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If Amber Rudd can’t explain why she defied the courts, she should go | Charles Falconer1h 18m If Amber Rudd can’t explain why she defied the courts, she should go | Charles Falconer
The Home Office ignored judges on three occasions to deport torture victim Samim Bigzad. It’s hard to overstate the significance of thisAmber Rudd confused herself with a 16th-century monarch last week, seemingly believing she has a divine right to rule, irrespective of the law. Three times
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Social media trolls may be vile – but they shouldn’t be barred from voting | Abi Wilkinson2h Social media trolls may be vile – but they shouldn’t be barred from voting | Abi Wilkinson
The Electoral Commission’s suggestion that online abusers should lose their vote undermines not just the principle of universal suffrage, but democracy itself
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Boris Johnson is an insult to the nation. His plotting led to this horror show | Owen Jones3h Boris Johnson is an insult to the nation. His plotting led to this horror show | Owen Jones
For the last two years, Britain has been held hostage by the Tories’ disastrous scheming. Now acrimony is erupting and Brexit looks ever more shambolic
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Theresa May will get no sympathy for Brexit in Eurosceptic Italy | Natalie Nougayrède5h Theresa May will get no sympathy for Brexit in Eurosceptic Italy | Natalie Nougayrède
As her Europe speech nears, Florence is baffled as to why it is the stage for an internal British dispute gone awry. And a highly tedious one at thatTheresa May’s trip to Florence this Friday will make for some nice images, but the beauty of Tuscany will hardly be enough to soothe her Brexit woes. The British prime minister will need more than a Baedeker to find a way of convincing Europeans that Britain is leaving the EU but not Europe, and that it is realistic about the process.
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Feeling like an impostor? You can escape this confidence-sapping syndrome | Fiona Buckland7h Feeling like an impostor? You can escape this confidence-sapping syndrome | Fiona Buckland
Even the highest achievers, such as Albert Einstein and Maya Angelou, suffer from this corrosive form of low self-esteem. But there are coping strategiesThe philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote: “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” Whether on a local or global level, the problems we face require the best people to step up. But many hold back because they feel that luck rather than ability lies behind their successes, and dread that sooner or later some person or event will expose them for the fraud that deep down they believe themselves to be. Far from being a realistic self-assessment, the
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The Tories are in chaos, so Labour must stand ready | Polly Toynbee10h The Tories are in chaos, so Labour must stand ready | Polly Toynbee
Jeremy Corbyn’s party has the chance to lighten the Brexit darkness with a New Deal. He must seize itTen years ago
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White supremacist statues must fall. Even when they are of famous scientists | Yarden Katz10h White supremacist statues must fall. Even when they are of famous scientists | Yarden Katz
There is no such thing as apolitical science, as a row over the ‘father of gynaecology’, who experimented on slaves, reminds usScience’s most elite magazine, Nature, published an editorial recently arguing that calling for monuments to figures such as J Marion Sims – often called the “father of gynaecology” – to be removed amounts to “whitewashing” history. Sims is widely praised for developing techniques in gynaecological surgery and founding a women’s hospital in New York in the mid-1800s. But Sims experimented on enslaved black women and infants, operating up to 30 times on one woman to perfect his method. Last month, women wearing bloodied hospital gowns staged a protest by Sims’s statue outside the New York Academy of Medicine.
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A Confederacy of Dunces15h A Confederacy of Dunces
Mayor Bill de Blasio goes hunting for ‘hate’ on New York City property.
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Pelosi Faces Her Constituents15h Pelosi Faces Her Constituents
These days, no good compromise goes unpunished.
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How to End ObamaCare in Two Pages16h How to End ObamaCare in Two Pages
Call John Roberts’s bluff by disavowing the taxing power.
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Ukraine Has Many Problems, and Only One of Them Is Russia16h Ukraine Has Many Problems, and Only One of Them Is Russia
It has overcome challenges that would have destroyed a less determined country, but there’s trouble ahead.
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Martin Rowson on Boris Johnson – cartoon19h Martin Rowson on Boris Johnson – cartoon
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The Guardian view on Saudi Arabia: the seventh son rises | Editorial20h The Guardian view on Saudi Arabia: the seventh son rises | Editorial
A crackdown on dissent by the youngest heir apparent in Saudi history will not help the desert kingdom find a way out of an economic mess at home and misguided entanglements abroadThe
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The Guardian view on Stanislav Petrov: an unsung hero | Editorial20h The Guardian view on Stanislav Petrov: an unsung hero | Editorial
At the height of the cold war, one man did his bit to save the world, and no one knewIt takes about half an hour for a nuclear missile to travel between the population centres of Russia and the US, its warheads freighted with the end of the civilised world. At the height of the cold war, when detection systems were less sophisticated than today, there would have been as little as 15 minutes for the other side to react in. On a couple of occasions the world brushed past such a catastrophe – once in 1962 at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, when a captured Russian double agent, Oleg Penkovsky, gave
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Editorial | The Guardian view on Ryanair: the low expectations airline20h Editorial | The Guardian view on Ryanair: the low expectations airline
The forced cancellation of 400,000 people’s flights is bad for them and for the business tooMichael O’Leary, the boss of Ryanair, once
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Memo to Trump and the SAS – send the Afghans fewer bullets and more books | Caroline Moorehead21h Memo to Trump and the SAS – send the Afghans fewer bullets and more books | Caroline Moorehead
A remarkable experiment under way in west Kabul is defying the threat of Isis to deliver radical education to hundreds of young Afghans. Its lessons are vitalIn the spring of 2002, I went to
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We’ve hit peak injustice: a world without borders, but only for the super-rich | Hugh Muir23h We’ve hit peak injustice: a world without borders, but only for the super-rich | Hugh Muir
Revelations about the wealthy buying citizenships confirm a sorry truth: the migration door, closed to the poor, swings open to those with vast fortunes
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Our dewilded dictionary rejected conkers and adders – but help is at hand | Patrick Barkham23h Our dewilded dictionary rejected conkers and adders – but help is at hand | Patrick Barkham
The loss of natural vocabulary impoverishes children’s lives. In The Lost Words, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris hope to heal those woundsIt is hazardous to stand in my garden. Thwack. Thud. Every five minutes, the tree above slings a conker to the ground as if by catapult. Some open their spiny cases on impact. Others can be gently crushed to reveal their gleaming treasure: cool to touch, encased in cream memory foam, and decorated with whorls that resemble a chestnut map of the world.
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What will cost more than lifting the public sector pay cap? Not lifting it | Faiza Shaheen25h What will cost more than lifting the public sector pay cap? Not lifting it | Faiza Shaheen
The status quo is maintained at a big cost to wider society and the economy. Yet still the Tories’ dodgy maths hoodwinks far too many peopleThe Conservatives are finally
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Sorry, Vince, the centre needs big, radical ideas before it can rise again | David Boyle25h Sorry, Vince, the centre needs big, radical ideas before it can rise again | David Boyle
Cable is as likely to be the next PM as I am. On the eve of his speech at the Liberal Democrat conference, here are five realistic strategies to re-energise radical centrismSo Vince Cable
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California Democrats Target Tesla26h Updated California Democrats Target Tesla
In the Golden State, the left loves unions even more than electric cars.
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Boris Johnson’s £350m claim is devious and bogus. Here’s why | John Lichfield26h Boris Johnson’s £350m claim is devious and bogus. Here’s why | John Lichfield
The foreign secretary must find it necessary to distort statistics because the truth does not serve his caseThere are lies, damned lies and Boris Johnson’s weasel sums. By no honest calculation can Britain’s net payment to the European Union be estimated as £350m a week.
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Yes, I’m the child of an MP. That’s no reason to give me abuse | Hanna Flint27h Yes, I’m the child of an MP. That’s no reason to give me abuse | Hanna Flint
The Tory MP Bob Stewart says his son has been singled out by a teacher because of his father’s views. No child should be judged in this wayWhen I was 14, one of my teachers held me back after class to ask me something. It wasn’t about my contribution to the lesson or my work: it was to ask how my mother was going to vote on Britain’s participation in the
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Devolution in Wales is here to stay – Brexit must not change that | Huw Edwards30h Devolution in Wales is here to stay – Brexit must not change that | Huw Edwards
I witnessed at first hand the grudging way my homeland was treated pre-1997. Our journey to devolution was tortuous – but the reward is better government For many, it seems that a margin of victory of 52 to 48 is less than compelling. In Wales, it is splendidly ironic that some of those questioning the validity of the 2016 referendum result are the same people who rejected any such questioning in 1997 when Wales voted for devolved government by 50.3 to 49.7 – a
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It is possible that the world might literally end soon! I am not ready for this | First Dog on the Moon31h It is possible that the world might literally end soon! I am not ready for this | First Dog on the Moon
Capitalism should be dismantled before the world ends, and a blackbird has made a nest in the ficus vine on the shed. Her babies haven’t fledged so we should wait for that too
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Did the government intentionally mislead us over its deal with the DUP? | Gina Miller33h Did the government intentionally mislead us over its deal with the DUP? | Gina Miller
First article 50, now the DUP ‘bung’: without proper scrutiny, the Tory government is behaving as if it is above the lawIf there is one thing in short supply in parliament these days, it is people who fret about detail. Margaret Thatcher read every paper in her red box. Robin Cook, too, got the importance of detail, and was almost certainly the only one who was really on top of what his government was doing in Iraq. The same might be said about Tam Dalyell, who was all over the Falklands conflict. I’m not sure when exactly it started to become the fashion in Westminster to skim-read documents, only bother with bullet points or, worse, to take them entirely on trust – but that, perhaps, was when we began as a country to lose our way.
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Should we send young offenders to boarding school? | Afua Hirsch34h Should we send young offenders to boarding school? | Afua Hirsch
Placing at-risk children in custody doesn’t work. They need the same educational support as their richer peers Not long ago, driving through a Warwickshire town looking for a residential school, of a kind, I drove past a group of pupils walking in a crocodile. The uniforms caught my attention – the girls’ skirts looked unusually long, flapping around the ankles, an eccentricity denoting privilege. The boys were dressed in suits, and they were accompanied by a master in long robes.
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