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This is a personal post by the editor of The New Observer. I’ve just signed up for a ‘permanent’ job – something that millions of people in the country do multiple times in their life. I’ve been avoiding it for a while, but the freelance career is fizzling out. I know, from experience, what it […]

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For a brief moment it seemed like there would, on this occasion, be no cover-up. Sadly, that turns out to be an illusion. The terms of reference of the public inquiry are limited to investigating how the fire started and how it spread so quickly. This means that the apparent fact that the emergency services […]

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How many of the deaths in the Grenfell Tower disaster were avoidable? Possibly all. One man, at least, escaped from the top floor – carrying his disabled mother on his back. It follows that if everyone in the block had received an instruction to leave at this time everyone could potentially have been saved. If […]

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Your editor went for a job interview the other day – at a Higher Education public sector organisation which will remain nameless. One of the interview questions was “what issues are facing the Higher Education sector at the moment”. The correct answer was “the funding crisis”. Later (in fact at a second interview) he was […]

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In an ideological campaign driven by the interests of its owners the “free” (as in free-market) press in the UK is telling its readers that Labour under Corbyn represents some kind of radical fringe. This is not remotely true. The motive for this distorted picture is to maintain the gains for private capital secured to […]

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