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Kate Maltby

Kate Maltby

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Arundhati Roy's fight for freedom is one we cannot allow her to lose

As a novelist, Arundhati Roy warned us about the power of the police to enforce the injustice of mobs. Her best-selling 1997 novel, The God of Small...

19.06.2024 10

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Gender is being overlooked in the debate about assisted dying

In 2021, the Sunday Times took up the cause of Douglas Laing, a man who wrote to the paper “in support of the move to legalise assisted dying”....

13.06.2024 10

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Luxury politics will ruin book festivals

Book festivals always make me a tad nervous. There is something rather indecent about meeting one’s favourite authors, especially the novelists. I...

29.05.2024 10

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The ICC has put the international protest movement in a tricky position

Walk past a British protest against the Israeli military’s action in Gaza and you’ll soon spot the phrase “war criminal”. It pops up on...

22.05.2024 10

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Labour has squandered its chance to become the party of ethical standards

On 4 January, Keir Starmer set out his New Year’s resolutions with a speech, in which he promised “change” no fewer than 20 times. His specific...

09.05.2024 20

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Harvey Weinstein decision sets a precedent for silencing women

Harvey Weinstein remains a convicted rapist. On Thursday, the New York Court of Appeals upheld the film mogul’s procedural complaint against his...

29.04.2024 10

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Salman Rushdie has become a martyr – the very thing he despises

In his new book, Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder , Salman Rushdie reflects on his recovery after the knife-attack which nearly killed...

24.04.2024 10

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Call the violent targeting of women what it is: a terror attack

On 6 December, 1989, a gunman walked into a classroom at the École Polytechnique, part of the University of Montreal, and ordered the nine women...

17.04.2024 6

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The October 7 massacre taught Jews, yet again, the world doesn’t care

Ed Miliband, then leader of the British Labour Party, made an official visit to Israel in April 2014. Like most dignitaries, one of his first stops...

10.04.2024 10

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Scotland’s hate crime law could harm artistic free speech

One month ago, the playwright Edward Bond died at the age of 89. Obituaries will tell you that Bond was a pivotal figure in “the abolition of...

04.04.2024 10

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The Royal Family's year of pain will reconnect them to the country

When I was a year older than Prince Louis is now, my mother experienced a cancer scare. I have one abiding memory from that time. Not from home, where...

24.03.2024 10

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Kate is another royal woman imprisoned in our gaze

In June 1688, a swathe of the population of these islands became convinced that their queen had faked the birth of a son. Mary of Modena was the...

20.03.2024 10

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Russia’s election is the next frontline of the liberal dream

In October 2022, two banners appeared above a motorway in China. They were unfurled over the motorway bridge in Beijing by a man in an orange...

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Israeli women feel betrayed by the UN

The United Nations has taken its time. Five months after the Hamas attacks of 7 October, a team led by Pramila Patten, the UN Secretary-General’s...

06.03.2024 5

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The biggest news about police rapists is not in the Sarah Everard review

“She was a beautiful dancer. She was a wonderful daughter.” This is how Sarah Everard‘s mother describes her child in a statement which heads...

01.03.2024 40

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I've seen how much some Tories hate Sadiq Khan

The last time I went near a Conservative Association meeting was 2019. It was the tail end of the love/hate relationship I’d had with the party...

28.02.2024 8

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Badenoch and Staunton are showing off - and doing little for Post Office victims

Seven weeks ago, ITV aired the first episode of its true-life series, Mr Bates vs The Post Office. As I wrote then, it marked a watershed in ITV’s...

21.02.2024 10

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Rochdale will not be the end of Labour's antisemitism problem

In 1982, the future Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas submitted his doctoral thesis to the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Soviet Academy of...

14.02.2024 30

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The 'Prince Harry problem' has suddenly become more urgent

Even the least sympathetic observer would spare a thought this week for William, Prince of Wales. His wife Catherine, with whom he shares three young...

07.02.2024 10

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A harsh lesson for Marcus Rashford - but one that condemns us all

One of my favourite internet memes concerns the “milkshake duck”. For readers unfamiliar with the term – and honestly, congratulations on...

31.01.2024 4

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ITV has stolen the BBC's campaigning crown

Last May, I tried and failed to pitch a piece to a national news outlet about the Post Office Horizon scandal. The outlet in question had run...

17.01.2024 10

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The Traitors is a modern day witch trial – and I love it

The poet John Donne might have done well in The Traitors. Donne, a Jacobean-era priest, is known for his “metaphysical poems” about sex and God...

09.01.2024 5

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A difficult lesson in love for poor Princess Mary of Denmark

According to official legend, the princess’ future was written in the Tarot cards. At the age of 28, a Tasmanian woman named Mary Donaldson –...

02.01.2024 10

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The Greek tie concluded it – this year the Royal Family became irrelevant

In the year 1537, every ambitious mother in England competed to persuade Jane Seymour, new queen of England, to name their daughters as...

27.12.2023 20

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Gary Lineker's big mistake

In 2015, Jeremy Clarkson punched a subordinate named Oisin Tymon, a producer on his hit BBC show Top Gear. A review found Clarkson had subjected Tymon...

12.12.2023 10

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MPs fear another expenses scandal - and it is putting their safety at risk

A few years ago, I met up for dinner with a woman who had just become a member of the House of Commons. She was shaken. Her face blanched. My...

06.12.2023 6

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