History is where the great battles of public life are now being fought| Tristram Hunt

From curriculum rows to Niall Ferguson’s remarks on Keynes, our past is the fuel for debate about the future The bullish Harvard historian Niall Ferguson cut an unfamiliar, almost meek figure last week. As reports of his ugly suggestion that John Maynard Keynes’s homosexuality had made the great economist indifferent to the prospects of future […]


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Cheers as Observer helps family win life insurance

Friends Life does U-turn on £100,000 life insurance payout to bereaved family of cancer sufferer The bereaved family of a man whose £100,000 life insurance claim was rejected has now been awarded the money, after their plight was publicised in The Observer. The newspaper reported last December on the case of Nic Hughes, who died […]


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Doubts over childcare ‘expert’ feted by Tories

Swede who briefed MPs on peril of pre-school daycare admits he has no academic degree A Swedish childcare “expert” who was called to brief MPs last month on the dangers of subsidised daycare has been attacked as “unscientific” and “unqualified” by the author of the main study on which he drew. Jonas Himmelstrand, the keynote […]


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