Opinion: Exception without end – why VE Day matters now and forever

On the eve of the 75th anniversary marking the end of World War II, the Guardian posted an editorial piece claiming that Britain ought to “get over the war,” adding: “This is not a time for false pride.” But in the context of VE Day, we owe it to honour the extraordinary stoicism of the wartime generation, and here’s why…

Is English cricket an exclusive sport?

“50 years from now, Britain will still be the country of long shadows on county (cricket) grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog lovers, and – as George Orwell said – old maids bicycling to Holy Communion through the morning mist,” said former British Prime Minister John major in 1993. Interestingly, this was his vision of Britain in Europe. However, does his view of English county grounds reflecting the British character still resonate nearly 30 years on?

Revealed: Manchester hate crimes rise at time of general elections

Hate crimes in Manchester tend to rise in line with general elections, Greater Manchester Police data suggests – information obtained by MM which shows that the number of hate crimes – defined by the CPS as hostile behaviour motivated by a victim’s ‘disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity’ – rose in the month of, and the months immediately following, a general election between 2010 and 2019.