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Breaking news, local low-downs and opinion pieces exploring society, democracy and politics - with a small 'p'. "Don't hate the media - become the media."

Localcheck On the Back-Burnham

Assessing the Mayor's merits four years on, we look at homelessness, air quality and a run as 'King of the North'

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Helen Mort Behind Every Image is a Person

Violence against women is nothing new, but as new forms emerge, the law must evolve to protect victims. Acclaimed writer Helen Mort shares her experience of ‘deepfakes’ – and the poem she wrote in response.

How we've all changed: 2020 in review for Opus

This defining moment in our history is daunting, but it’s also an opportunity to use our privileges differently and re-vision the kind of society we want to live in, says Opus director James Lock.

Shaping Democracy

We need to stop looking for leaders who embody our desires, identities and dreams. Whenever the clay of democracy starts to dry, we need to wet it again – or we risk our leaders moulding us.