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I’m a Liberal Democrat candidate – here’s why I’m stepping aside for Labour | Tim Walker4h I’m a Liberal Democrat candidate – here’s why I’m stepping aside for Labour | Tim Walker
Some things are bigger than party politics. And with the Tories in an unholy alliance with Farage, it’s time to do what’s rightWhenever I see Barry Gardiner or Mark Francois on television, I realise how much Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson have contributed to the zombification of British politics. Reason, logic and the capacity for independent thought are qualities now pretty much irreconcilable with party allegiance. In the Lib Dems there’s still, I hope, a home for an individual with a conscience. What’s more, ours has always been a grassroots organisation, where it’s ultimately the members who call the shots, which keeps us uniquely in touch with the national psyche.
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The Guardian view on Hong Kong: policing the crisis | Editorial4h The Guardian view on Hong Kong: policing the crisis | Editorial
Brutal treatment of protesters and a government that will not listen have inflamed a dangerous situationHong Kong is unrecognisable. In less than six months a global financial centre known for its efficiency and pragmatism has become consumed by rage and violence. On Tuesday, as police stormed a university campus to arrest students, and their teargas and rubber bullets were met by petrol bombs, parts of the campus looked
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The Guardian view on the floods: global heating and British soaking | Editorial4h The Guardian view on the floods: global heating and British soaking | Editorial
The drama and loss of recent days should focus minds on the urgent necessity of climate adaptationThe death of
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As a McDonald’s worker, I hope this is the last time I have to go on strike | Lewis Baker5h As a McDonald’s worker, I hope this is the last time I have to go on strike | Lewis Baker
Despite three previous days of industrial action, we still face poverty pay, insecure hours and a lack of basic respectIt’s time for McDonald’s to give its workers a new deal. I’ve worked at McDonald’s for six years, and today I’m on strike for the fourth time. McDonald’s workers everywhere face poverty pay, insecure hours and a lack of basic respect. But we are growing bigger with every strike, and together we will win. We made history when we
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Boris Johnson finally gets his mop out but only makes things worse5h Boris Johnson finally gets his mop out but only makes things worse
Glacial responses to situations requiring leadership such as the UK floods have become the PM’s forte To say access to Boris Johnson is heavily controlled for this election would be to understate it. There are areas beneath the floorboards behind the fridge in Antarctic ice stations that are more accessible than the prime minister, who now makes Theresa May look like someone who couldn’t wait to get out there amongst it all. Even a walk to Whitehall’s Cabinet Office Briefing Room A has appeared a bridge too far for the past few days. With both Lib Dem leader, Jo Swinson, and Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, making visits to the flood-affected Doncaster area on Tuesday, it is a mystery why Johnson left it quite so long to chair a Cobra meeting on the situation. The mystery is not so much the failure to empathise – that might be expected given his crisis formbook, of which more later – but the failure to realise he must LOOK as though he empathises. Without wishing to distract the prime minister from whatever it is he is up to in seclusion, you’d think one or other of his advisers might have noticed that a general election was indeed occurring, and that appearing to give at least a quasi-toss about a section of voters might be a helpful position for him to adopt.
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Shifting alliances that might swing the election | Letters5h Shifting alliances that might swing the election | Letters
Readers respond to Nigel Farage’s decision to stand down Brexit party candidates in Tory-held seats, and the possibility of Labour joining a progressive anti-Brexit pactIs this the new politics that Nigel Farage has been promising at successive elections: no consultation within the Brexit party before announcing the decision to stand down 317 candidates (
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Don’t let don’t-knows triumph at the polls | Brief letters5h Don’t let don’t-knows triumph at the polls | Brief letters
Boarding schools | Wellington college fees | Steve McQueen’s Year 3 project | Spike Milligan’s election advice | Shared ancestry | Parliamentary disillusionGeorge Monbiot’s article on boarding schools (
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Fighting antisemitism is at the heart of the left’s struggle against oppression | Bernie Sanders6h Fighting antisemitism is at the heart of the left’s struggle against oppression | Bernie Sanders
The antisemites threatening us don’t just hate Jews. They hate the idea of multiracial democracy and political equalityOn 27 October, we marked one year since the worst antisemitic attack in American history, when a white nationalist walked into the
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Women with a #MeToo complaint are being silenced for the sake of politics | Gaby Hinsliff6h Women with a #MeToo complaint are being silenced for the sake of politics | Gaby Hinsliff
Across the spectrum, from the Tories to People’s Vote, women are expected to keep quiet and campaign onLife moves fast in this general election. There seems barely time to digest one scandal before the next is upon us; disgraced candidate follows shady accusation without a break. But just occasionally, it’s worth rewinding for a moment and focusing on the human stories that are trampled in the rush. Women in politics understand the electoral imperative to move on quickly, but wonder why there never seems to be a right time to stop and examine these issues in detail
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A right royal mistake: is the Queen the ultimate feminist? Absolutely not7h A right royal mistake: is the Queen the ultimate feminist? Absolutely not
Olivia Colman has said that Her Majesty is feminist through and through – a shining example to other women. Here’s why her reasoning doesn’t stack up For clarity, I love Olivia Colman, we love her (if I have read this memo correctly) as an organisation, and she is a feminist. She was accused of having a “leftwing face” by the Telegraph columnist Charles Moore. “What the hell is a leftwing face?” she retorted, rightly. She does, however, have a feminist face, by which I mean there is a lot going on in it. However, her assertion this week that the Queen – whom she plays, following a cast change, in the new series of The Crown –
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After the failures of recent years, can the polls be trusted in 2019? | Patrick Sturgis8h After the failures of recent years, can the polls be trusted in 2019? | Patrick Sturgis
Even with new models and methodologies, this election promises to be one of the toughest to call in living memory On 12 December the country faces its fourth election in a little under five years and, with the stakes so high, the opinion polls are the subject of a great deal of scrutiny and speculation. It is fair to say that pollsters have not covered themselves in glory recently, with failures of varying magnitudes in the last three national elections. So can we trust the polls in 2019, and what are some of the issues that poll watchers should look out for? In broad terms, the answer to the question of whether the polls can be trusted is a qualified yes. Will Jennings, professor of political science and public policy at the University of Southampton, has constructed
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Why I am campaigning for Labour in this seismic election | Owen Jones9h Why I am campaigning for Labour in this seismic election | Owen Jones
This is the fight of our lives – and the result will change Britain for a generationMy earliest memory of canvassing for Labour was following my mum around a damp Falkirk tower block. It was the late 1980s, not long after the Tories
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Donald Trump Jr’s disastrous book launch may seem funny – but there’s a very dark side to the booing | Arwa Mahdawi10h Donald Trump Jr’s disastrous book launch may seem funny – but there’s a very dark side to the booing | Arwa Mahdawi
It’s easy to laugh, but we have to recognise a stark reality. This administration has emboldened the far right so much they’re now coming after JrThe intolerant left is at it again. I regret to inform you that, in yet another case of political correctness gone mad, the woke brigade has shut down free speech and censored a courageous conservative intellectual. Over the weekend, Donald Trump Jr was heckled off stage while promoting his new book – Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us – at the University of California. Oh, hang on a minute. It looks like it wasn’t the hateful left that silenced the president’s eldest son; it was his own supporters. You see, shortly after Sunday’s event kicked off, Trump Jr informed the audience that there wouldn’t be a Q&A because leftwingers would inevitably twist his words. The lack of dialogue enraged a far-right faction of the crowd who believe the Trump administration isn’t anti-immigrant enough and were eager to challenge Jr on this.
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Wake up, politicians! Disabled people rely on social care too – not just older people | Frances Ryan11h Wake up, politicians! Disabled people rely on social care too – not just older people | Frances Ryan
Millions of people with disabilities need help to get out of bed, wash and go to the toilet. Their needs must not be ignored in this electionI can’t help but wonder what the social care equivalent of the well-worn NHS general election photo op would be. Instead of health secretaries putting on scrubs and a party leader looking sympathetic next to a patient’s bedside, perhaps Boris Johnson would like to wait with a paraplegic as she soils herself in her front room because she has no assistant to help her get to the toilet. This is not so much a public policy issue as a full-blown humanitarian crisis
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Microtargeting, bots and hacking: will digital meddling really swing this election? | Alex Hern11h Microtargeting, bots and hacking: will digital meddling really swing this election? | Alex Hern
After the 2016 US election, some fear online interference could create political chaos in the UK. The truth is more complexWe’re now well into the “phony war” period of the election – where on the surface all seems calm. Parliament has been prorogued, there have been a few early jabs – and a consensus is already beginning to emerge about how everything will play out online.
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The BBC’s battle with Samira Ahmed only exposes its own weakness | Stefan Stern13h The BBC’s battle with Samira Ahmed only exposes its own weakness | Stefan Stern
Watching the broadcaster belittle its staff and undermine its own work in my friend’s tribunal has been a startling spectacleOne of the BBC’s stated
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Bosnia’s politics are in crisis. But that is reason for the EU to help us, not shut us out | Boriša Falatar15h Bosnia’s politics are in crisis. But that is reason for the EU to help us, not shut us out | Boriša Falatar
A failed state on the edge of Europe is a bad outcome for everyone. The EU needs to show bravery and visionThe European Union’s recent decision to
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From potpourri to diffusers: why is the modern world so smelly? | Suzanne Moore16h From potpourri to diffusers: why is the modern world so smelly? | Suzanne Moore
Scented candles are apparently now part of everyday ‘self-care’. When did air freshener stop being good enough?
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Sam Gyimah continues down Lib Dem path of fairytales and unicorns | John Crace27h Sam Gyimah continues down Lib Dem path of fairytales and unicorns | John Crace
There is no plan B because Jo Swinson will become PM and stop Brexit, all on her own It wasn’t the worst day to campaign on adult education. Almost at the very moment that Sam Gyimah, the Lib Dems’ business spokesperson, was sitting down to chat to a handful of apprentices in Marylebone after a near pointless two-mile journey in the party’s electric battle bus, Nigel Farage was busy handing out P45s to 317 of the Brexit party’s own candidates in Hartlepool. Still, as they had all stumped up a non-refundable £100 for the privilege, the party was over £30K to the good. And Nige had kept Boris Johnson and Arron Banks happy. You win some, you win some. It wasn’t the most challenging outing for Gyimah. All the apprentices were either too friendly, too young to remember or just not that bothered about university tuition fees – which was was probably just as well. He too has the wide-eyed innocence of the ingenue. But then he has been on something of a reskilling programme himself,
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Farage’s Brexit move means a pact among progressives is now urgent | Polly Toynbee28h Farage’s Brexit move means a pact among progressives is now urgent | Polly Toynbee
By standing aside for the Tories, he’s made a hard Brexit much more likely. Remainers have to work togetherNigel Farage has set his stamp on this election: his astute action,
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The Guardian view on the Brexit party offer: one the Tories cannot refuse | Editorial28h The Guardian view on the Brexit party offer: one the Tories cannot refuse | Editorial
In backing Boris Johnson’s deal Nigel Farage shows what it really is: a nationalist project that sacrifices economic, constitutional and social stability on the altar of cut-throat competition and deregulationNigel Farage has never won a seat in the UK parliament, nor has he sat at a cabinet table. Yet he has been one of the most effective British politicians of recent history. On Monday he made an announcement that showed why he cannot be discounted from exerting influence just because he cannot get elected. Mr Farage’s
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The Guardian view on Spain’s election: progressive parties must unite to defeat the far right | Editorial28h The Guardian view on Spain’s election: progressive parties must unite to defeat the far right | Editorial
The xenophobic nationalists of Vox made disturbing progress in Spain’s fourth election in as many yearsThere was one major beneficiary of Sunday’s inconclusive election in Spain, but it was not Pedro Sánchez, the Socialist prime minister. Mr Sánchez hoped a fourth poll in as many years might finally deliver him the numbers to break a debilitating deadlock in parliament. Instead,
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Sánchez’s hubris has smashed Spain’s brittle politics into even smaller pieces | Giles Tremlett28h Sánchez’s hubris has smashed Spain’s brittle politics into even smaller pieces | Giles Tremlett
Macho posturing may appeal to Vox voters, but most Spaniards want politicians who will listen and compromiseSpain’s long-running drama of political deadlock and confrontation hit a new register with the catastrophic elections called by acting Socialist prime minister Pedro Sánchez on Sunday. The results are disheartening. For the first time since the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, Spain has a far-right party, in Vox, with muscle to match its malice.
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Making up Labour spending figures may backfire on the Tories | Tom Kibasi28h Making up Labour spending figures may backfire on the Tories | Tom Kibasi
The numbers may be fictional, but the idea of a break from the old economic order will appeal to many young votersIf there is one lesson of British politics of recent years, it is that politicians underestimate the public’s appetite for change at their peril. So the Tories may yet come to regret dedicating the weekend to promoting a dodgy dossier from the Conservative research department that
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Putting fear of Corbyn’s Labour in perspective | Letters29h Putting fear of Corbyn’s Labour in perspective | Letters
Readers respond to a piece by Jonathan Freedland in which he asked how Jews can vote for the Labour leaderJonathan Freedland is incorrect to depict our parliamentary elections as a presidential contest (
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NHS funding, the spirit of 1964 and truly radical social policies | Letters29h NHS funding, the spirit of 1964 and truly radical social policies | Letters
Readers respond to Simon Jenkins’ article urging Labour to offer real radicalism to win his floating voteWhile I agree with much of Simon Jenkins’ article (
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It’s hard to harness the power of singletons | Letter29h It’s hard to harness the power of singletons | Letter
In response to Gaby Hinsliff’s article and Emma Watson’s recent comment about being ‘self-partnered’,
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Bristol’s diesel car ban is a step in the right direction | Letters29h Bristol’s diesel car ban is a step in the right direction | Letters
While welcoming the news of Bristol city council’s ban on private diesel cars,
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Helping electric car drivers’ eyes light up | Letter29h Helping electric car drivers’ eyes light up | Letter
Electric vehicle sales are growing rapidly and the provision of chargers needs to keep pace, says
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’Tis not the season for cheesy songs | Brief letters29h ’Tis not the season for cheesy songs | Brief letters
Welsh border towns | Paolozzi statue | Christmas songs | Brexit metricsThe Harp (
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If a woman has been raped, you should tell her to report it. But would you? | Suzanne Moore29h If a woman has been raped, you should tell her to report it. But would you? | Suzanne Moore
It sticks in my craw to say this, but it has never been easier to get away with rape. The Crown Prosecution Service is in crisis. What should women do?A text-message ping in the middle of the night: “I have been raped.” I like to think I would do the right thing. Unfortunately, I know what this is because I have talked to enough people at
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A vintage Farage reverse ferret as he forges a leave alliance all on his own30h A vintage Farage reverse ferret as he forges a leave alliance all on his own
After bullishly making the PM an offer he couldn’t refuse, the Brexit party leader wimps out of fight with Tories
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Online politics needs to be cleaned up – but not just by Facebook and Twitter | Lisa-Maria Neudert and Phil Howard31h Online politics needs to be cleaned up – but not just by Facebook and Twitter | Lisa-Maria Neudert and Phil Howard
Social media platforms do have a role to play, but real change requires political parties to take responsibility
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The continuing UK ban on cannabis-based painkillers is absurd and inhumane | Simon Jenkins33h The continuing UK ban on cannabis-based painkillers is absurd and inhumane | Simon Jenkins
Politicians running scared of big pharma and the taboo around cannabis are blocking access to these vital drugsThat the government will allow a few serious epilepsy and multiple sclerosis sufferers to get
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A decent day’s pay for a decent day’s work – why are we still waiting for this? | John Sentamu35h A decent day’s pay for a decent day’s work – why are we still waiting for this? | John Sentamu
The living wage movement began in 2001. It’s an affront to decency that millions of workers still earn too little to live on
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The Brexit party is revving up for the election. Expect to see a lot more Farage | Darren Loucaides38h The Brexit party is revving up for the election. Expect to see a lot more Farage | Darren Loucaides
The former Ukip leader has learned from his failure to win seats in 2015 and will focus resources on a few key constituenciesAll is not well in the Brexit party. Some of its MEPs in Brussels
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Democracy doesn’t matter to the defenders of ‘economic freedom’ | Quinn Slobodian41h Democracy doesn’t matter to the defenders of ‘economic freedom’ | Quinn Slobodian
The league tables created by conservative thinktanks show that neoliberalism is about ringfencing economic powerTwo of the “freest economies” in the world are on fire. According to indexes of “economic freedom” published annually separately by two conservative thinktanks – the Heritage Foundation and the Fraser Institute – Hong Kong has been number one in the rankings for more than 20 years. Chile is ranked first in Latin America by both indexes, which also place it above Germany and Sweden in the global league table.
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When it comes to Islamophobia, Tory eyes are still wide shut | Nesrine Malik41h When it comes to Islamophobia, Tory eyes are still wide shut | Nesrine Malik
Matt Hancock’s dismissal of Sayeeda Warsi shows the party thinks prejudice against Muslims is a problem it can afford
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I grew up in Stalinist Albania, where voting was pointless. In Britain it’s essential | Lea Ypi42h I grew up in Stalinist Albania, where voting was pointless. In Britain it’s essential | Lea Ypi
Election day is the one day when all citizens have equal power. It’s your duty to use it on behalf of those who cannot vote
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