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I wrote a sketch about Muslims at airport security. Guess what happened next | Aatif Nawaz3h I wrote a sketch about Muslims at airport security. Guess what happened next | Aatif Nawaz
Being stopped in airports happens all too often to people like me. Why must we pay the price for widespread prejudice?I know it’s coming – the double-take at my face, the auxiliary taps on the keyboard, the indiscrete scribble on my boarding pass. I find myself thinking a familiar thought: thank God I came early. On what seemed like a packed flight from London to Los Angeles – I was the only person pulled aside for “random additional security screening”.
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Already loving VAR? Wait until the Premier League finds a sponsor for it | Marina Hyde3h Already loving VAR? Wait until the Premier League finds a sponsor for it | Marina Hyde
Despite the Premier League’s problems finding a new chief executive, rest assured the lucrative sponsorship of the new on-screen pregnant pause will be a far easier position to fill How can it be that the Best/Most Exciting/Richest League in the World TM has still to avail itself of a chief executive, a full 14 months after Richard Scudamore announced he was standing down? Perhaps the Premier League’s tireless quest for superlative accolades means it is trying to outstrip Belgium, which famously went for 589 days without a government. It is now certainly the most Chief Executiveless League in the World, and we can only salute Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck – who is handling the process of filling the role – for his courage, his strength, and his indefatigability. Having said that, the Premier League does have an acting chief executive in the form of Richard Masters, a man who has now been acting for so long that he is expected to receive a Bafta fellowship next year. The Premier League tell me that the search for Scudamore’s replacement is “an ongoing process, with no set time frame,” giving it the flavour of my intention to learn Mandarin, or sort out the top kitchen cupboards.
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‘Self-care’: how a radical feminist idea was stripped of politics for the mass market | André Spicer5h Updated ‘Self-care’: how a radical feminist idea was stripped of politics for the mass market | André Spicer
Audre Lorde proposed a series of calming activities as a way to survive adversity. Now it’s just another form of ‘me time’What do professional golfers, radical queer feminists and Instagram lifestyle influences have in common? They are all devotees of “self-care”. While the earlier self-help movement focused on improving yourself, the relatively new self-care movement
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Yes, contemporary capitalism can be compatible with liberal democracy | William Arthur Galston5h Yes, contemporary capitalism can be compatible with liberal democracy | William Arthur Galston
Changes in capitalism’s structure have moved faster than the policies required to domesticate them, and liberal democratic governments are scrambling to catch up Is contemporary capitalism compatible with liberal democracy? The glib answer, though not wrong, is that it had better be. There are no known examples of fully socialized economies with a liberal democratic regime. The more considered answer is that it
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So we’d be happier as empty-nester parents? That’s rubbish | Simon Hattenstone8h So we’d be happier as empty-nester parents? That’s rubbish | Simon Hattenstone
My children are adults, and the house is buzzing with life. Even thinking of them leaving fills me with a sense of lossChristoph Becker and his colleagues at Heidelberg University in Germany have discovered that people with kids are
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Just as in 1914, the Brexit buildup is making calamity feel inevitable | Rafael Behr10h Just as in 1914, the Brexit buildup is making calamity feel inevitable | Rafael Behr
The Damascene moment remainers hoped for shows no sign of coming, and disaster feels all too predictableThe historian
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Ignore the sneering: young people’s rage is an age-old sign of failed politics | Fiona Sturges10h Ignore the sneering: young people’s rage is an age-old sign of failed politics | Fiona Sturges
Like the rockers and ravers before them, this generation treats the choices of their elders with alarm In the documentary Everybody in the Place, the Turner prize-winning artist
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Steve Bell on Boris Johnson and the Brexit standoff – cartoon21h Updated Steve Bell on Boris Johnson and the Brexit standoff – cartoon
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson and the EU: he cannot be serious | Editorial22h The Guardian view on Boris Johnson and the EU: he cannot be serious | Editorial
The PM’s letter to Donald Tusk is a reckless and detail-free approach to the new deal with Europe that he claims to wantIf there is any fragile encouragement to be squeezed out of Boris Johnson’s
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If you can’t abide Jeremy Corbyn, learn from the moral of Ed Miliband | Aditya Chakrabortty22h If you can’t abide Jeremy Corbyn, learn from the moral of Ed Miliband | Aditya Chakrabortty
A coalition making cuts, a Labour leader jeered as a zealot, a rabid rightwing press. But this time, the stakes are even higherIn that moment you could feel British politics lurching out of its rut. Labour was about to pick its next leader – and instead of choosing the favourite, the old Tony Blair tribute act, voters were throwing a giant spanner in the works. They wanted the slightly gawky leftwing underdog. They wanted a transformed party, a bigger politics.
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The Guardian view on Gamergate: when hatred escaped | Editorial22h The Guardian view on Gamergate: when hatred escaped | Editorial
Five years after an online movement based on male rage started, its destructive effects have leached into our politics and daily livesFive years ago a young woman broke up with her boyfriend, who was so offended by this that he posted nearly 10,000 words of misery and self-justification to the internet – and set in motion a
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We must never forget Peterloo | Letters23h We must never forget Peterloo | Letters
Readers suggest ways to commemorate the Peterloo massacre on its 200th anniversaryYour coverage of the 200th anniversary commemorations in Manchester of the Peterloo massacre was superb (
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Let’s not keep new music in seclusion | Letter23h Let’s not keep new music in seclusion | Letter
Presenting music recently created alongside that of the last 100 years would certainly enable listeners to assess composers’ achievements more accurately, says
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Zombie pensioners: ageism never dies | Brief letters23h Zombie pensioners: ageism never dies | Brief letters
Ageism | Today programme | Stick insects | Rugby | Paul DacreI was somewhat perturbed to read the article headed “
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What’s the best remedy against anti-vaxxers? Reverse public health cuts | Doug Brown24h What’s the best remedy against anti-vaxxers? Reverse public health cuts | Doug Brown
Fragmented NHS services and a lack of specialist knowledge are behind the rise in measles cases – not social mediaThe UK is a world leader in vaccine research and provision and an early adopter of many new vaccines. This has had a profoundly positive effect on the nation’s health, affording protection to our children and decreasing rates of infectious disease. Unfortunately, immunisation has been prominent in the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. Immunisation rates have now decreased to the point where, in England, we
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Heard the one about the older comedian who was given a fair chance of success? | Cally Beaton25h Heard the one about the older comedian who was given a fair chance of success? | Cally Beaton
Incompetent, incontinent and too old to love, over-50s are laughed at all across Britain – except on the comedy circuitI’m writing this from a damp Edinburgh flat, having abandoned my comfortable London life for a month at the fringe, which is like a month-long freshers’ week, but with finals every day. My show Invisible, about life at an age when the world ghosts you, came about because I turned 50 and didn’t like the cut of Yann Moix’s jib – the French author
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Donald Trump’s UK trade promises are hot air – his aim is Brexit chaos | Michael H Fuchs25h Donald Trump’s UK trade promises are hot air – his aim is Brexit chaos | Michael H Fuchs
If Boris Johnson seriously believes the US will shower rewards on Britain after leaving the EU he is mistaken As the UK races towards a potential no-deal Brexit, President Donald Trump is
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You can’t replace the GP with an algorithm – so don’t try to, Matt Hancock | Eleanor Morgan26h You can’t replace the GP with an algorithm – so don’t try to, Matt Hancock | Eleanor Morgan
The government wants to replace NHS health screening with AI. But for many people, face-to-face consultations are a lifelineThe health secretary has
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The real consequence of a no-deal Brexit is not short-term shock – it’s a long recession | Ellie Mae O’Hagan27h The real consequence of a no-deal Brexit is not short-term shock – it’s a long recession | Ellie Mae O’Hagan
Those opposed to no deal need to stop predicting an apocalypse and instead focus on the slow economic destruction it will bring A couple of days before the UK voted to leave the EU, the official remain campaign, Stronger In,
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Being an EU citizen in the UK was hard enough. Now Priti Patel has made it worse | Marie Le Conte27h Being an EU citizen in the UK was hard enough. Now Priti Patel has made it worse | Marie Le Conte
After three years of confusion, those of us who have chosen to make Britain our home are still none the wiser about our statusBeing an EU citizen living in the UK for the past three years has largely had the same rhythm as an undergraduate degree: relax, relax,
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Denying single women IVF is a cruel policy that belongs in the past | Genevieve Roberts28h Denying single women IVF is a cruel policy that belongs in the past | Genevieve Roberts
The idea that solo mothers are a ‘burden on society’ is morally bankrupt, bigoted and flagrantly incorrectWhen I look at my newborn son, whose eyes crinkle as he smiles, and his older sister who wakes each morning asking to give him cuddles, I find it hard to believe that the NHS would describe our family as a “burden on society”. But, because I’m a single mother who used fertility treatment and a sperm donor to conceive my children, this is how NHS South East London sees us.
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I folded cardboard at Blockbuster, and found inner peace amid the boredom | Paul Fleckney31h I folded cardboard at Blockbuster, and found inner peace amid the boredom | Paul Fleckney
In between teenage japes, a tedious job gave me time to process life-changing events, both happy and sadThis is a long shot, but did you by any chance rent
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Big tech firms need to stop reducing LGBT+ people to their sex lives | Hannah Jane Parkinson32h Big tech firms need to stop reducing LGBT+ people to their sex lives | Hannah Jane Parkinson
From demonetising videos to porn-filled searches, internet platforms are on the wrong side of the issue Here’s a question: how comfortable would you feel typing the word “lesbian” into a search engine in the office? Or maybe while a parent pottered about behind you? Or even, perhaps, not in incognito browsing mode? If your answer is “not very”, then you’re probably aware that it’s a term that has more often than not returned salacious results. It’s the online reflection of the far-too-frequently sexualised, real-life reaction to female sex-same relationships.
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Why does no one ever tell you how brilliant ageing can be? | Suzanne Moore33h Why does no one ever tell you how brilliant ageing can be? | Suzanne Moore
In later life, you know what sparks joy: loving new things, discarding old things. It’s finally time to live as you want to live, not as you’re told you should It started with a tweet. I wondered
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Brexit threatens our democracy – can the spirit of Peterloo help us through? | Mike Leigh34h Brexit threatens our democracy – can the spirit of Peterloo help us through? | Mike Leigh
We may not have to fight for the vote. But the deceit that led to the referendum result is a historic betrayal Monday 16 August 1819 was a beautiful summer’s day, when at least 60,000 people came in their Sunday best to St Peter’s Field in Manchester for the peaceful demonstration that turned so tragically into the bloody
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Tory MPs face a crisis of career, conscience and credibility over no deal | Poppy Trowbridge34h Tory MPs face a crisis of career, conscience and credibility over no deal | Poppy Trowbridge
Rebel Tories forced May to rule out a no-deal Brexit. How many have the courage to reject Johnson’s do-or-die approach? Privileging career prospects over the call of one’s conscience can terminally damage political credibility. That is the message those Conservative MPs working to prevent a no-deal Brexit will want their colleagues to hear when they go back to work in September. Soon our elected representatives will have left the poolside and returned to the faded grandeur of Whitehall. Meanwhile those who stayed in Westminster this August, including the vast majority of ministerial special advisers, have been bracing themselves for the great Brexit battle 2.0. (Actually, it’s more like 10.0 – even giving Windows a run for its money. But never mind.)
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