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The Virgin Suicides – Jeffery Eugenides

The Virgin Suicides – Jeffery Eugenides

Backbencher December 4, 2012 1

Taylor McGraa, The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides has quickly snuck its way into my fluctuating list of favoured novels. However, I will use that awful overused phrase and admit that yes, this book

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Reality Check

Reality Check

Daniel Pryor December 4, 2012 3

  Ask any admirer of Cuba to justify the existence of such a ‘brutal regime’ [1] and before long you will inevitably be referred to the socialist republic’s apparently glowing healthcare record. There are

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Train Fares: The Reasons Why The Cost Of A Ticket Is Anything But

Train Fares: The Reasons Why The Cost Of A Ticket Is Anything But

Backbencher December 3, 2012 1

Peter Taylor, Seldom does a month go by in the UK without a story about the rail network, whether it is contractual wrangling, the ‘wrong kind of snow/leaves/air’ or above the rate of inflation

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Free markets can protect the environment

Free markets can protect the environment

Oliver Demaine December 3, 2012 5

Oliver Demaine, Twitter: @oliverjdemaine   It seems to me, and other ‘nasty capitalists’ that the moment environmental or social problems occur in our national and international spectrum we move into this raging anti-capitalist, anti-prosperity, pro-Marxism

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Galloway and Jasper: The divisive politics of Respect

Galloway and Jasper: The divisive politics of Respect

Andrew Thorpe-Apps December 1, 2012 10

The Croydon North by-election, called after the death of Malcolm Wicks, took place on November 29. It was won comfortably by Labour’s Steve Reed. I am not a fan of Labour, but I found

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Is the Church behind the times

Is the Church behind the times

Jess Collett November 30, 2012 0

Oh dear, Church of England. So close, and yet so far. For those who have been outside the loop or just generally have a disinterest in matters of the church, the general synod of

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Society’s Last Taboo

Society’s Last Taboo

Jess Collett November 30, 2012 2

What is society’s last taboo? What is the one thing left that we are all uncomfortable discussing, that is so upsetting and hidden that there is almost an unwritten rule that we are not

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The ‘illegality’ of not enfranchising prisoners

The ‘illegality’ of not enfranchising prisoners

Joe Ferris November 30, 2012 3

The European Court of Human Rights has once again made a nuisance of itself, but this time, with serious political consequence. The ECHR has decided that prisoners deserve the vote. Parliament now has presented

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Paternalism With Beer Goggles; Minimum Alcohol Pricing

Paternalism With Beer Goggles; Minimum Alcohol Pricing

Lee Jenkins November 30, 2012 6

The Coalition Government have announced plans to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol, and a curtailing of drinks offers, most notably Buy-One-Get-One-Free’s much beloved by students and Happy Hour aficionados. The thinking behind the move

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The Weekly Report – 30/11/12

The Weekly Report – 30/11/12

Backbencher November 30, 2012 3

Andrew Thorpe-Apps reviews the week’s top stories. More than 800 homes were flooded after heavy rain and strong winds hit parts of England and Wales. However, it was estimated that about 20,000 homes were

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