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The dark face of the United Arab Emirates unmasked

Behind the glittering facade, arrests, imprisonments and torture go largely unchallenged by countries keen to secure business deals. Now an award-winning activist says Britain must take a stand. Bill Law lifts the veil on life in the UAE

Editorial Debate, not direct action, is the way to change policy

When a young Conservative dressed in a snappy, expensive suit is pelted with eggs by political protesters outside the party’s annual conference in Manchester, it inevitably makes headlines. The image circulating this week is less a dispatch from the front line of class war, and more a Twitter-friendly distraction from the peaceful and mature voices of tens of thousands of protesters marching on the city to share their anger at the impact of Conservative policies on workers, communities and – importantly – disabled people.