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Published: Sun, 15 Sep 2013 22:59:15 +0100

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MELANIE PHILLIPS: No one has a human right to hide from justice behind a veil

Sun, 15 Sep 2013 22:59:15 +0100

A liberal society should permit cultural or religious minorities to wear distinctive clothing - but only if that doesn’t get in the way of an institution’s ability to enforce basic standards of security. Last week, Birmingham Metropolitan College dropped its ban on female students wearing the Islamic veil that covers the whole face except for the eyes, or even covers the eyes as well with a mesh

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The election of Australia's new PM Tony Abbott is clear evidence that genuine conservative policies can win elections

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 00:07:04 +0100

A true conservative won a general election on true conservative principles. This has just occurred in Australia where the leader of the Liberal (conservative) Party, Tony Abbott, has been elected Prime Minister by a landslide. True blue: Tony Abbott is a 'conviction politician', with a strong moral sense rooted in his religious faith

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Sir David Frost dies: What the bully boys of broadcasting today could learn from Frost

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 09:14:28 +0100

Sir David Frost’s hallmark characteristic was his affability and niceness. It was this good-natured quality that encouraged people to drop their guard, says MELANIE PHILLIPS. Sir David Frost was scorned for bowling his guests only the softest of interrogatory balls, and derided for becoming an establishment toady, as unctuous as his lifestyle was grand

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MELANIE PHILLIPS: An unholy war in the Girl Guides and why we must ALL fight secular bigots

Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:36:21 +0100

MELANIE PHILLIPS: Like a poorly knotted woggle, the attempt by the Girl Guides to rope in the new generation is now steadily unravelling. Girl Guides

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I despair of a Tory Party that bribes mothers to get others to take care of their children

Sun, 04 Aug 2013 22:28:51 +0100

MELANIE PHILLIPS: With truly eye-watering illiberalism, the Government is once again trying to hammer family life into a shape that millions of us would reject. Many mothers, if they have young children, often do not want to go out to work - but find there is no alternative if the household bills are to be paid

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MELANIE PHILLIPS: NHS 111 service has been a disaster from the start

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:57:13 +0100

MELANIE PHILLIPS: Such is the chaos that ambulances are dispatched to deal with hangovers, coughs, colds and even cat scratches. Staff numbers decline dramatically during night and weekend shifts, leaving unqualified workers to make snap decisions about people who may be critically ill

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The Tories are just as desperate as Labour to hide the real truth about immigration

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 01:14:33 +0100

MELANIE PHILLIPS: Although ministers pretended they were getting on top of the immigration problem, they have allowed it to get on top of them. A measure of immigration is very good for the country. But if the numbers are too high, the infrastructure just cannot cope and priorities become distorted

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PM David Cameron acts over online porn

Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:49:22 +0100

Today, David Cameron is set to declare that, in a dramatic reversal of existing practice, anyone who wants to access online porn will have to positively opt in to get it, writes MELANIE PHILLIPS. It's become clear that Mr Cameron, who is after all himself a parent of young children, has personally found the easy access by children to such abhorrent images online deeply disturbing

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MELANIE PHILLIPS: Hope at last on the pathway to death - but the NHS still has a hole where its heart should be

Sun, 14 Jul 2013 23:18:19 +0100

According to advance reports, the Government will announce today the end of the deeply controversial Liverpool Care Pathway. But we are still not at the root of our health-care problems, writes MELANIE PHILLIPS. According to advance reports, the Government will announce today the end of the deeply controversial Liverpool Care Pathway - the treatment programme for doctors when looking after people who are dying

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A vicious crime boss, his corrupt police cronies and a scandal that could have been buried for ever

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:14:30 +0100

MELANIE PHILLIPS: The Metropolitan Police is descending into what is possibly the most serious crisis in its existence. It is being all but swamped by one claim of misconduct or cover-up after another, which add up to a devastating and fundamental indictment of the force. New Scotland Yard

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MELANIE PHILLIPS: Patriotism. Good manners. Courage. No wonder even sport-haters like me love Wimbledon

Sun, 30 Jun 2013 22:42:35 +0100

As a spectator, I am left cold by most sports. Cricket remains a source of bafflement, rugby seems like war by other means, and as for Formula One — well, forget it! But Wimbledon is different, says MELANIE PHILLIPS. 19-year-old Laura Robson, the British No 1, is fighting for the chance to play in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon

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MELANIE PHILLIPS: Why these squalid NHS cover-ups?

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:06:42 +0100

The saga of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has progressed from tragedy through scandal to farce, and has now plumbed astonishing new depths of moral and political squalor, by MELANIE PHILLIPS. Nationally, the NHS employs more than 1.7million people. They enjoy good wages, salaries, pensions and job security, and fight to protect such benefits. For tactical reasons, they prefer to call this protecting patient care

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MELANIE PHILLIPS: Blackadder and a celebrity-obsessed honours system that insults our genuine heroes

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 01:10:14 +0100

In recent years, the honours list has produced a certain lowering of the original spirit. For a number of names on it seem to have arrived there for cynical, venal or opportunistic reasons, writes MELANIE PHILLIPS. Tony Robinson, the actor who starred as Blackadder's dogsbody, Baldrick, was handed a knighthood, while Rowan Atkinson, who played his mean-spirited boss, was made CBE

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MELANIE PHILLIPS: Part-time women doctors ARE a real problem. Why is it sexist to say so?

Mon, 10 Jun 2013 01:05:26 +0100

Last week in commons, junior Health Minister Anna Soubry spoke of ‘the unintended consequences’ of the number of women training to be doctors. What in heaven’s name is ‘sexist’ about that? Asks MELANIE PHILLIPS. Anna Soubry

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MELANIE PHILLIPS: Yes, the feminists were strident and shrill - but they were right about the toxic power of porn

Sun, 02 Jun 2013 23:06:50 +0100

MELANIE PHILLIPS: Some people have claimed there is no evidence that pornographic images have any effect on behaviour. Common-sense would suggest, however, that at least some measure of cause and effect is involved here. While experts say that most people who look at child pornography don't act out their fantasies, a significant number - estimated at between one in six and one in ten - do just that

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Until our leaders admit the true nature of Islamic extremism, we will never defeat it

Sun, 26 May 2013 23:04:21 +0100

MELANIE PHILLIPS: Government officials have always refused to admit that this is a religious war. They simply don’t understand the power of religious fanaticism. Yet the killers of Drummer Rigby shouted ‘Allahu Akhbar’ when butchering him and cited verses in the Koran exhorting the faithful to fight and kill unbelievers. Following the barbaric slaughter of Drummer Rigby on the streets of Woolwich by two Islamic fanatics, the Prime Minister has announced that he will head a new Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation Task Force

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MELANIE PHILLIPS: The more abuse Mr Gove gets from the teachers, the more you know he's right

Mon, 20 May 2013 01:39:57 +0100

Michael Gove has been attracting unprecedented amounts of flak from the teaching profession on account of his education reforms, which says to me that he is bang on target, writes MELANIE PHILLIPS. Michael Gove has been attracting unprecedented amounts of flak from the teaching profession on account of his education reforms. At the weekend, he came under fire from head teachers at their annual conference

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Why is the Left so blind to the link between today's sex scandals and the cult of permissiveness?

Sun, 12 May 2013 23:41:50 +0100

MELANIE PHILLIPS: During the Seventies and Eighties, sexual licence was considered acceptable and anyone who spoke against it was treated as a pariah. All constraints on sexual behaviour were removed. ‘Lifestyle choice’ meant the right to have sex with anyone. We were all appalled enough by Jimmy Savile and his five-decade rampage abusing women and under-age children

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MELANIE PHILLIPS: Too many immigrants today expect Britain to adopt THEIR culture

Wed, 08 May 2013 11:16:50 +0100

In the concluding part of a personal new memoir, Mail columnist MELANIE PHILLIPS reveals why she fears the West is sleepwalking towards self-destruction — and why she despises the global warming ‘charlatans’. Happy memories: Melanie Phillips pictured with her father Alfred in Richmond Park, London, back in 1957

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A Leftie who saw the light: What the cruel death of my parents taught me about our 'caring' NHS, by MELANIE PHILLIPS

Tue, 07 May 2013 01:34:28 +0100

Doctors who hid the truth about her mother's crippling illness for 25 years. Nurses who lied to cover their neglect. The shattering experiences that made MELANIE PHILLIPS despair of the way we treat our elderly. Devoted: Melanie's parents Alfred and Mabel Phillips in the Forties

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