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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

Stern fellows remember Ben Bradlee: 'Like everyone else, I was in awe of him'

theguardian.com — Of the many legacies of the late Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, perhaps none has had so great an impact on British journalism as the Laurence Stern fellowship. The fellowship, which welcomes a young British journalist for an internship at the Post each summer, was established following the death in 1979 of its namesake editor, a top newsroom talent and one of Bradlee's closest friends.

Isis and Ebola: the twin threats that reveal our impotence

theguardian.com — They are dark, unseen enemies, come from far away - and they are scaring us witless. Isis is not a disease, and Ebola is not a terror organisation. But fear is their common currency: intentional for one, inevitable for the other.

Divisions between Nigel Farage and Douglas Carswell reinforced in Clacton

theguardian.com — Wide-ranging policy and cultural differences between Nigel Farage and Douglas Carswell, which are likely to dog Ukip before the general election, were highlighted as the leaders of the insurgent political force embarked on a chaotic walkabout through Clacton-on-Sea.

Nigel Farage is the Captain Mainwaring of our time

theguardian.com — Not sure about Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring. I'm not convinced he has the face for that permanent look of puffed-up exasperation. Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson feels right: they share the same faded elegance. I can see Nighy matching John Le Mesurier's patient forbearance sigh for sigh.

Scrapping human rights law is an act of displaced fury

theguardian.com — It's the spelling mistake that gives the game away. Like a twist in a fine legal thriller, a single misplaced letter in the Conservatives' newest policy document, announcing a plan to scrap the Human Rights Act, reveals the true nature of the exercise.

Jonathan Freedland on antisemitism: Britain's Jews don't necessarily support what Israel does - video

theguardian.com — Jonathan Freedland speaks about the separation of Jewishness and Zionism

Steve Bell draws David Cameron's keynote speech - video

theguardian.com — Steve Bell gives his impression of the prime minister during his keynote address at his party's annual conference in Birmingham

David Cameron has fired the election starting gun

theguardian.com — The phoney war is over. The campaign for 2015 has begun. On Wednesday, in what may well have been his sharpest, most effective speech since becoming prime minister, David Cameron fired the starting gun. In the process, he lodged at least a couple of deadly bullets into the flesh of his Labour opponents.

Ed Miliband: coherent and together - but still not yet looking the part | Jonathan Freedland

theguardian.com — Politics is a cruel business. If a party leader offers a series of individual policies, the critics howl that he's serving up a laundry list, lacking any overarching narrative. But provide an overarching narrative, as Ed Miliband did in Manchester on Tuesday, and the natterers in the stalls yawn, complaining that what they really wanted was a policy firework, a gamechanger like last year's promise to cap energy bills.

What Scotland Won

nybooks.com — In the end, Scotland said no. Asked a six-word question-"Should Scotland be an independent country?"-voters there joined the very small club of nations who, when offered a state of their own, declined.
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Oct 22, 2014

Stern fellows remember Ben Bradlee: 'Like everyone else, I was in awe of him' gu.com/p/42khj

Oct 22, 2014

This on Ben Bradlee captures him so well. All of us who served as "Stern fellows" on the Post felt lucky to know him newyorker.com/news/news-desk…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @nationaljournal: The original White House website is a time capsule from the early days of the World Wide Web bit.ly/1DxvlNn

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