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UKIP Leader Nigel Farage and supporters celebrate winning the Rochester and Strood by-election (PA)

I understand Nigel Farage’s appeal, but purple and yellow will never be my colours

Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq (CNS)

A very modern dogma has caused the National Union of Students take leave of whatever sense they had

Owen Jones: ‘Fixated on a pre-conceived narrative’

Why is Owen Jones always wrong?

Owen Jones doesn’t really despise ‘the establishment’, says Max Wind-Cowie. He just loathes the Conservative Party

Alex Salmond and Alistair Debate shake hands after their televised debate last month (PA)

Why has it proven so hard for the Better Together campaign to galvinise enthusiastic support for our union?

Russell Brand

The dangerous ignorance of Russell Brand

He is participating in a narrative that sends young British Muslims to die needlessly on the side of evil

Tom Watson says his political battles have had a profound personal impact: ‘It has all done incalculable damage, to me and to the people I love’ (PA)

Crusading MP Tom Watson explains why he’s reading Pope Francis, believes in God and longs for new, kinder form of politics

Richard Dawkins (AP)

If a world cleansed of imperfections is what we wish for then Dawkins, with his Down’s Syndrome outburst, has shown us the way.

An Iraqi Christian refugee holds a 12-day-old baby in Ankawa (CNS))

The Royal Prerogative was, in effect, abolished on the basis of a PR campaign that required Parliamentary consent to establish legitimacy for going to war, and Iraqi minorities are paying the price

Maurice Glasman: 'The most important thing is to express my gratitude to the Church, to the Catholic tradition for the intellectual nourishment'

Maurice Glasman explains why Catholics should trust the Labour party

David Cameron (PA)

Only by challenging the social and the economic liberalism that pervades the Conservatives will the Prime Minister be able to claim victory for families