Arjem Choudary controversy sparks debate over TV censorship

Anti-terror law reviewer David Anderson QC says broadcasters should decide whether to show radicals on their channelsRadical speakers such as the Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary should not be banned from appearing on television, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation said on Wednesday.David Anderson QC, who reviews the government’s anti-terror laws, said it should be up […]
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Letters: Contributions to the welfare debate

The discussion of welfare by Ian Mulheirn (Comment, 27 May) and generally conflates two different payments. The first is illustrated by my state pension, which is based on 36 years of contributions (not on the 40 years I could have accumulated, had I not missed four years of national insurance payments). This and work pensions […]
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Google’s Eric Schmidt: change British law and we’d pay more tax

Executive chairman defends company’s ‘fiduciary responsibility’ in face of criticism and says ‘what we are doing is legal’Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, has continued to defend the company’s tax affairs, insisting it would comply with British law if it was changed and claiming to be perplexed by the debate.In a phrase less snappy than the […]
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Heckled but happy: the graceful star of gay marriage debate

Margot James endured a rough time as fellow MPs rebelled in parliament last week. But she bears no grudgesIf a career in diplomacy had attracted Margot James, it would no doubt have been a successful one. A gay member of parliament, she had to sit for two days amid the heckling and caterwauling of the […]
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Multinational tax avoiders had better beware the ‘unappreciative taxpayer’ | Simon Bowers

Tax professionals have long considered strategies within the letter of the law unimpeachable – but times are changingAs with many business leaders and tax professionals, the president of the CBI clearly feels a growing sense of frustration at the direction of the public debate over multinationals and their tax bills.”Tax avoidance cannot be about morality, […]
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At Google we aspire to do the right thing. So we welcome a debate on international tax reform | Eric Schmidt

The chairman of Google responds to criticism that companies such as his are not paying their fair share of taxesAt a time when families are having to tighten their belts and funding for vital public services is under pressure, corporate taxation is rightly a hot topic. And as a company that has always aspired to […]
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Where to park your bike? The question often missing from the cycling debate

Cycle infrastructure isn’t just about roads and junctions – it’s about homes and gardens too. What can councils do to help?In the recent flurry of local authority initiatives to promote cycling, the focus has been on junctions, cycle lanes, lorries and training. One question seems be almost totally neglected: “Where could I keep a bike?” […]
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Lives will be lost if government scraps standardised cigarette pack plans | Suzi Gage

If the rumours are true, scrapping standardised packaging will be a backwards step for public healthThe Sun and the Financial Times both reported on Thursday that David Cameron is to end his support for introducing standardised packaging of cigarettes, claiming that it would damage the packaging industry – although, according to the Grocer, the government […]
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Letters: Section 75 debate

The debate on the NHS section 75 regulations in the Lords and the vote on Wednesday should have been reported. By what possible criterion is it not important news? You have good economics coverage, but you also need regular, comprehensive coverage of what is happening to the NHS. This is a big political issue and […]
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