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Trident: the £25 billion white elephant, McSmith

Trident: the £25 billion white elephant

Yesterday’s debate in the House of Commons on whether to renew Trident did not produce many surprises, because most speakers were holding to well known positions

By | McSmith | Friday, 18 January 2013 at 12:24 pm

Daniel Finkelstein: pathetic and wrong, Eagle Eye

Daniel Finkelstein: pathetic and wrong

Fine column by Daniel Finkelstein in The Times today (pay wall). It is about how the Conservatives should deal with UKIP, and concludes that neither copying its policies nor insulting its supporters is likely to work.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 December 2012 at 5:30 pm

The Debate: Is checking up on a partner ever morally acceptable?, Notebook

The Debate: Is checking up on a partner ever morally acceptable?

This week Jools Oliver told a national newspaper that she regularly checks her famous husband Jamie Oliver’s phone and email accounts to make sure he is not being unfaithful. This was greeted with a storm of disapproval, but is checking your partner’s correspondence healthy behaviour within a relationship?

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 11 July 2012 at 10:03 am

The Debate: Do we have a culture of entitlement?, Eagle Eye

The Debate: Do we have a culture of entitlement?

The Prime Minister feels we have a “culture of entitlement” when it comes to welfare, and polling shows huge public support for a crackdown on benefit payments. But do many young people leave school expecting to be looked after financially? Do the wealthy elite expect to rule?

By | Eagle Eye, Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 27 June 2012 at 9:54 am

The debate: Sticks and stones – is it just banter?, Notebook

The debate: Sticks and stones – is it just banter?

Derogatory language is common among children, but is using terms that have undoubtedly negative connotations detrimental to how children will view minority groups, or are efforts to quell offensive language among school children futile, and a step too far?

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 20 June 2012 at 12:00 am

The Debate: Should we be doing more to combat climate change?, Notebook

The Debate: Should we be doing more to combat climate change?

Fifty years ago, few people cared about pollution, deforestation, whaling or the Ozone later. But even with an increasing awareness of issues concerning the environment, there is still a long way to go.
This week The Independent is looking at the successes and failures of the Green Movement at 50, with a series of blogs and features centred around the question: “Has the environment movement been a success?”

By | Notebook, Opinion, Science & Technology | Wednesday, 13 June 2012 at 10:44 am

The Debate: Should body image lessons be introduced in schools?, Notebook

The Debate: Should body image lessons be introduced in schools?

In response to the Reflections on Body Image report, MPs have recommended that school children take part in compulsory body image and self-esteem lessons.
With girls as young as five now worrying about their appearance and cosmetic surgery rates increasing by nearly 20% since 2008, there are fears that young people have worrying and unrealistic perceptions [...]

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 7 June 2012 at 3:00 am

The Debate: Are Cambridge students any more vile than your average British student?, Notebook

The Debate: Are Cambridge students any more vile than your average British student?

Cambridge students are having trouble keeping out of the press recently. Urinating in parks, spitting on working-class people and revealing their behinds in libraries – and that’s just this month. But is this all just normal university behaviour, or is Cambridge subject to penalisation in the press due to its prestigious position?

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 30 May 2012 at 4:00 am

The Debate: Should brothels be legalised?, Notebook

The Debate: Should brothels be legalised?

While some will hold the sex workers should be respected in their resistance to the upheaval, it is the argument surrounding the legalisation of prostitution that should come to the forefront of discussion with regards to the safety of sex workers. Should sex be regarded as a service that can be sold, with the legalisation of a safe space for those who choose to take part, and a crack down on those forced into prostitution? Mary Dejevsky makes the case for the legalisation of brothels, with Julie Bindel arguing that this would lead to the expansion of the industry.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 24 May 2012 at 3:00 am

The Debate: Should Amazon be selling Nazi flags?, Eagle Eye

The Debate: Should Amazon be selling Nazi flags?

If it isn’t already top of your search engine, we’ve noticed that Amazon are selling Nazi flags on the site. At the bargain price of £6.44, comments mocking the items have appeared in reviews on the site. But should flags that represent a racist and offensive ideology be up for sale? John Rentoul and Matthew Bell open the debate.

By | Eagle Eye, Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 16 May 2012 at 1:23 pm

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