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Executive Editor, Opinion and Columnist — Guardian

Executive Editor, Opinion and columnist at the Guardian, presenter of BBC R4's The Long View and writer of thrillers under the name Sam Bourne

Cuts without reform put the public at risk

theguardian.com — Public safety isn't just a challenge for policing. A range of partners is involved: emergency services, criminal justice, local authorities, the third sector, business and, critically, the public itself. Regardless of the general election outcome, we are all looking at years of more austerity and shrinking budgets.

Pension tax relief cut could cost higher earners thousands

theguardian.com — The widely trailed capping of pension tax relief will see the maximum amount anyone can pay into a pension over a year and still qualify for tax relief fall from £50,000 to £40,000. Combined with a cut in the maximum "lifetime limit" for pension savings from £1.5m to £1.25m, the move will save the Treasury £1bn.

CIA torture: Homeland and 24 make great TV, but they’re no way to govern

theguardian.com — Reality rushes in where fiction fears to tread. The events of the real world constantly outstrip even the most creative maginations. As Philip Roth famously complained, "The actuality is continually outdoing our talents" - contriving situations that few novelists would dare offer, lest they seem outlandish and far-fetched.

George Osborne accused of giving tax breaks to Tories’ oil industry donors

theguardian.com — George Osborne has been accused of using his autumn statement to give tax breaks to Tory supporters as it emerged that several companies run by Conservative donors stand to benefit from a more generous tax regime on the profits of the oil industry.

George Osborne may live to regret his rush towards Wigan pier

theguardian.com — It's on the edges of living memory now, but in the folk memory it lives on. The very words - the 1930s - instantly evoke poverty and the Great Depression. Slum housing, queues for food, dirt-faced workers, children without shoes.

Alastair Campbell: Gordon Brown was brilliant but a nightmare to work with

theguardian.com — Gordon Brown might have been a better prime minister in an era not so driven by the 24-hour media, Alastair Campbell, the former Labour spin doctor, has said. As Brown announced he was standing down as an MP, Campbell said his former colleague was a titan of politics but could be a "nightmare to work with".

Parties should not be brands, Brown says as he prepares to quit as MP

theguardian.com — Gordon Brown has announced that he is standing down as an MP at the next election, denouncing the trend towards politics as marketing and saying he wished to renew his "commitment to public service".

Gordon Brown: without winning an election, he has left a legacy greater than Tony Blair’s

theguardian.com — Even at the end, he still had them talking. For the best part of a quarter century, Gordon Brown has had the political press corps either scratching its collective head, trying to divine his latest tactical gambit, or else making a gag at his expense.

Does Britain really want to be the country nobody would migrate to?

theguardian.com — In 2011, I interviewed a Polish barista in a Starbucks: it wasn't about what had brought him to London, nobody was obsessed with that then. It was about what life was like in Krakow. But those two things are, necessarily, related: he told me how much a kilo of sugar was, and how long you'd have to wait for a bus.

Owen Paterson: immigration issue cannot wait for EU renegotiation

theguardian.com — Owen Paterson, the Conservative former environment secretary, has cast doubt on David Cameron's ability to deliver the EU-wide immigration reforms he proposed in his long-awaited speech on Friday. Paterson said that it looked as if the government had been "sat on by the Germans" and complained that relying on an EU renegotiation to address the immigration issue could take too long.
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Dec 18, 2014

UN global education envoy Gordon Brown on the particular horror we feel at a school massacre theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Dec 18, 2014

A reminder that JK Rowling writes exclusively in today's Guardian: it's time we left orphanages to fairy tales theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @juliaioffe: Obama was wearing a tuxedo at a black tie dinner—and someone asked him to get them coffee. talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/obama…

Dec 17, 2014

JK Rowling writes exclusively for the Guardian: it's time we left orphanages to fairy tales theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Dec 17, 2014

More insider revelations from the UK political story of the year: our @gdnlongread on the battle for Scotland theguardian.com/news/2014/dec/…

Dec 16, 2014

He's right. RT @chrisdeerin: This Guardian long read on the indyref is superb and full of juicy new stuff theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Dec 15, 2014

@ProfTomkins but Cameron linked them, implying vow's implementation would be at same time - and therefore contingent - on passing Evel.

Dec 15, 2014

@ProfTomkins Danny Alexander quotes suggesting Cameron's remarks gave Nats a fresh agenda, claiming vow broken etc, seem fairly persuasive

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