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The Independent View: What do we do when children are taught racism at home?

Racism is an uncomfortable and emotive subject to discuss. To its victims it is absolutely devastating and can affect entire communities. In Britain it is considered socially unacceptable but despite this, and the numerous laws designed to prevent discrimination, racism is still worryingly commonplace. I’ve witnessed it myself on duty more times than I can count; the culprits are usually adults, which is shocking and unpleasant enough, but for me, the truly worrying cases are those involving children.

Last month I spoke to an officer who specialises in groups with extremist views. He told me about a child living in the …

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The Independent View: In defence of the Police

Comedian David Mitchell wrote an article in The Guardian recently in which he was generally disparaging of the police read it here

After reading the article I said to my wife ‘David Mitchell really doesn’t like the police’ her response was ‘What do you expect? He’s a liberal. They don’t like the police generally’ Is this true? It seems, to a degree, that it is. The police represent authority, discipline and justice. They can appear as the antithesis of the most basic principles of Liberalism: Liberty, equality, freedom and civil rights but my argument is that without the police democracy …

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    I don't see how the government can be "way ahead" of Labour on zero-hour contracts when they have increased 15-fold in the life of this...
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    Matthew. But we're paying the equivalent of direct state funding for universities at the moment, right? That is why students pay nothing up front. So...
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    ATF the difficulty in what you suggest is that many voters remember the last time Clegg 'spoke to the voters' in a television debate and...
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    Phyllis Matthew H, I’m simply trying to understand the logic of alienating lots of voters by breaking a pledge that encouraged them to vote for...
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    As I rarely agree with you Caron I just had to post. Well said Caron. However neither BBC nor Channel Four News stated that it...
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    I agree with Hywel. Neil is one of the most level headed, good hearted, responsible people you could ever wish to meet. I trust his...
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