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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David Cameron – give the guy a break | Victoria Coren

The PM was right to go away. What could he have done to lessen the horror of Woolwich?Success for the prime minister, as his holiday shoes are applauded in the tabloid press!After last year’s controversial “black brogue incident” in Mallorca, Mr Cameron’s new navy sandals, unveiled in Ibiza last week, went down tremendously well.We know […]
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Nationwide helps first-time buyers with a record low 2.54% rate

But the mortgage is part of the government’s Help to Buy scheme which is new-build only, sparking fears it will fuel another housing market bubbleNationwide building society has launched the lowest-ever mortgage rate for first-time buyers, offering a rate of just 2.54% fixed for two years, available to borrowers with a deposit of just 5%.But […]
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John F Kennedy: ‘We all breathe the same air’

In June 1963, JFK made a speech that changed the outcome of the cold war. Fifty years on, modern politicians should follow his example of leading, not following, public opinionPresident Obama’s address to young people in Jerusalem in March was meant to be an uplifting call for peace. Yet there was one remarkably dispiriting line. “Speaking as a politician,” said […]
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UK retailers facing uphill struggle, says CBI

CBI healthcheck shows the steepest fall in sales since January 2012, while online sales fell for the first time since August 2011Britain’s retailers are facing their toughest trading conditions in almost 18 months as cash-poor consumers cut back on their spending, the CBI said.The monthly healthcheck of the high street from the employers’ organisation recorded […]
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Using the Star technique to shine at job interviews: a how-to guide

Here’s our guide to using the Star technique when answering questions in competency-based job interviewsThere are many types of interviews, from the free flowing to the formal, but one that you are likely to come up against at some point is the competency-based interview.They’re designed to make the job application process as objective as possible, […]
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Roulette machines: the crack cocaine of gambling

Fears are growing over the addictive nature of the roulette machines that keep bookies in business these days. Amelia Gentleman visits betting hotspot Slough and watches the punters’ £20 notes disappear into themThe biggest spender in Slough’s Roar betting shop on a slow Wednesday morning is a middle-aged British Asian man, carrying some belongings in a […]
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Property price rises stoke fears of a new housing bubble

House prices grew by 0.4% in May – the faster at any time in the past six years – figures from Hometrack showFears that George Osborne, the chancellor, is stoking a new housing bubble through plans to boost mortgages may be exacerbated by figures showing house prices grew faster in May than at any time […]
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After the McAlpine libel case, maybe we need a time limit on damages

Perhaps it’s time to impose a rule that the more quickly allegations are withdrawn, the lower the damages should beNo libel victim in memory has been cleared more comprehensively or swiftly than Lord McAlpine. A Newsnight bungle at the start of a single week was turned to overwhelming apologies by its end.McAlpine had a very […]
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