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The Guardian view on universal credit: flawed calculations | Editorial 11 Jan 1:30pm The Guardian view on universal credit: flawed calculations | Editorial
This week’s court defeat for the government is further evidence of the system’s shortcomings, and the suffering these can causeThe four single working mothers who took the government to court over the way that universal credit payments are calculated should be applauded. That two high court judges have
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The Guardian view on Andy Murray: great Scot, great guy, great backhand | Editorial 11 Jan 1:25pm The Guardian view on Andy Murray: great Scot, great guy, great backhand | Editorial
The former Wimbledon men’s singles champion is a man who reshaped the game, on and off court
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Andy Murray taught us Scots to dream big and show emotion | Marianne Taylor 11 Jan 12:57pm Andy Murray taught us Scots to dream big and show emotion | Marianne Taylor
His popularity wasn’t just about winning grand slams – he overturned a major stereotype in Scottish masculinitySmall, wet, overweight countries should not – and usually do not – produce tennis superstars. And although it was a time his many followers in Scotland and beyond had been expecting for a while, the pain and frustration etched on Andy Murray’s face as he
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Disaster looms. Can anti-Brexit MPs unite quickly enough to save us? | Jonathan Freedland 11 Jan 12:23pm Disaster looms. Can anti-Brexit MPs unite quickly enough to save us? | Jonathan Freedland
For pro-Europeans, the moment of truth is coming. To avoid no deal, they have to choose: Norway or a second referendumThe iceberg is approaching and now the scramble for the lifeboats begins. The iceberg in question is the catastrophe of a no-deal crashout from the European Union, its contours and texture becoming ever sharper as 29 March gets closer. For now, most MPs are vehement in their insistence that they dislike the iceberg very much, and that they are passionately opposed to sailing right into it. But the law is clear: Britain leaves the EU on that date unless another law is passed to change course. In other words, standing on the deck shouting at the berg will not help. MPs have to agree a plan to get out of the way – and they have to do it very soon.
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We don’t think John Finnis should teach at Oxford University. Here’s why | Alex Benn and Daniel Taylor 11 Jan 12:07pm We don’t think John Finnis should teach at Oxford University. Here’s why | Alex Benn and Daniel Taylor
This isn’t a question of academic freedom. The law professor’s writings dehumanise many of his studentsThis week, along with other students, we started a petition to stop
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The Stansted 15 stood up for justice. And now I stand up for them | Letter from Catherine West MP 11 Jan 11:49am The Stansted 15 stood up for justice. And now I stand up for them | Letter from Catherine West MP
Activists who peacefully seek to defend people’s right of access to justice should not be facing the prospect of life imprisonment under legislation designed to tackle terrorism, writes the Labour MP
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Even Mordor was less divided than Brexit Britain, this nation beyond parody | Marina Hyde 11 Jan 11:45am Even Mordor was less divided than Brexit Britain, this nation beyond parody | Marina Hyde
John Bercow’s maniacal defence of a car sticker beats the competition to enter the Brexit madness time-capsule Well, there you are, then. Another epic political week has passed in off-brand Westeros, a septic isle from which there is no real escape, only a bloodstained booth where Chris Grayling is offering to sell you a ferry ticket. Every few days I change my mind about what I’d pop in the time capsule to explain to future generations just how inspirational this era was. This week, though, the choice could only be
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Steep price rises and even steeper streets | Brief letters 11 Jan 11:44am Steep price rises and even steeper streets | Brief letters
Data grabbing | Country diary | Cost of stamps | A question of perspective | Steepest street titleThe solution is surely to use the non-profit Ecosia search engine that plants trees and quite simply guarantees that it protects your data (
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Don’t be fooled by Amber Rudd’s phoney attempt at compassion | Owen Jones 11 Jan 8:08am Don’t be fooled by Amber Rudd’s phoney attempt at compassion | Owen Jones
The work and pensions secretary’s universal credit tweak is a PR exercise that will do little to help children living in poverty Imagine launching a leadership bid by promising not to rob quite as many children
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Theresa May is about to find out that Brexit is bigger than her | Rafael Behr 11 Jan 7:56am Theresa May is about to find out that Brexit is bigger than her | Rafael Behr
The need for a viable deal means the prime minister will shortly become a bit-part in this national tragedyWhatever else happens with Brexit, no one in British politics will ever again underestimate the power of a timetable. The pressure of the article 50 clock ticking down forced Theresa May into the compromises that make her deal unpalatable to MPs. She has tried to pass the pain on to MPs, hoping that the grim consequences of missing the deadline would force them to settle for her plan. Earlier this week,
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The aliens are coming. And they’ve caught us with our pants down | James Felton 11 Jan 7:07am The aliens are coming. And they’ve caught us with our pants down | James Felton
Radio signals could be signs of extraterrestrial life. But, with Brexit and Trump, could they have chosen a worse time to call? Earlier this week, astronomers announced that they had observed repeated bursts of radio waves coming from deep space, with some experts suggesting this could be
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Cleaning is a comfort. So don’t mock Mrs Hinch and her online army | Kathryn Hearn 11 Jan 3:00am Cleaning is a comfort. So don’t mock Mrs Hinch and her online army | Kathryn Hearn
When times are dark and your country is divided, it’s time to reach for the rubber gloves. As I discovered when grief struckWhile most things seem to have been going down the pan, there’s been one phenomenon making a clean sweep:
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Labour must back a people’s vote before the clock runs out | Timothy Garton Ash 11 Jan 1:00am Labour must back a people’s vote before the clock runs out | Timothy Garton Ash
A second referendum may be difficult – but the only alternative is a ‘blindfold Brexit’ Over the next few weeks, Britain faces a stark binary choice. It is not the blackmail choice that Theresa May misleadingly poses:
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‘Make do and mend’ is a good green motto for our wasteful times | Gaby Hinsliff 11 Jan 1:00am ‘Make do and mend’ is a good green motto for our wasteful times | Gaby Hinsliff
The EU’s ‘right to repair’ plans will mean people can eke out a longer life for our white goods. The planet will thank us Nothing lasts for ever. Things do fall apart, and can’t be mended; there are only so many times a juddering old boiler can be coaxed back from the brink, and only so many loads of muddy PE kit a washing machine can take. But if you’ve ever had a sense that things are falling apart faster than they used to, invariably just after the warranty runs out, then you may have a point.
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