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Alone, Britain is easy prey for Trump. It must hug Europe close | Jonathan Freedland 13 Jul 12:46pm Alone, Britain is easy prey for Trump. It must hug Europe close | Jonathan Freedland
On his UK visit, the president gave Britons a glimpse of life after a hard Brexit: one of humiliation by a ruthless exploiterVladimir Putin must be dreading Monday’s edition of Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia’s big and breezy tabloid. It will doubtless splash on an explosive interview with Donald Trump ahead of his visit to Moscow, in which the US president will slam Putin’s handling of the war in Syria, suggest US-Russian relations are doomed and lavish praise on the Russian leader’s “very talented” rival. Poor Vladimir must be quaking in his boots. Oh wait. No interview like that is coming, and not only because Putin would never allow it. Trump himself wouldn’t dare speak so harshly of his Russian counterpart, just as he only ever has words of comfort and admiration for
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump in Britain: this was the visit from hell | Editorial 13 Jul 12:11pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump in Britain: this was the visit from hell | Editorial
Theresa May should have grasped that this US president is an enemy of stability in Europe. Now she should learn from her mistakeIt may once, but oh so briefly, have seemed like a good idea to invite Donald Trump to Britain. But for Theresa May it all turned into a wrecking visit by the ally from hell. To make things worse, it was entirely her own fault. And yet, strange though it is to relate, some good may unexpectedly have come from
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The Guardian view on alien life: what if it’s not there? | Editorial 13 Jul 12:10pm The Guardian view on alien life: what if it’s not there? | Editorial
The universe is so big and full of stars that it seems obvious some must have evolved intelligent life. But it turns out we know so little we can’t know what’s obvious. Quite likely we are aloneAre we alone in the universe? Of all the billions of stars out there, is there none around which intelligent life has arisen, no other conscious beings who have looked at their sky and asked themselves whether there was anyone else out here? All we can know is that we don’t know of any others. But that has not stopped more or less well-informed speculation. The universe is so unthinkably enormous and old that it seems almost impossible that only one of the
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Is it really Donald Trump versus the liberal world order? | Letters 13 Jul 11:32am Is it really Donald Trump versus the liberal world order? | Letters
Readers respond to the US president’s visit to the Nato summit and the UK, including his demand for more defence spending and his undiplomatic interventions in British politicsIs Trump, as you write, the “leader of a very great nation” (
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Thank you for the Mackem memories | Brief letters 13 Jul 11:31am Thank you for the Mackem memories | Brief letters
Sunderland fans | Sharing ice-cream with dogs | The ‘threat’ of rain | Grey ‘Gordon Bennett’ | Gladioli in the dress circleFor part of my childhood in the 1950s we lived at Roker in Sunderland (
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Here’s Tory Brexiteers’ real plan for 2019: a leaner, meaner Britain | Tim Bale 13 Jul 9:48am Here’s Tory Brexiteers’ real plan for 2019: a leaner, meaner Britain | Tim Bale
A book by Conservative hyperglobalists reveals a strategy of taxes and services cuts and an easy-hire, easy-fire cultureIt’s a truth pretty universally acknowledged that the reason the Conservative government has struggled to come up with an agreed negotiating position in the wake of the country voting for Brexit is that many Tories who campaigned for leave didn’t really think they’d win the referendum. Even those who
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Gareth’s ‘losers’ or ‘winner’ Trump? I know which I prefer | Emma Brockes 13 Jul 8:00am Gareth’s ‘losers’ or ‘winner’ Trump? I know which I prefer | Emma Brockes
Seldom has there been a better example of the truth that loss can be a state of grace, and winning can be uglyThere is a large body of literature, and a growing number of podcasts, devoted to the psychology of losing – or “failure”, as it is more likely to be called in America, a term with very little to recommend it. Losing in the English sense – oh, how impeccably English that notion is:
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The killing of a blue whale reveals how disconnected we are from nature | Philip Hoare 13 Jul 7:50am The killing of a blue whale reveals how disconnected we are from nature | Philip Hoare
We need a better story than the pathetic one played out by beautiful animals that we haul into the sea of our ignoranceThey might as well have shot a giant panda. This week an Icelandic whaling company,
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Thameslink commuters have had enough. We need a new deal | Daisy Cooper 13 Jul 7:00am Thameslink commuters have had enough. We need a new deal | Daisy Cooper
We’ve been failed by Govia Thameslink and Chris Grayling. Now we’re taking matters into our own handsOn Tuesday, normally mild-mannered commuters from St Albans waved placards and chanted outside London’s St Pancras station
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Pushing the Palestinian ‘right of return’ doesn’t help peace | Tzipi Livni 13 Jul 6:34am Pushing the Palestinian ‘right of return’ doesn’t help peace | Tzipi Livni
UK politicians who call for the return of 1948 refugees to Israel are undermining the two-state solution – and fuelling conflictIn the past few months following events in Gaza, I’ve heard voices in the UK, including senior members of the Labour shadow cabinet, supporting the two-state solution while at the same time
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Does Trump’s Sun interview signal the end of diplomacy? | Mary Dejevsky 13 Jul 5:47am Does Trump’s Sun interview signal the end of diplomacy? | Mary Dejevsky
In page after page, the US president lobs lurid insults at Theresa May. But it may turn out that he’s done her a favour
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England’s World Cup campaign has given us a glimpse of a better world | Jack Bernhardt 13 Jul 4:43am England’s World Cup campaign has given us a glimpse of a better world | Jack Bernhardt
Our football team have shown the politicians how it should be done. But now it’s back to grim realityOh well. Take a wet wipe to the red and white face paint, remove the
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Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin is at the frontlines of the culture wars | First Dog on the Moon 13 Jul 3:51am Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin is at the frontlines of the culture wars | First Dog on the Moon
I love a boycott almost as much as I love the outrage about a boycott!
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Trump can dodge London’s protests – but Scotland is ready for him | Amna Saleem 13 Jul 3:00am Trump can dodge London’s protests – but Scotland is ready for him | Amna Saleem
The comedian Janey Godley and her cunning sign won’t be alone this time. We’ll all give racism and misogyny a big Glasgow kissDonald Trump thinks he can
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Soft or hard, no brand of Brexit can command a Commons majority | Mujtaba Rahman 13 Jul 2:00am Soft or hard, no brand of Brexit can command a Commons majority | Mujtaba Rahman
Theresa May has even resorted to wooing Labour MPs in the vain hope of rallying support for her white paperTheresa May’s
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Jodie Foster: ‘I have a magical thinking that I can cope with anything’ 13 Jul 1:00am Jodie Foster: ‘I have a magical thinking that I can cope with anything’
Five years after her last acting role, the double Oscar-winner is back with Hotel Artemis. She talks about always playing tough characters, the lack of roles for older women and her friendship with Mel Gibson
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The World Cup has united England. Enjoy it while it lasts | Gaby Hinsliff 13 Jul 1:00am The World Cup has united England. Enjoy it while it lasts | Gaby Hinsliff
It’s football, not a miracle: but sometimes it’s enough just to live for the moment, however fleeting There is no such thing as the British dream. Or at least, that’s the lesson drawn from years of clunky political attempts to articulate it; to create a version of the romantic story America tells about itself, an identity strong enough to hold a splintering nation together. On paper, Ed Miliband’s attempt while Labour leader sounded reasonable enough. The idea of a British promise – a deep, shared sense that children’s lives should be better than those of their parents – certainly described something missing from the post-crash nation. Yet it felt horribly clumsy for reasons that were hard to pin down at the time – and which, for me, finally swam into focus only earlier this summer when I read the story
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