Columnists

Is our Corbyn strategy working?

By Daniel Finkelstein, August 25, 2016

Is it acceptable for a newspaper columnist to ask a question without being entirely sure of the answer? I hope so because that is exactly what I am going to try.

I want just to pause a second and ask if we are certain that our strategy towards Jeremy Corbyn is right.

Let me give you three incidents in the past week that have caused me to think hard.

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United in our golden nation

By Abigail Radnor, August 25, 2016

I've spent the past two weeks baffling my husband. We've just been through our first Olympics together and I've revealed a side he hasn't witnessed before as I've never really had much interest in sport.

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We subsidise mass murder

By Melanie Phillips, August 19, 2016

The claim by Israel's Shin Bet security service that a senior aid worker in Gaza diverted millions in aid money to Hamas caused shock and amazement around the world.

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Chakrabarti’s ultimate problem

By Jonathan Freedland, August 11, 2016

The first thing to say about Shami Chakrabarti's nomination for a peerage is that by any standards, and especially in comparison with many others who've received the honour, she merits it. I've long argued that Britain's second chamber should be elected, not appointed but, as the system stands, Chakrabarti is worthy of a place in the Lords.

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Why should I belong to a shul?

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2016

I am a lapsed Jew. I haven't taken to pork, or started partying on Friday nights. But right now, I'm not a synagogue member. Having joined as required when I married, our membership expired in the spring and since then we've ignored the entreaties to return to the fold.

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'Cool' about the consequences

By David Aaronovitch, July 28, 2016

This week, I caught a YouTube of the (now leathery and septuagenarian) American TV presenter Geraldo Rivera, with protesters outside the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. He had fallen among Palestine activists and was being given a hard time.

One woman shouted: "Free, free Palestine" in his ear, moving as he moved so as to maintain constant aural contact.

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Faith-based schools? Socialise, yes but learn first

By Miriam Shaviv, July 28, 2016

Should Jewish schools welcome non-Jewish students, or seek to exclude them? Our rabbis can't agree. In one corner, we have the United Synagogue's Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, arguing that the government should change the rule that free schools can allocate only 50 per cent of places on the basis of faith.

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When words change their meaning

By Emma Barnett, July 21, 2016

To me, it's the most natural statement in the world: "I'm a feminist." I can declare it lightly, freely and, crucially, with pride.

As should any right-minded individual, man or woman, who believes a person's gender should have no bearing on their treatment.

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Having a referendum was right

By Daniel Finkelstein, July 14, 2016

"Whether Mr Cameron was right to call a referendum on the European Union is an issue for historians to argue about". Well no, actually, I think we have to argue about it right now, if that's alright with you. You see I think the question matters right now. And matters to Jews. I think I'd better explain.

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What I learnt one summer

By Abigail Radnor, July 14, 2016

My first ever work experience was at Tatler magazine. Not the most natural fit for a Jewish girl from south Manchester and I have to admit I was somewhat surprised when I received a letter asking me to come for an interview for a two week placement.

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