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Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 09/12/2010 - 11:30

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Racist or meritocratic? Oxbridge maligned

David Lammy MP claims to have extracted some interesting information about the admission of black students to Oxford and Cambridge through freedom of information requests.

David Lipsey :: Tue, 30/11/2010 - 14:41

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The perils of overplaying the polls

On 23 November The Guardian published a political poll showing that Labour was ahead as Ed Miliband returned from paternity leav

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 01/11/2010 - 16:12

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Taking liberties with the “liberal gene”

Scientists find the gene that makes you a liberal, reported the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, and the Daily Express last week.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 15/07/2010 - 15:02

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Doing violence to crime statistics

The new Government promised a change: but in the way it is handling statistics, it has so far been a change for the worse.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 01/07/2010 - 09:54

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Will benefit cuts cost lives?

As the Treasury sharpens its knife and goes in search of benefit cuts, researchers at Oxford and London have published an interesting analysis of the effects of welfare on mortality.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 24/06/2010 - 08:35

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The points-based system of immigration: smoke and mirrors

According to Ed Balls, the last Government “brushed immigration under the carpet”, failing to acknowledge that it was an issue that worried Labour supporters.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 22/06/2010 - 13:11

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The cost of illegal drugs

Polly Toynbee claims in her Guardian column today that the cost of the cur

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 08/06/2010 - 09:58

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Eradicating poverty the mean way

Frank Field MP (pictured) has been asked by the Prime Minister to look into poverty.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 01/06/2010 - 15:20

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Open data: who thought of it first?

David Cameron’s open data policy is intended to make good his promise of government transparency.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 01/06/2010 - 12:35

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Thin pickings from the violent crime statistics

Just how likely is it that you – or your teenage son – will be attacked by a stranger in the street?