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Capital

This week BBC1 premiered a new ‘contemporary’ drama series set in the heart of South London. The familiar hallmarks of life south of the river are plain to see: rocketing house prices, overcrowded tube trains, struggling migrants, and the high-rise sites of the City in the looming skyline. The action takes place on Pepys Road […]

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BBC Radio Four: In Pod We Trust

BBC Radio Four has launched a stylish and timely new radio series dedicated to podcasting from around the world. Presented by the articulate and cheery Miranda Sawyer, In Pod We Trust aspires to share the best and most memorable international podcasting. With the explosion in both the circulation and quality of podcasts over the past […]

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BBC Radio 6 Music: Paperback Writers

BBC 6 Music’s Paperback Writers returned to the airwaves this week, diving into the musical influences of some of the UK’s most successful and best-selling novelists. Think Desert Island Discs but with a twist. The interviewees in Paperback Writers are not just put in the hot seat to discuss their favourite music, but they also […]

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The Palestinians were not to blame for the Holocaust

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that the Holocaust was not the result of any deliberate plan on the part of Nazi Germany, nor a result of what historians have called unthinking ‘cumulative radicalisation’. Instead, Netanyahu declared the mass-murdering of the Jewish population of Europe only took place at the insistence of a […]

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Expanding Heathrow is not in our best interests

Rival candidates for London Mayor all joined forces last weekend at a protest in Parliament Square in condemning plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport, and they were brave and correct to do so. You do not have to be a green-fingered environmentalist to fear mass air pollution in a capital already choking from […]

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Assisted Dying Bill’s death: a victory for decency?

The defeat of the Assisted Dying Bill in Parliament last week marked a victory for human decency, moral urgency, and political imagination. Voted down in the House of Commons by a convincing 330 to 118 votes, the bill was just one of many similar attempts at legalizing the right to die for the disabled and […]