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Martin Rowson on Tory MPs voting for a new leader – cartoon12h Martin Rowson on Tory MPs voting for a new leader – cartoon
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Theresa May could yet give us the ultimate parting gift: a Brexit referendum | Polly Toynbee12h Theresa May could yet give us the ultimate parting gift: a Brexit referendum | Polly Toynbee
The outgoing prime minister could blow away her detractors and say that too much is being decided by a tiny Tory electorateThe obscene sight of Tory leadership candidates
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The Wahaca row shows why workers need a new way to unite | Zoe Williams12h The Wahaca row shows why workers need a new way to unite | Zoe Williams
The perceived injustice of a waiter’s treatment tells us employers hold all the cards. But online outrage can become online solidarityA row recently erupted over workers’ conditions in the restaurant group Wahaca that turned out to be a little more complicated than it looked. Some diners had done a runner; another, law-abiding punter, Sarah Hayward, overheard the ensuing row and
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The Guardian view on a Brexit election: the unicorns are back | Editorial12h The Guardian view on a Brexit election: the unicorns are back | Editorial
The frontrunner in the race to be the next prime minister is trading in Trumpian fantasy and his peers are following his lead. When their words catch up with them, the nation will payThe eccentric and extreme nature of Brexit has led to some bizarre outcomes. Perhaps the strangest is that the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union has been downgraded from a national emergency to a party one. Instead of discussing ways out of the political,
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The Guardian view on Hong Kong’s crisis: the people have spoken | Editorial12h The Guardian view on Hong Kong’s crisis: the people have spoken | Editorial
The extradition bill and its mishandling have sparked such outrage that the process has been paused. What now?
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Why is it so hard for Labour to find a woman for its inner circle? | Suzanne Moore13h Why is it so hard for Labour to find a woman for its inner circle? | Suzanne Moore
The Tory leadership is just men talking among themselves, and the opposition has no one to counter it On Sunday night, I may have watched some men in suits talking nonsense. I may have been in the pub. I may have fallen asleep because the Tory-leadership candidate who is actually going to win couldn’t be arsed to turn up. Such is power. Some of these guys aren’t recognisable to me. Such is politics. The winner will stand against Jeremy Corbyn. We all know Corbyn is very concerned about having more women in the Labour leadership. But not concerned enough to actually have many. Emily Thornberry couldn’t be called on to do PMQs as she made the terrible faux pas of telling the truth about the European elections. In the US, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden feel entitled enough to lead despite all the great Democrat women who are running against them.
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Spotting mental health issues in schoolchildren | Letters13h Spotting mental health issues in schoolchildren | Letters
Readers react strongly to the news that Theresa May is to pledge new materials and guidance for teachers as part of a prevention initiativeThe news that Theresa May is focusing on mental health training for teachers (
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‘Domestic extremism’ is no way to describe peaceful protest | Letters13h ‘Domestic extremism’ is no way to describe peaceful protest | Letters
Police must stop categorising protest activities in this way, say 152 campaigners, lawyers, academics, journalists and politiciansOne of the greatest threats to free speech in Britain is the routine labelling, by the police, of non-violent protests and campaigns as “domestic extremism”. This term has no clear legal definition but is used to justify intensive surveillance and the retention of information on people who in many cases have never been arrested. Designating a campaign as extremist means everyone associated with it may also find themselves labelled in this way, even if they do nothing unlawful. From anti-fracking and anti-racist campaigners to peace and anti-nuclear groups, international solidarity activists and opponents of hunting, so many people who are legitimately protesting are also subjectively targeted by sweeping terrorism powers. This includes the draconian “counter-radicalisation” Prevent programme, which has been used to try to stifle the political views of young people, their parents and those who work with children and vulnerable adults.
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Irony and humour in Tory leadership debate | Letters14h Irony and humour in Tory leadership debate | Letters
Readers react to the Conservative candidates’ TV hustingsInteresting in the Tory leadership debate on Channel 4 (
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Trump’s attack on Sadiq Khan is inappropriate and unfair | Letters14h Trump’s attack on Sadiq Khan is inappropriate and unfair | Letters
London’s mayor is addressing the causes of knife crime with progressive policies, while the US president is creating division, says
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Going out to bat for cricket diplomacy | Brief letters14h Going out to bat for cricket diplomacy | Brief letters
Never too late to learn Welsh | Test match for India/Pakistan joint side | Bluegrass v jazz | Free Sky for over-75s? | The size of CubaWe were thrilled to see that Welsh is now “cool” (
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Why I hate emojis | Suzanne Moore15h Why I hate emojis | Suzanne Moore
I have never knowingly used the vile little gurning dots and I don’t intend to start nowShould I ever be kidnapped or held against my will – I am talking about a boring wedding rather than a Liam Neeson Taken-type scenario – it will be very easy for my nearest and dearest to know something is up. I will text them those vile little gurning dots called emojis and they will know my world is falling apart. I have never knowingly used an emoji and I don’t intend to start now. Someone has to hold the line. Standards must be maintained. Recently I accidentally giffed – my phone had a sort of spasm in my bag – but I have since apologised. Gifs and memes are mostly lazy and formulaic, but occasionally marvellous. I can live with them – I am not an animal.
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I thought I would die in Brook House. Now my abusers will have to face justice | BB17h I thought I would die in Brook House. Now my abusers will have to face justice | BB
Bullying, racism, physical abuse – and no idea when we’d get out. Our treatment in immigration detention was a scandalI thought this moment would never come, but I always clung on to hope. I spent nearly two years in Brook House immigration detention centre and I was
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Hail to the oxymoron-in-chief, Boris Johnson | Simon Jenkins20h Hail to the oxymoron-in-chief, Boris Johnson | Simon Jenkins
Rory Stewart might be the only honest candidate amid his rivals’ Brexit lies, but the crown is Johnson’sBoris Johnson was right: group debates are awful. Last night was
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It took me years to come out as bisexual. I just didn’t feel safe enough | Sharan Dhaliwal22h It took me years to come out as bisexual. I just didn’t feel safe enough | Sharan Dhaliwal
Homophobic attacks will only add to the uncertainty felt by some LGBT people. It’s time to change the narrative I came out last year, just before my 34th birthday, as a bisexual woman. As a result, I regularly hear from people asking what they should do because they’re getting older and, sometimes, are more frightened to come out. I understand. I wasn’t sure what to do for a long time – I didn’t know if I was going to be accepted or understood. As a 35-year-old who had been previously engaged to a cis man and as someone who could have never imagined being publicly happy with a woman or nonbinary person – I empthasise. Coming out as bisexual – a
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Top Gear would never have visited Brunei if it had already passed its homophobic stoning law | Andrew Flintoff24h Top Gear would never have visited Brunei if it had already passed its homophobic stoning law | Andrew Flintoff
A segment of our new series was filmed in the sultanate. I was horrified when days later it passed this appalling law Being asked to
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Should dating apps tell us how sexy we are? | Coco Khan25h Should dating apps tell us how sexy we are? | Coco Khan
App algorithms rank results so dating opportunities end up being hoarded by the few. One app told me my scoreMarks out of 10: how attractive do you think you are? Perhaps you’d describe yourself as a six on a good hair day, or seven when you’ve caught the sun? Attractiveness, after all, is subjective, and can change from day to day. Besides, isn’t beauty in the eye of the beholder? But the truth is, if you have ever used an internet dating app, your desirability has been rated. It has to be.
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