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The Guardian view on segregated playgrounds: sand and fury | Editorial3h The Guardian view on segregated playgrounds: sand and fury | Editorial
New flats where the children of social tenants have separate swings is a reminder of everything that is wrong with housing policy Our report about a housing development in south London with
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Efforts to unpick the constitutional crisis that is Brexit | Letters3h Efforts to unpick the constitutional crisis that is Brexit | Letters
Readers air their views after MPs voted to seize control of the parliamentary timetable to allow backbenchers to hold a series of votes on alternatives to Theresa May’s Brexit dealIt is the referendum that has paralysed parliament: presented as the mandate of the people, it reduces members from representatives to delegates, fearful of “dishonouring” it. So far this has been the main reason given for not revoking article 50. Leaving aside whether it was flawed, by interference or misinformation, it was absurd to embark on it without putting before the people any clear indication of what our future relationship with Europe would be, or the difficulties of unpicking the years of our membership.
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Double standards on oil spills in Nigeria must end | Letters3h Double standards on oil spills in Nigeria must end | Letters
Oil companies must respect human lives and clean up the damage their industry does wherever they operate, say
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Shrewd rebranding of stations and bus stops | Letters3h Shrewd rebranding of stations and bus stops | Letters
Renaming Bicester Village was a canny move, says
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How to share a bed? Listen carfully to your partner | Brief letters3h How to share a bed? Listen carfully to your partner | Brief letters
Prince Charles | Children’s playgrounds | Sharing a bed | Scott Walker | Mobile phone useSomebody in this incompetent government failed to tell the Prince of Wales that this was not the time to visit Cuba (Photo, 26 March), which provides much of the security that maintains Venezuela’s dictatorial Maduro regime. This confirms my view that among those who aspire to rule Global Britain, no one has the least idea of a coherent diplomatic strategy towards Latin America.
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Get set for Brexit: Indicative Day – the one where the Grand Wizards turn on each other | Marina Hyde4h Get set for Brexit: Indicative Day – the one where the Grand Wizards turn on each other | Marina Hyde
On Sunday it was all looking so good for the Brexit ultras. Then came Monday, and that parliamentary vote Draw near, true believers, for these are dark days for the ERG Brexit ultras. The Fellowship of the Ringpieces finds itself divided on their next move, and may yet be bitterly sundered as they ponder the big question: could they honestly have played it worse? Before we help them answer it, a quick update on which bit of Blunderland we’ve tumbled into now. Late on Monday night, the House of Commons voted to take control of the parliamentary agenda and attempt to break the Brexit deadlock via a series of indicative votes masterminded by former Tory minister Oliver Letwin. A clue, a clue! Our kingdom for a clue! Like all initiatives handled by Oliver Letwin since the 1980s, it promises to go spectacularly wrong in ways we haven’t even thought of yet, but let’s pretend otherwise before the shitstorm gets properly under way on Wednesday.
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Letter: Bill Sellars obituary5h Letter: Bill Sellars obituary
I will always be grateful to
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Jamie Dimon, spare us your crocodile tears about inequality | Robert Reich6h Jamie Dimon, spare us your crocodile tears about inequality | Robert Reich
If the CEO of JPMorgan Chase really cared about American workers, he would put an end to corporate executives like him rigging the system If I may be so bold as to try to lure your attention away from Trump and Mueller for a moment, consider Jamie Dimon’s lament, delivered a few days before Mueller delivered his report. Dimon is CEO of JPMorgan Chase, and wrongdoing by him and the CEOs of other big corporations is more responsible for Trump’s election than anything Russia dreamed of, as I’ll explain.
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Don’t knock the humble vox pop. It’s a vital tool of journalism | John Domokos7h Don’t knock the humble vox pop. It’s a vital tool of journalism | John Domokos
Street interviews can be abused by lazy reporters. But in Anywhere But Westminster, we’ve found them to be revelatory A lot of people, it seems, are sick of vox pops. With British politics becoming ever more bitterly dysfunctional, debate becoming more polarised and the media less trusted, the humble vox pop has become a symbol of what has gone wrong with the way we talk politics. The comedian David Baddiel
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You can give all your money away, but it won’t solve poverty | Masuma Rahim8h You can give all your money away, but it won’t solve poverty | Masuma Rahim
A Kenyan teacher who donates 80% of his income is amazingly generous. But such acts alone cannot tackle inequalityGlobally, income inequality is rising. Poverty remains a very real and very visible, ill in most of the world. It is humbling, then, to hear of
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Playgrounds only for the rich kids? What grotesque social apartheid | Gaby Hinsliff10h Playgrounds only for the rich kids? What grotesque social apartheid | Gaby Hinsliff
A developer has fenced off social housing residents from a playground outside their homes. This is society at its most mean-spiritedOne playground for the children of the rich, another for the poor. It’s hard to think of an idea more crassly offensive than a supposedly mixed housing development where even
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After Mueller, the need for oversight of Trump is as urgent as ever | John Mulholland10h After Mueller, the need for oversight of Trump is as urgent as ever | John Mulholland
Trump believes the Mueller report represents ‘total exoneration’. It does not – and we at the Guardian will keep holding him to account
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Michael Jackson’s life showed us the journey from abused to abuser | Hadley Freeman10h Michael Jackson’s life showed us the journey from abused to abuser | Hadley Freeman
The maltreatment he suffered was devastating but not sexual. Did that help fans believe in his harmless, ‘lost boy’ persona?Jimmy Savile. Harvey Weinstein. R Kelly. Kevin Spacey. We are not exactly short these days of celebrities accused of exploiting their fame to mask predatory behaviour. Yet the Michael Jackson case is different. And that’s not just because he is, still, so passionately defended by some – including, most recently, Barbra Streisand and
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Wales is right to ban smacking. But it’s not the whole solution | Nell Frizzell12h Wales is right to ban smacking. But it’s not the whole solution | Nell Frizzell
Legal remedies alone won’t protect children when the support services that parents need to cope are being destroyedWhen you’ve been awake since dawn, you haven’t spoken to another adult for six hours, you’re having your first period in two years and your baby is refusing to go to sleep despite having been awake since 4.22am, there is a very fine line between playfully flicking bits of sheepskin out of your child’s hand before they eat it, and just hitting your child. I know, because a few months ago I found myself alone, in a park, bathed in golden springtime sunshine, genuinely worried that I was about to hit my son. This was not some theoretical musing about the nature of “reasonable force” but the frayed-nerve feeling of a parent reaching the very end of their ability to cope. Had I grown up in an environment where smacking had been part of my family’s emotional language, if I’d been smacked as a child and lived to tell the tale, if slapping, smacking, pinching or hitting children had been considered normal during my childhood, then I might very well have smacked my own child that day. Luckily, very luckily, I was able to walk into a nearby children’s centre, plonk him by a miniature sandpit full of plastic dinosaurs, watch him wave cheerfully to the play worker laying out a rainbow of jumbo felt tip pens, walk into the corner, out of sight, and let out all the fury and fatigue that had been welling up inside me all day in one huge sigh.
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If Jacinda Ardern was in No 10, imagine how different Brexit would be | Jonathan Powell14h If Jacinda Ardern was in No 10, imagine how different Brexit would be | Jonathan Powell
Unlike Theresa May, New Zealand’s prime minister has the leadership qualities to bind a crisis-struck nation togetherThey are the second and third female prime ministers of their countries. They both preside over minority governments. They have both spent most of their lives in politics. Both have a long-term interest in policing and home affairs. And they have both had to lead as their countries confront one of the greatest man-made crises they have ever faced. That is where the comparisons end. One has become an international heroine and the other is about to leave office in humiliation as the second worst prime minister ever. In New Zealand,
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Beneath the fabulous superficiality of Pose there is something truly deep | Suzanne Moore15h Beneath the fabulous superficiality of Pose there is something truly deep | Suzanne Moore
The BBC2 drama revolves around the 1980s New York underground ballroom scene at the height of the Aids crisis. Movingly, it shows families formed in the face of rejection TV, you are really spoiling us at the moment. The world and its wife are in love with a celibate who drinks gin in a tin:
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The caliphate is over, but Isis will be back in another form | Alia Brahimi16h The caliphate is over, but Isis will be back in another form | Alia Brahimi
Amid the despair and the trauma in the region, Islamic State will create a fresh narrative and spread further afieldUnited States-backed fighters
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Is it too soon, too unsettling, for pro-IRA chants to be trivialised? | Una Mullally16h Is it too soon, too unsettling, for pro-IRA chants to be trivialised? | Una Mullally
Slogans such as the one used by footballer Declan Rice are more about cultural identity than sectarianismWhen does “Up the RA” not mean “Up the RA”? When the England footballer, Declan Rice, who played for the Republic of Ireland before switching allegiance, apologised for
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Martin Rowson on the Mueller report and Russian interference – cartoon25h Martin Rowson on the Mueller report and Russian interference – cartoon
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May fears the EU elections, but they’d be a great opportunity for remainers | Polly Toynbee26h May fears the EU elections, but they’d be a great opportunity for remainers | Polly Toynbee
The poll would be a huge national contest between pro- and anti-Brexiters. And it might split the ConservativesJust another day in Brexit deadlock, as the prime minister rose to address the parliament she had so brutishly insulted with her demagogic “I am on your side” attempt to speak to “the people” over MPs’ heads. No apology, but she came to admit that her deal was in the quicksands, sinking fast, and she
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Theresa May is effectively gone. She is a leader in name only | Michael Heseltine27h Theresa May is effectively gone. She is a leader in name only | Michael Heseltine
This is a national humiliation, made in Britain, made by Brexit. And the prime minister has no control over eventsBrexit is the biggest peacetime crisis we have faced and a no-deal Brexit could provoke a national emergency. The depth and scale of the divisions and the narrowness of the majority in favour of leaving the EU mean that the most sensible step would be to put the issue on hold, complete the negotiations and then hold a referendum. Sadly, that option is not available.
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The Guardian view on parliament and Brexit: take back control | Editorial27h The Guardian view on parliament and Brexit: take back control | Editorial
By refusing to compromise with MPs over her Brexit plan, Theresa May sinks her premiershipBrexit is a revolution, so expect revolutionary consequences. It
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The Guardian view on the Mueller report: release it in full | Editorial27h The Guardian view on the Mueller report: release it in full | Editorial
Donald Trump can only be defeated when Democrats understand why he wonOnly Donald Trump could describe as
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Special educational needs require inclusion | Letters28h Special educational needs require inclusion | Letters
Guardian readers respond to an editorial on how the government is failing pupils with learning disabilitiesThere may well be a “showdown” between parents and the government where special educational needs is concerned, but posing the problem simply as “inclusion” versus “segregation” obscures as much as it illuminates (
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How to cut the harm caused by cannabis | Letters28h How to cut the harm caused by cannabis | Letters
Regulation would be better than prohibition, writes
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LGBT people of faith caught in the crossfire between two communities | Letter28h LGBT people of faith caught in the crossfire between two communities | Letter
It is religious leaders who are most likely to push a gay Christian towards damaging conversion therapy, says
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Universities’ anti-cheating efforts need an overhaul | Letters28h Universities’ anti-cheating efforts need an overhaul | Letters
The problem posed by essay-writing services, and academic misconduct generally, needs to be addressed at multiple levels, writes
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Ordure, ordure for House of Commons | Brief letters28h Ordure, ordure for House of Commons | Brief letters
Country diary | National Women’s Register | Illustration credit | House of Commons | Scott WalkerAs an elderly reader whose ability to get out and about has been severely curtailed by problems with mobility, may I express much gratitude for your Country Diary. I particularly delight in the north country contributions from Susie White, Phil Gates and most recently Carey Davies (
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Women’s lib freed us from domestic drudgery – so what’s with today’s competitive cleaning? | Suzanne Moore28h Women’s lib freed us from domestic drudgery – so what’s with today’s competitive cleaning? | Suzanne Moore
Forget about gleaming worktops and shiny showerheads. Life is for living, not for tidying your cutlery tray The world is a mess. Pollution and all that eco-jazz. Your body is also a mess, full of toxins that need cleansing. Your skin is ungodly and needs a good hot-cloth treatment and expensive cream. And your house? Well, it’s an absolute tip. Foxes have eaten my recycling, so rubbish is strewn all over the road. A card was popped through my door offering to steam my carpets, a treatment that seemed more expensive than buying some new carpets. The last man who cleaned my windows disappeared after a complicated divorce and, quite frankly, I can’t be bothered any more.
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With millions on the streets or signed up, remainers cannot be ignored | Zoe Williams28h With millions on the streets or signed up, remainers cannot be ignored | Zoe Williams
Saturday’s march and the revoke petition have exploded the myth that only the ‘metropolitan elite’ oppose BrexitThe
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Thank EU for the music – not the grasping tech giants | Björn Ulvaeus29h Thank EU for the music – not the grasping tech giants | Björn Ulvaeus
Tech companies make millions off songs, while writers get a pittance. The EU copyright directive will help level the playing field
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Jacob, Boris and the so-called coup – what really happened at Chequers? | Hannah Jane Parkinson32h Jacob, Boris and the so-called coup – what really happened at Chequers? | Hannah Jane Parkinson
I thought if anything would finally see off Theresa May it would be a blizzard of white men in expensive cars. Apparently not On Sunday, in a sit-down meal probably a shade more horrific but less cerebral than
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Is it normal for couples to swap sides? How to share a bed and be happy33h Is it normal for couples to swap sides? How to share a bed and be happy
Where does the dog sleep? Who gets to turn the light off? And what can you eat in there? When the bedroom becomes a battleground, here are some ground rules to help restore tranquility By definition, your bedroom should be the most peaceful place in the house, with bed the apex of that harmony. You should no more use your bed as a battleground than you should think of taking a shower over your PS4. Avoid conflict at any cost, even if that means a moratorium on all conversations that aren’t about sex or bitching about other people. Humans being what they are, however, means we are capable of arguing endlessly about even the core traits of the place where we intend never to argue. Last week, a Twitter user sparked heated debate when he
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The global battle for the internet is just starting | John Harris40h The global battle for the internet is just starting | John Harris
Two competing visions of our digital future have emerged from China and Silicon Valley. But are they really so different? If only for a moment, set aside the comparatively parochial drama of Brexit, think about the giant swath of humanity that now uses the internet, and consider one of the most basic facets of how 4 billion of us live our lives. This is a 21st-century story, but it will ring bells with people old enough to remember the cold war: how people understand their own experience and events in the wider world is increasingly decided by the version of the internet they use. On one side sits the system used in China, which produces
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