On the right track for the best railcard deal

I was offered a 10% reduction to renew … but it wasn’t such a good offer after allNational Rail offered me a 10% reduction if I ordered my railcard early online. I did so, and found that although my current card expires on 10 June, the new one only runs until 23 May 2014. I […]
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Bradley Manning’s WikiLeaks trial: what are the key issues at stake? | Ed Pilkington

The US soldier charged with ‘aiding the enemy’ is expected to be on trial for three months, starting todayAfter 1,100 days in military captivity, Bradley Manning finally goes to trial on Monday, for leaking a trove of state secrets to WikiLeaks.What is Manning charged with?The US soldier faces 21 counts flowing from the leaking of […]
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Is the timing right for an Australian republic? | Michelle Grattan

Malcolm Turnbull has suggested that the first step in a new attempt to get a republic should be an online plebiscite. But will the Australian public be swayed?Malcolm Turnbull, who for years after the 1999 referendum defeat was reluctant to talk about a republic, has now set out a detailed blueprint for achieving the goal, […]
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Michael Douglas says cunnilingus gives you cancer – but is he right?

Michael Douglas, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2010, says oral sex was the cause. But what’s the risk?Actors are often accused of being irritatingly reticent about their private lives – unwilling to satisfy fans’ and journalists’ curiosity about aspects of their life off the film sets.But that’s not something that can be said […]
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Why all seems quiet on the far-left front | Frankie Evans

The people who attend leftwing summits are still struggling with media relations – and with the notion of working-class ToriesWhat is happening left of Labour? Follow the regular papers and you might draw a blank. We glance regularly, and anxiously, over our right shoulders. I saw the EDL’s London protest this Monday – it was […]
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Now Ukip is gunning for Labour, what’s Ed Miliband going to do about it? | Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin

It’s a misconception that Ukip draws from the right: its biggest support is from Labour’s traditional – and disaffected – baseThis weekend the UK Independence party (Ukip) will enter a new stage in its strategic evolution. In a television broadcast the party, already the most successful challenger to the main parties in postwar English politics, […]
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How about some reality-based feminism? | Louise Mensch

While British feminists get bogged down in ‘privilege checking’, which changes nothing, their American cousins get organisedThis blog was inspired by two of my favourite feminist opponents on Twitter, @pennyred (the journalist Laurie Penny of the New Statesman and the Guardian) and @jonanamary, the activist, who was so delighted by my comment about her that […]
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UK ‘will not cave in’ on EU migrant benefits

Right-to-reside test, over which UK faces legal action from European commission, is vital and fair tool to protect benefits system from abuse, says DWPThe government has pledged to fight demands to ease restrictions on EU immigrants’ access to benefits, after the European commission said it was taking the UK to the European court of justice […]
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Woolwich attack: caution urged over crackdown on extremist websites

Theresa May’s comments prompt internet experts to warn that rush to ban websites would be crude and counterproductiveExperts have urged caution in the face of pressure on internet companies to remove extremist websites and calls by MPs and others for a clampdown on the dissemination of online jihadist rhetoric.The home secretary, Theresa May, said on […]
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