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post 28 August 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Could an independent heart outweigh a sceptical economic mind?

Of the big macro issues - banking, debt, oil and the pound - the most critical is banking. But a desire to reject free markets, privatisation and high inequality will also play its part.

post 28 August 2014
Read more on Simon Israel's blog Tory net migration pledge remains an elusive dream

Today's immigration figures showed an increase of 68,000 people coming to the UK, meaning it is almost impossible for the Conservatives to honour their election pledge to bring down net migration.

article 28 August 2014 UK
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Who runs Britain? Probably not the likes of you, says report

Britain is "deeply elitist" and top roles in society are dominated by Oxbridge graduates, according to a report.

post 28 August 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Ukraine: is Mariupol the new front in separatist war?

The chimneys of Mariupol - where one the the biggest integrated steelworks in the world dominates the city skyline outside for miles - the new strategic significance in Ukraine.

post 28 August 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog By-election headache for Cameron as Tory MP defects to Ukip

Senior Tories were thrilled to see Ukip disappearing from the media not long after the European Elections - but a by-election circus in Essex gives them another sustained burst of publicity.

article 28 August 2014 Politics
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Defection of Tory MP to Ukip 'self-defeating' - Cameron

Conservative Party MP Douglas Carswell resigns as an MP and defects to Ukip, saying principles are more important than political careers. David Cameron describes his departure as "deeply regrettable".

article 28 August 2014 UK
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Rotherham: Shaun Wright quits Labour but not PPC role

South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright resigns from the Labour Party - but insists he will not leave his post.

post 27 August 2014
Read more on Matt's blog: Matt Frei Why there are fewer jihadis from the US than Britain

The authorities think that America has spawned several dozen jihadis as opposed to Britain's several hundred. This is because America has a totally different relationship to its ethnic minorities.

article 27 August 2014 World, Ukraine
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'Roadmap' for peace? Ukraine to seek ceasefire after talks

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promises to work on an urgent ceasefire plan with Russia's Vladimir Putin to defuse the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.