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Sunday 21 May 2017

One referendum bad, two worse

True to form, the Lib Dems announced that only they have a principled position on Brexit – and promptly planted themselves firmly on the fence. Boxing clever by promising a referendum once terms are agreed, with the option to stay in the EU, may differentiate them from the big parties, but only because, dainty footwork…

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Friday 19 May 2017

From Fake News to Fake Politics

Faithful to the Conservative Party Central Office line, the Daily Express trumpeted the Tory Manifesto as a charter for Fairness for All – but read what the Manifesto actually says and it’s clear the reality is quite different. The issue is not just about grabbing money for hot free school dinners to plug school budgets…

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Wednesday 3 May 2017

A silent injustice which robs medicine of crucial talent

A silent injustice robs medicine of much of its best talent. According to the Education Statistics Authority quoted in the BMJ, 25% of first year medical students in UK universities were from private schools – which account for only 7% of all school pupils. At the same time, research published in BMC  Medicine, shows that…

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