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Costing the count

Costing the count

by Helen Thomas / 10 Nov 2014 14:55

As the Rochester & Strood by-election draws near, the financial markets remain nonplussed. As the Eurozone slides into deflation, Ebola cases rise, and oil plummets, there has been plenty to keep them entertained. Or rather, seriously concerned – October was widely regarded as a “bloodbath” for almost all hedge fund managers.  

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune for fund managers is usually not something that would bother Westminster very much. Nor does it usually matter very much for the 99%,

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Age-old problem

Age-old problem

04 Nov 2014 15:43

Members of the House of Lords aren't getting any younger.

According to latest figures from the Upper House's very own library, there are only two peers under the age of 40. At the other end of the scale, 29 peers have passed their 90th birthday, though 12 of those (of a total of 48) are on a leave of absence.

And when all 846 peers are totted up, that leaves an average age of just

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Win Hope tickets!

Win Hope tickets!

04 Nov 2014 15:13

Win a pair of tickets to see HOPE at The Royal Court Theatre!

“We live in an age of cuts. We are a working class town, that's our strength – and in the current climate, our weakness.”

How do you save 22 million pounds? Mark and Hilary, the leaders of the Council are about to find out.

Following the success of Let The Right One In and This is England ’86, Jack Thorne has written

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Muhammad Ali: a man of conviction and contradiction

Muhammad Ali: a man of conviction and contradiction

by Chris Evans / 04 Nov 2014 12:45

In a world where sport is big business, where every word uttered by an athlete is carefully stage managed – Muhammad Ali towers above them all. 

From the moment he burst on the scene proclaiming himself as ‘the greatest of all time’ to the silent, dignified figure who battles Parkinson Disease today, Ali was and is an enigma.

Here was a man who stood up for civil rights yet thought nothing of labelling Joe Frazier

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Uncomfortable Truths: the reality of modern day slavery in Britain

by David Downing / 03 Nov 2014 11:26

Like many others, I go about my daily business believing that slavery is something that only exists in history books – a dark chapter in our history which we closed for good in 1834 when the Slavery Abolition Act came into force. 

This three-minute film from The Unquiet Film Series, published by The Times, shatters the fantasy that slavery is a thing of the past and forces you to confront the issue of modern

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Win a DVD of the classic Animal Farm cartoon

Win a DVD of the classic Animal Farm cartoon

28 Oct 2014 16:56

To mark the 60th anniversary of its original release, a restored HD version of the classic British animation film Animal Farm has hit the shelves.

An adaptation of George Orwell's novel, the film was the first British feature length animation. 

Released yesterday on Blu-ray, DVD and iTunes, Total Politics is delighted to offer readers the chance to win a copy.

To enter the

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Win a pair of tickets to the British Museum's Ming exhibition

Win a pair of tickets to the British Museum's Ming exhibition

28 Oct 2014 15:49

The British Museum’s major show of the autumn, supported by BP, offers visitors the chance to discover a golden age in China’s history, when it was a global superpower run by one family. Between AD 1400 and 1450, the Ming dynasty established Beijing as the capital and built the Forbidden City. China also led the world in maritime expansion, absorbing many fascinating influences along the way. The exhibition will feature some of the most beautiful objects

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Win The Newsroom Season 2 on Blu-Ray + a TV presenting course!

Win The Newsroom Season 2 on Blu-Ray + a TV presenting course!

27 Oct 2014 15:06

To celebrate today's release of season 2 of The Newsroom on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download, Total Politics and HBO are giving one lucky person the chance to win a copy of the series on Blu-ray, plus a TV presenter training course at Pinewood Studios worth £950. For more information about the TV training course check out: http://tv-training.co.uk/ 

To win, simply answer the following question:

Which TV show is Newsroom writer Aaron Sorkin best known for?

Send

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Confessions of a political thriller writer

Confessions of a political thriller writer

by Emma Gray / 10 Oct 2014 16:17

Writing political fiction is, like any fiction, easier than writing fact; a disclaimer in the front and off you go. If you've got a taste for controversy like Hilary Mantel or Andrew Marr you can write about real-life people, living or dead, and more or less get away with it (in the legal sense, anyway). With fictional characters you may include a smattering of personality from different people, well-known or not, to create a monster

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The Lib Dem policy that left conference delegates glowing

The Lib Dem policy that left conference delegates glowing

by Charlotte Henry / 10 Oct 2014 10:23

Nick Clegg has put improving mental health care right at the heart of the Liberal Democrats general election campaign. In his conference speech, the Lib Dem leader fleshed out announcement that his party will boost mental health provision by £150m.

He said that “if you are waiting for talking therapies to help you with your depression, you will be seen within six weeks - 18 weeks at an absolute maximum - just as if you

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Moving beyond the classroom to tackle disadvantage

Moving beyond the classroom to tackle disadvantage

by Baroness Sally Morgan / 08 Oct 2014 11:56

You’d struggle to find a political figure more dedicated to tackling educational disadvantage than Baroness Sally Morgan. A qualified teacher, Morgan went on to play an important role in New Labour’s education programme and has since spent three years as Chair of Ofsted. She currently sits on a range of charity Trustee Boards including ARK, Future Leaders and Teaching Leaders. 

Now, as a Frontline Board member, Morgan is ‘moving beyond the classroom’ to help Frontline

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Simply Symbolic?

Simply Symbolic?

by Charlotte Henry / 07 Oct 2014 17:25

Political parties often use football as a bit of a, well, political football.  While many MPs like to be pictured with their local team, few politicos actually take policy governing our national game seriously. Today the Liberal Democrats had a motion discussing the beautiful game at their conference, highlighting many of the problems that blight it. One of the main issues they want to see tackled is homophobia in football.  The motion calls for homophobia

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