Why Britain still wants to fight Europe on the beaches

As D-day reminds us, the EU was born out of war, and Britain's heroic view of that conflict shapes its hostile attitudeThe beaches are quiet now, every last trace of blood washed away. When I covered the 60th anniversary commemorations of D-day in...

Published by: The Guardian

London is Ukip’s worst nightmare

The local election results highlight how out-of-step London attitudes pose a serious dilemma for Labour and ToriesThe past is a foreign country, we've long known that. Scotland is another country, that's the theme of the dominant political battle of th...

Published by: The Guardian

Halal meat: animals shouldn’t suffer, but we mustn’t ostracise minorities

Halal, is it meat you're looking for? Much as I'd like to, I can't claim credit for that gag, a Lionel Richie parody given a new airing this week alongside the hashtag #halalhysteria, as British Muslims once again found their dietary customs at the centre of a moral panic. Other minorities have learned that same survival strategy when a collective finger is pointed menacingly in their direction: better to laugh, otherwise you'll cry.

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Whatever Gerry Adams’ past, peace takes precedence over justice

The faces of both Michael McConville and his older sister Helen are haunting because they are haunted. They are in middle age now. He is 53 and she is 57, and yet to see them interviewed about the 1972 abduction and murder of their mother Jean is to glimpse the children they were. Etched on Michael's face is the fear he must have felt as an 11-year-old boy when he witnessed an IRA gang, most wearing masks, barge into their home in the Divis flats in west Belfast and take away their mother. The masked men had to pull the woman from the arms of her 10 children, who were "crying and squealing". As McConville told the BBC, the fear has not left him; it's what prevents him naming his mother's killers now, even though he is convinced he knows who they are.

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The Haggadah got it right

Man cannot live by bread alone — still, a slice or two makes a nice change after eight days of matzahs. Some JC readers will, I know, be glad to see the back of Pesach for another year, glad if they don’t clap eyes on another box of Rakusen’s this side of 2015. But I am not one of them. I’ve always loved Passover.

Published by: The Jewish Chronicle

Kurt Cobain: an icon of alienation

In the days after Cobain's death on 5 April 1994, Jonathan Freedland reported from Seattle for the Guardian's Weekend magazine, charting the troubled life of a reluctant rock star. On the 20th anniversary of Cobain's suicide, we republish the piece W...

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A no vote in Scotland will be no endorsement of Britain

The campaign against independence has been so relentlessly negative it risks depriving the UK of a moral mandateWhat works best, a negative message or a positive one? What is it that truly motivates voters, their hopes or their fears?These questions ar...

Published by: The Guardian