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21 February 2019 Lens on the Week UK LABOUR: Pandora’s box opened? The crack in the dyke? Is the Labour split the beginning of something bigger? Where the gang of seven (now eight, plus three Tories thrown in for good measure) have trod will others follow? It all depends if they can seize the initiative.
21 February 2019 Don Quixote in Cataluña The return of the Spanish archetype. By Neil Tidmarsh Just over a year ago, The Times chess correspondent Raymond Keene described the Catalan Opening as “a variation that is problematic for both sides. The advantages and disadvantages are so subtly nuanced that the slightest inaccuracy by White can
21 February 2019 Pity, Sympathy, Retribution? Rehabilitation or justice? By Lynda Goetz There has been much comment, speculation and discussion in the media, and presumably elsewhere, during the last week over the case of Shamima Begum. Now 19, she left the UK almost exactly four years ago in February 2015, with two other friends, to
21 February 2019 Here It Comes Again More US elections! By J R Thomas Casual observers of American politics could be forgiven for thinking that Ground Hog Day is not the half of it. Get one set of elections out of the way and before the posters are even recycled along comes another. The President
21 February 2019 Diary of a Corbynista Thoughts about Think Tanks by Don Urquhart 14 February The Big Issue highlights approaches to homelessness in Finland and Hungary. Juha Kaakinen runs the Housing First project in Finland which has all but eradicated rough sleeping in Helsinki. He says: The UK is very special for me because
21 February 2019 A Great Future The building blocks. By John Watson Disaster is a staple of the science fiction writer. A world destroyed or at least so messed-up that you cannot go onto the surface; humanity reacting to man-made disaster with a return to savagery or worse. People enslaved by a wholly malignant imperialism.
21 February 2019 Ignore Culture At your peril. By Richard Pooley Why don’t we take culture seriously? By “culture” I mean what we think of when we talk about cross-cultural differences between immigrants and natives or between the people of one country and another. Is it because we think it is absurd to believe that
21 February 2019 Letter to the Editors False Semitism? from Anthony Silver 20 February 2019 Dear Sir Today’s Times reported that Ian Austin MP criticised the Labour Party for readmitting Derek Hatton despite his tweet back in 2011 that “Jewish people with any sense of humanity need to start speaking out against the ruthless
21 February 2019 A tale of two Tartuffes by Adam McCormack Seeing the same play twice within a week might seem a little strange or indulgent. However, when the two versions are so different – and have widely different levels of success – it makes for an interesting examination of why some theatre works and