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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

Patriot games: how toxic is the England flag today? — Just above the Spider-Man doll with its four limbs suckered to the bay window is what I've been looking for. A St George's flag. In the champagne-quaffing, wild boar carpaccio-munching, Tuscany-holidaying, Ocado-shopping, unacceptably leafy, patriotism-eschewing people's republic of Islington. Imagine! To be fair, it didn't take me long.

England flags, white vans and prejudice — I would like an opportunity to say what the England flag has meant to me for decades (Miliband pledge to white van man, 22 November). In the 60s, 70s and 80s, "Paki-bashing" was a common pastime among white people. Having eggs thrown at your door, stones at your window, or being spat on, was a part of life.

Labour must fight off these bogus Tory attacks on class — Ukip offers phoney solutions to genuine anxieties, but proves one thing: it's not who you are that matters in politics. That Nigel Farage, Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell are all privileged public school men matters not a jot to those drawn to their anti-immigration war cry.

Emily Thornberry’s tweet ‘patronising and jaw-droppingly condescending’ — Nick Clegg described the photograph tweeted last week by the former shadow attorney general as "drippingly patronising and jaw-droppingly condescending". Emily Thornberry resigned on Wednesday night after she tweeted an image of a house decked with St George flags, and with a white van in the driveway.

Nigel Farage is right - after Rochester all general election bets are off — It is not often that Nigel Farage finds himself at the centre of a political consensus, but he spoke for Westminster in his analysis of what Ukip's Rochester victory meant for the general election. "All bets are off," he declared. "The whole thing's up in the air."

Labour party at war over Emily Thornberry’s ‘snobby’ tweet — Labour has erupted into civil war over the "snobby" tweet sent by the sacked shadow attorney general, prompting senior MPs to warn that Ed Miliband's chances in the general election are being actively damaged by the fallout over the affair.

Rochester reveals new face of British politics - and it’s a lot like the old face — Labour's soul-searching about Ukip's triumph in Rochester started on Friday night with a warning by its election co-ordinator, Douglas Alexander, that a rising level of public anger built up over decades is transforming the "entire business model of UK politics".

Silly, sackable or a shame: voter verdicts on Emily Thornberry’s tweet — Raised on benefits, secondhand clothes and food parcels, Emily Thornberry joined the Labour party at the age of 17 because she believed that "it wasn't fair that things had been so hard".

Labour ‘founded for working people’, Miliband tells white van man — Ed Miliband was forced to issue a statement on Friday affirming that the Labour party was "founded for working people" as he moved to limit the political damage of a tweet by the former shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry of a picture of a house decked out in St George's flags.

The Emily Thornberry affair proves it: US-style culture wars have come to Britain — Emily Thornberry may be the first politician to quit over a single tweeted photograph that was not physically intimate, but she is not the first to get into trouble over flags and vans.
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Nov 26, 2014

Prix Goncourt winner Jonathan Littell on rethinking the refusal to pay ransom payments…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @PeterBradshaw1: "I'm a Queen's Counsel, and I'm telling you to make a right on 34th and head down Lexington you sweaty little git."

Nov 26, 2014

Bet there's some Westminster village talk about @jreedmp. Asked a sharp question at #pmqs. Expect him to get some media outings

Nov 26, 2014

A nod to his misspent youth. Cameron refers to Cheech and Chong. #pmqs

Nov 25, 2014

Congrats to @bengoldacre, named Science Commentator of the Year at #eiCA14. Ben, I have an award for you...

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