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UK Home Office accused of data theft

Published: May 31, 2018
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

A document leaked in Brussels accuses Britain of stealing security information from the EU’s Schengen Information System. The Home Office is said to be allowing privatised contractors to circulate dangerously …

Hess: UXB for historians

Published: February 10, 2017
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

How did Hitler’s deputy come to be piloting an unarmed fighter-bomber at high speed in fading light over Southern Scotland in the middle of a world war? Was he duped …

Spooks take back £50k hush money

Published: February 1, 2017
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

A retired spy found fifty thousand pounds stashed in her car after she emailed her life story to Tribune. Olivia Frank’s 177,000-word memoir describes joining the Israeli Defense Forces as …

Mind the gap

Published: January 1, 2017
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

Theresa May, New Year Message 2017: We all want a country that is fairer so that everyone has the chance to succeed. We all want a nation that is safe …

Brexit is not poker

Published: December 23, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

Theresa May should stop treating Brexit like a game of poker, says the blogger Jack of Kent. Brexit is not poker. The Brexit negotiation is not a game where randomised …

Has Anyone Told Theresa?

Published: December 20, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

Pro-EU Tory MPs have been in intensive talks with members of Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democrat party in Germany. Angela Merkel’s CDU and the British Conservative Party were bitter opponents in …

There go the people. I must follow them.

Published: December 12, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

The French politician Alexandre-Auguste Ledru-Rollin [1807-1874] appears never to have made the remark that made him famous: ‘There go the people, I must follow them, for I am their leader.’ …

Do the pilots have to crash the plane?

Published: November 13, 2016
Written by Andrew Rosthorn

Hugh Muir of The Guardian described the question that faces most members of both houses of parliament. Imagine an airline pilot instructed by unhappy passengers to crash the plane. Thanks …