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Last Night's TV: Sectioned, BBC4<br />Young, British and Angry, BBC3

Sectioned began with a broadcaster's Get-out-of-Jail-Free card. "All the patients appearing in this film were constantly monitored by their healthcare team," it said, "who considered them mentally well enough to take part." We're not exploiting them, in other words. And then, just in case you might still have doubts about the ethical probity of the enterprise, all three of the men who appeared in the film were shown giving their permission orally, on camera. Which still didn't entirely resolve the doubts, to be honest. Given that Richard believes the gods have told him to commit suicide on Christmas Day on the grounds that he'll be able to go to Hell, get a spiritual top-up and then commence his training as King of England, you couldn't help but feel that his capacity to sign any kind of consent form might be a touch impaired. The other two patients – Andrew, a former NHS consultant who'd been compulsorily admitted after leading three police cars in a high-speed chase, and Anthony, who has paranoid schizophrenia – both appeared more rational, but still raised the issue of whether permission granted during a period of lucidity could extend, weeks later, to a moment of greater vulnerability.

How the BNP set its sights on Stoke's schools

The party now has governors at seven schools in Stoke-on-Trent.

As foreign affairs enter the debate, so the anti-war protesters make their voice heard

Six people were arrested last night after police clashed with protesters in fractious scenes in Bristol hours ahead of the second leaders' debate.

Banned, play that challenged the BNP

Dudley council accused of caving in to far right after pulling plug on 'Moonfleece'

Police blame anti-fascists for violence

Protesters at English Defence League rally reject blame for violence

Protesters clash in Bolton

Thousands of anti-fascist protesters and right-wing extremists clashed yesterday during a day of violence in Bolton, Lancashire, that ended in nearly 70 arrests.

Police battle to control right-wing groups

Fifty five people were arrested and several people injured after violent clashes broke out between right-wing and anti fascist extremists and police during a demonstration in a town centre today.

Islamophobia on tour: Wilders comes to Britain

A year after his first attempt, the Dutch politician finally brought his message here.

Dutch politician's visit sparks Westminster anger

Far right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders sparked angry scenes outside Parliament today after claiming Islamism and democracy were "incompatible".

Public Image Ltd, Academy, Birmingham<br/>Julian Casablancas, Forum, London

Even though John Lydon is flogging butter on the telly, his Public Image is above criticism

Hain to complain to BBC over BNP on 'Question Time'

Minister's fury prompts anger and a bitter split with colleagues as Nick Griffin prepares to take the stage

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails &amp; online postings (19 September 2009)

Brian Brady's report on the role of jihad and al-Shabaab in Somalia attributes the threat of international terrorism to close links between the Somali-based al-Shabaab and Hizbul-Islam with al-Qa'ida ("The Somalia connection", 13 September). The situation is even more complex.

Mark Steel: So has anyone really been 'Islamified' against their will?

The most effective opposition comes when people refuse to be intimidated

Leading article: Hatreds that need exposing

The street violence outside a new mosque in Harrow last week was the worst in a recent series of running battles provoked by right-wing groups. The immediate cause of the fighting, which has flared up in several British cities in recent weeks, has been aggressive demonstrations by groups called "Stop the Islamification of Europe" and "English Defence League". They have succeeded in goading young Muslim men and far left groups into responding and sometimes into attacking the police. Plainly, ignorance about Islam is an underlying factor, but the causes of this conflict are a little more complicated than that.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online postings (13 September 2009)

The Conservative education spokesman Nick Gibb claims that the academies programme is too expensive ("Ed Balls attacks Tories for 'office block' schools", 6 September). While the academies programme may well have proved financially expensive, the pupils at such institutions have, typically, been let down by the education system in the past. What "expense" do you attribute to children who are failed at school, gain poor if any qualifications, do not find work, have to rely on government benefits, and in extreme circumstances, offend. Surely such cost to society is far higher? No price can be put on ensuring such children receive a decent education and start in life.

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