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Villains, scapegoats and the real bank-breakers

By Alex Brummer, July 2, 2015

Scarcely a week passes without disclosure of fresh scandal for Britain's banks. The image of the lenders has been battered and the reputation of those that ran them tarnished. The current management of Britain's largest bank, HSBC, was seriously damaged by disclosures of tax avoidance and evasion on a grand scale at its Geneva private bank.

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The isolation of art's true freedom fighters

By Lana Melman, July 2, 2015

The cultural boycott against Israel strikes at the heart of freedom of expression. The Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement seeks to rob the world of one of its most valued treasures - freedom of expression - one artist, one performance, one exhibit at a time.

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The queen visiting Belsen was a significant gesture

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, July 2, 2015

For us as proud British Jews, the visit of the Queen and Prince Philip to Bergen-Belsen was deeply significant.

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Ambassador Daniel Taub: a mix of charm and iron

By Dermot Kehoe, June 25, 2015

I first met Ambassador Taub shortly after I joined Bicom – the Israel advocacy group - and he had joined the Israeli embassy in London.

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Do we need a number to remember?

By Angela Epstein, June 22, 2015

Last night, I watched a recording of Manchester's recent communities-wide Yom Hashoah memorial presentation. As a member of the organising committee, I wanted to remind myself of what had been an astonishing event.

There were many reasons for this - not least the speakers who included Holocaust survivors and their families as well as veteran broadcaster, Jonathan Dimbleby.

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The best way to defend is not to attack

By Marc Cohen, June 18, 2015

When will they learn? In PR terms, it is the equivalent of a defender receiving the ball in his own penalty box, having a rush of blood to the head, turning to face his own goalkeeper, slipping, falling on his backside and prodding the ball into his own net.

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Brands must have faith and wake from their daze with atonement

By Robert Phillips, June 18, 2015

I am a Jewish atheist. Nearly four decades after my barmitzvah, I am beginning to understand the relevance of Yom Kippur and the need for formal atonement. Curiously, having spent years listening to rabbis of various institutional flavours, it was an archbishop who opened my mind.

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Giving the doctor short shrift

By Peter Rosengard, June 17, 2015

On Tuesday afternoon, I went for my annual Harley Street medical check up. I took a very small lift to the fourth floor, face to face with a very large lady in a very large hat with fruit on it: I was tempted to eat a banana. "I'm on my way to the Buckingham Palace Garden Party," she said.

"I think you might have taken a wrong turning." I said.

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Compose yourself, Daniel: an open letter

By Norman Lebrecht, June 11, 2015

Dear Daniel Barenboim,

Your last performance in London left me sleepless, and not in a good way. I was sorry to miss your new piano and the Schubert recitals, being out of town, but I watched on video your Edward W. Said lecture and it left me troubled and regretful, both at the wretched state of the world and at the irrational direction your inventive mind was taking.

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Religious broadcasting - the wave of creativity that is defying secularism

By Carol Gould, June 6, 2015

Many years ago, I had a testy conversation with a commissioning editor for what was called Religion and Talk. He is now a famous clergyman-broadcaster but at the time was at the helm of programming at one of the British television networks.

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