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Dear Nick Clegg, we need to talk about David Ward

By Daniel Finkelstein, November 29, 2013

Dear Deputy Prime Minister,

As I hope you know by now, I have great respect for you. I believe it took substantial courage and imagination to agree to the coalition deal and to see it through in the way that you have.

So I write now in full confidence of your goodwill and your willingness and ability to do what is right.

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The community's changing - the way we're represented must change too

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 22, 2013

The communal statistics for 2012 recently released by the Board of Deputies should come as no surprise to those who have kept a weather eye on the changing demographics of Britain’s Jewish populations.

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Netanyahu's dilemma over the Bank of China

By Melanie Phillips, November 22, 2013

Should a country ever sacrifice fundamental principles for the sake of its national economic interest?
This question has been raised in Israel over a landmark court case brought by families of suicide bomb victims against the Bank of China. The families accuse it of serving as a key conduit for money transfers to Hamas and Islamic Jihad through its branches in the US.

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Why we should mourn Denis MacShane’s fall from grace

By Martin Bright, November 22, 2013

What are we to make of Denis MacShane’s fall from grace? This week, the former Europe Minister pleaded guilty to filing nearly £13,000 of false expenses claims from his think tank, the European Policy Institute.

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Tariq Ramadan was an odd choice for the Orwell Prize lecture

By Martin Bright, November 15, 2013

When I first heard that Tariq Ramadan, the world’s most charming Islamist, had been invited to give the prestigious Orwell Prize lecture, I thought it was some kind of joke.

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Lou Reed's walk on the mild side

By Simon Round, November 15, 2013

I was very sorry to hear about the recent death of the legendary rock star Lou Reed — sorry but not surprised. This was, after all, a man who had inflicted such damage on his liver through his rock’n’roll lifestyle that the liver announced its retirement earlier this year and had to be replaced with a new one.

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Why Kristallnacht could happen anywhere

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 15, 2013

Jewish communities across the globe have been commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the name given to the orgy of pogroms visited upon the Jews of Germany and Austria in early November 1938.

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Germany must seek out owners of looted art

By Oliver Kamm, November 15, 2013

To the devoutly irreligious like me, the word “miracle” does not come easily. Yet two developments since 1945 might reasonably be described that way.

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One-upmanship? It gets me down

By Peter Rosengard, November 8, 2013

Last week, I was standing at the counter of my local café, just about to pay the bill for my breakfast, when I felt a tap on my shoulder.

I turned round to see Si, a friend who’s a famous TV pundit, about to sit down at a table.

“Hi Peter, sorry I can’t talk,” he said, taking out his laptop.

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Arsenal vs Spurs? It's Doves vs Hawks

By Jonathan Freedland, November 7, 2013

The plural of anecdote is not data, I know. A few random experiences do not a scientific sample make. I appreciate that, too. So I tread warily — not least because I am about to venture into territory where two of the most toxic divisions in our community converge. But here goes.

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