January, 2010

The Chilcot Inquiry

  |  29 January 2010

Coverage of Blair and Chilcot harks back to 2001 student politics

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Blair and the Chilcot Inquiry

Gary Kent  |  29 January 2010

Freedom to build freedom should not be forgotten

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Tory council tax ruse could come home to roost

Theo Blackwell  |  29 January 2010

Up and down the country town halls will be preparing their election year budgets. Many Tory councils facing yearly or all-out elections (like in London) will be pledging populist two- or even four-year council tax freezes to their electorates. How any pledges of this sort can be made without even more savage cuts to local services than the ones being developed now in council finance departments should be a matter of real concern.

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Blair at Chilcot will change little: minds will not be altered, nor Iraqi voices heard

Paul Richards  |  29 January 2010

If you were in student politics in the 1980s you were handed a lot of leaflets. I remember only one. It was given to me by an Iraqi student, who was also a member of the university Labour Club. It was April 1988, and it had a photograph of dead Kurdish women and children lying in the street in Halabja. They were the victims of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. About 5,000 civilians were killed by chemical weapons dropped from Iraqi jets flying repeated sorties over the Kurdish town of Halabja. The weapons contained a combination of mustard gas, sarin, VX, and other nerve agents. Some victims died immediately; others died slowly in unimaginable agonies. Many more were injured, burnt, or blinded and many babies have been born with birth defects since.

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Blair and the Chilcot Inquiry

  |  29 January 2010

Blair's performance today was as expected: consummate and brilliantly argued. For all the objective and dispassionate people listening who have not made up their minds he'll have swung them behind him.
George Foulkes MSP

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More students from poorer homes at university

  |  29 January 2010

I welcome the fact that more people are attending university as this was one of the main aims of the government. Also welcome is the information that shows that more people from poorer backgrounds are attending, despite the current debate on fees. Education should not be about whether you can afford it, but that everyone should be given the chance to benefit from it.
Tony Wright MP, member, Business, Innovation and Skills Committee

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Haiti after the earthquake

Jean-Roger Kaseki  |  29 January 2010

Now is the time to defy history and finally drop Haiti's debt

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The London conference on Afghanistan

Dharmender Singh  |  29 January 2010

Jury still out: Will the London conference deliver for Afghanistan?

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The state of the presidency

James Plunkett  |  29 January 2010

Just two months ago it looked like President Obama might soar into his first state of the union address, riding high on the passage of healthcare reform and ready to lay out a bold second year policy agenda. In the event, he rather shuffled in, weighed down by grim approval ratings, and the recent loss in Massachusetts that has put healthcare on hold.

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Primaries: getting to the change we need

Jonathan Bailey  |  28 January 2010

Obama aura and accoutrement are not enough: how would primaries really work here?

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