Michael Gove is a no-nonsense sort of chap, unafraid to shake his fist at the Human Rights Act. In 2011, the Education Secretary vowed to crack down on unruly pupils, whatever Europe said about their rights, and last year he led the cabinet's huffing and puffing when it looked as if Abu Qatada couldn't be deported. So how surprising to learn he is the trustee of a charity dedicated to promoting, er, human rights! The Charity Commission lists Gove as one of only two trustees of something called the European Freedom Fund. The other is the neocon writer and activist Douglas Murray. Their objective is "the promotion of respect for human rights as set out in the European Convention of Human Rights and fundamental freedoms adopted by the members of the council of Europe on 4th November 1950 and the convention's five protocols". This could put Gove in a tricky position when the Tories come to replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. Still, the EFF hasn't been too busy: no money has gone in or out since it was founded in 2007. Molto strano!
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Monday 17 May 2010
Thursday 13 May 2010
To many people, the idea of carting their precious offspring off to a music festival is unthinkable. For the non-festival goer it can conjure up images of heaving, sweaty crowds, mud-clogged farmer's fields, staggering drunks or overflowing toilets and salmonella-breeding burger vans.
Saturday 08 May 2010
An A-Z guide of how to survive the festivals this summer.
On the agenda: Secret Cinema; Late Night Jazz; You, Me and Everybody Else exhibition; William Furlong; Freja Beha Erichsen; Hay Literature Festival
Sunday 02 May 2010
Saturday 24 April 2010
Tuesday 06 April 2010
Tuesday 30 March 2010
Released last summer on Blu-ray, DVD and CD, Neil Young's mammoth 10-disc retrospective, Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1972), drew rave reviews and went on to win a Grammy for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, the right accolade for what is undoubtedly "the most ambitious artist collection ever released" as Reprise Records claimed.
Saturday 30 January 2010
Dee Anthony: Manager who helped Joe Cocker, Peter Frampton and Jethro Tull break into the American market
Monday 25 January 2010
Following the first British invasion spearheaded by The Beatles in 1964, the American market became the Holy Grail for many British artists. However, "breaking the States", as became the common parlance in the music industry, often necessitated months of arduous touring, best negotiated under the watchful eye of a local manager or agent.
Monday 28 December 2009
The number of people holding wheelclamping licences has increased since the Government consulted on ways to control the industry earlier this year, according to the RAC Foundation.
Sunday 13 December 2009
The cosy comforts of home are more important than ever at this time of year. So turn your space into a winter wonderland by mixing traditional festive fare with quirky contemporary pieces...
Thursday 12 November 2009
Tuesday 10 November 2009
Was there a golden age for international correspondents? Are current affairs now largely brought to us in dumbed down soundbites? Who now sets the framework for coverage of world events?
Friday 30 October 2009
Saturday 10 October 2009
One virtue of the 1960s: the dreadful term "staycation" was a good four decades from being coined. At the time, mind, the majority of Brits had no option but to holiday at home. Even though the package-holiday industry was expanding rapidly, the government did its utmost to keep us at home with a limit on overseas spending of just £50. So the best way to travel vicariously was to visit exotic locations in Britain that distilled the essence of Abroad and served it up to the passer-by.
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