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The Euro candidates have achieved the impossible – turned me into a Brexiteer 24 Apr 1:51pm The Euro candidates have achieved the impossible – turned me into a Brexiteer
That Celebrity Big Brother contestant Ann Widdecombe isn’t the UK’s strangest prospective MEP speaks volumes After a glorious Easter bank holiday weekend, this week has seen political parties announce their candidate lists for the European parliamentary elections. And oh boy, some of them resemble a police lineup where the crime is an am-dram group’s adaptation of Carry on Screaming!. Let us begin with – I’m so sorry – the Brexit Party. Last seen in the “Celebrity” Big Brother house and being repeatedly dragged across a dancefloor on Strictly Come Dancing is
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The Guardian view on Huawei: if May wants to trust, we must keep verifying | Editorial 24 Apr 1:32pm The Guardian view on Huawei: if May wants to trust, we must keep verifying | Editorial
The Chinese telecoms firm has won favour for cheap and sophisticated gear. But its participation in Britain’s 5G network demands the closest scrutinySweeping narratives can soon take hold, even if critics are already pointing to their holes. In the 1990s, two such theses quickly took root. The first was that liberal democracy had triumphed. The second was that technology would inevitably bring liberation; Bill Clinton quipped, in reference to China, that trying to control the internet would be like nailing jello to the wall. Beijing proved both wrong, helping to spell an end
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The Guardian view on the Home Office: a culture of cruelty | Editorial 24 Apr 1:31pm The Guardian view on the Home Office: a culture of cruelty | Editorial
Sajid Javid must do more to address the legacy of injustice from Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ policyWhen government decisions ruin lives it is often a result of incompetence. But when the Home Office is involved it is as likely to be vindictive. That department’s institutional cruelty has once again been exposed by the
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Benefits system set up for cruelty not efficiency | Letters 24 Apr 1:14pm Benefits system set up for cruelty not efficiency | Letters
Respond respond to the tragic death of Stephen Smith, a man with debilitating illnesses deemed fit for work by the DWPFrances Ryan asks “when do we start to care” about “the mass abuse by the state towards its disabled and sick citizens” (
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How to respond to Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK | Letters 24 Apr 1:13pm How to respond to Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK | Letters
Readers air their views on news that the US president will be given the red-carpet treatment during a three-day visit from 3 JuneOn the same day that Trump’s state visit to the UK is announced (
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When Les Reed ruled the high seas | Letter 24 Apr 1:13pm When Les Reed ruled the high seas | Letter
The late Les Reed’s Man of Action single was familiar to fans of pirate radio ships, writes
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Don’t forget Deirdre in Coronation Street legends list | Brief letters 24 Apr 1:12pm Don’t forget Deirdre in Coronation Street legends list | Brief letters
Leonardo in regional museums | Corrie screen queens | Play-offs ‘lottery’ | The Repair Shop | Word wheelLeonardo drawings in the Royal Collection are indeed to be on display in London from 24 May (
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Lyra McKee wrote of Derry’s lost ‘ceasefire babies’. We owe it to her to help them | Séamas O’Reilly 24 Apr 11:46am Lyra McKee wrote of Derry’s lost ‘ceasefire babies’. We owe it to her to help them | Séamas O’Reilly
The city is united in revulsion over the journalist’s murder. The violence won’t end unless we listen to young peopleOn Wednesday in Belfast, the funeral of journalist
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She’s an icon of Sudan’s revolution. But the woman in white obscures vital truths | Nesrine Malik 24 Apr 10:53am She’s an icon of Sudan’s revolution. But the woman in white obscures vital truths | Nesrine Malik
This compelling image of womanhood on the frontline has done its work. Now let’s look at the nuances it erasesIt was the image that finally drew the eyes of the world to Sudan’s revolution: a
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Greta Thunberg is right – only a general strike will force action on climate change | McEver Dugan and Evan Cholerton 24 Apr 10:16am Greta Thunberg is right – only a general strike will force action on climate change | McEver Dugan and Evan Cholerton
Every day at work we all contribute to a system that is burning us alive. Downing tools on 27 September will help change itClimate change is hurling humanity towards disaster. There is no more room to question the science, when nearly every climate scientist is in agreement that the implications of a global rise in average temperature will spell drastic changes for human civilisation. In the face of such a rapidly encroaching threat, political niceties and traditional incrementalism and compromise cannot come close to the level of change and upheaval required to solve, or even mitigate, the problem of global climate change.
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As Europe builds its 5G network, security – not cost – must come first | Julian King 24 Apr 9:36am As Europe builds its 5G network, security – not cost – must come first | Julian King
Concerns over Chinese involvement via Huawei underline why a risk-based approach to cybersecurity is vital
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The EU won’t change course on Brexit – look at the Greek debt crisis | David Henig 24 Apr 8:26am The EU won’t change course on Brexit – look at the Greek debt crisis | David Henig
British bickering goes on but that doesn’t make the EU likely to reopen the deal. October will be the crunch pointThe UK’s Brexit debate has restarted after a 10-day break just as before, only with a new end date of 31 October. Brexiteers continue to press for the Irish backstop to be replaced with alternative arrangements, while the government and the Labour front bench seem to be making
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Sajid Javid must act now to right the wrongs of the latest immigration scandal | Martha Gill 24 Apr 7:19am Sajid Javid must act now to right the wrongs of the latest immigration scandal | Martha Gill
After Windrush, the English tests debacle shows the Home Office is still intent on throwing people out of the country on flimsy groundsIt’s only been a year since the
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Manchester City fans could teach Brexit Britain how to put the fun in failure | Daniel Lavelle 24 Apr 3:00am Manchester City fans could teach Brexit Britain how to put the fun in failure | Daniel Lavelle
Win or lose, leave or remain – City supporters know it’s important never to take yourself too seriouslyThe British are celebrated for their ability to laugh at themselves. Which is good – because we’re not celebrated for much else at the moment. But even our talent for self-mockery is being strained. The cause is understandable: Westminster’s incompetence is so farcical it should be funny. But it’s not. We’re in danger of becoming a nation of dour, po-faced haters (and self-haters). So thank the lord for Manchester City fans. And as a Man United fan I never thought I’d hear myself say that. In these dark days it is the blue half of Manchester that is showing the rest of the country it is still possible to not take yourself too seriously. City learned the hard way. They endured 35 years of pain – not winning a single trophy while United swept up everything in front of them. And in that time they learned the invaluable lesson – it’s best to poke fun at yourself before others get the chance.
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Integrate, migrants are told. But can they ever be good enough for the likes of Blair? | Aditya Chakrabortty 24 Apr 1:00am Integrate, migrants are told. But can they ever be good enough for the likes of Blair? | Aditya Chakrabortty
Be more British is the message from his thinktank. Why does the responsibility for racism always seem to fall on its victims? Rarely do I associate Tony Blair with my mother. After all, they have little in common. One was prime minister and marched the UK into five wars in six years; the other taught for decades in east London primary schools, to which she drove in a cheery red Nissan Micra. But seeking respite from the oven of this weekend, I began reading Blair’s latest remarks on migrants – and found myself thinking instead of a beaming lady in a classroom. Like so many of us, the former Labour leader is
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Innovate? Big tech would rather throw us a broken Samsung Galaxy Fold | Charles Arthur 24 Apr 1:00am Innovate? Big tech would rather throw us a broken Samsung Galaxy Fold | Charles Arthur
The saga of the malfunctioning $2,000 folding phone shows technology companies have a peculiar disregard for usersIf you ever wondered whether the tech business is thrashing around in search of something – anything – to make people Buy More Unneeded Stuff, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is all the proof you need. Heralded as the first phone that unfolds to become a tablet, or possibly the first tablet that folds up into a phone, its
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