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Steve Bell on post-Brexit food safety – cartoon 15 May 4:51pm Steve Bell on post-Brexit food safety – cartoon
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Inequality is the scourge of modern Britain. Is it finally about to be addressed? | Larry Elliott 15 May 1:37pm Inequality is the scourge of modern Britain. Is it finally about to be addressed? | Larry Elliott
A damning new study on social injustice should mirror the postwar Beveridge report, and call for wholesale changes to the economyReports by the great and the good are ten a penny. All too often they are an excuse for kicking a tricky political issue deep into the long grass. Only rarely do they count for much. Maybe, just perhaps,
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The Guardian view on The Jeremy Kyle Show: TV with no moral compass | Editorial 15 May 1:30pm The Guardian view on The Jeremy Kyle Show: TV with no moral compass | Editorial
Boundaries of taste change over time, but that doesn’t excuse broadcasters from a duty of care to people who appear on screenThe availability of an audience is not, in itself, justification for putting on a spectacle. There are things people would be quite prepared to watch that are illegal to display. There are many more things that the law does not prohibit, but that broadcasters choose not to show. The Jeremy Kyle Show has now joined that number,
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Why the House of Commons should stay in London and reject radical redesign | Letters 15 May 12:50pm Why the House of Commons should stay in London and reject radical redesign | Letters
Parliament is not just the debating chamber, writes
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Jeremy Kyle Show was part of a wider shame agenda aimed at the working class | Letters 15 May 12:49pm Jeremy Kyle Show was part of a wider shame agenda aimed at the working class | Letters
If this abuse were aimed at any other section of the community it would be classed as hate crime, says
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If climate change sends us back to the 70s, would that be so very bad? | Letters 15 May 12:48pm If climate change sends us back to the 70s, would that be so very bad? | Letters
Stressed youngsters might well enjoy a less commercial society, writes
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Belgian antisemitism and anti-kosher laws | Letters 15 May 12:46pm Belgian antisemitism and anti-kosher laws | Letters
Laws banning kosher slaughter in Flanders and Wallonia are an attack on religious freedom, writes
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The Proustian draw of sexy hawthorn | Brief letters 15 May 12:45pm The Proustian draw of sexy hawthorn | Brief letters
Scapegoats | Gorbachev | Timpson | Hawthorn | Danny DrinkwaterIt is surprising that your stimulating and relevant supplement (
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How do you retaliate against a WhatsApp attack? | James O’Malley 15 May 12:35pm How do you retaliate against a WhatsApp attack? | James O’Malley
Cyberwarfare is on the march, but there is nothing in the Geneva conventions to cover itWe don’t yet know for sure who used Israeli company NSO’s software to
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With Bolton whispering in Trump’s ear, war with Iran is no longer unthinkable | Owen Jones 15 May 12:23pm With Bolton whispering in Trump’s ear, war with Iran is no longer unthinkable | Owen Jones
Antiwar activists must do everything they can to prevent it, and that includes pressuring US alliesIt was a deception that would lead to hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, and to the deaths of nearly 60,000 US soldiers. In August 1964 President Lyndon B Johnson solemnly
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Yes, Islamophobia is a type of racism. Here’s why | Wes Streeting 15 May 11:22am Yes, Islamophobia is a type of racism. Here’s why | Wes Streeting
Contrary to myth, the definition I helped devise isn’t a threat to free speech. Theresa May’s government must adopt itOn 15 March, a gunman walked into the
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If London needs a separate Trans Pride, what does that say about LGBT solidarity? | Amelia Abraham 15 May 10:36am If London needs a separate Trans Pride, what does that say about LGBT solidarity? | Amelia Abraham
Protests at last year’s Pride in London have led to a breakaway event. It could spark much needed changePride in London is the one day of the year that the city
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The inequality review’s panel experts are all white. How equal is that? | Faiza Shaheen 15 May 10:29am The inequality review’s panel experts are all white. How equal is that? | Faiza Shaheen
Angus Deaton’s five-year review of inequalities can’t succeed while it excludes people from different ethnic communitiesSome years back, when I was working at the New Economics Foundation as a researcher, a trustee of the organisation called me. I had met him briefly the day before, but was still surprised to hear his voice on the line. He told me he organised art events and eventually got to the point of his call by saying that a panel he had organised was a bit too stale and having met me he thought I could bring some “edge” to the conversation. I laughed, saying I didn’t know anything about art, and in any case wasn’t available. I put the phone down, bemused. I am assuming by “edge” he meant that he needed me – a brown woman from a working-class background – to counter his panel, which was presumably all white, and no doubt too male and too posh. I suppose I should have been happy to be invited; and, while this was textbook tokenism, if I’d known something about the topic I might have accepted. After all, at the very least I was asked.
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If Theresa May resigns, we can still deliver the Brexit people voted for | John Whittingdale 15 May 9:24am If Theresa May resigns, we can still deliver the Brexit people voted for | John Whittingdale
For the good of Britain and for the good of my party, May must follow Margaret Thatcher’s example and stand down
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Mordaunt’s muddled amnesty won’t work – and sends a dangerous message | Jonathan Freedland 15 May 7:54am Mordaunt’s muddled amnesty won’t work – and sends a dangerous message | Jonathan Freedland
The defence secretary’s proposal might boost her reputation as the forces’ champion but soldiers should never be above the lawThere will be plenty of British military veterans relieved by word that the new defence secretary, Penny Mordaunt, plans to
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I’ve worked on shows like Jeremy Kyle – the real cruelty happens off screen | Carla Wright 15 May 6:59am I’ve worked on shows like Jeremy Kyle – the real cruelty happens off screen | Carla Wright
I hated my job, scouring deprived areas for guests and whipping up their anger, and handed in my notice. It shouldn’t have taken a death for the show to get axed.I ended up working on Trisha by accident. The show’s producers contacted my university looking for graduates, and I was offered an interview. It was an amazing opportunity to break into television – I couldn’t believe my luck. My wide-eyed enthusiasm clouded my vision from the awful reality of what was to come. (I worked on the show after it switched from ITV to Channel 5, from 2005 to 2006). Alarm bells should have rung during “training week”, when I was paired up with a colleague for some role play. I had to imagine she was 23st, and persuade her to wear a bikini on the show. A few months later, I put this training to practical use when I succeeded in convincing a real-life plus-sized woman to do this. She walked on stage to ridicule. I was told I was great at my job.
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How Istanbul’s mayoral elections are shaping the future of Erdoğan’s Turkey | Sinan Ulgen 15 May 5:05am How Istanbul’s mayoral elections are shaping the future of Erdoğan’s Turkey | Sinan Ulgen
A controversial overturning of the result has laid the way for a rematch the president’s party cannot afford to lose The upholding last week of a
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I planned to kill myself at 27 – now I’m 28. Here’s what happened | Ben Smoke 15 May 3:00am I planned to kill myself at 27 – now I’m 28. Here’s what happened | Ben Smoke
I used to think my bipolar disorder meant I had to suffer, like the ‘tortured geniuses’ Kurt Cobain and Van Gogh When I was 21 I tried to kill myself. It was the evening of the 26 November 2012, at 5:52pm. I remember looking at the clock, aiming for 6pm before thinking – what am I waiting for? I sent texts to loved ones, put up a pre-written Facebook status and attempted to take my own life. Two months later I tried to do it again. This time there was no status, no warning texts, just another brutal attempt. Two months later I tried to do it again. This time, I called an ambulance half way through – alone and scared on the Euston Road. I spent some time at my mum’s, pushing through the pain, surviving second by second. I looked into my future, and I couldn’t see anything. It was dark. Cloudy and obscured. Drained of colour in the way that only a deep dark depression can do.
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How theatre can help to reawaken our faith in Europe | Katie Ebner-Landy 15 May 1:00am How theatre can help to reawaken our faith in Europe | Katie Ebner-Landy
We need to recognise the European aesthetic: a way of making art that stretches across nationsSome things appear in waves, others in shocks – lightning rods of clarity. My sense of how theatre might be able to deepen our understanding of what Europe is or could be came from two different shocks: one of which happened while working in China, the other in St Petersburg. While in Beijing to
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Populism isn’t the biggest threat to the EU – it’s the east-west divide | Jakub Wiśniewski 15 May 1:00am Populism isn’t the biggest threat to the EU – it’s the east-west divide | Jakub Wiśniewski
The cold war still casts a long shadow over European politicsAs the
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Has the politics of climate change finally reached a tipping point? | John Vidal 15 May 1:00am Has the politics of climate change finally reached a tipping point? | John Vidal
People increasingly see the environmental crisis as a national priority. This is an opportunity for bold action from governmentLast week a small campaign group in the staunchly conservative town of Shrewsbury called a public meeting about climate change. The organisers were delighted when 150 people turned up. Even they were surprised, though, when people unanimously said they were prepared to give up flying, change their boilers and cars, eat less meat and even overthrow capitalism to get a grip on climate change. But this was just a straw in the political wind whipping through middle England. Shrewsbury joins
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Delivering Brexit won’t quell the forces of nationalism, as Eurosceptics might hope | Rafael Behr 15 May 1:00am Delivering Brexit won’t quell the forces of nationalism, as Eurosceptics might hope | Rafael Behr
At some point British politicians will have to decide whether to be with the wreckers of liberal Europe – or with the resistance Good ideas tend to be copied, and by that measure Brexit is a dud. The UK experience has not inspired copycat secessions from the European Union. It is not studied as the blueprint for what Michael Gove anticipated in 2016 as a “democratic liberation of the whole continent”. There are plenty of Eurosceptics elsewhere in Europe, but they have swerved away from the British example. That is partly an accommodation to pro-European public opinion in the other 27 member states. After all, the first rule of populism is to be popular. France’s National Front (now rebranded National Rally) has jettisoned talk of “Frexit”. Matteo Salvini, Italy’s far-right deputy prime minister, no longer agitates for a return to the lira.
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Andrzej Krauze on the European elections – cartoon 15 May 1:00am Andrzej Krauze on the European elections – cartoon
With Brexit still unresolved, continental Europe is expecting UK participation in next week’s polls to be a test for remainers and leavers alike
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