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  • Pension_money

    Half million pensioners ignored by PM's benefit pledge?

    As we speed towards May’s General Election, the government should be aware of the vast number of expat Brits affected by frozen pensions who are ready to cast their vote. By a quirk of history their plight is being ignored as inflation eats away at their living standards

    by Sheila Telford -  3 March 2015
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    Italy about to blow?

    The huge demonstration in Rome by the Northern League was designed to put it all right in the establishment's face. If this were chess, we'd be in the middle game. But, for the euro and for Italy itself, what will the end game look like?

    by Tim Hedges -  2 March 2015
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    PROFILE: Becoming the president of Iran

    What is it with the presidents of the Islamic Republic who always fair so badly in the grizzly power struggle in this religious dictatorship and who pulls the strings in the Islamic Republic?

    by Potkin Azarmehr -  2 March 2015
  • Austerity_euro

    Why austerity policies may not work in the Eurozone

    If you wish to see a true austerity policy then look at Greece. They have had major cuts in public spending, major cash reductions in wages and salaries, major job losses, and mass unemployment. It just seems to go with being in the Euro

    by John Redwood MP -  2 March 2015
  • Boris_nemtsov

    Jail, exile, or death: Three outcomes of opposing Putin

    Did Putin order Boris Nemtsov's murder? That question risks missing the point. The Russian state is a collection of financial, political and security interests that will do whatever it takes to protect their position. Instilling fear does not require an order from the top

    by the commentator - 28 February 2015
  • Obama_indifferent

    Obama’s self-professed “Confusion” about Islamic terror

    Obama misrepresented episodes from Christian history to exonerate Islamic terror during the National Prayer Breakfast, and he misrepresented Christian virtues like humility to create doubt and moral confusion concerning Islamic terror. What a mess!

    by Raymond Ibrahim - 28 February 2015
  • Justice

    A world class British legal system under threat?

    In June, we will celebrate with pride the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. But our justice system is at breaking point. There is no rule of law if we have no access to law. And cuts to access leave millions vulnerable. This election year, who will stand up for their rights?

    by Andrew Langdon QC - 26 February 2015
  • Jimmysaville

    Jimmy Savile and a wider culture of unaccountability

    With the latest report on Jimmy Savile in mind, the even wider issue is that the lack of accountability of people in positions of power and influence generally is rapidly becoming one of the great stories of our time

    by the commentator - 26 February 2015
  • English__british__scottish_flags

    Getting real about devolution in England

    If Scotland is to settle her own income tax, there is no way England would accept a higher rate of income tax voted through with the help of Scottish MP votes at Westminster. We have to get real over powers and rights for the English

    by John Redwood MP - 26 February 2015
  • Roland_dumas

    The case of the dishonourable Roland Dumas

    The extraordinary case of Roland Dumas, one of France's most senior elder statesmen, highlights the enduring problem of anti-Semitism in France today. His behaviour and his track record is simply astounding

    by Michael Curtis - 25 February 2015
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  • Welfare_paradise

    The joy of welfare funded holidays in the sun

    Britain's welfare system never ceases to amaze. The story of a single mother and her 10 month old daughter taking a round-the-world trip on benefit payments is frankly jaw-dropping

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 25 February 2015
  • Malcolm_rifkind

    The new politics and poor Malcolm Rifkind

    In the cash for access scandal, Malcolm Rifkind got caught on the wrong side of history. He's not corrupt in the legal sense. But the people are rising, and their definition of corruption is very new and dangerous to the old guard

    by the commentator - 24 February 2015
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    UK Muslim population of 26 million by 2051?

    No-one but a fool engages in scaremongering. But using the statistics and analysis of the Muslim Council of Britain, there is a real prospect of a UK Muslim population of 26 million by mid-century. Whatever your politics, serious people need to debate this, sensibly and honestly. No problem there, right?

    by Vincent Cooper - 24 February 2015
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    The death of democracy in Greece?

    The reality must surely be dawning on even the most blinkered of Europhiles that the modern European project is incompatible with democracy. Ironically, it is the country that invented the very word democracy that is seeing its freedom most visibly destroyed

    by John Redwood MP - 24 February 2015
  • Varoufakis

    EU crisis: Mediterranean Game of Thrones

    The real story of Greece's talks with the EU on austerity is of a massive climbdown by the supposedly anti-austerity Syriza. In this game of thrones the Germans have outgamed the Greeks, and will do the same to Spain, all because of their addiction to the euro

    by Tom Gallagher - 23 February 2015