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John Freeman: Face to face with an enigma

War hero, Labour MP, New Statesman editor, diplomat, TV interviewer: John Freeman, now in his nineties, combined celebrity with impenetrable privacy. In the first of a series of articles to celebrate the NS centenary, we explore the remarkable life of a man who chose never to look back. Read more ...

via Newstatesman
21 Dec 2014

Battle of narratives

The militants have a narrative that has a strong appeal for a large number of citizens. Does the government have an equally powerful narrative? Is a counter-narrative possible without challenging the conservative and self-appointed priests’ monopoly over interpretation of the scriptures? The writing on the wall is clear [...] Read more ...

via Thenews
21 Dec 2014

The polling that could be key to how the LDs might do better in their own seats than the national numbers suggest

Earlier in the month a big divide appeared between the huge joint university initiative, the British Election Study, and Lord Ashcroft’s polling of individual CON facing LD held seats. As can be seen there was a markedly different response pattern from those in CON and LAB held seats and those in LD ones. But of those with LD MPs, the name recogn [...] Read more ...

via Politicalbetting
21 Dec 2014

Careful, Mrs May, we need bright students

They cited the civil service code as their reason for not doing so, which cut no ice with Downing Street. She is the clear bookies’ favourite among Tory cabinet ministers to succeed David Cameron as party leader, with Boris Johnson her only serious rival. Mrs May is tough, which is why Tory supporters like her. Theresa May is one of the most sign [...] Read more ...

via Thesundaytimes
21 Dec 2014

May: I’ll kick out foreign graduates

Under the plans, colleges and universities would be fined and stripped of the right to sponsor foreign students if they failed to ensure The home secretary wants a future Conservative government to “move towards zero net student migration” by sending home those who come to Britain on student visas. The plan is likely to bolster May’s support [...] Read more ...

via Thesundaytimes
21 Dec 2014

Is Brooks Syr-ious?

DISGRACED MP had business connections in Syria prior to being elected - he met Bashar al-Assad half a dozen times between 2006 and 2011, but called for Britain to intervene in the civil war [...] Read more ...

via Thesun
21 Dec 2014