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Cadet Harry Alexander Hayes plants the last poppy during a remembrance day ceremony into the ceramic poppy art installation by artist Paul Cummins entitled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' in the dry moat of the Tower of London

New conformism is spreading across Britain

A relentless conformism is spreading across Britain. So Yasmin Alibhai-Brown decided we needed shaking up – and a series of polemical essays, 'Provocations', is the result

Serena Sharp, Disaffected publicist

Life as we know it: Number 31

Labour will lead the world to agree an ambitious set of poverty reduction goals

The current government lacks the vision, values and courage to ensure these new goals are radical enough

Former Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry

Hysteria, vilification, a spurious 'victim': welcome to the age of anti-politics

Thornberry broke one of the golden rules of politics. While voters can be rude to politicians, politicians can never be rude to voters

'He asked me how the weather was... then we got down to the
nitty gritty of clearing security'
Alison Taylor

It’s not pleasant, feeling cornered

The idea that we should be grateful for all attention is utter nonsense

DJ Taylor: Failing tradesman Maurice Leadbitter has a hard life but, alas, he makes it harder

In his brown nylon housecoat, thin, badgerish hair greased back over the crown of his head, chewe.....

Middle Class Problems: A buy-to-let seems like the ideal way to invest the pension pot ... but how will daughter Arabella get on to the property ladder?

What a boon! After years of rock-bottom returns on pension plans, that nice Mr Osborne is letting.....

Alison says: 'Why do we always have to be defined by our romantic statuses?'

Alison Taylor on relationships: We're creating a romantic apartheid, a Cold War between singles and marrieds

How does this idea strike you? Singles Day. A day for singles to celebrate being single. A time f.....

Tim Key: I didn't want to kick the Spaniard off the pitch. But he didn't have an in

I sent a Spaniard packing last Sunday. Well I didn't, but you know... I was in a group of people .....

Save lives - and money: Why are ministers refusing to make these drugs available?

The rising cost of drugs is one of the greatest financial burdens upon the NHS, already creaking .....

Another shellacking for Obama

The midterm elections were a triumph for the Republicans. But they must work with Obama, for the world's sake

The front entrance of The Home Office in Marsham Street, London
Muammar Gaddafi
Latakia

In Assad's Syria, death notices litter the walls - and life goes on

Driving along roads that cost many lives to capture, Robert Fisk sees hasty monuments to dead soldiers of a state that was once a pariah

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
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Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game