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The Guardian view on schools: boost children, not results | Editorial 11 Jul 1:18pm The Guardian view on schools: boost children, not results | Editorial
In revealing the appalling treatment of children forced out by a top grammar school, a new report has highlighted the broader problem of ‘off-rolling’An independent inquiry has laid bare both the callousness of policies which forced pupils out of a highly selective state school, and their downright illegality. St Olave’s, a grammar school in Orpington, south-east London,
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The Guardian view on controlling social media: the start of a long road | Editorial 11 Jul 1:18pm The Guardian view on controlling social media: the start of a long road | Editorial
The information commissioner’s fine against Facebook will hardly scratch its profits but nonetheless lays down an essential marker about the protection of our dataFacebook has been fined five and a half minutes’ revenue – the most the law allows – for breach of data protection regulations in connection with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. This is a welcome recognition of the tireless work done by the Observer on the story. But it must only be the beginning of a wider examination of the ways in which big data shifts the balance of power in a democratic society. Even if it can never be proved that
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The Guardian view on China and human rights: standing with Liu Xia | Editorial 11 Jul 1:17pm The Guardian view on China and human rights: standing with Liu Xia | Editorial
The poet and widow of the Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo has at last won freedom, showing that pressing human rights can still make a difference The poet Liu Xia, who
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The sad state of local government in England | Letters 11 Jul 12:23pm The sad state of local government in England | Letters
Reactions to John Harris’s article on the flaws in a system run by WhitehallBravo, John Harris (
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Boris Johnson’s Brexit was never a dream. It was pure fantasy | Martin Kettle 11 Jul 12:21pm Boris Johnson’s Brexit was never a dream. It was pure fantasy | Martin Kettle
Dogmatic leavers offered a false solution to Britain’s real problems – then refused to take responsibility for itReflecting on
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Six weeks is a long time in Brexit terms | Letters 11 Jul 12:08pm Six weeks is a long time in Brexit terms | Letters
Perhaps MPs should consider not breaking up for the summer recess, writes
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Deregulation and Britain’s bus services | Letters 11 Jul 12:08pm Deregulation and Britain’s bus services | Letters
Response from the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK to an article on the London bus marketYour article (
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Transatlantic tales of Morris Minors | Brief letters 11 Jul 12:07pm Transatlantic tales of Morris Minors | Brief letters
Graham Kelly on football psychology | A Minor marriage | Morris Minus | Jeremy Hunt | PuffinsAlthough a respected sports scientist accompanied England manager Bobby Robson to Italia 90, the Football Association was not so attuned then to the psychology of winning matches at this level (
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A year on, the BBC has still not done enough to close the gender pay gap | Jane Martinson 11 Jul 11:50am A year on, the BBC has still not done enough to close the gender pay gap | Jane Martinson
The corporation must overcome decades of entrenched behaviour that means men are most often the highest earnersWhen the BBC first revealed that there was just
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Glasgow School of Art must be rebuilt – with no corners cut | John McAslan 11 Jul 11:22am Glasgow School of Art must be rebuilt – with no corners cut | John McAslan
I fear Mackintosh’s fire-ravaged masterpiece is in danger of being lost to future generations if decisions are taken meanly or hastilyThese are worrying times for all who care about saving the finest works by one of the world’s greatest architects, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. For 2018, the 150th anniversary of his birth, was meant to be a year of celebration but instead will be remembered as
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Bake Off’s Liam Charles: ‘Cake is the best way to make people happy’ 11 Jul 10:24am Bake Off’s Liam Charles: ‘Cake is the best way to make people happy’
He likes buttercream so much he once wrote an ode to it – so what can the breakout star of last year’s competition teach us about sweet treats?
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Boris Johnson has gone, but his vow to free my jailed wife must be fulfilled | Richard Ratcliffe 11 Jul 10:17am Boris Johnson has gone, but his vow to free my jailed wife must be fulfilled | Richard Ratcliffe
Jeremy Hunt inherits a promise to ‘leave no stone unturned’ to help Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, trapped in Iran. I hope he keeps itWhen Boris Johnson
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Who is the male fashion icon for now? Jeff Goldblum, of course 11 Jul 10:02am Who is the male fashion icon for now? Jeff Goldblum, of course
The actor’s recent TV appearance in a ridiculous Prada shirt proves his innate sense of style. But are there deeper reasons behind the sudden love for him? Who is the male fashion icon for summer 2018?
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Croatia-England is more than football. It’s a symbol of political hope | Srećko Horvat 11 Jul 9:37am Croatia-England is more than football. It’s a symbol of political hope | Srećko Horvat
Progressive politics has lost its way, both in my country and the UK. Can tonight’s match rekindle the spirit of community?The Croatian team that meet England in the semi-finals of the World Cup tonight are representing a very different country to when we last reached the semi-finals on our debut, in 1998. Back then, Croatia was still a country with fresh memories of war and a shared dream to become part of the European Union, with its promise of prosperity and stability. It was the time of Croatian nation-building. A few years later, when I was travelling abroad and told people I was from Croatia, they only seemed to have heard of our former Communist leader, Tito, and Šuker, who became the top scorer at that ’98 World Cup. Now, 20 years later, Croatia is known for Dubrovnik, the scenic town on the Adriatic coast that served as a set for
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The Soviet shadow that over the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki | Sofi Oksanen 11 Jul 9:00am The Soviet shadow that over the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki | Sofi Oksanen
Finlandisation – the way a powerful state bullies its neighbour - was a fact of life in the Finland I was born in. And it still partly isWhen the news broke that a
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Dominic Raab is a dangerous, anti-feminist ideologue | Schona Jolly 11 Jul 8:25am Dominic Raab is a dangerous, anti-feminist ideologue | Schona Jolly
Many of the rights we take for granted have been guaranteed by EU membership. The new Brexit secretary puts all this at riskWhat do we know about Dominic Raab, and what does it tell us about how he might approach his new job as Brexit secretary? Prediction is a fool’s game in Brexit Britain, but as this hardcore leaver settles behind his desk, Raab’s controversial ideology may offer some clues.
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Why is the BBC downplaying the Facebook Brexit scandal? | Jonathan Freedland 11 Jul 7:50am Why is the BBC downplaying the Facebook Brexit scandal? | Jonathan Freedland
The broadcaster fears accusations of bias. But it must not overlook allegations of dishonesty linked to the leave campaign
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There is a secret to saving a penalty. Here it is | André Spicer 11 Jul 7:01am Updated There is a secret to saving a penalty. Here it is | André Spicer
Left or right? In football, as in life, it’s so easy to jump the wrong way. And the reason is very simpleThe referee blows his whistle, the penalty taker begins to limber up, and fans tense up. The goalkeeper has a high-stakes decision to make. Where will he jump – to his right or left, or will he stay in the middle? No matter how experienced, the keeper is likely to make a common mistake: jumping into action when doing nothing would be a better idea. An analysis of
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This heatwave is no joke – especially for us freelance comedians | Lola Stephenson and Jo Griffin 11 Jul 5:00am This heatwave is no joke – especially for us freelance comedians | Lola Stephenson and Jo Griffin
We may make sun-lounging look easy, but who’s going to write our Edinburgh show? And where can I charge my Mac?
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What is love? You asked Google – here’s the answer 11 Jul 3:00am What is love? You asked Google – here’s the answer
Every day millions of people ask Google life’s most difficult questions. Our writers answer some of the commonest queriesExperts say the western ideal of
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How England’s World Cup progress gives us a shot at a hopeful future | Hugh Muir 11 Jul 1:00am How England’s World Cup progress gives us a shot at a hopeful future | Hugh Muir
Can the government replicate the communal moments created by a diverse English football team to boost the national mood?“Oh, to be in England / Now that April’s there,” wrote Browning, but he might have looked at that again after last weekend and decided it could bear revision. “Oh, to be in England’s capital as
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America’s new revolutionaries show how the left can win | George Monbiot 11 Jul 1:00am America’s new revolutionaries show how the left can win | George Monbiot
The remarkable story of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in a New York primary hints at the coming transformation
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Central Europe is a lesson to liberals: don’t be anti-nationalist | Ivan Krastev 11 Jul 1:00am Central Europe is a lesson to liberals: don’t be anti-nationalist | Ivan Krastev
The breakup of Yugoslavia fed the belief that flag-waving leads to bloodshed. But this eroded support for the centre ground and fuelled ethnic-based intolerance ‘I’ve only ever been afraid of signs and symbols, never of people and things,” wrote the Romanian novelist Mihail Sebastian at the start of
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I’m a doctor in Lampedusa. We can’t let these migrant deaths go on | Pietro Bartolo 11 Jul 1:00am I’m a doctor in Lampedusa. We can’t let these migrant deaths go on | Pietro Bartolo
In the Mediterranean we’re witnessing a slaughter of innocents. I have seen the suffering, and I am ashamed of the Italian government’s responseFor a long time, I was proud of my country. I work as a doctor on the small island of Lampedusa in the middle of the Mediterranean, a place that is something of a symbolic
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It’s not only Londoners who rely on buses and trains | Lynsey Hanley 11 Jul 1:00am It’s not only Londoners who rely on buses and trains | Lynsey Hanley
Buses in the capital are fairly priced and frequent – and well used. Why has the rest of the country been left behind? The railway network is in meltdown.
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