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Is it fair that we spend so much helping middle-class children into adulthood?

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There’s a common assumption that when the state gets involved in providing services or investment, it’s to act as a leveller. Whether it’s schools, hospitals or libraries, the job of government is to redistribute oppo...

How can an MP even think of excusing child abuse? Have we learned nothing?

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‘A British horror story” is the subtitle of Netflix’s two-part documentary on Jimmy Savile, released a couple of weeks ago. And what a horror story it is, recounting how Savile, one of Britain’s most notorious sex off...

The grim toll at Shrewsbury is a symptom of a public sector that doesn’t listen to its users

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At least 200 babies born at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS trust could have lived if their care had been better, including 131 who were stillborn and 70 who died soon after birth. Nine mothers also died avoidable deaths. ...

The public’s urge to help Ukrainians pitched them against the government’s miserly response

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There is a feeling of powerlessness that can quickly take hold when watching awful images from conflict zones in the comfort and security of your own home. Whether it’s in Kyiv, Damascus or Kabul, it’s hard to know ho...

Male violence against women is about so much more than toxic masculinity

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The murder of Sarah Everard by a serving police officer a year ago prompted a wave of national shock. Her brutal abduction, rape and killing pierced the public consciousness to such a degree that feminist campaigners ...

The Trojan Horse Affair: how Serial podcast got it so wrong

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Serial is one of the most downloaded podcasts in the world. Its first season, a true-crime whodunnit that became an instant hit had me hooked on its release eight years ago. So I was excited to tune into its new offer...

Question Time showed that you can’t counter anti-vax myths with cold reason alone

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How do you react when someone politely but firmly tells you that you’re talking nonsense about something that’s important to you? Do you gracefully and immediately give way to their greater expertise? Or do you double...

The hounding of author Kate Clanchy has been a witch-hunt without mercy

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A few years ago, when I was still getting to grips with the vagaries of Twitter, I inadvertently took part in a social media pile-on. Someone well known said something stupid and I enjoyed tweeting to that effect. But...

Royal or otherwise, sex abuse stories have a grim familiarity in the wielding of male power

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Things are not looking good for Andrew Mountbatten-Windsor, the Queen’s second son formerly known as His Royal Highness. Last week, a judge in New York rejected his attempt to get the sexual abuse lawsuit Virginia Giu...

It’s not the police’s job to shut down political debate. They should stick to solving crime

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A man gets a call from a police officer. He is told that, while he has done nothing criminal, his social media posts have offended someone, so the police have recorded them as a non-crime hate incident that may show u...

A dangerous lie is stalking the NHS: that it is no longer fit for purpose

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Each time I’ve gone for a Covid jab, I’ve walked out with a warm glow. It wasn’t just relief to have the protection, or awe at the scientific feats that were pulled off to get a vaccine in my arm, but a sense of natio...

Sometimes the most caring thing to do is to remove a child from their family

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Sometimes, a news report is so horrific you know it will haunt you forever. So it is with the story of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, the six-year-old tortured to death by his stepmother and father. Starved, poisoned with sal...

Selling sex is highly dangerous. Treating it like a regular job only makes it worse

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Last Monday, James Martin was sentenced to four and a half years in jail for killing Stella Frew. They had argued in his van, then he accelerated away with her hanging off its side, eventually running Frew over, causi...

Stirring stuff: 10 simple and delicious risotto recipes, from Anna Del Conte, Yotam Ottolenghi, Meera Sodha …

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Risotto is perfect food. Warm, starchy and comforting, it is one of the most versatile dishes the home cook can learn. It is an ideal first food for young children who don’t quite have it in them to chew yet and it’s ...

Romantic partner? Who needs one when it’s friends who truly help us get through life

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The importance of romantic love is drummed into us from early childhood. Popular culture and advertising conspire to tell us that there’s one route to a fulfilled life: finding the love of your life, who holds the key...

‘White feminists’ are under attack from other women. There can only be one winner – men

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Blaming women for the ills of the world might appear an odd feminist call to action. But an idea gaining traction is that the “white feminism” dominant in the United States and the UK is not only a driving force of so...

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