question… Continue reading

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Britain has very little to fear from the ECHR. So why are so many Tories so afraid of it?

22 July 2014 15:36
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On matters domestic (England and Wales division) I was sad to see Dominic Grieve turfed-out of the cabinet in last week’s reshuffle. Today he pops up in the Times to remind us… Continue reading

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More big changes expected at the BBC

22 July 2014 14:05
Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

Mr S hears that the race to succeed Paxo came down to two candidates: the PM programme’s Eddie Mair and Today’s Evan Davis. Davis’s move frees up the morning slot… Continue reading

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Celebrating diversity means imposing misogyny

22 July 2014 13:55
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People talk about their commitment to equality and diversity so readily they must assume there is no conflict between the two. The phrase falls off the tongue as if it… Continue reading

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Britain has let Islamists run riot – as today’s report into the ‘Trojan horse’ plot reveals

22 July 2014 13:09
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Peter Clarke, a former counter-terror chief, has published a report today which reveals that an ‘aggressive Islamist agenda’ was pursued in ‘Trojan horse’ schools in Birmingham. He has found evidence of a… Continue reading

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Hopeless in Gaza; Israel’s tragically futile war

22 July 2014 12:05
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Travelling back from holiday yesterday we had Jeremy Vine’s show on the car radio and the Radio 2 man was talking about the fighting in Gaza and as is often… Continue reading

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Priti Patel ‘totally up for it’

22 July 2014 11:14
Prime Minister David Cameron Announces His New Cabinet

Priti Patel, poster girl for the next generation of the Tory right, will be a key face on the airwaves come election time. When the PM offered her a job last… Continue reading

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Nicky Morgan hides in office as civil servant sacks Gove’s special advisers

21 July 2014 16:59
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New Education Secretary Nicky Morgan wasted no time in stamping her mark on her department – sacking all three of Michael Gove’s special advisers on Friday morning. Friends tell Mr… Continue reading

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Your finger nails could hold the answer to your health problems

21 July 2014 16:04
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Eighteen hundred years ago, Romano-Britons with a variety of medical conditions would have visited the healing temple at Lydney Park in Gloucestershire, with some of them drinking the iron-rich waters… Continue reading

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Stephen Dorrell: The NHS still has plenty to learn

21 July 2014 15:11
A celebration of the NHS during the Olympic Opening Ceremony in 2012. Image: Getty

If anyone thought Stephen Dorrell would take a break from talking about health after standing down as chairman of the House of Commons health select committee, they were quite wrong. The… Continue reading

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