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The Guardian view on Theresa May’s Brexit options: stark – and getting starker | Editorial 19 May 1:33pm The Guardian view on Theresa May’s Brexit options: stark – and getting starker | Editorial
If there is no majority for the prime minister’s bill next month, the chances of a Brexit outcome in this parliament look remote
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The Guardian view on Minecraft: all human life is here | Editorial 19 May 1:32pm The Guardian view on Minecraft: all human life is here | Editorial
How will games play out when they are superimposed on the real world?Once upon a time, when all the world was analogue, games could only be played together by people in the same place and at the same time. But that was before the internet. One of the most profound and least anticipated ways in which the internet has changed society is that it has allowed more people to play more games together than ever before in history.
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The Led by Donkeys campaign is a waste of time and £450,000 | Dawn Foster 19 May 1:24pm The Led by Donkeys campaign is a waste of time and £450,000 | Dawn Foster
The anti-Brexit billboards seek to shame Nigel Farage and Ann Widdecombe, but only end up publicising their hardcore beliefs When Ann Widdecombe
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Corbyn and Blair – a tale of two treacheries? | Letters 19 May 1:06pm Corbyn and Blair – a tale of two treacheries? | Letters
Readers take sides on Gary Younge’s argument that people who stuck with Labour over the Iraq war should not now abandon it over BrexitI agree with the point Gary Younge is making (
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Crimes by soldiers must be prosecuted | Letters 19 May 1:04pm Crimes by soldiers must be prosecuted | Letters
The Kenyan case shows that the military cannot be trusted to deal with soldiers’ misdemeanours, write
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Ask the chemist for a paper bag | Brief letters 19 May 1:02pm Ask the chemist for a paper bag | Brief letters
Prescription packaging | Starch wrappers | Turbans | Jeremy Kyle | Preston North EndI collect my small but regular prescription from Lloyds. A year ago I wrote to the company requesting a change from plastic to paper bags (
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It’s not difficult to define Islamophobia. So why does Britain struggle with it so much? | Nesrine Malik 19 May 12:38pm It’s not difficult to define Islamophobia. So why does Britain struggle with it so much? | Nesrine Malik
From the Tory party to the police, senior figures raise problems which are simply irrelevant. It says a lot about their willingness to confront this prejudiceLast week it became clear that, according to senior police, the Tories and some non-Muslim public figures with some Muslim friends, the term “Islamophobia” is undefinable in any meaningful, actionable way. The
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If I were Jeremy Corbyn I’d be praying for a Boris Johnson victory | Matthew d’Ancona 19 May 11:05am If I were Jeremy Corbyn I’d be praying for a Boris Johnson victory | Matthew d’Ancona
The Tory party is in trouble. Having a rightwing populist incompetent as leader would quickly trigger an election“This isn’t a TV reality contest!”. So declared defence minister Tobias Ellwood, when asked by Sky News’ Sophy Ridge about the forthcoming
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The EU has a race problem at the top – and no one wants to talk about it | Sarah Chander 19 May 9:11am The EU has a race problem at the top – and no one wants to talk about it | Sarah Chander
Migrants, minorities and people of colour are almost absent from Thursday’s list of prospective MEPsWith days to go until the polls open for the European parliament elections, most political parties are finding it a struggle to convey the relevance of the EU to voters (in 2014, voter turnout was just 42%). Eurosceptics from Nigel Farage to Matteo Salvini, Marine Le Pen to Alternative für Deutschland’s Alexander Gauland, have been united in their criticism of the Brussels “elite”. They focus on the “unelected bureaucrats” running the EU institutions. Yet there’s an elite they don’t notice – and of which they are members. The EU’s institutions, and its parliamentary seats, are all but closed to people who aren’t white.
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There should be nothing wrong in waving Palestinian flags at Eurovision | Michael Segalov 19 May 9:09am There should be nothing wrong in waving Palestinian flags at Eurovision | Michael Segalov
As an audience member in Tel Aviv I saw the flags of many nations on display, why not those of Israel’s neighbours? There were loud boos in the Tel Aviv Expo Centre on Saturday night, and not just when it was announced that voters in Greece and Cyprus had
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What is Nigel Farage’s secret? That would be telling | Stewart Lee 19 May 5:00am What is Nigel Farage’s secret? That would be telling | Stewart Lee
Truly, the Brexit party leader moves in mysterious ways
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When working-class lives can be so rich, why does reality TV choose to belittle them? | Jack Monroe 19 May 4:00am When working-class lives can be so rich, why does reality TV choose to belittle them? | Jack Monroe
The death of a Jeremy Kyle guest should be the moment broadcasters celebrate rather than exploit their guestsThe trouble with having very little is the perception that you can be easily bought. Many participants on
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The middle ground no longer exists over Brexit. It’s all or nothing now | Andrew Rawnsley 19 May 3:00am The middle ground no longer exists over Brexit. It’s all or nothing now | Andrew Rawnsley
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn’s negotiations were always doomed but not for the obvious reasonsThe collapse of the Tory-Labour
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China wants us to forget the horrors of Tiananmen as it rewrites its history | Louisa Lim and Ilaria Maria Sala 19 May 2:00am China wants us to forget the horrors of Tiananmen as it rewrites its history | Louisa Lim and Ilaria Maria Sala
The state is enforcing a collective amnesia about not only recent political events but those that happened thousands of years agoRemembering the deaths of
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Too much has been sacrificed to allow Brexit to destroy Europe’s unity 19 May 1:59am Too much has been sacrificed to allow Brexit to destroy Europe’s unity
As the anniversaries of D-Day and Monte Cassino approach, we should remember how and why the ‘European project’ started Shortly after Thursday’s elections for the European parliament, we shall be witnessing the 75th anniversaries of D-Day and of the terrible carnage of the battle of Monte Cassino. One hopes that memories of these events – or, in many cases, learning about them for the first time – may concentrate minds on all sides in the debate about our future relationship with the rest of Europe. It was the horror of the second world war that led European leaders to bring individual countries together in the hope that future conflict could be avoided. Despite the fantasies of Nigel Farage and his ilk, winning that war was hardly a solo effort on the part of Great Britain. The Americans were an indispensable force in the D-Day landings; Polish forces lost many troops fighting at Monte Cassino. And, of course, the war was won by the allies as a whole, who included the US, Commonwealth countries and, not least, the Soviet Union.
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As surveillance culture grows, can we even hope to escape its reach? | Kenan Malik 19 May 1:40am As surveillance culture grows, can we even hope to escape its reach? | Kenan Malik
The world over, the actions of citizens are being monitored on an unprecedented scaleSometimes, it is the very ordinariness of a scene that makes it terrifying. So it was with a clip from last week’s BBC
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The Observer view on the European elections | Observer editorial 19 May 1:09am The Observer view on the European elections | Observer editorial
Europhiles should ignore Labour and vote for a Remain partyThis Thursday, voters face an important choice. It’s not the choice they deserve: whether to approve or reject the Brexit deal Theresa May has negotiated on their behalf. But it is the most important opportunity yet to send a clear message to our political leaders that the gridlock, the lacklustre leadership and the general sense of malaise that have infected Westminster since 2016 just isn’t good enough. For months, people have been denied their say, despite the prolonged parliamentary stalemate and the knots in which both main parties have tied themselves over Brexit. These European elections should not be treated as a proxy referendum: there is no distinct question being put to the public and turnout will probably be much lower than in a general election or referendum. But they are a precious chance for those who share the
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The Home Office shames us all by its callous attitude to child refugees | Barbara Ellen 19 May 1:00am The Home Office shames us all by its callous attitude to child refugees | Barbara Ellen
This country can easily afford to offer sanctuary to many vulnerable youngstersAnyone horrified in 2017 by the government’s shamefully inadequate response to helping lone child refugees trapped in makeshift camps in France should know that the situation has become even worse, with reports that the Dubs scheme (to get unaccompanied minors safely to the UK)
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The Observer view on Britain’s scandalous wealth inequality | Observer editorial 19 May 1:00am The Observer view on Britain’s scandalous wealth inequality | Observer editorial
Official figures mask the growing income disparities dividing Britain Britain needs to wean itself off measures of inequality that disguise more than they reveal about the gap between rich and poor. So says the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which last week used the occasion of its 50th anniversary to launch a five-year quest for
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May I have a word about… Pegasus spyware | Jonathan Bouquet 19 May 1:00am May I have a word about… Pegasus spyware | Jonathan Bouquet
Is the powerful virus that infected WhatsApp a flying horse or a Trojan horse? Don’t ask the woman who developed itThe unsavoury revelations about the
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Penny Mordaunt’s amnesty is incoherent and could shield governments’ nefarious actions | Nicholas Mercer 19 May 1:00am Penny Mordaunt’s amnesty is incoherent and could shield governments’ nefarious actions | Nicholas Mercer
Putting a statute of limitations on charging soldiers means justice may not be served for families of victimsIn 2003,
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Derided before its launch, BBC Scotland has silenced the critics with its excellence | Kevin McKenna 19 May 1:00am Derided before its launch, BBC Scotland has silenced the critics with its excellence | Kevin McKenna
The many naysayers, including myself, were wrong – it’s the best channel on TV A shoestring revolution is happening beneath the noses of most of Scotland’s population. It’s why I watched a Glaswegian hairdresser last night discussing sex, religion and politics as he bobbed and weaved with scissors around his customer’s salt and pepper hair. I came to bury this show but I am enchanted. The revolution is unfolding nightly on the BBC’s new Scotland channel, launched three months ago amid industry pessimism and the
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The Brexit party reflects our hollowed-out, tired politics | Kenan Malik 19 May 12:59am The Brexit party reflects our hollowed-out, tired politics | Kenan Malik
Its success reveals how Labour and the Tories have failed votersWill British politics be upended in the
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The playtime’s the thing | Letters 19 May 12:59am The playtime’s the thing | Letters
Blame government edicts, not teachers, for the demise of play in schoolsAlex Clark concludes her paean to playtime by calling on “teacher” to “leave those kids alone” (“
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