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Climate of Fear

Digital Edition
22 — 29 September 2023

Sunak on Net Zero: Desperate, Cynical and Doomed to Fail

‘Sunak’s Climate Betrayal is a Retreat Into the Politics of Unpopulism’

The Prime Minister is abandoning a popular green agenda in order to benefit a shrinking minority of voters, writes Josiah Mortimer

The Affluent and the Effluent: Conservative Environment Secretary Slammed for ‘Lack of Leadership’ and ‘Complacency’

From growing sewage pollution to rising water bills and lack of investment, Lord Hollick criticises Therese Coffey’s failure to address a Lords report

Brand damage

Brand Unsafe The TV Industry’s Problems are Bigger than One Man

Editorial: The Populist Brand

Why do Russell Brand, Daniel Wootton and even Rupert Murdoch claim they are the victims of impersonal dark forces?

This Harrowing Study Reveals Why Victims of Sexual Violence Don’t go to the Police

The reaction to the Russell Brand allegations shows why so many women don’t feel safe reporting the crimes against them, reports Jamie Klingler

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Manufacturing Truth

Putin’s Post-Truth Politics: The Impeachment of Biden is History Rewritten as Farce

The spurious Republican inquiry treads the same treacherous ground of Russian propaganda exposed in the impeachment of Trump


Inside GB News’ Misinformation Factory

Max Colbert and Josiah Mortimer explore the extremist and conspiratorial rhetoric fostered on the go-to channel for the hard-right, and an outlet Conservative MPs still call home

hostile environments

Most Asylum Seeker Accommodation ‘Horrendous and Often Dangerous’ as Government Plans to Legalise Hazardous Housing

Boarded up houses in street used to house asylum seekers in Middlesbrough. Photo: Alamy

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Forget Murdoch: Most Under 40s Now Get their News from Social Media Instead

As Rupert Murdoch stands down, new polling shows that the vast majority of young people now get their news from TikTok and other social media platforms

The Scandal of US Homelessness Should be a Warning to the Rest of the World

Iain Overton on the homelessness crisis in West-Coast America and the staggering levels of inequality that caused it

Back in the news

Past investigations by Byline Times which have become relevant again 

The BBC’s Coverage of Brexit

Laura Kuenssberg’s Time as BBC Political Editor has been a Catastrophic, Systemic Failure

Thanks to managers at the BBC, the outgoing Kuenssberg repeated lies rather than challenging them, says former BBC journalist Patrick Howse

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