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Manchester City fans could teach Brexit Britain how to put the fun in failure | Daniel Lavelle4h Manchester City fans could teach Brexit Britain how to put the fun in failure | Daniel Lavelle
Win or lose, leave or remain – City supporters know it’s important never to take yourself too seriouslyThe British are celebrated for their ability to laugh at themselves. Which is good – because we’re not celebrated for much else at the moment. But even our talent for self-mockery is being strained. The cause is understandable: Westminster’s incompetence is so farcical it should be funny. But it’s not. We’re in danger of becoming a nation of dour, po-faced haters (and self-haters). So thank the lord for Manchester City fans. And as a Man United fan I never thought I’d hear myself say that. In these dark days it is the blue half of Manchester that is showing the rest of the country it is still possible to not take yourself too seriously. City learned the hard way. They endured 35 years of pain – not winning a single trophy while United swept up everything in front of them. And in that time they learned the invaluable lesson – it’s best to poke fun at yourself before others get the chance.
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Integrate, migrants are told. But can they ever be good enough for the likes of Blair? | Aditya Chakrabortty6h Integrate, migrants are told. But can they ever be good enough for the likes of Blair? | Aditya Chakrabortty
Be more British is the message from his thinktank. Why does the responsibility for racism always seem to fall on its victims? Rarely do I associate Tony Blair with my mother. After all, they have little in common. One was prime minister and marched the UK into five wars in six years; the other taught for decades in east London primary schools, to which she drove in a cheery red Nissan Micra. But seeking respite from the oven of this weekend, I began reading Blair’s latest remarks on migrants – and found myself thinking instead of a beaming lady in a classroom. Like so many of us, the former Labour leader is
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Innovate? Big tech would rather throw us a broken Samsung Galaxy Fold | Charles Arthur6h Innovate? Big tech would rather throw us a broken Samsung Galaxy Fold | Charles Arthur
The saga of the malfunctioning $2,000 folding phone shows technology companies have a peculiar disregard for usersIf you ever wondered whether the tech business is thrashing around in search of something – anything – to make people Buy More Unneeded Stuff, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is all the proof you need. Heralded as the first phone that unfolds to become a tablet, or possibly the first tablet that folds up into a phone, its
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Seamus Jennings on a political class at risk of extinction – cartoon16h Seamus Jennings on a political class at risk of extinction – cartoon
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Our Brexit limbo has given us two new parties, but the same old politics | Rafael Behr17h Our Brexit limbo has given us two new parties, but the same old politics | Rafael Behr
Never mind the insurgent ‘outsiders’. What we need is better politicians, not anti-politics, to get us out of this messImagine that, for some reason, you want to lose an election. You need a vote-repellent campaign, something really unsupportable. You would probably form the Establishment party – passionately in favour of the system, cheering for the status quo. Your candidates would boast of their credentials as career politicians. Their slogan would be “business as usual”. This imaginary party is the perfect adversary, the most beatable thing in British politics – which is why real-life parties all want to run against it. Everyone claims to be the new politics and pins the despicable badge of oldness on their rivals.
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The Guardian view on Greta Thunberg: seizing the future | Editorial18h The Guardian view on Greta Thunberg: seizing the future | Editorial
The Swedish teenager’s clarity and urgency have cut through layers of obfuscation and helplessness – and forced climate change up the agendaNobody could have predicted that a Swedish teenager would shift the terms of the global climate debate in the way that Greta Thunberg has done. Since she began her school strike in Stockholm last August,
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s UK visit: a mistake | Editorial18h The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s UK visit: a mistake | Editorial
The US president is no respecter of democracy or Britain. He should be held at a distance, not given dinner with the QueenRolling out the red carpet for a US president ought to be
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Human responses to the threat of climate change and ecocide | Letters18h Human responses to the threat of climate change and ecocide | Letters
Letters responding to recent coverage of climate change, Extinction Rebellion protests and Greta ThunbergBill McKibben is right to believe in humans (
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Net loss of housing to wealthy incomers | Letters18h Net loss of housing to wealthy incomers | Letters
Guardian readers respond to a range of stories on the UK housing crisisThe government should help families like the Earles by keeping rents affordable (
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Birth, breastfeeding, and women’s choices | Letters18h Birth, breastfeeding, and women’s choices | Letters
I salute women who wait to have children, writes
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We need debate on data-driven policing | Letters18h We need debate on data-driven policing | Letters
The public has a right to know how data about them is being used, write
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Richard Burgon and criticism of Zionism | Letter18h Richard Burgon and criticism of Zionism | Letter
The misuse of ‘Zionist’ as a surrogate for ‘Jewish’ has to be dealt with case-specifically, say
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Great British art did not start with a flea | Brief letters18h Great British art did not start with a flea | Brief letters
Communism | Art history | Coney | Obesity | Women composers | Theresa MayWriting about the film Red Joan (
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Greta Thunberg teaches us about autism as much as climate change | Ian Birrell19h Greta Thunberg teaches us about autism as much as climate change | Ian Birrell
The young environmental activist has shown that being different is a gift. But too many people with autism still face cruel treatmentGreta Thunberg is an impressive individual. Just 16 years old, she has been
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Time is running out for Tories who dread Boris Johnson as leader | Gaby Hinsliff23h Time is running out for Tories who dread Boris Johnson as leader | Gaby Hinsliff
As the clamour from the grassroots grows, those who regard him as dangerous and unfit to lead need to take action How far is the Conservative party willing to go in pursuit of power? That’s the decision thoughtful Tories face over the coming weeks – and it’s one that is as much a matter for moral as for political judgment. The worse things look for the party – and they are likely to look dramatically worse after this month’s local and
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Is Netflix killing sex, stopping us having babies – or neither? | Arwa Mahdawi23h Is Netflix killing sex, stopping us having babies – or neither? | Arwa Mahdawi
Another day, another claim that millennials would rather watch their screens than make love. Sorry, Wall Street Journal, I’m just not convinced
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Comedy is a tool, a trick – Ukraine will soon see that running a country is no joke | Jack Bernhardt24h Comedy is a tool, a trick – Ukraine will soon see that running a country is no joke | Jack Bernhardt
Volodymyr Zelenskiy is not interested in building a vision for the future, but on denigrating everything that came beforeAs a comedy writer, I tell myself lies to make myself feel better about my life decisions. “That two-star review reads more like a four!” “If I lived in the 1960s I’d definitely have been in Monty Python!” “My wife wouldn’t love me more if I were a lawyer!” The biggest of these is one I pull out at my most insecure (usually when surrounded by people with real jobs) – “comedy can change the world”. At my most pretentious, I believe that satire brought down Margaret Thatcher, that Jon Stewart stopped the worst excesses of the Bush administration, and that one day I will write a Twitter joke so nailed on that the ERG decides to cancel Brexit. Up until last weekend, this question of whether comedy could change the world was just a hypothetical one. But then, on Sunday, the comedian
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Children’s prisons inflict unspeakable damage on inmates. Close them now | Eric Allison and Simon Hattenstone25h Children’s prisons inflict unspeakable damage on inmates. Close them now | Eric Allison and Simon Hattenstone
There is no nurturing or rehabilitation in these institutions – just a shameful litany of death and abuseThe 15th anniversary of
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Why gender pay-gap truthers are on the rise25h Why gender pay-gap truthers are on the rise
The evidence that men earn more than women is clear – yet the alt-right insists this is a myth. Why has this argument become so pervasive? ‘The gender pay-gap truther”. It is such a distinctive phrase: that neologism of “truther” sitting peculiarly against the throwback of “pay gap”. Something about it tells you immediately that these truthers, like anti-vaxxers, like Russian trollbots, have been around longer than you realise. And you would be right: in polemical YouTube comment sections and Reddit threads, the gender pay gap is already a myth. End of. Simples. Mike Wendling, the author of
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The only way to rein in big tech is to treat them as a public service | Nick Srnicek27h The only way to rein in big tech is to treat them as a public service | Nick Srnicek
The drive for profit is behind many of the ills of Google, Facebook et al. Unions and public ownership are the only way to solve this After years of praising their virtues, governments across the world are belatedly waking up to the problems posed by big tech. From India and Australia to France and America – and now the UK, with its
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Millennial climate protesters have called me out – and I love it28h Millennial climate protesters have called me out – and I love it
My empathy for the super-woke youth waxes and wanes, but Extinction Rebellion and the new wave of campaigners have woken me up I have been called out so many times online that it’s just white noise now. For my various sins I have been blocked, deleted and “cancelled” on social media, which doesn’t resemble real life at all. In real life, one may break bread with beings who think differently from you and, weirdly, no one dies. There are lists of what can and cannot be said now, but I am from a generation that derides trigger warnings and micro-aggressions, because we are harder than hard. I recognise myself in the rantings of the writer Bret Easton Ellis, whom I adore.
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To stop global catastrophe, we must believe in humans again | Bill McKibben30h To stop global catastrophe, we must believe in humans again | Bill McKibben
We have the technology to prevent climate crisis. But now we need to unleash mass resistance too – because collective action does work Because I am concerned about inequality and about the environment, I am usually classed as a progressive, a liberal. But it seems to me that what I care most about is preserving a world that bears some resemblance to the past: a world with some ice at the top and bottom and the odd coral reef in between; a world where people are connected to the past and future (and to one another) instead of turned into obsolete software. And those seem to me profoundly conservative positions. Meanwhile, oil companies and tech barons strike me as deeply radical, willing to alter the chemical composition of the atmosphere, eager to confer immortality.
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The ‘breast is best’ lobby has left women feeling judged and unworthy | Zoe Williams30h The ‘breast is best’ lobby has left women feeling judged and unworthy | Zoe Williams
The strife-torn National Childbirth Trust’s stance on birth and breastfeeding has been rigid and divisive In a dramatic public letter to all National Childbirth Trust (NCT) stakeholders – it finishes, “please keep on keeping on, if you can” – its president
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