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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and the nuclear arms treaty – cartoon9h Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and the nuclear arms treaty – cartoon
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The Guardian view on taming technology: it’s out of control | Editorial9h The Guardian view on taming technology: it’s out of control | Editorial
Technology’s power to manipulate minds and emotions may be too much for societyCan even a man with Nick Clegg’s record of unblemished political success rescue Facebook’s reputation? There is an awful symmetry in Sir Nick’s move from British politics to Facebook. In his earlier career, he stood for a posture of responsibility without power, of careless promises to which he was later held by an unforgiving electorate. In his new one there will be more of the same. Facebook too has a long record of cheap rhetoric about democracy and bringing people together – alongside a record of acting as a tool for destabilising democracies and in some cases for the encouragement of
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The Guardian view on the march for a people’s vote: a step forward | Editorial9h The Guardian view on the march for a people’s vote: a step forward | Editorial
When more people than are members of both main parties put together march against Brexit, both parties should listenIf participation in a march counted as membership of a political party, the party opposed to Brexit is now probably the largest in Britain, and on some counts larger than the Labour and Conservative parties combined.
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In India, women are no longer prepared to stay silent | Rana Ayyub9h In India, women are no longer prepared to stay silent | Rana Ayyub
With the resignation of cabinet minister, our #MeToo movement has claimed its first victory, but the battle continuesLast year, just as the world was reading with disgust stories emerging as a result of the
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Michael Young and the perils of meritocracy | Letters10h Michael Young and the perils of meritocracy | Letters
Readers respond to Kwame Anthony Appiah’s long read on the author of The Rise of the Meritocracy, published 60 years agoWhile Kwame Anthony Appiah’s celebration of Michael Young’s life (
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Reforming the Gender Recognition Act would change my life | Anonymous10h Reforming the Gender Recognition Act would change my life | Anonymous
It would end the awful, demeaning process that trans people like me have to undergo for our gender to be legally recognisedYou may notice this is written anonymously. I’ve chosen not to put my name to this because I know that if I did, I’d be targeted by those who do not support my right to be myself. Over recent months, there’s been an increasingly abusive discussion about people such as me – people who are trans. We are at the centre of a debate that is taking place around us – questioning whether I really know who I am, or whether others know better; whether I really know my own mind; whether I am really a woman – which I am – and whether I can be trusted around other women. The way that trans men and non-binary people have been treated in this debate has been awful too. Non-binary people – those whose gender is something other than simply male or female – have had their identities publicly mocked by commentators indistinguishable from schoolyard bullies. Friends of mine who are trans men have had their voices shouted down by those intent on “rescuing” them from being transgender, rather than respecting their experiences and autonomy.
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Whether to like Nick Clegg’s move to Facebook | Letters10h Whether to like Nick Clegg’s move to Facebook | Letters
Clegg’s move to Facebook is mistimed, says
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Space travel is not a matter of genius | Letters10h Space travel is not a matter of genius | Letters
Richard Branson is just aiming to emulate what Nasa managed nearly 60 years ago, writes
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Poison Ivy was the brains behind the Cramps | Brief letters10h Poison Ivy was the brains behind the Cramps | Brief letters
Crime rates | Jamal Khashoggi | Toilet goldfish | Female guitaristsIt cannot be a coincidence that the rates of homicide, burglary and attacks on women are at the highest rate in 10 years (
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Channel 4’s future lies in young, diverse, bullish Birmingham | Matthew D’Ancona10h Channel 4’s future lies in young, diverse, bullish Birmingham | Matthew D’Ancona
The broadcaster is deciding where to relocate. The UK’s second city is the perfect choiceAt the end of this month, just shy of its 36th birthday, Channel 4 will decide
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Nick Clegg’s second act is a tragic loss of face | Nesrine Malik11h Nick Clegg’s second act is a tragic loss of face | Nesrine Malik
When ex-politicians use their public profile to make millions, it feels like exploitation. ‘Silicon Nick’ is a case in pointA few years ago, the founder of a firm I worked for became heavily involved with
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Even as we rail at our leaders, we fail to address our own manifest flaws | Howard Jacobson17h Even as we rail at our leaders, we fail to address our own manifest flaws | Howard Jacobson
Our political class is paralysed and we complain that we have never been so badly served. But what about our own errors of judgment?Now is the perfect storm of our discontent. Rather than wonder how it will end – because it can only end badly – we’d do better by asking how it began. I am inclined always to take the long view myself. We listened to the snake in the garden – it’s striking how like
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We risk losing slices of our past if we don’t root out racism in our universities | David Olusoga18h We risk losing slices of our past if we don’t root out racism in our universities | David Olusoga
History is in crisis when black students refuse to study it and staff suffer abuse What happens when a highly respected professional body undertakes serious and rigorous research into race and racism in its industry? Then, in the light of depressing findings, the researchers call upon their profession, institutions and colleagues to confront “persistent inequalities in our habits and practices”? The dismal answer is that both the researchers and their findings are served up, by parts of the press, as disapproval fodder for the “world’s gone mad”, “had enough of experts” demographic; the hard core of the unreality-based community.
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Only when MPs stare into the abyss will they agree to a People’s Vote | Andrew Rawnsley21h Only when MPs stare into the abyss will they agree to a People’s Vote | Andrew Rawnsley
Total parliamentary deadlock, with rejections of both Theresa May’s deal and a no-deal, is the likeliest route to another referendum The march for a People’s Vote converged on Parliament Square. Since MPs were not at home to hear the crowds, some might say that this was a bit pointless. I’d say it was exactly the right place to be. The Brexit stramash began in parliament. Parliament is failing to find a resolution. If another referendum is the only way to escape from the deep hole in which Britain is trapped, then that will require the agreement of MPs. Marches are good for the morale of a cause. They can give momentum and energy to a campaign. It can be a fun and sociable way to spend a Saturday. But those campaigning for another referendum need to know this. Marches by themselves are never going to produce another plebiscite. It is possible that the country will get a last-gasp chance to change its mind and call the whole damn thing off, but that opportunity depends on MPs. It can happen only if sufficient of them are persuaded that a further referendum is the right thing to do or the expedient thing to do. And if not those, then that throwing the question back to the people is the only thing left to do.
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Turkey should look to its own brutal treatment of journalists | Kenan Malik21h Turkey should look to its own brutal treatment of journalists | Kenan Malik
We must not forget the country’s appalling treatment of its own dissidents since the failed coup in 2016Five months ago, I wrote of
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What harm can a couple of inflatable penises do to our historic cities? | Sophie Heawood21h What harm can a couple of inflatable penises do to our historic cities? | Sophie Heawood
York’s latest assault on hen and stag parties ignores the fact that it owes so much to marauding outsiders And so to York, where the powers that be are trying to ban buskers from
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White identity is meaningless. Real dignity is found in shared hopes | Kenan Malik21h White identity is meaningless. Real dignity is found in shared hopes | Kenan Malik
Demographics cannot make sense of unrest. Social context is key to understanding‘It’s dignity, stupid.” Where once economic wellbeing was seen as key to winning electoral support, there is now recognition that more intangible qualities matter too – the ability to be heard, to live in meaningful communities, to possess self-worth. The acceptance that values and social connectedness matter is welcome. The danger, though, is that concern with dignity is becoming as rigid as was that with economic security. In this age of identity politics, dignity is all too often reduced to the public affirmation of ethnic or cultural identity.
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Orwell was right: free speech is important but it is not enough | David Dwan21h Orwell was right: free speech is important but it is not enough | David Dwan
Freedom of expression is a dangerous licence when severed from any commitment to truth, as cyber-thugs reveal daily It’s been an eventful week for what we used to call truth. The Saudi government has finally admitted that Jamal Khashoggi has been killed, although its
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Beware the pernicious Catholicism that is presently abroad in the land | Kevin McKenna21h Beware the pernicious Catholicism that is presently abroad in the land | Kevin McKenna
Why stop at outlawing flags? Ban rosary beads and making the sign of the cross too I am often moved to reproach myself for deploying a disrespectful attitude to Police Scotland. The men and women who patrol our streets and monitor the internet day and night to keep us safe have a difficult job and I feel that they are underappreciated. Thus I was encouraged to learn recently that our national police service is continuing to go yon extra mile in keeping our communities safe. Our officers of the law are now pledged to root out the aggressive and
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The Observer view on dealing with child-grooming gangs | Observer editorial21h The Observer view on dealing with child-grooming gangs | Observer editorial
The victims of the horrific events in Huddersfield and other cities are not best served by a polarised debate on race Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford, Bristol, Peterborough, Newcastle – and now Huddersfield. These are the places across the country where young girls, failed by those supposed to protect them, have been preyed on by gangs of men who repeatedly rape and abuse them. Every new case that emerges raises the question: how many more are there to come to light? No words can do justice to the horrific abuse perpetrated by a gang of 20 men in
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If you’re on the side of democracy, Nick Clegg, why are you going to work for Facebook? | Carole Cadwalladr21h If you’re on the side of democracy, Nick Clegg, why are you going to work for Facebook? | Carole Cadwalladr
When you take the Zuckerberg shilling, you’re leaving your principles behind you Dear Nick, congratulations on the
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The Harry and Meghan show is a right royal turn-off | Barbara Ellen21h The Harry and Meghan show is a right royal turn-off | Barbara Ellen
I really don’t want to know what the royal couple did on their holiday – or even what you did on yours Hey everybody, did you realise that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were touring Australia? It’s impossible to escape the
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Porn not only messes with young men’s minds, but their bodies too | Barbara Ellen21h Porn not only messes with young men’s minds, but their bodies too | Barbara Ellen
Is it surprising they struggle to get erections when their instruction manual is so twisted? Far from porn being the great inspirer of sexual play, could too much early exposure contribute to erectile dysfunction and male performance anxiety? A
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The history and horror of the Great War | Letters21h The history and horror of the Great War | Letters
The Observer’s Armistice supplement gave readers plenty to mull – and in some cases weep – overMay I add to your excellent Armistice supplement. Between 1958 and 1961, I was in digs in Norfolk with a gamekeeper. He had spent the whole of the First World War in France on a bicycle running errands. He was probably given the job because, as a gamekeeper, he knew about finding cover. More than 40 years later he was still talking about the war. The worst part, he said, was the starvation in the trenches when it was over. There was so much celebration in London that everyone had forgotten the men in the trenches still needed feeding.
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The People’s Vote is a cause worth marching for27h The People’s Vote is a cause worth marching for
The energy is with Remain: when hundreds of thousands give up their time for peaceful protest, they are never wrongApproaching 700,000 people marched on Saturday for a
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John Bercow is not the man to fix the house. He should go | Jess Phillips32h John Bercow is not the man to fix the house. He should go | Jess Phillips
It pains me to say it, but the Speaker is not up to the job of ending the culture of bullying at WestministerA fish rots from the head, apparently. I have no idea if this is fact or a fiction that makes for a brutal metaphor, one that I heard again and again in parliament last week. The fish is parliament and the head is the Speaker, John Bercow. Dame
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David Cameron led us to this calamity. Yet he stays quiet and hides in his hut | Nick Cohen33h David Cameron led us to this calamity. Yet he stays quiet and hides in his hut | Nick Cohen
As ex-prime minister, he has a duty to offer a solution on Brexit, but lacks the gutsJohn Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown have warned of the dangers of Brexit. But where is the former prime minister who called the referendum that will blight Britain for as far ahead as anyone can see? Whatever happened to that likely lad? David Cameron doesn’t want to talk about it, one of his friends tells me. “He doesn’t defend the referendum, but won’t say he made a mistake either. Europe is like a family scandal. We know what’s happened but we don’t say a word: it’s his no-go zone.” At a personal level, the consequences swirl around him. I may be exhausting your capacity for compassion but the smallest of the casualties of Brexit has been the good fellowship of the Chipping Norton set. Naturally, the Cotswolds’ wealthy Leavers are grateful. But Cameron must resent them. He must know that he has been the useful idiot who succumbed to the demands of Rupert Murdoch’s
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Lizzo would be a sea witch to make us all live happily ever after | Rebecca Nicholson36h Lizzo would be a sea witch to make us all live happily ever after | Rebecca Nicholson
The American rapper seems a natural for the remake of The Little Mermaid The singer and rapper
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The Observer view on the urgent need for a fresh vote on Europe | Observer editorial38h The Observer view on the urgent need for a fresh vote on Europe | Observer editorial
While Europe remains united in defence of its principles, the Tory party is hopelessly divided. Voters must be given a voiceThe way the hard Tory Brexiters told it, Europe’s leaders should have been begging for mercy by now. Instead, Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron
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Am I too young to write my autobiography? No way! | Chibundu Onuzo45h Am I too young to write my autobiography? No way! | Chibundu Onuzo
We all have stories to tell. History is not just about the big names. It’s about our everyday lives “Isn’t that a little premature?” a relative of mine asked when I told him I was writing the story of my life so far in eight essays. For some, my life has been too short to be chronicled. I’ve not reached 30 yet, that age milestone that proves beyond doubt you are now irrevocably an adult. For others, my life has been too uneventful. I’ve watched news of wars, earthquakes and famine ticker past on my TV, safe in my living room. And you might even say my life has been too insignificant. I don’t have a
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Bullies too often go unchecked – and not just in Westminster | Gaby Hinsliff45h Bullies too often go unchecked – and not just in Westminster | Gaby Hinsliff
It’s a problem that buck-passing managers often ignore. But the damage is immense The shouting was audible from the end of the corridor, but it was only when I got close that it was clear what was actually happening. A well-known broadcaster, who shall not be named despite richly deserving it, was bawling at an obviously frightened junior researcher for something that seemingly wasn’t her fault. Walking into the whole thing as a studio guest was as oddly embarrassing as stumbling into a marital row by accident, but asking around later I learned that it apparently happened all the time. The presenter had a reputation not merely for being a bully but for not particularly caring who saw her throw her weight around. (Yes, it was a woman. Female bosses can be appalling bullies, just as men can.) It was years ago, I was young and fairly junior myself, and didn’t know what to do, except go on air and awkwardly pretend it hadn’t happened. But this week, reading
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