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General Election 2015: Every vote matters - as a responsibility of citizenship

For all the campaign’s frustrations, and the unavoidable feeling that our political system is broken, democracy is always messy and no system is perfect

Black and blue: The data on alleged police assaults makes plain the urgent case for much more representative forces across Britain

When confronted with the shocking news that more than 3,000 police officers are being investigated for alleged assault, it is hard not to be nostalgic for the gentler era of law enforcement symbolised by the 1950s TV series Dixon of Dock Green.

General Election 2015: Tory promise not to raise taxes was a foolish move

Considering the prospect of a hung parliament, the Conservative pledge not to raise taxes is doubly foolish

Nepal earthquake: The lessons of Haiti that must be applied in Nepal

The waste and mismanagement of the aid organisation's relief effort after Haiti's earthquake in 2010 must not be repeated

Letting the food industry regulate itself was a mistake

By taking away responsibility over salt content in food from the FSA, the Government effectively asked food companies to police themselves

Baltimore riots: The central question for authorities is not how to contain the protests, but how Freddie Gray came to die

The city's approach to the demonstrations has been deliberately non-provocative

The writing on the facade of the French embassy reads 'Je suis Charlie!' (I am Charlie!) to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attack on French satire magazine 'Charlie Hebdo', during a vigil at the French embassy in Berlin

The writers who are protesting about Charlie Hebdo have picked the wrong target

Where the priorities of the PEN gala in New York should lie

General Election 2015: Let's take a more positive, balanced view on immigration

We wish the debate could be conducted in a different frame; with a more generous cast of mind

Editing humanity: Genetic science creates thrilling opportunities – and risks, too

It was perhaps inevitable that someone, somewhere would attempt to use the revolutionary gene-editing technique of “Crispr” to try to modify the DNA of a human embryo, and so take the first steps towards the utopia of ridding families of inherited diseases – or the dystopia of “designer babies” chosen for such attributes as beauty, intelligence or sporting prowess.

Pointing fingers: Miliband's suggestion that Cameron was to blame for migrant deaths counts as his first campaigning mistake

Hindsight is an extremely useful commodity for a politician who wishes to appear wise and statesmanlike. Fortunately, it is always in plentiful supply.

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