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Our Brexit limbo has given us two new parties, but the same old politics | Rafael Behr5h 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 | Editorial6h 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 | Editorial6h 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 | Letters6h 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 | Letters6h 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 | Letters6h 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 | Letters6h 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 | Letter6h 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 letters6h 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 Birrell7h 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 Hinsliff11h 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 Mahdawi11h 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 Bernhardt12h 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 Hattenstone13h 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 rise13h 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 Srnicek15h 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 it16h 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 McKibben18h 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 Williams18h 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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Nicola Jennings on Nigel Farage and the EU elections – cartoon29h Nicola Jennings on Nigel Farage and the EU elections – cartoon
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2019/apr/22/nicola-jennings-on-nigel-farage-and-the-eu-elections-cartoon">Continue reading...
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The Guardian view on religious freedom: protect believers | Editorial30h The Guardian view on religious freedom: protect believers | Editorial
Across much of the world, millions of people are persecuted for their beliefsThe massacre in churches in Sri Lanka forms part of a global pattern of religious persecution and hostility. To target Christian churches on their holiest day of the year is not only an attempt to kill as many families as possible, but also to maximise the shock and demoralising effect of the attack, a tactic familiar from the sectarian wars in Iraq. If this atrocity was perpetrated by jihadis, as seems likely, it is also an attempt to bring about a clash of civilisations. This is not the pattern of most religiously inspired murder, not least because it is an assault by a minority on a larger population. Usually, persecution is carried out against minorities: Christians are persecuted to a greater or lesser degree across much of the Muslim world, from Sudan to Pakistan,
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The Guardian view on the BBC Proms: give women more space and time | Editorial30h The Guardian view on the BBC Proms: give women more space and time | Editorial
There are more than 30 female composers in the Proms programme this year. But why is so much of their work banished outside the Royal Albert Hall?The Proms began in 1895 as the brainchild of impresario Robert Newman and conductor Henry Wood. “Democratising the message of music” was, in Wood’s words, the aim of this cheap summer season of orchestral concerts. When the festival was threatened by financial catastrophe in 1927, it was one of the great enlightened acts of the young BBC to take it on and subsume it into its own work. The annual arrival of
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Does Tony Blair have no self-awareness? He needs to stop talking now | Suzanne Moore31h Does Tony Blair have no self-awareness? He needs to stop talking now | Suzanne Moore
The former PM’s weekend pronouncement on integration was more subtle than it first appeared – but he was the worst person to make it How does it feel to have been the leader of the country, to have made your party electable and then to saunter into public life every now and then to a chorus of people screaming “go away”? For this is the strange afterlife of Tony Blair: adviser to dictators; property magnate. His latest pronouncements about
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Letter: Bill Davis had a sense of fun31h Letter: Bill Davis had a sense of fun
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/feb/11/william-davis-obituary" title="">William Davis
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Cross-party unity could be the key to Brexit deal | Letters31h Cross-party unity could be the key to Brexit deal | Letters
Readers debate the way forward for remain parties, how to prevent Nigel Farage from triumphing, and urge Labour to take a bolder stanceAs you report (
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As the bookseller said to the archbishop | Brief letters31h As the bookseller said to the archbishop | Brief letters
Extinction Rebellion | Bookstore surprises | Rabbits | Comedians in power | BrexitYour coverage of the Extinction Rebellion protest has been exemplary. In line with their demand to “tell the truth”, perhaps headlines about climate change affecting us right now could take a less celebratory tone (
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This man had to fight for benefits just before he died – when do we start to care? | Frances Ryan32h This man had to fight for benefits just before he died – when do we start to care? | Frances Ryan
Stephen Smith’s struggle exposed the cruelty of the benefits system. Now he is dead, but the system goes onYou may not remember the name Stephen Smith, but
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Zelenskiy’s victory in Ukraine was extraordinary. But now he faces a real test | Katya Gorchinskaya32h Zelenskiy’s victory in Ukraine was extraordinary. But now he faces a real test | Katya Gorchinskaya
The new president’s promise to take on the establishment will lead to questions over the oligarch who backed himOn Sunday night, Volodymyr Zelenskiy jumped up and down on stage as exit poll results flashed on a giant screen behind him. He now knew he would be
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Sri Lanka needs exemplary leadership during this national catastrophe | Dilrukshi Handunnetti32h Sri Lanka needs exemplary leadership during this national catastrophe | Dilrukshi Handunnetti
Bickering and passing the buck for government failures will not help either the country or families of bombing victimsThe
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Victor Hugo gave Notre Dame life as the vibrant heart of France. It can be reborn | Bradley Stephens34h Victor Hugo gave Notre Dame life as the vibrant heart of France. It can be reborn | Bradley Stephens
The rise of The Hunchback of Notre Dame to the top of France’s bestseller list shows how much the spirit of the cathedral still mattersVictor Hugo was not enamoured with the title of Frederic Shoberl’s English translation of his 1831 novel
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Only Labour can stop Nigel Farage and his Thatcherite revival | Andrew Adonis36h Only Labour can stop Nigel Farage and his Thatcherite revival | Andrew Adonis
A win for the Brexit party at the European elections would be catastrophic for Britain. There is only one way to stop them
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Smaller parties have a surprisingly big impact on British politics | Hannah Peaker37h Smaller parties have a surprisingly big impact on British politics | Hannah Peaker
By influencing the policies of Labour and the Tories, parties such as the Women’s Equality party effect change, whatever their resultsTechnology sometimes reminds you that the unpredictable is actually all too predictable. At its last extraordinary general meeting, the national executive for the
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Who will be killed off in Avengers: Endgame? Hopefully all of them | Phoebe-Jane Boyd38h Who will be killed off in Avengers: Endgame? Hopefully all of them | Phoebe-Jane Boyd
It might hurt, but let’s say bye to Captain America, Black Widow et al, and usher in a bit of diversity As the clock ticks down to the release of
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Is Benjamin Netanyahu about to go rogue in Jerusalem? All the signs are there | Mick Dumper40h Is Benjamin Netanyahu about to go rogue in Jerusalem? All the signs are there | Mick Dumper
Flushed with election success and politically tooled-up with Trump’s support, he now has the holy Islamic sites in his sightsIs Israel lining up its ducks for another dramatic unilateral action in Jerusalem? The portents are there in the recent Israeli election campaign, a campaign that returned
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Greta Thunberg’s visit to Britain is a huge moment for the climate movement | Caroline Lucas41h Greta Thunberg’s visit to Britain is a huge moment for the climate movement | Caroline Lucas
Young people like Greta represent hope in the face of political inaction. Extinction Rebellion must succeed for their sakeThis afternoon an international sensation is taking to the stage in central London. She’s young, admired around the world and her name is
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On the first Stephen Lawrence Day, let’s admit our communities are still unequal | Doreen Lawrence42h On the first Stephen Lawrence Day, let’s admit our communities are still unequal | Doreen Lawrence
We must build a society that doesn’t exclude anyone on grounds of race, gender, sexuality, religion, disability or background The 22nd of April is the first National
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Our schools are beyond breaking point – where is the outrage? | John Harris42h Our schools are beyond breaking point – where is the outrage? | John Harris
Bone-headed reforms and deep cuts have left our education system is a scandalous state of disrepair Last summer, as the politics of Britain’s exit from the EU staggered on and England’s World Cup run offered some kind of respite,
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Extinction Rebellion is leading a new, youthful politics that will change Britain | Matthew d’Ancona42h Extinction Rebellion is leading a new, youthful politics that will change Britain | Matthew d’Ancona
A generation of networked rebels will bring down an old order whose failings have been laid bare I am a fan of generation gaps. Though academics and the media love to identify new demographic cohorts – Generation X, Generation Z, Net Gen, Gen Wii – such distinctions often confuse mere fashion with decisive transformations in behaviour, social priority and worldview. But we need such transformations, the inter-generational arguments that they spawn, and the changes that, sooner or later, they compel upon us all.
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