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If Labour is serious about power it must back a people’s vote on Brexit | Polly Toynbee5h If Labour is serious about power it must back a people’s vote on Brexit | Polly Toynbee
Next week’s conference is the party’s chance to set aside internal division and save the country from Tory chaosIn
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The Guardian view on US-China trade wars: careful what you start | Editorial5h The Guardian view on US-China trade wars: careful what you start | Editorial
The tit-for-tat between the two countries continues, but macho political posturing will not deal with the real issues“It is easier to start a war than to end it,” Gabriel García Márquez once observed. This is true even when the skirmishes are fought over cotton hammocks, ornamental fish, motorboats and soya bean oil rather than territory. On Monday, Donald Trump ramped up his trade offensive by announcing that the US would
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The Guardian view on clean air zones: cities must be bold | Editorial5h The Guardian view on clean air zones: cities must be bold | Editorial
As evidence about the harmful effects of pollution mounts, mayors need to take action to reduce emissions and improve healthThe slogan “Think global, act local”, popular among environmentalists since the 1970s, is apt when applied to the politics of air. While pollution by greenhouse gases, chiefly CO
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The scandal of councils in affluent areas getting a better deal | Letters5h The scandal of councils in affluent areas getting a better deal | Letters
‘Surrey will get £17m and, again, we get nothing,’ writes
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Disputed ownership of Citizen Lane’s art | Letter5h Disputed ownership of Citizen Lane’s art | Letter
Ownership of 39 paintings collected by Hugh Lane in the early years of the 20th century is disputed because of a codicil to his will leaving the paintings to found a gallery of modern art in Dublin, writes the historian
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Will a lick of aspirin a day keep heart attacks at bay? | Brief letters5h Will a lick of aspirin a day keep heart attacks at bay? | Brief letters
Sir Richard Doll’s aspirin dose | Fair deal on discounted tickets | Misguided craze for driving | David Hockney health warning for cigarette packets | The divine Miss ManganI remember as a medical student in the early 1980s hearing the late, great epidemiologist
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Where leaders dare: how John McDonnell survived the Mumsnet forums | Zoe Williams7h Where leaders dare: how John McDonnell survived the Mumsnet forums | Zoe Williams
As part of his bid for power, the shadow chancellor did a Mumsnet Q&A which somehow wasn’t a disasterIf one thing has been really noticeable over the summer, it’s that John McDonnell wants to be in power; he doesn’t want to be shadow anything for one minute longer than is necessary: his voice is marked by calm and his interventions, conciliation. Nothing demonstrates this more than dragging himself up the ultimate hill, though not necessarily to die there:
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The part of Brexit everyone’s been avoiding is finally here: immigration | Gaby Hinsliff9h The part of Brexit everyone’s been avoiding is finally here: immigration | Gaby Hinsliff
The migration committee has made its mind up on free movement. Now does Theresa May listen to angry leavers, or business?Brexit was never really about immigration. Or so liberal leavers fall over themselves to claim, at least. They can’t bear the idea of being associated with a racist backlash and so they insist it was really all about sovereignty; that all those
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As the rich get richer, why don’t Britons care about inequality? | Simon Tilford11h As the rich get richer, why don’t Britons care about inequality? | Simon Tilford
British voters say poverty must be tackled but won’t back policies like inheritance tax. The solution is to invest in social wealthAfter decades in the background of political debate,
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Rihanna: Growing up in Barbados, school was a grind. But I was lucky13h Rihanna: Growing up in Barbados, school was a grind. But I was lucky
We must fight for the quarter of a billion young people still denied an education by conflict, poverty, sexism and bad policy
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Liberalism needs to be rebuilt – just not by the Lib Dems | Rafael Behr18h Liberalism needs to be rebuilt – just not by the Lib Dems | Rafael Behr
Insurgent forces of the far left and right have resulted in a hollowing-out of centre politics. But Vince Cable’s tribe is not up to filling the voidIf it is true that failure makes a great teacher, the Liberal Democrats must know a lot about British politics. Currently they are learning about Brexit by failing to capitalise on the votes of millions of remainers, despite being England’s most pro-European mainstream party. In 2016 support for EU membership was 48%, yet the Lib Dems struggle to reach double digits in opinion polls. That reflects another failure: at a time when Jeremy Corbyn has taken Labour radically to the left, and Theresa May’s agenda is dictated by the fanatical right, there must be room for a party of mainstream moderation. But
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Ruth Davidson is right. Who’d want to be Britain’s prime minister? | Dawn Foster18h Ruth Davidson is right. Who’d want to be Britain’s prime minister? | Dawn Foster
The Scottish Tory leader’s admission that she didn’t want to be prime minister highlights a much deeper problem in our political cultureA fair few political gamblers will be counting their losses after Ruth Davidson’s
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Imperialism Will Be Dangerous for China19h Imperialism Will Be Dangerous for China
Beijing risks blowback as it exports surplus economic capacity to Africa and Asia.
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The #MeToo Kavanaugh Ambush23h The #MeToo Kavanaugh Ambush
A story this old and unprovable can’t be allowed to delay a Supreme Court confirmation vote.
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Cracking the Proxy Racket23h Cracking the Proxy Racket
The SEC withdraws guidance that built a corporate-governance duopoly.
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Resisting the Supreme Court23h Resisting the Supreme Court
Unions and politicians are circumventing the Janus decision.
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Stranger Things Have Happened23h Stranger Things Have Happened
Today’s young people will never hitchhike—but I did in the 1970s.
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Stop Bezos From Hiring Poor People?23h Stop Bezos From Hiring Poor People?
Bernie Sanders’s latest brainstorm would make the transition from welfare to work more difficult.
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Extremism Advances in the Largest Muslim Country23h Extremism Advances in the Largest Muslim Country
Indonesia’s president, once considered an ally of religious minorities, puts a radical cleric on his ticket.
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A Spectral Witness Materializes23h A Spectral Witness Materializes
The passage of time sometimes causes people to forget, sometimes to invent or embellish.
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Venture Out of Your News Bubble23h Venture Out of Your News Bubble
Liberal and conservative cable networks cover different stories altogether.
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The Guardian view on AI in social work: algorithms don’t have all the answers | Editorial29h The Guardian view on AI in social work: algorithms don’t have all the answers | Editorial
Machine learning could help caring professionals, but it could never replace themBetween a tenth and a third of the jobs in Britain are at risk of being
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The Guardian view on multicultural Britain: learning to live together | Editorial29h The Guardian view on multicultural Britain: learning to live together | Editorial
The country needs a political project to get people to bridge their differences, not just bond over their similaritiesIt is depressing to discover that
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Why does the government want to punish Kweku Adoboli twice? | Jacqueline McKenzie29h Why does the government want to punish Kweku Adoboli twice? | Jacqueline McKenzie
The former UBS trader’s case is a classic example of the blind inhumanity of Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’One of the first essays I wrote as an undergraduate law student back in the 1980s was titled The Law is an Ass, Discuss. I hear my tutor repeating those lines every time I have to deal with a case of someone who has lived most if not all of their life in the UK, but is now facing deportation. These people can be shackled and rendered aboard a secretive charter flight out of the country. And this is entirely legal, in much the same way that the movement of millions of people across the Atlantic to be enslaved was legal in another time.
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The shrinking feeling after buying a Ferrari | Brief letters29h The shrinking feeling after buying a Ferrari | Brief letters
Parachute Regiment | The myth of freedom | Ferrari tattoo | No-fault divorce | Lucy ManganTwo important facts to keep in mind when reading Helen Parr’s study of the Parachute Regiment (
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Editors have normalised hate, from Rod Liddle to Katie Hopkins | Suzanne Moore30h Editors have normalised hate, from Rod Liddle to Katie Hopkins | Suzanne Moore
The publication of racist views is now permissible – and the print media is to blame In 2010, I started a campaign against Rod Liddle becoming editor of the Independent as it was rumoured he would. When I say campaign, I mean that I joked on Facebook that I should be the editor, not him. People took it seriously as though there were a remote possibility of this when everyone knows I am allergic to offices, don’t believe in meetings longer than 10 minutes and am the world’s crappest schmoozer. My credentials were simply that I loved that paper and did not want it edited by a racist
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Why can’t England and Wales have humanist weddings, as Scotland has? | Joan Bakewell31h Why can’t England and Wales have humanist weddings, as Scotland has? | Joan Bakewell
Humanists UK has patiently answered every objection and concern – it’s now time for changeThey looked the perfect couple, Robyn in her long white dress and Andrew in his kilt. They were married in Edinburgh in August by Caroline Lambie,
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We must listen to Soon-Yi Previn, as well as Ronan and Dylan Farrow | Hadley Freeman32h We must listen to Soon-Yi Previn, as well as Ronan and Dylan Farrow | Hadley Freeman
Woody Allen’s wife has as much right to tell her story, as she has done in New York Magazine, as anyone else involved The first, and most obvious, thing to say is that
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Britain’s insecure towns aren’t ‘left behind’. They hold the key to our future | John Harris32h Britain’s insecure towns aren’t ‘left behind’. They hold the key to our future | John Harris
The desire for community and stability should not be dismissed as nostalgia. It’s our politicians who need to get with the times
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Will the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh derail his confirmation? | Jill Abramson33h Will the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh derail his confirmation? | Jill Abramson
Sexual harassment allegations from Anita Hill almost upended the confirmation of Clarence Thomas – will this end differently? The rightwing protection racket surrounding supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is closing ranks, girding for war now that their man is facing sexual misconduct allegations from a woman who says he sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. “It’s too late for there to be any serious consideration at this stage,”
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Dwarf wrestling mocks my son’s disability – are we back in the Victorian era? | Lisa Sumner33h Dwarf wrestling mocks my son’s disability – are we back in the Victorian era? | Lisa Sumner
The Dwarfanators show perpetuates stereotypes. How can it be considered acceptable to laugh at achondroplasia? October is dwarfism awareness month, when the restricted-growth community and their families spread awareness of their condition around the world. So, as the mother of a little boy diagnosed with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, you can imagine my shock when I saw a Facebook advert for “midget wrestling” touring the UK this autumn. A week or so ago, I was made aware that the Dwarfanators are coming from the US to tour UK venues. I cried as I read the webpage advertising the show and felt it perpetuated the stereotype that people with dwarfism are only on this planet to provide entertainment for an average-height audience.
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To fight poverty, we must first understand more about those in its grip | Philippa Stroud and Campbell Robb34h To fight poverty, we must first understand more about those in its grip | Philippa Stroud and Campbell Robb
We at the Social Metrics Commission call on policy-makers to use our findings to help alleviate poverty in BritainToday the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) is publishing its
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Herbie the Toxic Bug? How the fun went out of the VW Beetle | Stephen Moss36h Herbie the Toxic Bug? How the fun went out of the VW Beetle | Stephen Moss
In an era in which cars are functional rather than loved there’s no place for Volkswagen’s idiosyncratic vehicleFor a car that was in large part the brainchild of Adolf Hitler, who wanted a “people’s car” for Aryan families, the Volkswagen Beetle has done remarkably well to last for 80 years. Hitler commissioned it, laid the cornerstone for its famous factory in Wolfsburg and was presented with the first convertible version. The design of the
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Michael Gove is right: it’s vital to get the Chequers deal through | Simon Jenkins36h Michael Gove is right: it’s vital to get the Chequers deal through | Simon Jenkins
Hard-Brexit fantasists and deluded remainers who threaten to oppose the plan in parliament risk unleashing chaosSanity time is at hand.
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Here’s the science behind the Brexit vote and Trump’s rise | Michele Gelfand42h Here’s the science behind the Brexit vote and Trump’s rise | Michele Gelfand
My research shows that when people feel threatened they want ‘tighter’ social norms, with profound consequences for politics What is the essential dividing line between human beings around the world? The one between the haves and the have-nots? East and west, rural and urban, secular and religious? Or maybe globalists and nationalists – a split purported to explain Putin, Brexit and the rise of Trump? These divisions are all significant, but none provide a consistent way of understanding differences observed from antiquity to the present day, in everything from international relations to relations in our homes. My research across hundreds of communities suggests that the fundamental driver of difference is not ideological, financial or geographical – it’s cultural. Behaviour, it turns out, depends a lot on whether the culture in which we live is a “tight” or “loose” one.
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Macron merchandise takes the French for mugs | Pauline Bock42h Macron merchandise takes the French for mugs | Pauline Bock
Outrageously expensive T-shirts, bracelets and tote bags do nothing for the French president’s image at a time of crisis Always wanted to drink your tea in an
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We hold people with power to account. Why not algorithms? | Hannah Fry42h We hold people with power to account. Why not algorithms? | Hannah Fry
As we delegate technology more responsibility to diagnose illness or identify suspects, we must regulate it Robert Jones was driving home through  the pretty town of Todmorden, in West Yorkshire, when he noticed the fuel light flashing on the dashboard of his car. He had just a few miles to find a petrol station, which was cutting things rather fine, but thankfully his GPS seemed to have found a short cut – sending him on a narrow winding path up the side of the valley. Robert followed the machine’s instructions, but as he drove, the road got steeper and narrower. After a couple of miles, it turned into a dirt track, but Robert wasn’t fazed. After all, he thought, he had “no reason not to trust the satnav”.
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