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Haringey council taken over by Momentum? It’s just locals taking back control | Aditya Chakrabortty3h Haringey council taken over by Momentum? It’s just locals taking back control | Aditya Chakrabortty
This isn’t a hard left plot: Labour members simply opposed a council that handed its assets to private interests and turfed poor people out of their homes I’ve just been reading about the most terrifying place. For weeks, this “toxic” neighbourhood with its “poisonous” atmosphere has been all over the front pages and columns. It’s a land of revolutionary politics, of “ruthless attacks” and “purges”. Hordes of Trotskyists reportedly roam its high streets – like wildebeest, if they only swapped the majesty of the Serengeti for suburban pound shops. It sounds, frankly, dreadful. It also happens to be right next door to where I was born and raised. Indeed, it’s where I’ve spent much of the past year reporting, on exactly the local politics that now jostles news of Meghan and Harry’s engagement on the front page of the Times. Which is how I know that the fantasies generated by the Murdoch papers and others are just those: a purpose-built media onslaught.
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Harry Potter and the £4.50 chocolate frog | Alice O’Keeffe3h Harry Potter and the £4.50 chocolate frog | Alice O’Keeffe
I was delighted when my son discovered JK Rowling’s books. But the boy wizard’s magic is in danger of being sullied by a glut of pricey merchandiseIt was the frog that pushed me over the edge. I’ve never been a Harry Potter fan myself – I was already out of kids’ books when they first came out, and those clever grown-up covers weren’t enough to tempt me back – but I’d always admired JK Rowling from afar. Who wouldn’t? A writer whose imagination transfixed the world, whose riches now exceed those of the Queen, but who has founded a
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Theresa May: It’s Britain’s duty to help nations hit by climate change9h Theresa May: It’s Britain’s duty to help nations hit by climate change
The benefits of clean growth lay at the heart of our industrial strategy. But we must be at the forefront of the effort to keep global temperature rises at manageable levels Tackling climate change and mitigating its effects for the world’s poorest are among the most critical challenges the world faces. That is why I will join other world leaders gathering in Paris today for the
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Round Up the Usual Tax-Reform Suspects10h Round Up the Usual Tax-Reform Suspects
Hedge-fund managers are an easy target, but we don’t even benefit from the status quo.
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Let Mueller Keep Digging10h Let Mueller Keep Digging
The special counsel’s team raises questions about its own fairness and impartiality.
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Fracking Our Way to Mideast Peace10h Fracking Our Way to Mideast Peace
Low oil prices have so eroded Arab states’ power, they now see Israel as a protector.
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How to Prevent the Next Mideast War10h How to Prevent the Next Mideast War
It’s in Europe’s interest to get tough on Hezbollah.
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New York Gets Lucky Again10h New York Gets Lucky Again
Three homegrown jihadists have struck the city in 14 months.
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11h Is CNN Protecting Adam Schiff?
Journalists continue to air his fact-free allegations without requiring evidence.
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With Jeremy Hunt working to save his skin, no NHS boss is safe | Polly Toynbee13h With Jeremy Hunt working to save his skin, no NHS boss is safe | Polly Toynbee
Bob Kerslake was one of our best health officials – yet he’s been ousted on the health secretary’s whimDefenestration is a regular public spectacle in the NHS. Some chairs, chief executives and finance directors are pushed, while others jump before health department assassins arrive to blame them for debts caused by government underfunding.
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Just seven words are keeping a Brexit deal afloat for all sides | Gaby Hinsliff13h Just seven words are keeping a Brexit deal afloat for all sides | Gaby Hinsliff
Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, goes the latest meaningless mantra. But sometimes maddening ambiguity is what makes politics workNothing is agreed until everything is agreed. If
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University vice-chancellors’ salaries in the spotlight | Letters14h University vice-chancellors’ salaries in the spotlight | Letters
Academic staff and students past and present respond to stories on the salaries of vice-chancellors at Bath and Birmingham universities. Plus
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Shortfalls in strategy to fight economic crime | Letters14h Shortfalls in strategy to fight economic crime | Letters
Amber Rudd’s announcement of a new national economic crime centre for the UK fails to address glaring holes, say the representatives of four organisationsThe new national economic crime centre is to be welcomed but the home secretary’s announcement (
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Liam Fox’s free trade ideals boost big business | Letters14h Liam Fox’s free trade ideals boost big business | Letters
The WTO has worked well for big business, much less so for the global poor, writes
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NHS trust will greatly miss Bob Kerslake | Letters14h NHS trust will greatly miss Bob Kerslake | Letters
It is a sad day for the NHS and for King’s patients when someone of his calibre feels they have no alternative but to throw in the towel, writes
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Turner prize win shows art can flourish up north | Letters14h Turner prize win shows art can flourish up north | Letters
My friend and former colleague Jill Morgan was an early champion of feminist and POC artists including Lubaina Himid, writes
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Mills and Boon author who saved refugees | Brief letters14h Mills and Boon author who saved refugees | Brief letters
Ida Cook | Hats and gloves | Native American land | Carols from King’s | EsperantoHow inspiring to read of the charity Safe Passage and its work (
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The Guardian view on the Tory truce over Brexit: the war goes on | Editorial14h The Guardian view on the Tory truce over Brexit: the war goes on | Editorial
When Conservative MPs as different as Kenneth Clarke, Bill Cash, Nicky Morgan and Iain Duncan Smith agree, it can only mean their unity will not survive for longConservative MPs of every ideological hue queued up to praise Theresa May’s
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The Guardian view on NHS funding: hospitals are hurting | Editorial14h The Guardian view on NHS funding: hospitals are hurting | Editorial
Lord Kerslake is a big beast in the public sector. His resignation from the hospital trust he chaired ought not to be dismissed as a face-saving exercise. The Treasury is imposing a brutal decline on resources for healthcareBob Kerslake has been a big figure in public service for most of the past 20 years. He was a successful chief executive of Sheffield city council, before he was enticed to Whitehall where he became permanent secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government, and for a time head of the civil service. In 2014 he left Whitehall to run King’s College hospital foundation trust in south London, and in 2015 he was made a member of the House of Lords. His public image is of a
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The tech giants will never pay their fair share of taxes – unless we make them | David Pegg16h The tech giants will never pay their fair share of taxes – unless we make them | David Pegg
Multinational companies should be taxed on where they genuinely do business – not on where they artificially shift their profits Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, and the accountants of Silicon Valley have proved
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Labour will make Britain a great digital power: here’s how | Liam Byrne17h Labour will make Britain a great digital power: here’s how | Liam Byrne
The Teletext-era Tories have plunged us into a cyber depression. But Labour’s People’s Plan for Digital will launch a science revolution for an innovation nationSo the facts are in. The Tories have given us a recovery that is worse than the one in the 1930s that
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Writhing in linguine is fine, Emily Ratajkowski, if that’s your thing – but it’s not feminist17h Writhing in linguine is fine, Emily Ratajkowski, if that’s your thing – but it’s not feminist
The model took part in a fashion video where she danced around while rubbing pasta on her oiled body, drawing criticism from some quarters. Our style expert, in her weekly column, says not everything needs to have an ideological underpinning
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What do British politicians want for Christmas – and what do they deserve? | Jack Bernhardt19h What do British politicians want for Christmas – and what do they deserve? | Jack Bernhardt
After the year they’ve given us it’s only right that we should give May, Corbyn, Davis, Foster Cable and Farage a little something. So I’ve compiled a listChristmas is a hard time for politicians. They have to interact with children – tiny idiots who can’t even vote. They have to pretend to have wholesome Christmas traditions, such as going to a village fete in their constituency and sampling the local honey, when really they just want the Christmas we all have: getting drunk from 9am, shouting rude words at the Queen and crying solidly through Toy Story 3. And, worst of all, they’re impossible to buy gifts for.
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We know polluting cars are killing us. So why do we put up with it? | Abi Wilkinson21h We know polluting cars are killing us. So why do we put up with it? | Abi Wilkinson
The evidence of the damage air pollution does is undisputed. We should come to see car journeys as a last resortIf petrol and diesel vehicles were invented today, what possible justification would there be for allowing unchecked ownership? Knowing all we do about the damage wrought by burning fossil fuels – both to our immediate health and to the longterm viability of our habitat – it would seem an act of obscene, destructive decadence. The idea of driving a monstrous, tank-like 4x4 a distance you could easily walk or cycle, and then
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Forget Italian pizza-twirling – what about Britain’s ‘intangible cultural heritage’? | Nigel Kendall22h Forget Italian pizza-twirling – what about Britain’s ‘intangible cultural heritage’? | Nigel Kendall
Not even morris dancing makes it on to Unesco’s list of intangible cultural treasures from around the world. So here are my top six contendersThe news that Unesco has recognised the
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Only a second referendum can pull us out of the Brexit fire | Geraint Davies23h Only a second referendum can pull us out of the Brexit fire | Geraint Davies
The facts of the EU divorce have changed so much, the final decision must go back to the people – as the bill I’m putting to parliament today urgesIt has been a tumultuous time. Last Friday a
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Brexit is just a distraction to the real problem: the UK’s clapped-out economy | Austin Mitchell24h Brexit is just a distraction to the real problem: the UK’s clapped-out economy | Austin Mitchell
We must rebalance the economy by widening the manufacturing and production base, making it competitive. Being in or out of the EU has little relevance
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In Erdoğan’s twisted Turkey, academics asking for peace are accused of terrorism | Judith Butler and Başak Ertür25h In Erdoğan’s twisted Turkey, academics asking for peace are accused of terrorism | Judith Butler and Başak Ertür
A petition asking Turkey to end violence against Kurds has been distorted by the president’s regime – and its signatories vilified. We must rally behind them Last week the trials began in Istanbul of those who signed the
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Johnny Marr and Maxine Peake: ‘You can’t avoid homelessness in Manchester. It touched us both’25h Johnny Marr and Maxine Peake: ‘You can’t avoid homelessness in Manchester. It touched us both’
When the musician and the actor met in 2014, they ‘clicked straight away’, bonding over a mission to bring back socially conscious art. They talk about shamanic rock stars, working-class guilt and how their spoken-word album about homelessness strives to be a modern Cathy Come Home Back in the autumn of 2014, Johnny Marr was about to release his second solo album, go on tour and get down to writing his autobiography. Maxine Peake, meanwhile, was playing Hamlet in a feverishly received production at the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester. Marr had seen her in the film Keeping Rosy and enthused to an interviewer about the rarity of a “British suspense movie”. He added that she was “a good advertisement for British actors”. Peake sent him a thank-you letter – written on paper and put in the post. Some time later, they arranged to meet in a city-centre cafe. “I still remember being stood outside where we were meeting,” she says now, “being on the phone to my fella – and, literally, there were beads of sweat on my top lip. I said: ‘I’ll probably only be 15 minutes.’ And then five hours later, I emerged.”
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Mass starvation is humanity’s fate if we keep flogging the land to death | George Monbiot27h Mass starvation is humanity’s fate if we keep flogging the land to death | George Monbiot
The Earth cannot accommodate our need and greed for food. We must change our diet before it’s too lateBrexit; the crushing of democracy by billionaires; the next financial crash; a rogue US president: none of them keeps me awake at night. This is not because I don’t care – I care very much. It’s only because I have a bigger question on my mind. Where is all the food going to come from? By the middle of this century there will be two or three billion more people on Earth. Any one of the issues I am about to list could help precipitate mass starvation. And this is before you consider how they might interact.
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Outside the EU, Britain should be an evangelist for world trade | Liam Fox27h Outside the EU, Britain should be an evangelist for world trade | Liam Fox
Brexit gives us the chance to reshape Britain’s role on the global stage. We should champion the poverty-busting power of rules-based trade
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