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Why Les Bayliss is News of the World’s favourite trade unionist

Les BaylissThere are two left-wing candidates and two right-wing candidates in the election for general secretary of Unite, Britain's biggest trade union. One of the right-wingers - the one, in fact, who stands a chance of winning - is Les Bayliss.

  • Written by Alex Snowdon
  • Category: Opinion

Phone hacking: Why Andy Coulson must resign

Andy CoulsonThe coalition government's communications chief Andy Coulson presided over a regime of phone hacking whilst editor of the News of The World. Journalist Brendan Montague was one victim

  • Written by Brendan Montague
  • Category: Opinion

Talks between TUC and Tories: what’s going on?

razor blade in mouth imageThe Independent today reports secret talks between trade union movement leaders and representatives of the government. These are apparently paving the way for a meeting between David Cameron and TUC general secretary Brendan Barber before the end of the year.

  • Written by Alex Snowdon
  • Category: Opinion

Jon Venables - product of a failed system

Jon VenablesThe recent conviction of Jon Venables for offences relating to images of child sexual abuse has returned the murder of James Bulger to the front pages. It raises questions about how the state dealt with two child offenders 17 years ago.

  • Written by Lois Woods
  • Category: Opinion

Charity begins in the Standard

The gap between rich and poor is too high, but we can do better than the Evening Standard's Dispossessed Fund.

  • Written by Dan Poulton
  • Category: Opinion

Live Aid: "Well done us"?

Live Aid t-shirtLive Aid was an ambitious, remarkable project, but the explanations and solutions it offered were always going to be limited.

  • Written by Feyzi Ismail
  • Category: Opinion

Facebook, cuts and the battle of ideas

facebook pageThe government has struck a deal with Facebook to invite ideas from the public on state spending cuts. The "spending challenge channel" will be used to take suggestions from the public for saving money prior to the Autumn spending review.

  • Written by Alex Snowdon
  • Category: Opinion

Homeopathy: Cutting on the Bias

PillsOn 29 June 2010 patients and homeopaths protested outside the annual representatives meeting of the British Medical Association (BMA) in Brighton.

  • Written by William Alderson
  • Category: Opinion

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