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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

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How state schools survived the Tories to become the best in the world

Labour’s plans to impose 20 per cent VAT on private school fees are causing much brouhaha. The Tories, well-heeled parents and heads cry, “It’s...

18.06.2024 10

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The Piano hit all the right notes in today’s kinder, warmer Britain

I’ve only just got to Channel 4’s wonderful series The Piano . After each episode, I learn a little more about the incredible versatility and...

14.06.2024 2

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Nigel Farage is weaponising class to defend his dog whistle prejudice

Oh lord, here I am, sticking up for Rishi Sunak, a politician I despise, because the odious and manipulative Nigel Farage is using the PM’s D-Day...

12.06.2024 7

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Brits are losing their work ethic as migrants work harder than ever

Electioneering politicians are banging on (again) about illegal and legal migrants. Picking on outsiders appeases disgruntled “patriots”. But get...

04.06.2024 10

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Diane Abbott is back and stronger than ever

I got my first proper job as a journalist around the time Diane Abbott, Bernie Grant, Keith Vaz and Paul Boateng became Labour MPs and brought colour...

31.05.2024 10

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Victorians were better informed about politics than we are today

My dad didn’t give me much love or care. But he was gripped by British politics and avidly read newspapers – passions I inherited. For that, and...

29.05.2024 30

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The BBC is failing the public with its deference to the Royals

Yet again we see Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and “non-working Royal”, outshining frontline Royals on the world stage. Outside the UK she is vastly...

21.05.2024 10

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The poverty children in the UK are subjected to is deliberate – never forget that

The Sunday Times Rich List appeared just after the Archbishop of Canterbury called on Labour to scrap the Tory two-child benefit cap and Gordon...

21.05.2024 20

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Rishi Sunak has fallen for David Cameron – the rest of us should be more wary

The Prime Minister delivered a stirring speech on Sunday. The world, he warned, “is in one of the most dangerous periods we’ve ever known”. True...

15.05.2024 30

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London is relentlessly criticised – but this city was right on Brexit and right on Susan Hall

I’ve known Sadiq Khan for a long time. Unlike Susan Hall – his intolerant, blinkered and spiteful Tory adversary – he is sharp, free thinking,...

07.05.2024 30

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The young will never forgive the old over their stance on Gaza

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03.05.2024 10

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The unprecedented betrayal at the heart of the Rwanda plan

Rishi Sunak applauds his Rwanda asylum act, now passed by Parliament. He believes this “victory” makes him a political champ. A major operation...

01.05.2024 50

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Something about Angela Rayner turns men into jumpy teenage boys

Something about Angela Rayner seems to turn a whole lot of male politicians and commentators into jumpy teenage boys. In the Sunday Times this week,...

23.04.2024 9

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If more than a hundred men a year were killed by women, how would the country react?

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19.04.2024 50

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Lefties like me have become fair game, so let me explain three things

On Monday, the charmless Liz Truss told the LBC radio host Iain Dale that those with left-wing beliefs were “smearing her” by blaming her for...

17.04.2024 10

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Rich people, can you please stop pretending to be skint?

The recently released Forbes list of the world’s billionaires shows the club is swelling and that members are richer than ever. There are now 141...

09.04.2024 10

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The biggest myth about Great Britain

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05.04.2024 4

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Arab nations have utterly betrayed Palestinians

On Sunday I went to my friend’s 75th birthday tea party. Born in the USA, she moved here, married a Brit and became a Londoner. As did I. She is...

03.04.2024 20

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There’s an exodus of nurses because of our revolting racism

There is an exodus of nurses out of the UK. You may not have heard this news because such information would disrupt the dark folktale spun by many...

26.03.2024 20

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Older people, the UK is drowning – our country needs us

I was at the Oxford Literary Festival last weekend, speaking as well as listening. I’ve been doing that for many years. This time, the mood in the...

22.03.2024 7

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The real problem with private members' clubs

Well, I never! A membership list of the secretive men-only Garrick Club has been published for the first time ever! And guess what? It contains names...

19.03.2024 6

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Michael Gove’s new definition of extremism is his most devious move yet

I am in danger of being classed as an extremist and terrorist. As is my friend, Natasha Walter – Jewish, British, writer, redoubtable feminist and...

12.03.2024 20

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Ask yourself this: why are you so afraid of Blackout nights at the theatre?

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08.03.2024 7

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There is only one way we can save our fast-rotting democracy

What if our Commons had, say, 50 candidates unattached to the major parties? Imagine that. Come with me through this thought experiment. Politicians...

06.03.2024 4

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Bigotry is an essential microbiome in the Tory gut culture

My son was born on 30 January, 1978. On that very day, Margaret Thatcher, then Opposition leader, spoke thus on a Granada TV programme: “People are...

27.02.2024 5

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Being the least worst option is an obnoxious way to win an election

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23.02.2024 5

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Tory voters want Boris Johnson back. Sorry, but never again

Here comes yet another poll of the Tory faithful, this one commissioned by Lady McAlpine, an incurable Boris Johnson addict. More than half of the...

21.02.2024 20

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Not every father should have the right to see their child

At last, a Tory MP I can fulsomely praise: Kate Kniveton. Her voting record would, no doubt, dismay this socialist, but she’s become an unlikely...

13.02.2024 10

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The BBC has lost its soul

Over the years, you will have read me fervently praising the BBC. All children of the old empire carry this faith in their hearts. We are, literally,...

09.02.2024 40

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After Gaza, the West will never regain its moral superiority

A Syrian refugee and doctor I met in London last week told me, with immense sadness, that Western governments and systems, once widely admired in the...

07.02.2024 4

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I was wrong about the House of Lords

Betty Boothroyd, who became the first female Speaker of the House of Commons, and later, a Baroness, was going to use her valedictory speech to call...

30.01.2024 8

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As a Muslim and an anti-racist, there’s a clear moral path on Rochdale

News impatiently rushes forwards. Producers and consumers get caught up in the currents of now and the near future. But sometimes, one needs to get...

26.01.2024 5

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Dear Keir, are you brave enough to stand up to the war on woke?

Do you know what “woke” means? Are you with or against those fighting wokeness and cancel culture? Would you vote for an MP just because he/she...

24.01.2024 3

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Does Labour understand the perilous state of the NHS? Not really, no

How much more can the NHS suffer before it expires? Should the life-support machine, which is itself getting timeworn, be turned off as an act of...

16.01.2024 4

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Camila Batmanghelidjh was too good for this world

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12.01.2024 10

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We are still paying for Cameron and Clegg's disastrous coalition

The ITV drama Mr Bates vs The Post Office has generated political and social quakes not seen since the 1966 BBC TV play about homelessness, Cathy...

10.01.2024 9

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The truth behind Hamas’s birth has been forgotten

We cross into the new year and try to start afresh, leave all the bad stuff behind. As 2024 begins, such renewal feels foolish and delusional. Brutal...

03.01.2024 10

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£600 for a Christmas day dinner? Rip off Britain at its worst

I don’t feel at all merry, or full of festive cheer. Admittedly, the lead up to Christmas has always felt excessive, noisy, disconnected from its...

19.12.2023 10

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Watch out, Rishi Sunak – now white Britons are appalled by your cruelty too

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15.12.2023 10

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The starkest poverty for 60 years is hurting democracy

Christmas: the season of joy, peace, laughter, lights and trees, thankfulness, sharing, charitable giving, presents, carols, drinking and eating too...

13.12.2023 10

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Return the Elgin Marbles - for Britain's sake

You may think the row over the Parthenon Sculptures is old news. In fact, it is a canary down the coal mine, a harbinger of what’s to come....

05.12.2023 40

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