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Steve Bell on Theresa Mays agreeing to a timetable for leaving office – cartoon 16 May 2019, 2:43pm Steve Bell on Theresa Mays agreeing to a timetable for leaving office – cartoon
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The Guardian view on privatising probation: a disaster ignored | Editorial 16 May 2019, 1:42pm The Guardian view on privatising probation: a disaster ignored | Editorial
Ministers have not learned the lessons of their ideological obsession with making profits out of offendersProbation services are intended to help those who have fallen foul of the law. They ought to change the lives of some of the most marginalised people in our communities. That the government thought it possible to make a profit for shareholders from this process seems beyond satire. Yet the joke was on the voters. Against repeated warnings from civil servants about the potential risks to public safety, the then justice secretary Chris Grayling rushed through a
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The Guardian view on Richer Sounds: mutual benefits | Editorial 16 May 2019, 1:36pm The Guardian view on Richer Sounds: mutual benefits | Editorial
By handing over the retail chain to staff, its founder Julian Richer is showing that there are fairer ways to run a business – and to pass it onSeekers for an alternative and more equitable model of how to do business this week struck gold. Julian Richer, owner of Richer Sounds, has at the age of 60 announced a
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Return of the withdrawal agreement bill and European elections – Politics Weekly podcast 16 May 2019, 1:04pm Return of the withdrawal agreement bill and European elections – Politics Weekly podcast
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/profile/heatherstewart">Heather Stewart
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You want a dark Mel Gibson comedy about rich Jewish people? You got it! 16 May 2019, 12:49pm You want a dark Mel Gibson comedy about rich Jewish people? You got it!
Rothchild, a new film starring the ‘polarising’ star is being touted around Cannes. If you don’t get the gag, well, join the club … Let me tell you something about the god that Mel Gibson worships up there in his private $42m, 17-acre church compound in Malibu’s Agoura Hills (congregation: 70). He – and it will be a he – is the one true god, who doesn’t just forgive and forget, even if you don’t meaningfully repent. He goes the extra 1,000 miles to ensure that at the Cannes film festival in the year 2019, the Hollywood trade press will be able to type the words: “This is shaping up to be ‘Mel’s market’ with a host of Gibson projects on sale.” As I say, all other gods are false. They simply do not enable this level of … chutzpah, would you perhaps call it?… in a client.
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At last, Tories can begin to talk about Theresa May in the past tense | Rafael Behr 16 May 2019, 12:40pm At last, Tories can begin to talk about Theresa May in the past tense | Rafael Behr
The prime minister has set a date for her departure – and it might provide the push to get her Brexit deal over the lineThere is a small but significant distinction in politics between what is known and what is declared. In recent weeks it has become ever harder to imagine how Theresa May might continue in her job if another attempt to steer Brexit through parliament fails. But imagination is no longer required.
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This inequality review is elitist – it needs broader expertise | Letters 16 May 2019, 12:38pm This inequality review is elitist – it needs broader expertise | Letters
40 researchers, educators and campaigners on inequality criticise the makeup of the IFS Deaton review’s expert panel. Plus letters from
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Probation service will take years to recover from Chris Grayling’s privatisation fiasco | Letters 16 May 2019, 12:38pm Probation service will take years to recover from Chris Grayling’s privatisation fiasco | Letters
For probation to provide the range and quality of services it once did will be a major undertaking, writes
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The DRC needs our help to tackle Ebola | Letter 16 May 2019, 12:38pm The DRC needs our help to tackle Ebola | Letter
The last Ebola outbreak, in Sierra Leone, left that country with a huge debt to the IMF, for loans taken on to fight the disease, writes
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When Cheam fell for Lady Chatterley | Brief letters 16 May 2019, 12:38pm When Cheam fell for Lady Chatterley | Brief letters
PD James | Lady Chatterley’s Lover | Lowry cricket painting | Trump’s trade warThe prescience in Alfonso Cuarón’s film Children of Men (
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At last, the Labour party is being led from the bottom up | Dan Hancox 16 May 2019, 11:14am At last, the Labour party is being led from the bottom up | Dan Hancox
The green new deal, the four-day week … the party is currently energised because under Corbyn it is listening to its grassroots Right from the beginning, the promise of Corbynism was that it would empower the grassroots. In his
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Why is Labour just letting the Brexit party win the European elections? | Mary Kaldor 16 May 2019, 11:00am Why is Labour just letting the Brexit party win the European elections? | Mary Kaldor
Fence-sitting is never a good look. Especially when opposition has a historic duty to perform: stopping Nigel FarageThe European elections are of historic importance. Dangerous rightwing parties are likely to gain support, led by the Brexit party. We need to defeat the far right, and confront the spread of racism and the threat of authoritarianism and violence. We also need a serious commitment to tackling climate change and
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Trump’s twinship with Orbán shows ‘illiberal democracy’ has a home in the US | Ruth Ben-Ghiat 16 May 2019, 10:29am Trump’s twinship with Orbán shows ‘illiberal democracy’ has a home in the US | Ruth Ben-Ghiat
The US president’s mission is align with the global right. In Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, he has found an allyHow suited President Donald Trump and his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orbán,
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Iran has jailed another woman, like my wife. We need coordinated action | Richard Ratcliffe 16 May 2019, 10:11am Iran has jailed another woman, like my wife. We need coordinated action | Richard Ratcliffe
The arrest of Aras Amiri mirrors my wife’s ordeal. Iran can no longer be allowed to hold innocent people as leverageThis week
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Iran has jailed another British Iranian, like my wife. We need coordinated action | Richard Ratcliffe 16 May 2019, 8:00am Iran has jailed another British Iranian, like my wife. We need coordinated action | Richard Ratcliffe
The arrest of Aras Amiri mirrors my wife’s ordeal. Iran can no longer be allowed to hold innocent people as leverageThis week
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UK prisons are a disgrace. No wonder a Dutch court has refused to extradite | Ben Keith 16 May 2019, 6:54am UK prisons are a disgrace. No wonder a Dutch court has refused to extradite | Ben Keith
British jails have been inhumane, violent and degrading for years. Now other countries are noticingThe prisons are “inhumane and degrading”, in the words of a court in Amsterdam, as it refused an extradition request. The judges were referring not to a Russian penal colony, but to HMP Liverpool
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Yes, Jeremy Kyle was exploitative. But it made working-class people visible | Mark Brown 16 May 2019, 6:19am Yes, Jeremy Kyle was exploitative. But it made working-class people visible | Mark Brown
People like us rarely get to see ourselves on TV. At least Kyle’s guests were real, even if the setting was awfulWhen news broke that The Jeremy Kyle show had been
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Tories should bear the shame that child poverty in Britain is the new normal | Frances Ryan 16 May 2019, 5:00am Tories should bear the shame that child poverty in Britain is the new normal | Frances Ryan
Although austerity is to blame for the alarming rise in child poverty, the Conservatives have mastered the art of spinning it Child poverty is the “new normal” in parts of Britain. That’s according to
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The polls are clear – Labour’s Brexit tactics are failing spectacularly | Peter Kellner 16 May 2019, 4:53am The polls are clear – Labour’s Brexit tactics are failing spectacularly | Peter Kellner
The party is haemorrhaging votes in the mistaken belief that the leave tendency is driven by its working-class baseOne of the wisest, if least obeyed, maxims of political debate is: don’t argue about facts, check them out instead. In the case of Labour’s strategy towards next week’s European parliament elections, one central fact is now beyond dispute. The
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Nigel Farage is filling Britain’s truth-shaped hole. Honesty is the only way to drive him out | Suzanne Moore 16 May 2019, 4:00am Nigel Farage is filling Britain’s truth-shaped hole. Honesty is the only way to drive him out | Suzanne Moore
The leader of the Brexit party doesn’t want Brexit. He just wants the outrage and discontent he thrives on to continueBefore I say anything at all, let me say that Nigel Farage is a very bad man
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Hake news: read all about the fish they’re calling the new cod 16 May 2019, 3:00am Hake news: read all about the fish they’re calling the new cod
It’s cheap, delicious and certified as sustainable. So what if it won’t win any beauty contests? ‘My dad had two boats built in the 80s, especially for hake. The day they launched, the government put restrictions on the quota because they thought it was overfished.” I regard Sean Perkes, who is a fish merchant in the south Devon port of Brixham, home to the busiest and most diverse fishing market in the UK, with mild, historical sympathy. A terrible story. Did his dad go bust? Not so much, says Perkes’s face. This family have been fishing since the 1500s. It would take more than a quota change to make them go out of business. And in any case, hake stocks have since rebounded, to the point where some people are calling it the new cod. Measuring fish sustainability is a dark and fascinating art: clearly, you can’t tell whether it is ethical to eat a fish by simply looking at it, nor necessarily by knowing how it’s caught, or even where. Farmed bass, for instance, can be sustainable, but sea-caught bass is not. Sudden spikes in demand, hundreds of miles away, can threaten a species overnight. The Marine Conservation Society (from whom the Guardian takes its lead) and the Marine Stewardship Council don’t always agree, but on hake they’re aligned, and it has been certified sustainable for four years.
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The political landscapes of Brexit Britain and Weimar Germany are scarily similar | Martin Kettle 16 May 2019, 1:00am The political landscapes of Brexit Britain and Weimar Germany are scarily similar | Martin Kettle
A new exhibition in Berlin highlights how quickly a loss of respect for democracy can end in catastropheEnter the disturbing special
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