James Bloodworth

James is a political journalist and editor of Left Foot Forward. He has previously written for the Observer, the Independent on Sunday, the Irish Independent, the Huffington Post, Red Pepper and Jacobin.

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Shutting down abortion debates and banning the SWP - what a terrible week for free speech

People ought to be able to have a debate on any issue they damn well please

Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Labour Party, delivers a speech at the 'Policy Network Conference' held in the Science Museum on July 3, 2014

Ed Miliband might make you cringe, but if you care about inequality then he's the only option you have

Rampant and unjustifiable inequality is the biggest issue Britain faces, and he gets it

Winton, aged 105, presented with Order of the White Lion by the Czech president in Prague

We celebrate our ‘British Schindler’ Sir Nicholas Winton, but we've forgotten what he stood for

The word ‘foreigner’ has become so toxic that Britain is now prepared to let refugees drown

Russell Brand was in typically combative form during his promotional interview with Newsnight's Evan Davis

Russell Brand's incoherent and scattergun approach to politics is Revolution as play

What Brand appears not to grasp is that any revolution simply involves the replacement of one set of unaccountable leaders with another

Kurdish men look towards Kobani from the Turkish-Syrian border as US-led bombing grows in intensity

War with Isis: Why should anyone have faith in the left if it continues to sit on the fence when it comes to supporting the Kurds?

The NUS is happy to condemn Robin Thicke for a pop song, but not a a group which enslaves women

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un applauds during the second meeting of security personnel of the Korean People's Army

The Conservatives’ plan to scrap the Human Rights Act will be applauded by dictators around the world

Chris Grayling’s proposals are a calculated move to win over UKIP’s growing constituency of angry little men

Assad has overseen a civil war in which 190,000 people have died

Syria air strikes: Bashar al-Assad is not the 'lesser evil', but a major part of the problem

A Western alliance with Assad would be based on two colossal misunderstandings of the situation in Syria

Scottish referendum results: A change is gonna come – it’s GOT to come

If it doesn’t, then politics could turn very nasty indeed

First Minister Alex Salmond, with Scots and other European citizens, supporting the 'Yes' vote in Glasgow

The Better Together campaign is selling the wrong Britain

They have forgotten the message of Danny Boyle's opening ceremony: that Britain is more than a country of career politicians and bullying bankers

James Foley's murder by Isis has shocked the West

Today Isis is attacking the Middle East. Tomorrow it’ll be the West

Those who have spent the past 10 years warning against intervention need to wake up

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing