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Is the BBC biased against Scottish independence?

Monday 15 September

The BBC has come under fire for its coverage of the Scottish referendum debate, and been accused of having an institutional bias against the nationalist cause. Read more

Should the Queen be more political?

Wednesday 10 September

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Is Britain becoming more like Downton Abbey?

Tuesday 9 September

The UK is regressing into a "Downton Abbey-style society", the leader of the UK's trade union movement claimed yesterday. Frances O'Grady, the General Secretary of the TUC, accused the Tories of "reinventing the class system". Read more

Should e-cigarettes be banned indoors?

Wednesday 27 August

It's been seven smokeless years since nicotine addicts were allowed to light up in restaurants and bars. But recently public places have once again been full of people puffing away, this time inhaling a legal 'water vapour' from electronic cigarettes. But is the is the rise of the e-cig reversing decades of anti-smoking campaigning, or are they a handy tool for people looking to quit the real carcinogenic deal? Read more

Should we criticise the Ice Bucket Challenge?

Tuesday 26 August

Known among cynics as "clicktivism", or "slacktivism", over the last several years web campaigning has been a big focus for many charities. Read more

Should prisoners have the right to vote?

Tuesday 12 August

The idea of prisoners voting makes our Prime Minister feel "physically sick", but does it also have you gripping the toilet seat? Read more

Should alcoholic drinks come with a warning?

Monday 11 August

Big black letters on packs of cigarettes tell us that smoking kills, and red traffic lights ward us off unhealthy foods, but should the same rules apply to our booze? Read more

Do you support the air strikes in Iraq?

Friday 8 August

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Eight facts about the extinct Caspian tiger

Tuesday 29 July

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Do you support the assisted dying bill?

Friday 18 July

The House of Lords are debating a bill on assisted dying today. The proposals are still a long way from becoming law, but if passed they will allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose to terminally ill patients who have been judged to have less than six months left to live. Read more

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week