Issues

No orchids for Mr Brand

No question the hottest story of the week has been Brandgate, pushing Robert Peston and the recession off the front pages and onto the backburner. Things moved fast today when the BBC announced first the suspension of Brand and co-broadcaster Jonathan Ross, then Brand’s resignation. The fate of Ross remains unknown but Brand was always …

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Held to account

Ever been without a bank account? With the turbulence on the global financial markets over the past few days, not having a bank account probably seems like a pretty good idea. BBC Magazine looked at the difficulties of surviving in modern society on cash alone. The story touched only briefly on the concept of so-called …

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Dirty old town

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford”, Samuel Johnson famously wrote in 1777. I am neither a man nor tired of life, but I tired of London a long time ago. Leaving London was one of my better ideas. I’ve …

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The invisible older woman

It’s not been a good week this week if you are female and over 30. First, the news broke that newsreader Selina Scott is to bring an age discrimination claim against Channel 5, as yet another older woman vanishes off our screens, as Joan Bakewell so eloquently wrote yesterday. Today, the latest report on the …

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Why it's not grim up north

If you’ve been following the news the last couple of days, you’re no doubt aware of the Cities Unlimited report published by Policy Exchange. A Tory think-tank, Policy Exchange has been ridiculed even by David Cameron for the absurdity of its proposals, such as how northerners should all move south because otherwise we’re doomed to …

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