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Sepp Blatter and racism

Everyone’s lining up to give Sepp Blatter a kicking, with good cause.

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Johann Hari

Johann Hari is a talented writer.  Few of those, like Brian Whelan, who have laboured to catalogue his failings, have called his writing talent into question.

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Race and reporting of the London Riots

It isn’t hard to spot where some of the media are heading in their reports in the immediate aftermath of the weekend rioting.  For them, race is the indelible factor,

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Zadie Smith on Library Closures

Zadie Smith, award winning novelist, was given five minutes on the Today programme this morning to give her views on library closures. This is what she said.

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How do powerful people communicate?

Well if, like me, you have a twitter account, a Facebook page, a profile on LinkedIn and an email inbox that’s always full,

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Will more diversity across UK publishing and bookselling really make a difference to what’s being published?

Diversity in publishing is something that many publishing houses aim for but don’t achieve. I ask why?

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Frankie Boyle and the trend in cruel comedy

Ricky Gervais of The Office fame dominated headlines this week after a performance at the Golden Globes that divided opinion.

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Obama’s speech in Arizona – a masterpiece

No world leader does communication as well as Barack Obama. His speech at the memorial service for the victims of the Arizona shooting is being lauded as a masterpiece.

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How to tell someone they sound racist

How good are you at telling someone they sound racist. Tip: focus on what they’ve done, not on what they are.

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