Mehdi Hasan
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Mehdi Hasan is the political director of the Huffington Post UK, co-author of ED: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader and author of The Debt Delusion. He presents The Cafe on Al Jazeera English.

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

(25) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 3:20 AM

Here are the five things you need to know on Friday 4 April 2014...

1) HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA?

Is Maria Miller, the culture secretary, on her way out of the Cabinet at the next reshuffle? How long can she cling on to her top-table post?...

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Mehdi's Minute: On Nigel Beating Up Nick, Punch and Judy at PMQs and Why Dave's Wild About Waitrose

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on round two of the Nick vs Nigel debate over Europe, Dave and Ed slagging each other off at PMQs and the prime minister's affection for Waitrose and Ocado?

Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

(Note: I'll be off hunting Easter eggs...

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Why Does Nigel Farage Want Us to Follow the Lead of Countries That Are Smaller Than Bristol?

(100) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:06 AM

"If it is good enough for Iceland to do it," Nigel Farage remarked in the first of his two televised debates with Nick Clegg, "I'm damned certain the British with 64million can do even better." The Ukip leader was referring to a free trade agreement that the Icelandic government signed...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Nigel 2. Nick 0.

(3) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 7:48 PM

Here are the five things you need to know on Thursday 3 April 2014...

1) NIGEL 2. NICK 0.

Happy birthday, Nigel. From the Huffington Post UK:

"Nigel Farage has received an early birthday present by winning the second EU debate against Nick Clegg, according to two snap...

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Meet Jon Trickett, The Most Influential Labour Politician You've Probably Never Heard Of

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 6:59 AM

In the summer of 2005, the Labour MP for Hemsworth in West Yorkshire, Jon Trickett, bumped into a fellow MP, who had just been elected to parliament in a nearby seat, outside his Commons office. He told the fresh-faced backbencher he should start seeing himself as a future...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Labour's 'Primary Colours'

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Here are the five things you need to know on Tuesday 1 April 2014...

1) LABOUR'S 'PRIMARY COLOURS'

First, Labour backbencher Simon Danczuk said "our communication has to be much stronger". Then, former cabinet minister Hazel Blears said Labour had to start "talking in normal human language". Now, shadow minister...

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Jon Trickett, Labour Deputy Chairman, Says Party Needs To Use 'Plain Language'

(46) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 11:07 AM

One of Ed Miliband's closest shadow cabinet allies has called for Labour to use "direct language" in order to connect with voters.

In recent weeks, Miliband has been criticised by a range of Labour figures for failing to communicate his ideas and policies in a clear and simple manner.

In...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: George Osborne Vs Nick Clegg

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2014 | 7:39 PM

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 31 March 2014...

1) GEORGE OSBORNE VS NICK CLEGG

The deputy prime minister seems to be fighting wars on several fronts. Not content with preparing for round 2 of his clash with Ukip's Nigel Farage over Europe, he's taking...

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Baroness Warsi, Faith Minister, Dismisses Richard Dawkins As A 'Secular Fundamentalist

(225) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 10:29 AM

Baroness Warsi has denounced atheist academic Richard Dawkins as a "secular fundamentalist", as she spoke about tackling Islamophobia.

During a wide-ranging interview with the Huffington Post UK, the minister for faith and communities, who is a Muslim, said the "most aggressive post I get is from people who...

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Baroness Warsi Says Grant Shapps Shouldn't 'Carry Can' For Bingo Ad, Stands By 'Fruitcake' Ukip Criticism

(110) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 9:57 AM

Grant Shapps should not be blamed for the controversial Conservative Party 'beer and bingo' poster that threatened to overshadow George Osborne's Budget, senior Tory minister Baroness Warsi has said.

In an interview with the The Huffington Post UK, Warsi jumped to Shapps' defence and argued that he should...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ed's Energy Extravaganza

(3) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 9:16 PM

Here are the five things you need to know on Friday 28 March 2014...

1) ED'S ENERGY EXTRAVAGANZA

Ed Miliband plans to keep up pressure on the energy companies, reports the Guardian. And why shouldn't he? It has been his most popular policy so far - the prize freeze -...

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Mehdi's Minute: On Nick Vs Nigel, Putin's New Friend, 'Weird' Ed Miliband and Kermit the Frog

(5) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on the Nick vs Nigel clash over Europe, Ed Miliband's 'weirdness' and Kermit the Frog's opposition to Scottish independence?

Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Nick Vs Nigel, The Morning After

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 3:59 AM

Here are the five things you need to know on Thursday 27 March 2014...

1) NICK VS NIGEL, THE MORNING AFTER

It was Chairman Mao who said that, in a counter-insurgency war, "the government loses by not winning but the guerilla wins by not losing". Yesterday evening in London, Ukip...

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Baroness Warsi Speaks Out On Islamophobia, Richard Dawkins, Bingo Posters And 'Racist' Ukip

(20) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 12:25 PM

"There is no doubt that the word 'sharia' carries huge challenges in relation to public relations," declares the UK's most senior Muslim minister, Baroness Warsi. "If you talk about anything [related to] 'sharia', the first vision people get is chopping off of people’s hands, having four wives and all sorts...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Nick Vs Nigel

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 3:46 AM

Here are the five things you need to know on Wednesday 26 March 2014...

1) NICK VS NIGEL

Tonight, 7pm, live, it's Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage on Europe. LBC is hosting the debate, Sky News is televising it. Both party leaders have taken to the papers to make...

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19 Questions Nick Clegg Should Ask Nigel Farage in LBC's Europe Debate

(287) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 7:00 PM

In recent months, with the exception perhaps of the BBC's Andrew Neil, TV interviewers have failed to land many blows on cheeky-chappy, man-of-the-people, buy-me-a-beer-mate Nigel Farage, populist leader of the UK Independence Party (Ukip). Could Nick Clegg do their job for them tonight?

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ed Ache

(20) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 3:41 AM

Here are the five things you need to know on Tuesday 25 March 2014...

1) ED ACHE

After two polls showing a narrowing of the Labour lead over the Conservatives to just one percentage point at the weekend, Labour high command will be relieved by today's ComRes poll in the...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Osborne Hides Behind Shapps

(13) Comments | Posted March 23, 2014 | 5:26 AM

Here are the five things you need to know on Sunday 23 March 2014...

1) OSBORNE HIDES BEHIND SHAPPS

Well, well, well. It wasn't Grant, it was George. The Tory chairman took a bullet on behalf of the chancellor of the exchequer earlier this week, when he took the blame...

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Mehdi's Morning Memo: Let Them Buy Lamborghinis

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 3:51 AM

Here are the five things you need to know on Friday 21 March 2014...

1) LET THEM BUY LAMBORGHINIS

The Mirror wins the best headline award for its coverage of Lib Dem pension minister Steve Webb's comments with 'Let them buy lamborghinis.' The paper reports:

"Rich retirees should...

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For Our Most Powerful and Hypocritical Leaders, Crimes Are Those That Others Commit

(16) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Is there a better case study in brazen hypocrisy than the ongoing crisis in Crimea? Not just on the part of the loathsome Vladimir Putin, who defends Syria's sovereignty while happily violating Ukraine's, but on the part of western governments, too.

Where to begin? Speaking at the US embassy in...

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