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British broadcast media must take an urgent lead on climate awareness

How many people in the UK know that the hottest temperature ever reliably recorded on Earth occurred on Tuesday? Pending verification, the mercury at the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California, reached 54.4C (130F) –...



Podcasts are a vital tool for understanding – and bearing – our new world

Like most people, my state-mandated exercise regime under lockdown is very simple. Every few days, it’s off on the bike for a dart around the hinterlands of East Norfolk – invariably taking a liberal attitude to the one-hour time...



First Past the Post politics needs to go: here are the alternatives

The ongoing Tory leadership contest epitomises the democratic deficit in this country. As I detailed in my last blog, a dedicated selectorate of about 150,000 pensioners – perhaps 0.3% of British adults – will choose the next...



A selection of headlines from old Cambridge newspapers

Student comment journalism cannot be allowed to descend into self-parody

The guarantee of free speech and the creation of spaces where all opinions – no matter how unsavoury – can be aired, is a thorny and well-worn issue. I’ve had to think carefully before immersing myself in its hazardous waters....



Primary school children playing around a table

Britain's attainment problem

There is a road out of Norwich which seems to demonstrate the mistaken priorities of British society. As you turn onto Hethersett Lane, on the left is the John Innes Centre, a pioneering scientific research institute, its car park...