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‘This is our last chance to keep the NHS as it was entrusted to us’9h ‘This is our last chance to keep the NHS as it was entrusted to us’
The Labour leader argues that the health service will be sold off piecemeal if the Conservatives are not stopped on Thursday This election is a fight for the survival of our NHS as a free public service that puts patients before profits. Next Thursday, the NHS is on the ballot paper. Millions of people will have a choice about whether to see off the threat posed by Boris Johnson’s Conservatives to their local hospital and GP surgery, already stretched to breaking point by a decade of Tory austerity and privatisation. All of us have the chance to end the intolerable situation where
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Redemption defines a civilised society. We must not forsake the idea | Kenan Malik9h Updated Redemption defines a civilised society. We must not forsake the idea | Kenan Malik
A blame game followed the London Bridge killings. Now it’s time for cool heads to look at deradicalisationCan terrorists be deradicalised? Do all offenders, even those who commit the most abhorrent of crimes, deserve a second chance? Those two key questions remain at the heart of the case of Usman Khan, the London Bridge killer. In the immediate aftermath of the recent terror attack, and against the background of the election campaign, the debate centred largely on operational issues. Boris Johnson made much of the early release of Khan, which he blamed on the last Labour government. Labour highlighted cuts in the prison and probation services, which, it suggested, had led to a failure of rehabilitation and of monitoring.
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Friday the 13th: the Boris Johnson remake – cartoon10h Friday the 13th: the Boris Johnson remake – cartoon
There’s an election afoot and a masked, machete-wielding prowler on the loose…
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Behold, the perfect fake tweet. Look and learn, Putin | Joel Golby19h Behold, the perfect fake tweet. Look and learn, Putin | Joel Golby
Whoever was behind the ‘Jo Swinson quitting’ tweet struck gold. No wonder politicians were suckered inYou’ve got to feel for Russia, haven’t you? It goes to all that trouble to create sophisticated, deep-fake, under-the-radar misinformation campaigns targeted at the raw heart of both British and US governments, all those gloomy bunker rooms full of hacker nerds, all that money over all those years, and then exactly one (one) Twitter account comes out and says Jo Swinson is quitting before polling day, and everyone just believes and retweets that instead.
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Dear Labour leavers, if you’re tempted to vote Tory, here are 10 reasons to think again | Joseph Harker21h Dear Labour leavers, if you’re tempted to vote Tory, here are 10 reasons to think again | Joseph Harker
Get Brexit done? Boris Johnson’s party has a history of broken promises. And don’t forget why you voted Labour in the past
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The life lessons I learned over breakfast with a Trump supporter | Emma Brockes22h The life lessons I learned over breakfast with a Trump supporter | Emma Brockes
A chance encounter at the buffet made me wonder if instead of nodding and smiling I should be passionately disagreeingI was in a hotel in a rural part of northern California, asking a man at the breakfast buffet what he thought of Barack Obama. Up to that point, we had been talking, affably, about drug addiction, paganism and the likelihood of a volcano in the area blowing any time soon, before moving on to his enthusiasm for Donald Trump. Now he looked at me suspiciously. The question, he knew, contained an accusation within it, as did my follow-up about Hillary Clinton. “I would love to see a female – a black female! – be president,” he said carefully. “Just not her.” I felt some sympathy for the guy in the hotel, and then – a sign of the times – wondered if this amounted to collaboration
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The Corbyn and Johnson TV debate: our writers’ verdicts | Martin Kettle, Katy Balls, Owen Jones, Gaby Hinsliff30h The Corbyn and Johnson TV debate: our writers’ verdicts | Martin Kettle, Katy Balls, Owen Jones, Gaby Hinsliff
With less than a week until polling day, Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson made a late pitch to voters. What did we learn?
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I’m a Conservative. But it is time to vote with your head as well as your heart | John Major34h I’m a Conservative. But it is time to vote with your head as well as your heart | John Major
Party loyalty has its place – it can be honourable. But this election is about voting for your country and your future
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The Guardian view on schools for the future: no thanks to more of the same | Editorial34h The Guardian view on schools for the future: no thanks to more of the same | Editorial
The Conservatives’ promise to replace lost funding should not be allowed to mask the paucity of their ideasSchool cuts proved to be an achilles heel for Theresa May in the 2017 election, and Boris Johnson learned from her mistake. In September, the Conservatives announced a £4.4 billion per year increase in funding for English schools (education is a devolved issue) that was calculated to neutralise Labour attacks. Polling suggests that
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The Guardian view on local theatres: the shows must go on | Editorial34h The Guardian view on local theatres: the shows must go on | Editorial
Theatres across the UK are struggling to provide the opportunities that actors and audiences needFrom the Ffwrnes in Llanelli to Eden Court in Inverness, the UK’s approximately 1,200 theatres will see larger than usual audiences in the next few weeks. Pantomimes are not just fun for families: with around 3 million tickets sold annually, they are one of the most reliable income streams for many venues. They are also crucial bonding exercises between arts organisations and the communities they serve. Strengthening this relationship, so that people pay more than one annual visit, is a challenge for all those who want local theatres to flourish. Cuts have lent such concerns a new urgency. Arts Council England capital grants have halved in eight years, while some local authorities have virtually stopped arts funding altogether. As a consequence, and even though overall audience figures are healthy, theatres across the UK are struggling to continue to present fresh work and maintain their buildings.
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Too little has been done since the Grenfell Tower fire | Letters34h Too little has been done since the Grenfell Tower fire | Letters
Readers respond to an article stating that a lack of action means thousands of people in the UK still live in towers with combustible claddingMy heart goes out to Sandra Ruiz and I welcome her support, and that of others, who are trying to get the government to recognise a huge national problem (
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The Tories want to keep Johnson – and their scary manifesto – away from scrutiny | Marina Hyde34h The Tories want to keep Johnson – and their scary manifesto – away from scrutiny | Marina Hyde
They would like us to view the prime minister and his policies in a political safari park – which you drive through at paceOne of our great national sports in this country is looking the wrong way. For most of this year, you could read multiple condemnatory stories a day about Meghan Markle doing this or that at Wimbledon or her baby shower or wherever – and absolutely nothing about Prince Andrew being accused of doing this or that with the
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Of course Labour’s policies can work – they used to be the norm | Letters34h Of course Labour’s policies can work – they used to be the norm | Letters
Jeremy Corbyn’s proposals were once widely accepted in pre-Thatcher Britain, says
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Can Labour bring its divided family together? | Jonathan Freedland35h Can Labour bring its divided family together? | Jonathan Freedland
It’s not just Brexitland and Remainia Jeremy Corbyn has to unite, but the generations and classes within the partyWhatever happens next Thursday, an act of reconciliation will be necessary. Not between the winning and losing parties, but within one of them – bridging a divide that separates their supporters, both former and current, from each other. This gulf is not so much ideological as it is cultural or even tribal. The divide I have in mind is among the millions of people who either used to, or still do, identify themselves with Labour. It’s been discussed often, but it’s rare to see it in a single room. That’s what I witnessed this week in the marginal seat of Dagenham and Rainham, where east London blurs into Essex. For the second time in a matter of days, I was eavesdropping on a focus group of voters, this time
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Politics makes Liberal allsorts of us all | Letter35h Politics makes Liberal allsorts of us all | Letter
Michael Heseltine’s support of the Lib Dems does not represent his return to liberalism, writes
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All hail Princess Anne: the Scottish people’s princess | Brief letters35h All hail Princess Anne: the Scottish people’s princess | Brief letters
Scottish Rugby Union | Boris Johnson | Nancy Banks-Smith | Nato summit | Don’t give a damYour description of Princess Anne in
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The difficult truth for liberals: Labour must win back social conservatives | Paula Surridge35h The difficult truth for liberals: Labour must win back social conservatives | Paula Surridge
The party’s economic messaging isn’t reaching the voters who most need to hear itA recurring theme of this election has been the battle for Labour’s leave-voting constituencies, the so-called “red wall” of seats running from north Wales to the Humber estuary – the seats that Boris Johnson’s “Get Brexit done” slogan is designed to win over. But despite being billed as the “Brexit” election, many of the key moments of the campaign have come back to economics:
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Corbyn still plays the crowds – but spirit of 2017 remains elusive36h Corbyn still plays the crowds – but spirit of 2017 remains elusive
As election day nears, the Labour leader visits West Yorkshire and his base is beginning to worry
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Labour has a strong economic plan. But it still has to shift voters’ faith in austerity | Larry Elliott36h Labour has a strong economic plan. But it still has to shift voters’ faith in austerity | Larry Elliott
It makes sense to borrow when interest rates are low. Yet much of the public is still attached to the slogans of 2010A lost decade for the British economy is coming to a suitably downbeat end. The latest
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The ‘Boris being Boris’ shtick is a cover for racism and lies. But it’s wearing thin | Fintan O’Toole36h The ‘Boris being Boris’ shtick is a cover for racism and lies. But it’s wearing thin | Fintan O’Toole
The underlying tension between what Johnson is and what he does is becoming a liability for the Tories’ election campaignIn
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Nurses in Northern Ireland are on strike. The DUP and Sinn Féin are to blame | Brian Coney36h Nurses in Northern Ireland are on strike. The DUP and Sinn Féin are to blame | Brian Coney
The Stormont deadlock has prevented health workers’ concerns being heard. They have no choice but to take actionAt one minute past midnight on Tuesday, the UK’s (and the world’s) largest nursing union, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN),
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I’m Welsh and a woman of colour. Why does the census tell me that’s impossible? | Kizzy Crawford37h I’m Welsh and a woman of colour. Why does the census tell me that’s impossible? | Kizzy Crawford
As a shy mixed-race girl, learning Welsh gave me a gift of identity. But the 2021 census assumes Welshness means whitenessThis week, Gwynedd council
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Denial, obfuscation, apathy: why it’s so hard to get Islamophobia on the political agenda | Miqdaad Versi39h Denial, obfuscation, apathy: why it’s so hard to get Islamophobia on the political agenda | Miqdaad Versi
I’ve been trying to hold Boris Johnson’s Tories accountable for their anti-Muslim members. Here’s what I’ve learned
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I worked at Facebook - here’s how to fix social media’s political ads problem | Clare O’Donoghue Velikić39h I worked at Facebook - here’s how to fix social media’s political ads problem | Clare O’Donoghue Velikić
I know abuses have given online ads a bad name, but banning them isn’t the answer Most people celebrated when Twitter announced its
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British Hindus voting for Labour are not ‘traitors’ to India | Shami Chakrabarti40h British Hindus voting for Labour are not ‘traitors’ to India | Shami Chakrabarti
There’s no room in UK politics for the hatred being promoted by a group tied to the BJP, India’s ruling partyWe children of migrants all have family legends. Mine is of a young man on a ship in 1959. He had £5 in his pocket and a sweetheart who could only join him a few years later, once he had worked and saved enough to make them a home. The less romantic story is of racism and violence. First there was the horrific brutality between fellow Hindus and Muslim neighbours that my parents witnessed before they left India. Then they were attacked by far-right skinheads as they pushed me in my pram in north London. Still they believed in the power of democracy, of votes inspired and earned with ideas and policies; not those bought or demanded on the basis of faith, race or hate.
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Are the Lib Dems about to do another deal with the Tories?42h Are the Lib Dems about to do another deal with the Tories?
Jo Swinson claims supporting her will keep Boris Johnson from power. But ‘vote Lib Dem, get Tory’ is a more likely scenario Remember when Jo Swinson was going to
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Once again, our legal system has failed the victims of Hillsborough | David Conn45h Once again, our legal system has failed the victims of Hillsborough | David Conn
The acquittal of David Duckenfield is further evidence that the perverse separation of inquiry, criminal prosecution and inquests should end For the families of the 96 people killed at Hillsborough, the acquittal last week of David Duckenfield, on charges of gross negligence manslaughter, has created an inexplicable contradiction.
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Has WhatsApp become a potential career assassin? | Afua Hirsch46h Has WhatsApp become a potential career assassin? | Afua Hirsch
The app helped connect me to an inspiring sisterhood. But the case of police officer Robyn Williams shows unopened messages can be a legal minefieldWe need to talk about WhatsApp. When the little green speech bubble first showed up in my life, I greeted it with awe and wonder. I even wrote a little love letter to its ability to connect with a virtual black sisterhood – the kind that rarely exists in our too-undiverse workplaces in real life – in my first book. It became the perfect platform to share experiences, frustrations, strategies and ideas. WhatsApp group communities proliferated on my phone – they were education, community and activism all in one place. It was great.
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From Johnson’s lies to Corbyn’s promises – this election is about trust | Gary Younge46h From Johnson’s lies to Corbyn’s promises – this election is about trust | Gary Younge
Labour needs to start tying Johnson’s untrustworthiness to Brexit. And stop promising new thingsThe appeal of any presidential candidate, said Richard Nixon’s speechwriter, Raymond Price, is based on a
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