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The liberty of Thom Yorke and continental cheeses

The liberty of Thom Yorke and continental cheeses

by Sadie Smith / 12 Dec 2011 15:27

I live my life in a state of permanent confusion.

After about ten years in this game, I’ve just about mastered the basics; what a Statutory Instrument is, where the toilets are, and that inmates should avoid “fish and chip Friday” like the plague. But Parliament is a confusing place and if the staircases don’t move – both literally and figuratively – in a similar manner to those at Hogwarts, then it feels

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The eurozone's fiscal marathon

The eurozone's fiscal marathon

by Nik Darlington / 06 Dec 2011 10:33

Last week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer acknowledged – in public! – that he would no longer be able to achieve what he and the coalition government had set out to achieve: tackle the deficit in one Parliament. This was big news. However, the consensus across press seemed to be that he ‘played a bad hand well’. But Osborne didn't just play a bad hand well. He arrived at the House of Commons with

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Have we been acting like Basil Fawlty over Europe?

Have we been acting like Basil Fawlty over Europe?

by Alexander Wickham / 22 Nov 2011 11:43

Last week Tim Montgomerie made a particularly cogent point about how the British media has been reporting the eurozone crisis.

In light of the increasingly important role of Angela Merkel and the German government, the ConHome editor implores: ‘can we talk about Germany without resorting to World War II imagery?’

This is a question that merits considerable thought. Have our newspapers and commentators been justified in their suspicion of German motives

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