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Don’t delay – ban combustible materials on residential blocks now | Karen Buck 17 May 1:49pm Don’t delay – ban combustible materials on residential blocks now | Karen Buck
The enormity of the Grenfell tragedy demands extensive reform of building standards. But this would be a startAs we approach the anniversary of the
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The Guardian view on fixed-odds betting terminals: the bookies lose, at last | Editorial 17 May 1:20pm The Guardian view on fixed-odds betting terminals: the bookies lose, at last | Editorial
The promise to slash the maximum stake is welcome – but more must be done to tackle problem gamblingThe government’s promise to
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The Guardian view on the cabinet and Brexit: beyond a joke | Editorial 17 May 1:20pm The Guardian view on the cabinet and Brexit: beyond a joke | Editorial
Downing Street says that ministers have agreed a customs regime strategy. That’s stretching the facts. The EU, MPs and the voters may also have their own views on the matterThere was a time, perhaps, when the government’s ineptitude over
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I’m a libertarian, but still I say betting curbs are long overdue | Simon Jenkins 17 May 1:11pm I’m a libertarian, but still I say betting curbs are long overdue | Simon Jenkins
Fixed-odds betting terminals are gambling’s answer to crack cocaine. But online betting is even worse
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Extend the Brexit transition? It’s just another non-starter | Gina Miller 17 May 12:42pm Extend the Brexit transition? It’s just another non-starter | Gina Miller
The latest cabinet leak shows how delusional this government still is. Theresa May wants to play the long game, but it’s patently clear she’s losingThe late Malcolm Muggeridge called his memoirs Chronicles of Wasted Time. This title could work just as well as a description of Britain’s preparations for exiting the European Union. No doubt to Theresa May’s utter exasperation, the latest chronicle we hear from her unhappy cabinet is that the
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Carillion and Britain’s modern kleptocracy | Letters 17 May 12:15pm Carillion and Britain’s modern kleptocracy | Letters
Readers respond to the collapse of Carillion and offer ways that the excesses of Britain’s fat cats could be curbedPolly Toynbee rightly calls attention to both the scandal of corporate executive rewards and the political difficulties in getting them curbed (
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#MeToo and the ‘woke’ generation didn’t happen overnight | Letters 17 May 12:01pm #MeToo and the ‘woke’ generation didn’t happen overnight | Letters
It has taken two generations for the insights of the second wave of feminists to become mainstream, points out
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If Winston Churchill could wear a onesie, why can’t I? | Brief letters 17 May 12:00pm If Winston Churchill could wear a onesie, why can’t I? | Brief letters
Political lessons from 1945 | Clothes for the over-80s | Insect bites | Meghan Markle | WordsearchAnthony Barnett (
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I wanted to find out how my baby died. Instead I got dishonesty and hostility | James Titcombe 17 May 10:19am I wanted to find out how my baby died. Instead I got dishonesty and hostility | James Titcombe
The revelation of years of failures at Furness general hospital is bad enough, the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s shameful response compounds itIn November 2008 my nine-day-old son, Joshua, died in truly terrible circumstances, as a consequence of failures in his care at Furness general hospital, part of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS foundation trust. Joshua’s death instantly turned my life upside down. But as I began to seek answers as to what exactly happened and why, nothing could have prepared me for the years of dishonesty, obfuscation and, at times, outright hostility that followed. Critical records of Joshua’s care went missing, statements from staff were dishonest, investigations were superficial, the organisations that should have been taking action to ensure the maternity services at Morecambe Bay were safe instead acted to reassure each other that everything was OK.
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Deaf-specialist teachers are a lifeline – the state must not cut them | Josh Salisbury 17 May 9:13am Deaf-specialist teachers are a lifeline – the state must not cut them | Josh Salisbury
As a deaf person I know the value of these teachers. If the government took education seriously it wouldn’t allow numbers to fallHow much is a child’s education worth? If they’re deaf, not even £4m it seems. Or at least that’s how much will be cut by
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Trump and May have one thing in common: they are incapable of reason | Polly Toynbee 17 May 8:17am Trump and May have one thing in common: they are incapable of reason | Polly Toynbee
This week’s migrant visa revelations have made me seriously doubt the logical powers of our prime ministerAt first sight, Theresa May and Donald Trump could hardly differ more in aspect, behaviour, demeanour and dignity. But what they share is an almost total lack of reasoning power and an ability to hold on to multiple contradictions by the sheer act of will. The daily Brexit impasse of impossibilities has been May’s hallmark, but this week’s revelation on migrant visas reminds us of the full florid extent of her unreasoning. Over
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Save for our pensions? We millennials can barely find the money to live | Poppy Noor 17 May 7:59am Save for our pensions? We millennials can barely find the money to live | Poppy Noor
After rent and student loan debt, people my age struggle to eat, let alone put away a few hundred grand for our old age
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Eta’s armed struggle is no more. Now Spain must end its brutality | Arnaldo Otegi 17 May 6:51am Eta’s armed struggle is no more. Now Spain must end its brutality | Arnaldo Otegi
The end of the Basque group does not mean the end of its struggle. It’s time an unrepentant state embraced democracyOn 2 May, the armed Basque organisation Eta issued a historic statement declaring
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Grayling should have nationalised the east coast mainline much sooner | Andrew Adonis 17 May 5:52am Grayling should have nationalised the east coast mainline much sooner | Andrew Adonis
Making our trains actually run on time is more important than political ideology, either of the left or the right
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Actually, a ‘menopausal’ economy would be more productive | Jayne-Anne Gadhia 17 May 5:35am Actually, a ‘menopausal’ economy would be more productive | Jayne-Anne Gadhia
The Bank of England seems to think the menopause is a bad thing. But I like myself better in this stage of life
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Will was attacked for being gay. How can we end homophobic hate crime? | Robbie de Santos 17 May 5:00am Will was attacked for being gay. How can we end homophobic hate crime? | Robbie de Santos
Anti-LGBT crimes must be made equal under law to those motivated by race or faith, but education must change hearts and minds What happened to
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Even ‘nice guys’ don’t have a right to sex – and On Chesil Beach shows why | Hanna Flint 17 May 4:00am Even ‘nice guys’ don’t have a right to sex – and On Chesil Beach shows why | Hanna Flint
In the wake of #MeToo, Hollywood is waking up to the fact that male entitlement is toxic – and women won’t accept it There are no end of movies about the “nice guy” getting the girl, but nowadays Hollywood is showing us that he might not be so nice after all. It began last year with
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All hail Ms Marvel, a young, female Muslim superhero for our times | Coco Khan 17 May 3:00am All hail Ms Marvel, a young, female Muslim superhero for our times | Coco Khan
At long last, Hollywood is planning a blockbuster film in which a Muslim will not be a threat but a kickass heroineWhen news circulated on Tuesday that Marvel was going to bring a Pakistani-American 16-year-old girl,
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Where are all the revolutionaries of 1968? They’re long gone | Martin Kettle 17 May 1:00am Where are all the revolutionaries of 1968? They’re long gone | Martin Kettle
Fifty years ago, hundreds of thousands marched in Paris. But the political and economic changes they called for never came At the weekend, I sat in a Parisian cafe, sipping a coffee and reading the reminiscences in Libération about the
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Immigration has been good for Britain. It’s time to bust the myths 17 May 1:00am Immigration has been good for Britain. It’s time to bust the myths
Migrants create jobs rather than take them. Far from squeezing hospitals and schools, they subsidise and staff them. The real damage is caused by austerity Cut the niceties. Skip the jargon. Let us speak the plain truth, however ugly. What is driving this country headlong into a chaotic and punishing Brexit is a blind desire to cut immigration. That’s why people voted to leave the EU, politicians and pundits tell us. That’s what makes a Norway-style deal impossible, since it would almost certainly allow freedom of movement with mainland Europe
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