World Affairs
26 May 2011
There was a gruesome horror about the beheading of a British woman in a Tenerife supermarket and yet there wasn't...
Society
12 May 2011
In the weekend after the royal wedding, I discovered that even my most serious friends were googling Photoshopped...
UK Politics
12 May 2011
There was a dismal quality to the opposition day debate over NHS reform on 9 May, from the moment John Healey stood up...
Society
05 May 2011
I hadn't intended to be co-opted on to a royal street party planning committee. But this is what happens if you live in...
Politics
27 April 2011
I met Hasan last year in Belize. He was helping a local man start up a restaurant, a hot tin shack on a sandy street...
Politics
07 April 2011
The family couldn't, said the woman interviewed in the Guardian on Budget Day, manage without its tax credits: "We...
International Politics
31 March 2011
How was it for you? No, not the Budget. I mean the earthquake, the tsunami and the "meltdown" in Japan. How...
Education
24 March 2011
Last week, I watched a jaw-droppingly impressive dance show by the Dorothy Stringer School in Brighton - no fewer than...
UK Politics
17 March 2011
It's surprising how much of what is considered unsayable in polite policy circles is common currency among academics....
UK Politics
17 March 2011
I first met Sarah Brown in Margaret Thatcher's bedroom. Our children were playing in a sea of toys beneath long floral...
Economics
03 March 2011
Was anyone else surprised when, on 21 February, the Halifax agreed to pay £500m for confusing mortgage customers with...
International Politics
03 March 2011
"Who fires wins", proclaimed the Sun. It was a "dramatic rescue", said the Sunday Mirror: "SAS...
Politics
24 February 2011
I went along to my local council's budget debate to see what effect the central government cuts were having. West...
UK Politics
17 February 2011
About a year ago I sat in a Jobcentre Plus, listening as jobseekers discussed the hurdles they faced in getting back to...

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