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Last update: 2012-09-27

ON THE INSIDE: DISABILITY HATE CRIMES ON RISE

2012-09-27 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 9s

Politicians, journalists to blame - and Paralympics ‘won’t make any long-term difference’. Dougal Patmore reports. Image courtesy of dominikgolenia via flickr.com ©©

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THE AGITATOR: PETER HITCHENS ON THE EXCUSES WE MAKE...

2012-09-12 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 2s

‘We admire the Paralympians because they chose not to sulk or retreat into self-pity, or to use their problem as an excuse.’ Image courtesy of nickmilleruk via flickr.com ©©

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THE AGITATOR: PETER HITCHENS ARE ALL MEN CREATED EQUAL?

2012-09-06 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 2s

No, says Peter Hitchens. It’s a ‘sentimental belief’ that’s come back to haunt us... Image courtesy of Photodeus via flickr.com ©©

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THE AGITATOR: PETER HITCHENS ON SOFT DRUGS

2012-08-31 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 2s

Evidence piles up that cannabis harms us. Yet our laws have never been softer. Are we, asks Peter Hitchens, soft in the head? Image courtesy of N.ico via flickr.com ©©

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THE INTERROGATOR: OLYMPICS OVER, CAN THERE BE A LASTING LEGACY?

2012-08-24 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 18s

Politicians hope for a boost to the economy. Athletes look to a generation inspired to take up sport. Others see a resurgence of patriotism, and a greater confidence in who they are and in what they...

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THE AGITATOR: JULIE BINDEL ON CHILD ABUSERS

2012-08-24 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 2s

They choose, target, groom, and harm children. So punish them as criminals. Don’t label them weak and sick men who cannot help themselves. Image courtesy of Nick Atkins Photography via flickr.com ©©

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THE AGITATOR: JULIE BINDEL ON 70,000 VOLUNTEERS...

2012-08-17 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

A success at the London Olympics, so let’s cash in and take them off the dole and employ them. Image courtesy of Andy Wilkes via flickr.com ©©

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THE AGITATOR: MICHAEL BUERK ON OUR GOLD MEDALS

2012-08-10 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 4s

‘It’s public schoolboys and girls wot won them. Social mobility hasn’t just seized up, it’s gone into reverse; state schools’ lack of ambition betrays our children’ Image courtesy of ahisgett via...

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THE AGITATOR: MICHAEL BUERK ON THE OLYMPICS

2012-08-02 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 4s

'We're firmly in the grip of glorious delusions'. ... admitting you can learn to love them while acknowledging the delusions they foster

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THE AGITATOR: BUERK MICHAEL BUERK ON THE COLORADO KILLER

2012-07-26 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

‘Obama promised “out of this darkness a brighter day will come”; it won’t, of course, because he won’t do anything about guns and the culture of his society which, like ours, is becoming ever more...

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THE AGITATOR: MICHAEL BUERK ON A DESPICABLE HISTORY

2012-07-18 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

Moral relativism of the worst kind: ‘lecturing others on human rights, while trying to escape responsibility for our abuse of them’.

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THE AGITATOR MICHAEL BUERK ON ANDY MURRAY‘S SOB STORY

2012-07-12 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

‘Self-control used to be a virtue. Now it’s thought of as dysfunctional. If we don’t display our feelings, it’s assumed we don’t have any’. Image courtesy of Nick J Webb via flickr.com ©©

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THE AGITATOR MICHAEL BUERK SKEWERS FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

2012-07-04 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

‘Our rubbish tells more about us than our art, and so it is with this ‘puerile tripe and mummy porn’ Image courtesy of crawford.I via flickr.com ©©

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THE AGITATOR: MICHAEL BUERK ON ARGENTINA’S ‘BREATHTAKING HYPOCRISY’

2012-06-28 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 2s

As its President accuses Britain of ‘naked colonialism’. This from a country of European immigrants ‘whose national policy has been to wipe out all trace of the people they snatched it from’. Image...

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THE INTERROGATOR: SAME-SEX MARRIAGES: EQUAL RIGHTS OR ‘PURE POLITICS’?

2012-06-27 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 20s

David Cameron supports it, Nick Clegg says ‘when’ not ‘if’, the Churches worry about canon law and sin, and gays are split between ‘bring it on’ and ‘this is not the time’. Heat and light in our...

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THE AGITATOR: MICHAEL BUERK ON THE EXHIBITION OF INVISIBLE ART

2012-06-21 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

‘leaving judgment, intellect, and common sense at the door, and Instead fitting in with the vacuous as they glorify the vacant’. Image courtesy of Damien Cugley via flickr.com ©©

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THE AGITATOR: MICHAEL BUERK ON THE CASE FOR ‘UNIVERSAL’ BENEFITS

2012-06-15 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

.....’partly selfish, partly economic, but especially moral: it’s about justice, social solidarity, and incentivising virtue’ Image courtesy of IanVisits via flickr.com ©©

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THE AGITATOR MICHAEL BUERK ON MORMON MITT ROMNEY

2012-06-07 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

'It's one thing believing what is inherently unlikely, but what about believing something absolutely, obviously, and provably wrong?' Image courtesy of More Good Foundation via flickr.com ©©

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THE AGITATOR TREVOR BARNES ON ‘HATE’ CRIMES THAT AREN’T

2012-06-01 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

Public busybodies delight in the depletion of our vocabulary and the policing of our thoughts. ‘It impoverishes us all’. Image courtesy of puuikibeach via flickr.com ©©

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THE AGITATOR: TREVOR BARNES ON AN UNEXPECTED (AND UNWANTED) GIFT

2012-05-24 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

The King James Bible to every school ...’an empty gesture, potentially divisive, and a thinly-disguised attempt to tell teachers what to teach’. Image courtesy of bookchen via flickr.com ©©

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THE AGITATOR: TREVOR BARNES ON WHY INSULTS ARE GOOD FOR US

2012-05-17 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

‘In a healthy democracy, it’s every citizen’s right to be insulted... Freedom of speech is at stake here’ Image courtesy of Stephen Dagnall via flickr.com ©©

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ON THE INSIDE: BUT THEY ARE ONLY RUSSIANS

2012-05-16 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 13s

John Sweeney visits Ukraine to recall Stalin’s great famine with aged survivors, and to tell the story of two journalists – one who lied and won the Pulitzer, one who told the truth and was killed.

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THE AGITATOR: TREVOR BARNES ON THE APPEARANCE OF ROBOCOP

2012-05-04 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

The pending Olympics are ‘an excuse for normalising the deployment of Action-men and women packing more heat than soldiers in Afghanistan’. [Image courtesy of Trojan631 via flickr.com ©©]

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THE AGITATOR: TREVOR BARNES ON ‘THE FRIGHTENERS’ BEING PUT ON US ALL...

2012-04-30 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

Our children are in danger, yes, but ‘from the jobsworth’s mindset, and from the rule book untempered by common sense’

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THE AGITATOR: TREVOR BARNES ON WHY WE SHOULD BE ON OUR GUARD

2012-04-19 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

‘I hate cigarettes, but as they’re legal people must be allowed to smoke them whether or not it hastens disease...’ Politicians should not intervene.

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THE AGITATOR: JULIE BINDEL ASKS WHY SO MANY BENEFITS FOR PARENTS

2012-04-13 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 2s

‘I often think that smug mums and dads will soon insist on pushchair lanes so that they don’t have to bother with us childless pavement pests’

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THE AGITATOR: JULIE BINDEL ON AN 'UNJUSTIFIABLE PROTECTION'

2012-04-05 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 2s

The mother of the Yorkshire Ripper’s last victim discovered the police cannot be sued for negligence. 28 years later, the situation is the same. This is a scandal – not least for rape victims, who...

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ON THE INSIDE - COLD WAR SYMBOL FOR A GENERATION part 2

2012-03-23 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 11s

The Berlin Wall, guarded for 28 years, saw many violent deaths and many ingenious escapes. Gerry Northam reports.

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ON THE INSIDE - COLD WAR SYMBOL FOR A GENERATION part 1

2012-03-23 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 8s

How and why the Berlin Wall went up 50 years ago.

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THE AGITATOR: JULIE BINDEL ON THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN

2012-03-14 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

Hundreds of troops die, yes, but thousands of civilians. And what do those soldiers – 404 so far – die for, exactly? [Image courtesy of AghanistanMatters via flickr.com ©©]

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THE AGITATOR: JULIE BINDEL ON WHY PAYING FOR SEX IS WRONG

2012-03-09 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

‘Prostitution is a cause and consequence of women’s inequality... Men need to be educated out of the belief that paying for sex can ever be a right’. [Image courtesy of Cédric Puisney via flickr.com...

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THE AGITATOR: TREVOR BARNES ON HEALTH AND SAFETY 'MADNESS'

2012-03-02 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

Where exactly was common-sense while 'appropriately-trained personnel' had to be summoned to fish the body out of three feet of water? [Image courtesy of Tomorrow Never Knows via flickr.com ©©]

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THE INTERROGATOR: ASSISTED DYING DIGNITY IN DEATH OR SOCIAL PESSIMISM?

2012-02-28 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 17s

The clash on a call for legalised assisted dying, without fear of prosecution

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THE INTERROGATOR: IMMIGRATION OPEN HOUSE OR CLOSED DOOR

2012-02-27 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 15s

Net migration into Britain this year reached 250,000. On one side of the Immigration debate, capped levels, earned citizenship, ID cards, and annual migration reports - on the other, open borders,...

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THE AGITATOR: TREVOR BARNES ON RICHARD DAWKINS

2012-02-23 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

‘God exists, or doesn’t. It’s a 50-50 shot. Dawkins can’t call believers stupid for having taken a punt; after all, he did’.

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THE AGITATOR TREVOR BARNES ON UNIFORM MADNESS

2012-02-15 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

‘Gender specific school uniforms can cause serious distress’ – one more example of saying goodbye to reason and good sense. [Image courtesy of Chris Millett via Flickr.com ©©]

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THE AGITATOR TREVOR BARNES ON SCHOOL LEAGUE TABLES

2012-02-10 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

Preventing ‘sneakily enhancing’ a school’s ranking with ‘soft’ subjects is a good move – but don’t put all the blame on schools

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THE AGITATOR TREVOR BARNES LAMBASTS ‘MONEY-SAPPING’ OLYMPICS

2012-02-02 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

9 billion pounds for the sake of a tenth of a second, or a sponsorship deal... And, as for the ‘legacy’, well, just consider the fortunes of Greece. [Image courtesy of davehighbury via Flickr.com...

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THE AGITATOR: TREVOR BARNES ON 'LUNATIC' WIND FARMS

2012-01-26 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 2s

‘Did nobody tell the energy secretary that on many of the coldest days the wind does not blow? That the wind is not a reliable source of power?’ [Image courtesy of Davie Dunn via Flickr.com ©©]

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ON THE INSIDE - BLOODY SUNDAY REMEMBERED VIRTUE DIXON

2012-01-26 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 7s

Daughter killed. Born-again Christian who has forgiven those responsible. Mary Colwell reports.

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ON THE INSIDE - BLOODY SUNDAY REMEMBERED JOHN KELLY

2012-01-26 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 8s

Brother of Michael, 17, shot dead. He hasn’t forgiven the soldier responsible. Mary Colwell reports.

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ON THE INSIDE - BLOODY SUNDAY REMEMBERED GERRY O'HARA

2012-01-26 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 10s

Best friend killed next to him. Formerly commander of the junior wing of the IRA; now vice-chair of the Police Board. Mary Colwell reports.

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ON THE INSIDE - BLOODY SUNDAY REMEMBERED - KATHLEEN TRACY

2012-01-26 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 4s

Her brother was shot dead. Mary Colwell reports. [Image courtesy of Mary Colwell. All rights reserved. ©]

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ON THE INSIDE - BLOODY SUNDAY REMEMBERED - ALASTAIR SIMPSON

2012-01-26 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 8s

Former General of the Apprentice Boys; today, lives in the all-Protestant The Fountain, set up after Bloody Sunday. Mary Colwell reports. [Image courtesy of Mary Colwell. All rights reserved. ©]

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ON THE INSIDE - BLOODY SUNDAY REMEMBERED - JEANETTE WARKE

2012-01-26 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 8s

Forced out of her home in the unsettling days that followed; now a peace and reconciliation worker. Mary Colwell reports. [Image courtesy of Mary Colwell. All rights reserved. ©]

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ON THE INSIDE - BLOODY SUNDAY REMEMBERED - PETER MCDONALD

2012-01-26 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 5s

At the age of 11, he saw the coffins lined up. He became an IRA activist; today, he’s a community development worker. Mary Colwell reports. [Image courtesy of Mary Colwell. All rights reserved....

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ON THE INSIDE - BLOODY SUNDAY REMEMBERED - RICHARD MOORE

2012-01-26 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 12s

Uncle shot dead; three months earlier he was blinded by a soldier’s rubber bullet. Founder of Children in Crossfire. Mary Colwell reports.

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ON THE INSIDE - BLOODY SUNDAY REMEMBERED - KAY DUDDY

2012-01-26 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 8s

Sister of victim Jackie, whose body was carried by friends and priest Edward Daley, waving a white handkerchief. Mary Colwell reports.

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ON THE INSIDE: BLOODY SUNDAY REMEMBERED: EDWARD DALY

2012-01-26 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 10s

The priest who administered the last rites to victim Jackie, 17, amidst gunfire. An iconic photograph captured the scene. Mary Colwell reports. [Image courtesy of Mary Colwell. All rights...

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THE AGITATOR: WENDY ROBBINS ON ABU QATADA

2012-01-19 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

A senior judge calls Muslim preacher Abu Qatada ‘a truly dangerous individual’, yet still we cannot insist that he is exported and tried in his home country... [Image courtesy of :Dar via...

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THE AGITATOR: WENDY ROBBINS ON THE RACISM WE IGNORE

2012-01-12 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

At a time when racism is in the headlines, why the media silence on ‘disturbing instances of racism against Jews’?

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ON THE INSIDE: HAITI’S RELIGIOUS CLASH

2012-01-12 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 13s

Aid goes to Evangelicals, not us, accuses voodoo leader. In the rebuilding after the earthquake, Evangelicals bring aid to a country said to be 80 per cent Catholic and 100 per cent Voodoo. With...

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THE AGITATOR: WENDY ROBBINS ON PROTECTING OUR KIDS

2012-01-05 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

WENDY ROBBINS ON PROTECTING OUR KIDS ... from sexually-explicit songs in the charts ‘My children are 7, 9, 12. They singalong to pop song lyrics like “‘sex in the air, I don’t care’. I don’t...

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THE INTERROGATOR: GLOBAL WARMING: DOES IT MATTER?

2011-12-15 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 19s

GLOBAL WARMING: DOES IT MATTER? The clash between reducing emissions and development. A climate summit in Durban has ended with agreement to bring down carbon emissions to save the planet. A...

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ON THE INSIDE: ART OF COMPLAINING

2011-12-15 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 8s

Complaining is part and parcel of our everyday existence. Usually it’s personal, trivial, and not to be taken seriously. But sometimes it’s bigger than that. The question is: are there any tips...

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THE AGITATOR: MICHAEL BUERK ON THE CLIMATE SUMMIT

2011-12-08 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

So why no debate on the assumptions behind the more apocalyptic forecasts? Example: the UN forecast 50 million climate refugees by 2010 – where are they?

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THE AGITATOR: MICHAEL BUERK ON THE BIG PHARMA

2011-12-08 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

To worry about our NHS medical records being handed over to drug companies is not naive left-wing rights rhetoric.We need reassuring that ‘we’re not going to end up as lab rats’.

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ON THE INSIDE: WHAT THE PROTESTERS ARE SAYING...

2011-12-05 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 7s

Occupy London protests… the birth of people-powered politics? A gathering of non-toilet trained hippies? Or one expression among many from people who ‘feel cheated’? Louisa Bolch decides. [Image...

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THE AGITATOR: MICHAEL BUERK ON THE FAT TAX

2011-12-01 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

Britain is the fat champion of Europe; the PM is considering a so-called fat tax. But it’s our choice, it’s our business, it’s not the government’s job to tell us how to eat. It’s another example of...

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THE AGITATOR: MICHAEL BUERK ON SWEARING

2011-11-23 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

The ‘F’ word is ok, just cheery badinage. ‘Black, in what is thought to be the wrong context, induces apoplexy. Another sign, says Buerk, of ‘a vertiginous decline in civility…a growing coarseness in...

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THE AGITATOR: MICHAEL BUERK ON PHONE-HACKING

2011-11-17 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 2s

The News of the World became the biggest-selling newspaper by printing as much sordid detail of people’s private lives as it could grub up and get away with. But, remember, ‘we loved it’. [Image...

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THE AGITATOR: MICHAEL BUERK ON THE PROTESTORS

2011-11-10 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 2s

Yes, bankers have ‘nationalised their risks while privatising their rewards’ – but the St Pauls’ protestors, ‘spoilt children of capitalism, living lives beyond the dreams of previous generations’,...

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THE AGITATOR: MICHAEL BUERK ON GLOBAL POPULATION

2011-11-02 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 4s

As the 7 billionth human being is born, one problem, says Michael Buerk, underpins nearly all others in the world, but it’s the one we don’t talk about: ‘There are too many of us’. [Image Courtesy...

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ON THE INSIDE: BETRAYAL OF THE OLD

2011-11-02 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 10s

Britain’s ethnic minorities call our country’s care of the elderly ‘horrible’ and ‘a betrayal’. For them, it’s culturally taboo for strangers to look after the elderly – and they also see the...

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THE INTERROGATOR: ABORTION: HOW MANY IS TOO MANY?

2011-10-28 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 17s

There are 200,000 abortions every year in the UK. Is that too many? Shouldn’t you be able to ask the question without being labelled a nutter? But, in the end, is it the wrong question? Emma...

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THE AGITATOR: MICHAEL BUERK ON HUMAN RIGHTS

2011-10-21 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 3s

We’ve got ourselves into a mess over human rights, says Michael Buerk, especially those enshrined in law. Human rights are not god-given. Human rights don’t come from some natural law. They’re not...

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ON THE INSIDE: THE FORGOTTEN VICTIMS

2011-10-07 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 9s

The war in Iraq claimed many thousands of victims, but forgotten among them were the multitude of religious minorities. First, they faced persecution. Later, many were killed. Finally, thousands...

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ON THE INSIDE: THE HOLOCAUST OBFUSCATORS

2011-10-07 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 11s

Wendy Robbins on Europe’s ‘holocaust’ obfucators’ – growing in number and arguably more dangerous than ‘deniers’ [Image courtesty of KS7 @ www.deviantart.com ©©]

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ON THE INSIDE: PRAISING & PROMOTING TYRANTS

2011-09-13 :: TheFifthColumn
Length: 8s

John Sweeney on the ‘useful idiots’ who promoted propaganda, rather than listen to the cries of the tyrannised Stalin was responsible for 10 million deaths in the Great Famine, but among those who...

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