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I read somewhere, I don’t know if it’s true, that when the Nazis executed someone they sent their family a bill for the bullet. In this country if you get a DBS check (an administrative procedure which allows employers in many sectors to bypass the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, and, in some […]

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If you go to Google Inc. images (a special page on the search engine) and type a word, let’s say “tulips” – then examine the page which is returned you will notice that the images are not being served from their location on the Internet. Rather; the search engine appears to serve the image using […]

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As a keen observer of social trends the New Observer watches for developments in marketing techniques. Because all these people (marketeers) are relentless copiers once a new technique emerges it soon becomes widespread. ‘Misery marketing’ is a new technique. This is quite a subtle one. It works with a little twist at the end. In […]

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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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