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Adam Barnett

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Past articles by Adam:

Nigel Farage’s claims of BBC bias are part of his act – journalists shouldn’t play along

Journalists need to learn that tackling the image of people like Nigel Farage is now as important as challenging the content. → Read More

Berger and Venezuela rows show something is fundamentally broken in the Labour party

A Labour party which threatens Luciana Berger while defending Chris Willamson is making a very clear moral statement, not just on anti-semitism, or Venezuela, but on its values. → Read More

The Canary is not journalism - it's a government mouthpiece in waiting

Extraordinary story of the NUJ and Canary editor Kerry-Anne Mendoza shows how dangerous the post-truth media has become → Read More

Primary school bans ‘the Floss’ dance over link with violent video game Fortnite

A primary school in Devon has banned a dance move called the "floss" because it features in a violent video game. Ilfracombe Primary School in Devon said the game Fortnite "is about mass killing other human beings" and the dance could be used to "intimidate" other children. → Read More

MPs attack Telegraph’s ‘shockingly irresponsible’ piece asking if Theresa May is guilty of treason

MPs have accused the Daily Telegraph of being "shockingly irresponsible" for suggesting Theresa May might be "guilty of treason" over her Chequers Brexit plan. → Read More

Where to see the ‘Trump baby’ blimp during Donald Trump’s London visit

When US President Donald Trump visits the UK on Friday, his welcome party will include the Prime Minister, Her Majesty the Queen, 200,000 angry protesters, and a 20-foot inflatable effigy of himself as a baby. For people more excited to see the blimp than the man, here's where to spot the 'Trump Baby', and when. → Read More

Nigel Farage’s £500k for second jobs makes him one of Europe’s top-earning MEPs

Transparency International finds Nigel Farage is the sixth highest earner among MEPs with second jobs, and the top earner from outside income of any MEP for the UK. → Read More

20,000 fake tax websites taken down by HMRC in past year

More than 20,000 fake tax websites have been taken down in the past year, as HM Revenue and Customs call for vigilance against online fraudsters. HMRC requested a record 20,750 websites posing as tax authorities taken down in the past 12 months, an increase of 29 per cent on the previous year. Websites are contacting → Read More

Morrissey cancels tour dates after ‘anti-racism’ protest threat

Singer Morrissey has cancelled all his UK and European tour dates after an 'anti-racism' protest was planned for his July gigs in Manchester. The former Smiths frontman's management said today that the tour dates would be "postponed" due to "logistical issues beyond our control". It follows Morrissey's manager Peter → Read More

Nearly 13,000 UK citizens became EU nationals after Brexit

The number of UK citizens adopting the nationality of an EU country more than doubled in the year after the Brexit vote. A total of 12,994 UK citizens obtained citizenship in one of 17 European Union member states in 2017, up from 5,065 in 2016. New Germans The most popular country was Germany, with German the new → Read More

Benedict Cumberbatch saves Deliveroo cyclist from attackers

Benedict Cumberbatch rescued a Deliveroo rider who was being beaten up by four men in London on Friday night, according to news reports. The Sherlock actor was reportedly in an Uber on Marylebone High Street with his wife Sophie Hunter when they saw the cyclist being hit over the head with a bottle. 'Courageous' The → Read More

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall shortlisted as best Man Booker winner in 50 years

The novel Wolf Hall has been shortlisted for a special Man Booker award for the best fiction of the past 50 years. Hilary Mantel's historical 2009 novel about Thomas Cromwell and the court of King Henry VIII is one of the 'golden five' books whittled down from a list of all 51 Man Booker winners. Golden five The → Read More

Korean leaders hold second meeting amid Trump summit uncertainty

The leaders of North and South Korea held a surprise meeting today amid uncertainty about whether a summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would take place. South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with Jong-un on Saturday in Panmunjom, north of the Korean border, in what South → Read More

Saudi Arabia arrests seven women’s rights activists ahead of lifting driving ban

Saudi Arabia has arrested at least seven women's rights activists just weeks before the country's ban on women driving cars is set to be lifted. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called for the release of the activists, who had campaigned against the decades-old ban, which Crown Prince Mohammed bin → Read More

Labour moderate and ‘hard Brexit’ foe selected MP candidate for Lewisham East

Two left-wing favourites to be the Labour Party's parliamentary candidate in Lewisham have been defeated by a moderate who wants to keep Britain in the European single market and customs union. Janet Daby, Deputy Mayor of Lewisham Council, was chosen by local members today to run for Lewisham East MP, where a → Read More

BBC probe rejects “Russian hat” complaints about Newsnight’s Jeremy Corbyn backdrop

The BBC has formally rejected complaints that it doctored a picture of Jeremy Corbyn to make his hat look more Russian and imply "Russian sympathies" after the Salisbury nerve agent attack. The public broadcaster received 48 complaints about the March 15th episode of its flagship current affairs programme Newsnight → Read More

Watch out for toxic caterpillars ejecting hairs which cause rashes and vomiting

Greater Londoners are being told to watch out for toxic caterpillars which can cause asthma attacks, skin rashes and vomiting. The Forestry Commission has warned of an outbreak of oak processional moths (OPM) in their larval stage in south-east England and Greater London. As caterpillars, OPM have 62,000 hairs which → Read More

Amber Rudd faces calls to resign ahead of Windrush speech to MPs

Home Secretary Amber Rudd is facing calls to resign over her role in the Windrush scandal ahead of addressing MPs in the House of Commons on Monday. Rudd has said there are "legitimate questions" to be answered after a leaked memo appeared to contradict her claims she didn't know that the Home Office had targets for → Read More

Varadkar says Ireland must ‘trust women’ in passionate abortion speech ahead of referendum

Ireland's premier Leo Varadkar has urged his country to "trust women and doctors" and show "compassion" in voting to scrap Ireland's strict abortion laws. The Taoiseach was speaking today as his party Fine Gael launched its campaign for a 'yes' vote in next month's repeal referendum. "In Ireland we spent much of the → Read More

Two dead and 20 injured after van driven into crowd in Germany

A vehicle drove into a group of people in the western German city of Muenster on Saturday, killing several of them and probably the driver, police said. → Read More