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Australian schools, get ready for an ideological onslaught

The curious case of the “Trojan Horse” document in the United Kingdom has vital lessons for Australia’s education system.

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Bombings and Bitcoins, why the centre can’t hold

Power is changing hands, flipping on its head, ebbing away, growing ever stronger. Guy Rundle on why (lazy cliche of a Yeats poem not withstanding), things are very much falling apart.

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Hapless Cameron battling Tory enemies within

David Cameron is struggling to keep the Tories together. The party is split on same-sex marriage and the European Union, showing up some poor leadership attributes in the Prime Minister.

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The UK’s little problem with Europe

Can British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Tory government hang onto EU membership? Or will the UKIP and its allies force the country to go it alone?

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Liz mum on plain packs in UK, thanks to Lynton

What happened to David Cameron’s pledge to use plain packaging to discourage smoking? Australian political operative Lynton Crosby happened, apparently.

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The media’s message on David Hicks

Crikey readers talk David Hicks and the problems with the EU for Britons.

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Buzz from the Right is wrong, to bee sure

European bees are disappearing, and the buzz from politicians is out of line. The politics of ecological protection are fascinating, writes Crikey’s man in London.

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Cameron’s bedroom eyes cast over the welfare state

David Cameron has shaken up benefits for Britain’s most needy. Is it the end of the social state as we know it, or have the Tories not gone far enough? Well, both …

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Cameron’s budget small beer in time of crisis

Guy Rundle examines the Cameron government’s latest UK budget and finds it comes up sorely lacking.

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Cameron gets it done, keeping the press (mostly) on side

David Cameron has struck a compromise deal with political rivals for tougher media reforms in the UK. And he’s managed to keep the press on side — for the most part — in the process.

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‘Big society’ won’t work in the UK — or Australia

The “big society” — or a network of volunteers and co-operatives to take over state-provided services — didn’t work in the UK. So why is it coming to Australia?

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Warning to Australia: Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ failed in UK

David Cameron vowed a “Big Society” but service indicators fell and the public smelled a rat. The Liberal Party should consider its allegiance to the cause, argues Cameron Elliott from the Centre for Policy Development.

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Britain’s coalition all out of love over electoral reform

For two parties that have been enemies for so long, Britain’s Conservatives and Liberal Democrats haven’t done too badly at working together in a coalition government.

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Rundle: a gold medal in incompetence for Cameron govt

The UK government is under fire for a shortfall in security personnel for the London Olympics. It’s a blow against the idea renewed by the Cameron government that privatisation is a source of efficiency.

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Her Maj’s listening post to put the byte on everyone’s comms

Every UK citizen will soon be subjected to the same scrutiny reserved for terrorists and child p-rnographers, writes Stella Gray.

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While Kevin woos Labor, Therese embroiled in UK labour scandal

Kevin Rudd’s PM pitch is not the only thing consuming his family. Wife Therese Rein’s Ingeus has become embroiled in the “welfare-to-work” scandal currently engulfing the UK.

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People feel like they’ve got a stake through their heart

In England, people feel like they’ve got a stake through their heart. They didn’t for a while under Labour, as Gordon Brown began to wheel out some sort of social investment state — now that’s been wound up, there is simply a renewed sense of radical isolation.

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Cheryl Kernot: the bleakness of contemporary Britain

Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and his ministers are keen to reduce this to “sheer criminality” and the actions most certainly are. But it’s a fair bet that such behaviour also has its roots in the failure of contemporary political systems, policy responses and other contemporary cultural values, writes Cheryl Kernot, who worked for a time at the UK School for Social Entrepreneurs.

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UK riots: ‘the Youth rise up for a Plasma’

Outside David Ritter’s North London flat, the sound of sirens has been more or less constant, sometimes accompanied by the whir of not-so distant helicopters.

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The Pakistan dilemma

The UK government is planning to double overseas aid to Pakistan to more than £445 million. The country could clearly use it but supporting Muslims is making Christians angry, writes Richard Farmer.

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Achieving the stagflation double

The UK Coalition government can be thankful for five year parliaments because it looks like it will achieve the stagflation double in its first year – rising inflation combined with a fall in gross domestic product, writes Richard Farmer.

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