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Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'I'm Up For A Fight'

(0) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (01:26)

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 23 July 2014...

1) 'I'M UP FOR A FIGHT'

I've done a (long) profile of Ed Miliband's 'secret weapon', Cambridge-educated lawyer Justine Thornton, based on a series of conversations with friends of the couple, shadow cabinet ministers, pollsters -...

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Nine Things the Israeli Ambassador Conveniently Didn't Say About Gaza

(69) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (12:22)

The suffering in Gaza continues unabated. The strip is blockaded from land, sea and air and bombed from land, sea and air. The death toll has climbed past 550, including at least 100 Palestinian children.

Yet, still, silver-tongued Israeli officials continue to take to the airwaves to...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Miliband Takes On The Israelis

(0) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (01:20)

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 22 July 2014...

1) MILIBAND TAKES ON THE ISRAELIS

Ed Miliband hasn't had much to say about Israel's bombardment, and ground invasion, of Gaza and the mounting civilian death toll inside the strip - until, that is, yesterday.

On a trip...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Dave Vs Vlad

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2014 | (02:42)

The five things you need to know on Monday 21 July 2014...

1) DAVE VS VLAD

The shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane, MH17, and the growing geopolitical crisis between Russia and the West, continues to dominate most of the front pages.

The Mail splashes on: "PM: We'll...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Made In Moscow?

(34) Comments | Posted 19 July 2014 | (22:24)

The five things you need to know on Sunday 20 July 2014...

1) MADE IN MOSCOW?

The shooting down of flight MH17 dominates the front pages of the Sunday papers.

The Mail Sunday, for example, refers to Vladimir Putin as a "terrorist" in its splash headline.

The...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Was Putin Behind The 'Act Of Terror'?

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2014 | (08:15)

The five things you need to know on Friday 18 July 2014...

1) WAS PUTIN BEHIND THE 'ACT OF TERROR'?

Yesterday, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine. 298 people are dead, including nine British passengers. The Ukrainian government is calling it an '"act of terror".

So, was...

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Mehdi's Minute: On Cameron's Reshuffle, Gove's Demotion and Juncker's High Five

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2014 | (00:00)

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on David Cameron's reshuffle of 'pale, stale males'; the demotion of Michael Gove to chief whip; and the 'high five' between Cameron and his nemesis, Jean Claude Juncker?

Here's the political week in 60 seconds - before we take our summer break.

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Justine Miliband Profile: Could Ed's Wife Turn Out To Be His 'Secret Weapon'?

(26) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (13:43)

At a recent summer drinks party for high-profile Labour supporters, it wasn't Ed Miliband's speech that wowed the crowd. It was his wife's.

"I am trying to change the world through the law," Justine Thornton, aka Mrs Miliband,...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire

(0) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (00:58)

The five things you need to know on Thursday 17 July 2014...

1) LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE

You can tell a general election is around the corner. From the Times:

"Labour accused David Cameron of lying about its tax plans after he claimed that the party would...

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We Single Israel Out Because We in the West Are Shamefully Complicit in Its Crimes

(110) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (00:00)

Seventeen members of a single family wiped out in a missile strike. A centre for disabled people bombed. Schools and mosques attacked. Operation Protective Edge has been a humanitarian disaster for the residents of Gaza. This, apparently, is how Israel defines "self-defence".

The experts disagree. The UN's top human rights...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Bottom Of The Class

(0) Comments | Posted 15 July 2014 | (23:15)

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 16 July 2014...

1) BOTTOM OF THE CLASS

Well, when they said it'd be a major reshuffle they weren't kidding. A new foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, and a new defence secretary, Michael Fallon. Plus two new women cabinet ministers, Nicky Morgan...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Massacre Of The Moderates'

(1) Comments | Posted 15 July 2014 | (08:03)

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 15 July 2014...

1) 'MASSACRE OF THE MODERATES'

That's Labour's take on the David Cameron reshuffle, which kicked off last night, with the departure from government of a large group of Tory moderates and modernizers including William Hague, Ken Clarke, Andrew...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: It's Reshuffle Monday

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (00:13)

The five things you need to know on Monday 14 July 2014...

** GERMANY ARE THE WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS! **

1) IT'S RESHUFFLE MONDAY

Dave is getting ready to reshuffle his cabinet - for the first time since 2012. And it's going to be a good day for the double...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Was Maggie Involved In Paedo Cover-up?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 July 2014 | (09:22)

The five things you need to know on Sunday 13 July 2014...

1) WAS MAGGIE INVOLVED IN PAEDO COVER-UP?

From the Sunday People:

"Margaret Thatcher personally covered up child abuse allegations made against one of her senior ministers, according to explosive new claims. The Tory Prime Minister is...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Was There A Paedo 'Chum-ocracy'?

(1) Comments | Posted 11 July 2014 | (00:31)

The five things you need to know on Friday 11 July 2014...

1) WAS THERE A PAEDO 'CHUM-OCRACY'?

From the Sun:

"The Westminster elite 'protected their own' on child sex abuse for years, a Government whip declared yesterday. Claire Perry hit out amid growing fears a paedo...

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Charles Clarke: 'Neil Kinnock Had Far More Qualities Than Ed Miliband As A Leader'

(6) Comments | Posted 10 July 2014 | (15:01)

Charles Clarke is running late for our interview. "I'll be there in three minutes," reads his text to me. Eight years after being sacked from the government and four years after losing his seat in parliament, Clarke is a busy man....

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: To Strike Or Not To Strike?

(0) Comments | Posted 10 July 2014 | (01:22)

The five things you need to know on Thursday 10 July 2014...

1) TO STRIKE OR NOT TO STRIKE?

Isn't it odd that the Tories say they support the right to strike but never support any actual strikes? From the Telegraph's splash:

"A million pupils face being turned...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Open Up Your 'Dirt Books'

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2014 | (23:14)

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 9 July 2014...

1) OPEN UP YOUR 'DIRT BOOKS'!

Will we see full disclosure? From the Times:

"Westminster’s main parties were last night forced to agree to review their whips’ 'dirt books' and disclose any evidence of child abuse....

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Up To 20 'Establishment' Paedophiles? Really?

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2014 | (08:28)

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 8 July 2014...

1) UP TO 20 'ESTABLISHMENT' PAEDOPHILES? REALLY?

From the Daily Mail:

"Failure to report suspected child sex abuse could become a criminal offence, Theresa May revealed yesterday. The Home Secretary's announcement came as, bowing to growing...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: A Big Political 'Cover Up'?

(0) Comments | Posted 7 July 2014 | (00:21)

The five things you need to know on Monday 7 July 2014...

1) A BIG POLITICAL 'COVER UP'?

This is starting to get stomach-churning. From the Times:

"The Home Office has been accused of sitting on evidence of child abuse involving political figures for up to 35 years.

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