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Ian Birrell

Ian Birrell writes a weekly column for i. He is a former deputy editor of the Independent and an award-winning foreign correspondent. He was awarded Health Journalist of the year in the 2018 Press Awards and was highly commended in the feature writing category.

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Westminster MPs know legalising drugs would save lives, but they're playing politics instead

Privately, many politicians admit drug prohibition has failed. Publicly, they blame everyone but themselves

Macron and France have been blind to the decades of hate that led to the shooting of Nahel M

Tories' obsession with Rwanda is performative politics at its most pathetic

Article thumbnail: In this photo made available by UK Parliament, Boris Johnson gives evidence to the Privileges Committee at the House of Commons, London, Wednesday, March 22, 2023. Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a high-stakes grilling by a committee of lawmakers. The question is whether he misled Parliament about rule-breaking parties in government buildings during the coronavirus pandemic. (House of Commons/UK Parliament via AP)

Boris Johnson’s arrogance and deceit undermines democracy - just like his soulmate Trump

History shows Putin’s month of ‘missile madness’ will backfire and strengthen Ukraine’s resolve