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All Thriller, No Spiller

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott survived a leadership “spill” this week. Comedian Felicity Ward shares her thoughts. And excitement.

The struggle for equality goes on

February is LGBT History month. It’s a reminder, says Laura Macdougall, of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

“The Impact of War Can Last a Lifetime”

Catherine Hall is an award-winning writer whose third novel, The Repercussions, is out now. She spoke to Laura Macdougall about war, break-ups and book covers.

Jenni Murray: why right-to-die campaigner Brittany Maynard’s suicide is important

When her mother was critically ill with Parkinson’s Disease, Jenni Murray became an advocate for clinician assisted suicide. She tells Standard Issue why.

Another Armchair Activist Presses Send

In an age when digital crusades are all the #rage, we’re never further than a click from an online campaign. Slactivism is annoying – but is it annoying the right people, asks Tania Edwards.

Editor’s letter – Welcome!

Welcome to Standard Issue. Come on in.

Breaking the Code

The work of Alan Turing and his colleagues at Bletchley Park would change the course of the Second World War. Dr Suze Kundu explains how they cracked the Enigma Code and why we should all remember it.

Why I Won’t Be Saying ‘Ello Ello

Self-confessed social media junkie Tanya Barrow would welcome a new network with open arms, right? Apparently not. And she’s not the only one. Here’s why.

Ghosts of Berlin

The Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989. Twenty-five years later, Jane Hill finds a city still haunted by its memory.

This Is England

It’s English Tourism Week, giving Standard Issue writers the chance to rave about three of their favourite spots.