Publication: New Statesman

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What’s the secret to a long and happy relationship? Disagree about everything

I went to the cinema this week with my friend Emma Kennedy to see the Wes Anderson film. He only makes the one – the one in which the characterisation consists of giving an actor glasses and a moustache, the plot is someone telling you what happened in ... [Published New Statesman - 12 hours ago]
First reported Apr 17 2014 - Updated Apr 18 2014 - 1 reports

Labour hires David Axelrod as senior strategic adviser

Many in Labour were disgruntled when the Tories recruited Barack Obama's former adviser Jim Messina as a campaign consultant last summer - but Ed Miliband has just unambiguously trumped that appointment. In a political coup, the party has secured the ... [Published New Statesman - Apr 17 2014]
First reported Apr 18 2014 - Updated Apr 18 2014 - 1 reports

Axelrod's appointment shows Labour is planning a radical campaign

David Axelrod's alliance with Ed Miliband is the perfect match of message and messenger. Labour gains a comms guru with soundbite skill and strategic insight whilst Axelrod has the chance to work once again for a candidate who embodies his own political ... [Published New Statesman - Apr 18 2014]
First reported Apr 18 2014 - Updated Apr 18 2014 - 1 reports

Blurring the lines

When Amy’s vision began to deteriorate it was a very frightening and anxious time for her. The cause of her sight loss was unknown, leaving her with many unanswered questions and uncertainty about life, not least regarding her ability to maintain her ... [Published New Statesman - Apr 18 2014]
First reported Apr 18 2014 - Updated Apr 18 2014 - 1 reports

Welcome to the age of synthetic biology – it’s all about yeast

Evolution’s retirement plan has been 3.6 billion years in the making. With the appearance of the modern human being, we now have an organism that can take over from natural processes and engineer biology in entirely new ways. Welcome to the age of synthetic ... [Published New Statesman - Apr 18 2014]
Entities: Yeast, Craig Venter, Genome
First reported Apr 18 2014 - Updated Apr 18 2014 - 1 reports

Who actually owns your selfies?

Samsung’s PR team loves  it when celebrities take  selfies using the company’s  newest smartphones. So when the Boston Red Sox visited the White House on 1 April and the player David Ortiz snapped a cheeky selfie with Barack Obama, Samsung’s US team quickly ... [Published New Statesman - Apr 18 2014]
First reported Apr 18 2014 - Updated Apr 18 2014 - 1 reports

The Ched Evans case shows that the “ruined life” narrative is just another way to blame the victim

Ched Evans is a convicted rapist. He’s also a professional football player with a life to lead following his release from prison, due this coming October. Perhaps it’s not surprising that there have been reports that he’ll be re-joining his old club Sheffield ... [Published New Statesman - Apr 18 2014]
First reported Apr 18 2014 - Updated Apr 18 2014 - 1 reports

Welcome to Militant England

Seeing red: the flag of St George has become more than just the mark of football supporters. Photo: Magnum PhotosThe Palm Bay estate in Cliftonville is a picture of English respectability in white paint and red brick. Detached bungalows with modest front ... [Published New Statesman - Apr 18 2014]
First reported Apr 18 2014 - Updated Apr 18 2014 - 1 reports

H G Wells: “It seems to me that I am more to the Left than you, Mr Stalin”

Portrait of Josef Stalin (1933) by Isaak Izrailevich. Image: Bridgeman Art LibraryIn 1934, H G Wells arrived in Moscow to meet Soviet writers interested in joining the international PEN Club, of which he was then president. While there, Stalin granted ... [Published New Statesman - Apr 18 2014]
First reported Apr 17 2014 - Updated Apr 17 2014 - 1 reports

The Returning Officer: Camels

In 1916, the Imperial Camel Corps was formed to suppress pro-Turkish tribes in Egypt and later saw service in Palestine. At least two MPs fought with the ICC. John Henry “Jack” Jones was Labour MP for Bolton (1945-50) and Rotherham (1950-62), having been ... [Published New Statesman - Apr 17 2014]
First reported Apr 17 2014 - Updated Apr 17 2014 - 1 reports

Pro-life organisations are sneaking in to the lives of vulnerable women

Allow me to introduce you to Ella. Ella's pregnant, but she's scared about how her abusive partner, “who can be so sweet sometimes”, will react. “Instead of joy, she feels only terror,” says a video made by Life, a pro-life charity. “It’s all my fault. ... [Published New Statesman - Apr 17 2014]
First reported Apr 17 2014 - Updated Apr 17 2014 - 1 reports

Young creatives continue to flock to the capital, despite all the reasons not to

For decades, the assumption has been for creative talent to move to the capital where the streets are paved of gold and “hot sex” abounds (thank you, Mr Gove). Think of pretty much any young, cool, creative person and you can almost guarantee that at ... [Published New Statesman - Apr 17 2014]

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...that while Mitt Romney had led on "handling the economy"(51-44%) and "reducing the federal budget deficit" (51-37%), Obama had led on understanding "the economic problems ordinary people in this country are having" (51-43%) and on "looking out for the middle class" (51-40%)...
...One former shadow cabinetcabinet minister told me: "People still don't have a clear idea of what we would do differently in government. We're not generating the enthusiasm we need a year before an election."
...He's issued a statement through The Honesty Policy  saying: "I'm delighted to see the outcome of the Happy British Muslims video, which has unlocked a remarkable tide of goodwill around the world, and significantly tilted the image of Muslims among many sceptics. Islamophobes must be grinding their teeth to see Muslims of different races and age-groups united by happiness. No-one will produce a Sharia argument against jumping for joy!"
...He added in the 2008 interview with the Guardian : "That sums up a lot of people in the Church of England. We are racked with doubts, but sort of fundamentally believe, but don't sort of wear it on our sleeves or make too much of it. I think that is sort of where I am."

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