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4 February 2014

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Where The Big Benefits Row went wrong | Boris's hypocrisy on strike rules | Gove needs to listen to the experts

By New Statesman

Where The Big Benefits Row went wrong | Boris’s hypocrisy on strike rules | Gove needs to listen to the experts

1. The Big Benefits Row: Was it ever going to change anyone’s mind?

Perhaps if Channel 5’s dramatic “debate” about benefits had given less time to attention-seekers like Edwina Currie and Katie Hopkins, it would have been a better conversation about an important issue. By Frances Ryan

2. How many models will speak out against Terry Richardson before the fashion industry cares?

Allegations abound that the photographer behaves inappropriately on shoots. But he continues to be booked by fashion magazines and brands. By Harriet Williamson

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3. Michael Gove must stop fighting “The Blob” and listen to the education experts

The Education Secretary has fallen for his own hype. By David Bell

4. What happened when Ron and Hermione went for relationship counselling?

We drop in on that unhappy marriage twenty years later. . . By Rhiannon and Holly

5. Boris wouldn’t have been elected mayor under his 50% strike turnout rule

The mayor wants strikes to be banned unless 50 per cent of staff vote, but turnout in the 2012 mayoral election was just 38 per cent. By George Eaton

6. At the Sochi Winter Olympics, the Russian establishment is trying to out-gay the gays

This is a country that, as of last year, has criminalised homosexuality and banned its citizens from publically brandishing the Pride flag. What’s really going on here? By Eleanor Margolis

7. More should be done to dismantle British education’s Berlin Wall

Why is the left silent on the public school question? By Jason Cowley

8. Protecting farms or front rooms? The impossible dilemma that climate change forces upon us

We need a concerted national debate about how we best protect ourselves from increasingly extreme weather. By Guy Shrubsole

9. At last, there’s a list of rich white men in GQ

And stop giving Boris Johnson awards, you’re only encouraging him. By Media Mole

10. The parties must stop dithering and address the English question

The great council housing boom of the post-war years was only achieved by public investment. The same action is needed now. By Michael Kenny

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