Watch out for the new poll tax

Published in the Evening Standard When Americans speak of an issue that’s too hot to handle, they call it “the third rail”: like the power cable on a train line, you only have to touch it to die. In Britain … Continued

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Don’t knock parents who put faith first

Published in the Evening Standard Tory politicians have one big advantage over their Labour rivals: they can send their kids to whatever school they like. David Cameron could blithely announce this week that he?s going to choose a faith school … Continued

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Get ready for the rubbish wars

The Mayor wants new powers to deal with London’s waste problem – and that has caused the first major break with Downing Street Published in the Evening Standard Their troubles seemed to be over. Tony Blair and Ken Livingstone may … Continued

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The Cabaret spell that won’t let us go

Published in the Evening Standard Who could ask for a warmer Wilkommen than that? The new production of Cabaret, the show that put the camp into kulturkampf, has just opened to rave reviews and jammed switchboards, confidently anointed as the … Continued

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We mustn’t let the hatemongers win

Published in the Evening Standard 21 September 2006 It’s unusual to watch a contest and feel unsympathetic to both sides, but that was the sensation yesterday, watching John Reid do battle with a couple of Islamist extremists in Leytonstone. The … Continued

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We dare not let our future look like this

London’s rate of recycling is the worst among Europe’s major cities. Without change, the sheer volume of trash threatens to engulf us all Published in the Evening Standard 22 July 2006 I don?t suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder in any … Continued

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