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The Guardian view on the Orthodox schism: theology and low politics | Editorial 6 Jan 2019, 1:25pm The Guardian view on the Orthodox schism: theology and low politics | Editorial
Splitting the Ukrainian church from Moscow is an attempt to build an independent nationThe Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who reigns in Constantinople, has a magnificent title which corresponds to almost nothing on earth. Although he represents an unbroken tradition of almost 2,000 years of Christianity, Constantinople has been the Muslim city of Istanbul since 1453 and there are now fewer than 3,000 Orthodox Christians living there. Although his title is a claim to universal authority in the church, this has been has been obviously false since the papacy broke away and took with it western Christianity in the 11th century. Adding insult to injury, the patriarchs of Moscow regard themselves as his successors in “
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Will it be a black woman who turfs Trump out of the White House? | Richard Wolffe 6 Jan 2019, 1:23pm Will it be a black woman who turfs Trump out of the White House? | Richard Wolffe
Democrat Kamala Harris embodies the driving force behind the party’s electoral surge. She may be their best bet for 2020
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Our uncivil war over Brexit was fuelled by deceit, not one oddball | Anne Perkins 6 Jan 2019, 1:19pm Our uncivil war over Brexit was fuelled by deceit, not one oddball | Anne Perkins
James Graham’s Brexit drama foregrounds the crucial role of Dominic Cummings. But there was more to it than thatRight on cue, as the witching hour of Brexit closes in, we are offered an opportunity to reflect on the forces that brought us to this state of national disarray and division. One of the most eye-catching things about James Graham’s
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Brexit, Labour and what Jeremy Corbyn should do next | Letters 6 Jan 2019, 12:49pm Brexit, Labour and what Jeremy Corbyn should do next | Letters
Readers respond to various Guardian articles and letters discussing the Labour party’s stance on BrexitJeremy Corbyn performed a vital task in repositioning Labour as a distinctly left-of-centre party. Though a thoroughly decent man, he has always struggled as leader of the opposition, lacking the necessary presence, self-confidence, articulacy and flexibility of mind, and vision. With his latest utterances (
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Chris Grayling’s record of catastrophic failures | Letter 6 Jan 2019, 12:46pm Chris Grayling’s record of catastrophic failures | Letter
The transport secretary has a history of blunder and disaster, writes
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Pending disaster of US Syria withdrawal | Letters 6 Jan 2019, 12:44pm Pending disaster of US Syria withdrawal | Letters
If the US pulls out, the sane part of Syria will be crushed between the anvil of Assad and Erdoğan’s hammer, writes
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Live in Hope, die in Caergwrle | Brief letters 6 Jan 2019, 12:25pm Live in Hope, die in Caergwrle | Brief letters
Elderly magistracy | Hottest destinations | Seaborne Freight | Blue badges | CaergwrleI was a magistrate who had to retire on turning 70, and it is entirely right that I had to do so. A recruitment crisis may justify temporarily lifting this ban; but the principle that the bench should as nearly as possible reflect society at large is important. Defendants may have made unwise choices, but they should all feel that those judging them do understand their circumstances in life. Having an increasingly elderly magistracy (
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Letter: Dame June Whitfield obituary 6 Jan 2019, 11:54am Letter: Dame June Whitfield obituary
For 30 years, from 1974 until its dissolution,
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Our out-of-step press demonises desperate refugees | Roy Greenslade 6 Jan 2019, 9:00am Our out-of-step press demonises desperate refugees | Roy Greenslade
News coverage of a fictional ‘surge’ did not reflect the values of our multicultural society Where is our humanity? More to the point, where is the compassion that should inform the editorial agendas of our major news outlets? For the past couple of weeks, in a period we like to call the season of goodwill, Britain’s newspapers and broadcasters have been reporting the arrival of desperate men and women on our shores as if they are criminals unworthy of charity or understanding.
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‘Managed no deal’? That’s just more Brexit snake oil | Anand Menon 6 Jan 2019, 8:17am ‘Managed no deal’? That’s just more Brexit snake oil | Anand Menon
Their delusional thinking finally exposed, the Brexiteers have pivoted. Don’t let this cuddly-sounding rebrand fool youHere we go again. As we return, haggard and hungover, from the Christmas break, the Brexit deal is heading back to parliament. And presumably the debate will also continue where it left off. Prepare for a
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I dislike the link to empire, but it felt wrong to turn down an OBE | David Olusoga 6 Jan 2019, 4:59am I dislike the link to empire, but it felt wrong to turn down an OBE | David Olusoga
For many black Britons, such awards are flawed but every honour we accept advances us and is a mark against racismVery occasionally, I wish I was French. The fantasy usually materialises just after a holiday, when I dream of living by the warmth of the Mediterranean, or after a trip to Paris during which I indulge fantasies of being a Left Bank cafe-bohemian. Such daydreams evaporate when I remember that my French is sub-GCSE standard, that as a strict vegetarian I am routinely the target of tutting derision by French waiters and that even the faintest waft of Gauloise smoke leaves me fumbling for my asthma inhaler. But at the end of last year I stumbled upon a new reason to indulge this fantasy.
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To stop Brexit, Labour supporters will have to revolt against their leader | Andrew Rawnsley 6 Jan 2019, 3:59am To stop Brexit, Labour supporters will have to revolt against their leader | Andrew Rawnsley
Jeremy Corbyn won the leadership with a promise that the will of the members would be paramount Since nearly all of his career has been spent in rebellion against his own party, I guess we should not be too surprised that Jeremy Corbyn seems so determined to defy it over Brexit. Labour members hate Brexit and they want it reversed. With parliament deadlocked and growing public support for taking the question back to the people, a large majority of Labour voters, and an even larger majority of Labour members, wants the party to throw its weight behind another referendum. Compare and contrast with a Labour leader who doesn’t hate Brexit, doesn’t want it to be reversed and will not help facilitate another referendum if he can possibly avoid it. That divide between leader and members has been pretty obvious for a long time to anyone who contemplated Mr Corbyn with clear eyes rather than wearing soft-focus lenses. The split has become more evident as the Labour frontbench has run through various tactical ruses to try to mask the tension between its members and its leader. He is what he is and that is a lifetime opponent of the EU. He has not once expressed a flicker of remorse about the result of the 2016 referendum and treats the momentum behind a second referendum not as an opportunity to be seized, but as a threat to be smothered.
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This is the Nancy Pelosi moment and Donald Trump should be very afraid | Sarah Churchwell 6 Jan 2019, 3:00am This is the Nancy Pelosi moment and Donald Trump should be very afraid | Sarah Churchwell
For two years the President has shown disdain for the institutions and practises of governance. Bad move. A new era has just dawnedThe Trump White House has frequently been called chaotic, wild, undisciplined, disorderly. But a better word might be “unruly,” because if there’s one thing Donald Trump can’t abide, it’s rules. Not only has the Trump administration signally failed to follow the rules, it’s not clear it ever bothered to learn them. But as the Democrats
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The Observer view on a graduate tax being the fairest way to pay for university | Observer editorial 6 Jan 2019, 1:00am The Observer view on a graduate tax being the fairest way to pay for university | Observer editorial
The proposed multi-tier system of tuition fees would result in poorer students being deterred from the sciences Four in five young people who go to university will end up repaying
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Apple and China’s problems show that today’s titans may not rule the world tomorrow | Will Hutton 6 Jan 2019, 1:00am Apple and China’s problems show that today’s titans may not rule the world tomorrow | Will Hutton
Even superpowers and trillion-dollar tech giants are at risk in a fast-changing societyOur mental geography is bounded by what has gone before. What has happened in the recently remembered past is most likely to continue. Inflection points, when trends decisively change, are more infrequent than the many instances when things go on as they have done. Two of today’s trends seem unstoppable. China’s astounding growth will continue, so the story runs, underwriting its arrival as the second economic superpower. To get a share in that China action, underpinning the entire growth of Asia, is one of the prime economic arguments for Brexit. Abandon sclerotic Europe, embrace the prosperity of Asia – even if it is a world of semi-democracy at best, authoritarian government at worst. It can be guaranteed to grow.
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You’ll lose your mind if you’re a slave to your screen | Jamie Bartlett 6 Jan 2019, 1:00am You’ll lose your mind if you’re a slave to your screen | Jamie Bartlett
We worry about our children’s online habits. Adults need to be on their guard tooDid you hear about the kid who watched so much TV that her eyes turned square? I did. And so did every child during the 1990s, as desperate parents tried to tear us away from the box. Today’s panicky equivalent is “screen time”. Practically every parent I know is engaged in a strategic war of attrition with an addicted four-year-old over screens, tablets, iPads and smartphones. Last week, to a collective sigh of relief, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health told them to worry less. It
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May I have a word about… flexitarian diets | Jonathan Bouquet 6 Jan 2019, 1:00am May I have a word about… flexitarian diets | Jonathan Bouquet
I’ve got nothing against people eating less meat or dairy, but what, pray, is the point of a fishless fillet?I am not afraid to admit that this flexitarian malarkey – eliminating meat or dairy for part of the week – has me thoroughly confused. On the one hand, we have
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Power politics always drives space conquest. China’s coup is no different | Kenan Malik 6 Jan 2019, 1:00am Power politics always drives space conquest. China’s coup is no different | Kenan Malik
Landing a spacecraft on the far side of the moon is a fine achievement – and propaganda win Nasa rejected it as too difficult and costly an undertaking. Last week, China declared “mission accomplished” after
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Forget these modish posters. Army recruitment targets the vulnerable | Barbara Ellen 6 Jan 2019, 1:00am Forget these modish posters. Army recruitment targets the vulnerable | Barbara Ellen
It’s time advertising campaigns focused on hard truths rather than dealing in myths The British army’s much-derided,
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Keeping up with the Kardashians means paying other women to have your babies | Catherine Bennett 6 Jan 2019, 12:59am Keeping up with the Kardashians means paying other women to have your babies | Catherine Bennett
If a group of men have their say Britain could soon have its own lucrative surrogate industryBehold the handmaid (#2) of the Kardashians. Or at least, that of Kim, the celebrity, and Kanye, artist and Trump loyalist. The couple have just
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Chris Grayling, I salute you as a titan of enterprise and innovation | Kevin McKenna 6 Jan 2019, 12:59am Chris Grayling, I salute you as a titan of enterprise and innovation | Kevin McKenna
Does it really matter if government hands out huge contracts to ferry firms with no ferries? Of course not The ghastly and tribal nature of modern British politics was wretchedly laid bare once more over the so-called festive period. The unfair criticism of Chris Grayling, our transport minister, over his
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The Observer view on Britain failing dismally in its moral duty to help refugees | Observer editorial 6 Jan 2019, 12:59am The Observer view on Britain failing dismally in its moral duty to help refugees | Observer editorial
Our callous response to the crisis in the name of party politics belies the kindness we are capable of offering If you had survived years of conflict in Syria or South Sudan, seen multiple family members perish, made a desperate, life-threatening dash for Europe that ended in a camp in northern France, but had a father or a sister in the UK, would you risk your life to try to join them? Our home secretary,
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Letters: state-school pupils’ double whammy 6 Jan 2019, 12:59am Letters: state-school pupils’ double whammy
Reforms to GCSEs leave children in the comprehensive system disadvantaged compared with their privately educated peersThe education reforms are certainly disadvantaging state-educated pupils but in a much more serious way than your article highlighted (“
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