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The British Library has raised more than half of the £9 million needed to buy the C7th St Cuthbert Gospel before the purchase deadline expires in eight months.
The constitutional upheavals of the 17th century gave rise to the view of individual liberty to which we have basically subscribed ever since; that our liberty consists in our not being unnecessarily
In recent years the government has introduced a raft of new speech crimes, including incitement to religious hatred and incitement to sexual hatred.
Views of liberty in these islands have been polarised. On the one hand, it has been proclaimed as a marked and precocious British achievement and quality ("Britons never shall be slaves!").
Possibly the crucial world issue now and in the coming decades is global warming and environmental catastrophe.
Some of the earliest surviving texts of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths are being exhibited side by side for the first time in London, displaying their common roots as well as differences.