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Mrs Cohen's Diary: revealed - my gefilte fish diet

By Mrs Cohen, February 13, 2014

* I’m so excited about going to the Baftas this weekend, particularly as I will be able to catch up with my distant relatives the Coen brothers. I absolutely loved Inside Llewyn Davis but I am nervous to meet its creators simply because I can never remember which one is which. I think it works a bit like Ant and Dec in that Ethan always sits on the left – or is that Joel?

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Don't criminalise racism - disrespect it

By Oliver Kamm, February 13, 2014

In a parliamentary debate last week, Yasmin Qureshi, a Labour MP, compared the position of Palestinians in Gaza to the plight of Jews in the Holocaust. It was “quite strange”, she said, that the Israeli government was “complacent and happy” for Palestinians to be treated like “Jews who suffered genocide”.

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Mrs Cohen's diary: Woody's woes

By Mrs Cohen, February 7, 2014

* I’ve been on a mercy mission this week. Woody Allen called me in a state over the abuse allegations that are threatening to derail the Oscars for him. Woody thinks of me as a kind of second therapist. Actually, I had warned him about getting involved with Mia Farrow in the first place and I predicted all the unnecessary fuss when Woody married his daughter.

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Our schools aren't all that bad, Mr Gove

By Simon Round, February 7, 2014

I have some good news for Michael Gove. The Education Secretary has been calling for state secondary schools to provide a standard of education worthy of Winchester or Eton despite the cuts his government has imposed, which means they have to do so so on around £20,000 less per child than the top public schools.

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Do we really need Cameron's Holocaust Commission?

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 7, 2014

Last September, Prime Minister David Cameron launched a Commission on the Holocaust, which Jewish Leadership Council head Mick Davis had graciously consented to chair. Last week, Cameron announced the names of other members of this august body. Top of the list is the actress Helena Bonham Carter, whose maternal grandfather had saved hundreds of Jews during the second world war.

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Scarlett, soda and Samaria

By Melanie Phillips, February 6, 2014

Rarely can the off-screen performance of a Hollywood star have had such a galvanic effect upon the morale of a besieged group of people.

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Why toilets drive me round the bend

By Peter Rosengard, January 31, 2014

The news last week that millions of Flushmate (model 111 ) toilets in the US are being recalled because they can explode, not only sent tremors down the toilet world but it’s also worrying for the 300 million Americans who go to the toilet.

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Mrs Cohen's diary: Scarlett sticks with Sodastream - I told her to do that

By Mrs Cohen, January 31, 2014

* I am not one for early mornings so I was a little put out when the phone went at ridiculous o’clock a few days ago. Sodastream are panicking about my friend Scarlett. She is appearing in a Sodastream advert but is also associated with Oxfam, which wants her to cut links with the company because its factory is a tiny bit the other side of the Green Line.

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Is there such a thing as a Jewish vote?

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 31, 2014

Earlier this week, Theos, a London-based think-tank, published a major study entitled Voting and Values in Britain: does religion count?

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Peter Hain's one-state solution is a sobering vision

By Jonathan Freedland, January 30, 2014

If you want to know what a politician really thinks, wait till he or she leaves office. It’s when politicians no longer have to court votes, or worry about party discipline, that they finally speak their true mind.

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