Last Friday, the curtain concealing the Syrian city of Raqqa was finally flung aside. The devastated city was formally liberated by Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of militia factions, from the grip of Daesh, or Islamic State as the BBC still insists on calling them.
Believe it or not, the vast majority of those amongst us in the Palace of Westminster are in politics because – yes - they genuinely want to make some kind of positive impact on the condition of lives.
In 1963, the then Oxford student and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking was given two years to live. He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, that most callous and arbitrary of illnesses, which would gradually detach him from his body and organs, paralysing as it went.
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