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Boris Johnson in No 10 will be a fitting finale to this dark decade | Polly Toynbee 20 May 1:37pm Boris Johnson in No 10 will be a fitting finale to this dark decade | Polly Toynbee
He’s likely to be prime minister by autumn. To defeat him at the polls, Labour must unambiguously back remainArmageddon awaits. Boris Johnson is
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The Guardian view on Google versus Huawei: no winners | Editorial 20 May 1:35pm The Guardian view on Google versus Huawei: no winners | Editorial
The struggle over Huawei isn’t really about technology. It is about whether China or the US is to be masterTrade wars, like real ones, are very much easier to start than to stop. The decision by Google to
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European elections: tactical voting and strategic thinking for remainers | Letters 20 May 1:06pm European elections: tactical voting and strategic thinking for remainers | Letters
Labour-supporting readers advise others on whether they should stick with the party in Thursday’s poll or vote for another party as suggested by Jonathan FreedlandJonathan Freedland does the country and the pro-EU cause a great disservice by advocating an anti-Labour protest vote (
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How cuts have hit mental health support and dementia care | Letters 20 May 1:06pm How cuts have hit mental health support and dementia care | Letters
Regular access to trained support workers has been lost, writes
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Short-term contracts a plague on academia | Letters 20 May 1:03pm Short-term contracts a plague on academia | Letters
Lecturers and trade unionists rally in support of an academic at Soas, University of London, who has been twice refused a permanent post, and urge institutions to review their use of casual contractsCasualisation in academia is rampant and on the rise. And despite fine words about tackling ethnic disparities among students and in staff recruitment, fixed-term contracts are disproportionately held by ethnic minorities and women. Now, an academic at Soas, University of London, Dr Feyzi Ismail, has twice had her application for permanency rejected, even after having worked at Soas since 2011 and for more than four years on continuous contracts. Universities are increasingly finding ways to keep people on fixed-term contracts, which is against the spirit of the law. Yet academics like Dr Ismail who are repeatedly put on fixed-term contracts do the same valuable work as permanent employees, but on significantly worse and more precarious terms and conditions.
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Value farmers if you want to save bees | Letters 20 May 1:02pm Value farmers if you want to save bees | Letters
We need new agricultural policies to encourage biodiversity, says
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A different word for Islamophobia | Brief letters 20 May 1:01pm A different word for Islamophobia | Brief letters
Islamophobia | Blue-rinse Tories | Unwrapping veg | Causes of death | Real namesNesrine Malik’s article (
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Why I’m sitting in a box blocking the entrance to BP’s headquarters | Jane Hayes 20 May 12:13pm Why I’m sitting in a box blocking the entrance to BP’s headquarters | Jane Hayes
BP says its business plan is consistent with the Paris agreement to limit global heating, but this just isn’t trueThe container I’m currently inhabiting has everything I need to keep going for quite a while, so I don’t want to sound too self-pitying, but it is, nevertheless, a box. It’s got a chemical toilet, an internet connection and heavy bolts to fasten it to the pavement, and it’s
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Letter: Les Murray obituary 20 May 12:12pm Letter: Les Murray obituary
When I heard
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Google’s Huawei ban is good news: tech giants shouldn’t always get their way | Simon Jenkins 20 May 6:21am Google’s Huawei ban is good news: tech giants shouldn’t always get their way | Simon Jenkins
Big tech has gone unchallenged for too long. Donald Trump’s decision to blacklist the Chinese company is changing that The post-digital revolution starts here. Thank you, Donald Trump. The US president’s
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Brexit has torn Britain in half. Only Labour can bridge that divide | Lisa Nandy 20 May 5:29am Brexit has torn Britain in half. Only Labour can bridge that divide | Lisa Nandy
Those who argue the party must back remain for the European elections are wrong. We cannot abandon leave voters nowThe European elections have polarised the Brexit debate into two camps: those who want to remain and discard the verdict of the 2016 referendum, and those who want a “clean” or “no-deal” Brexit. Labour is urged to pick a side in this ongoing tug-of-war. That is a dead end for the party and for a very divided country. The pollster
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London is still the UK’s golden goose – and that needs to change | Jack Brown 20 May 4:00am London is still the UK’s golden goose – and that needs to change | Jack Brown
Remove London from the UK’s economy and the nation would fold. Decentralisation would benefit everyoneLondon could be justified in feeling a little unappreciated right now. Britons outside the capital think of its residents as
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Rich white men rule America. How much longer will we tolerate that for? | Nathan Robinson 20 May 2:00am Rich white men rule America. How much longer will we tolerate that for? | Nathan Robinson
Minority rule has always been a feature of American democracy. These days, however, it is getting worse The core democratic principle is that people should have a meaningful say in political decisions that affect their lives. In Alabama, we’ve just seen what the opposite of democracy looks like: 25 white male Republicans in the state senate were able to
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These elections could define Europe. It must urgently rediscover its founding spirit | Natalie Nougayrède 20 May 1:00am These elections could define Europe. It must urgently rediscover its founding spirit | Natalie Nougayrède
Facing challenges from Russia, China and the US, the continent can no longer neglect its core values of peace and human rightsSometimes, when it comes to Europe, things are clearer from afar. Take Viktor Orbán’s encounter
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The Tories have forgotten their pro-EU voters. And they’ll pay for it | John Harris 20 May 1:00am The Tories have forgotten their pro-EU voters. And they’ll pay for it | John Harris
In my home town, I’ve see how middle-class angst over Brexit is creating an existential threat to the party which could once count on their votesIn a seemingly endless season of Tory nightmares, this week looks set to mark the most dreadful phase so far. The Conservatives are about to endure a set of elections that they never thought they would face. Only four years ago, the party won a general election; now, there is talk of them finishing fifth, or
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Have India’s women seized their chance to vote for a safer, more equal country? | Mari Marcel Thekaekara 20 May 12:00am Have India’s women seized their chance to vote for a safer, more equal country? | Mari Marcel Thekaekara
In an election when parties finally woke up to the power of half a billion women, many of us backed anyone but the BJPFor the first time, more women than men are likely to have voted in the Indian elections. That’s more than half a billion women who have had a say on issues that really matter to them. So finally, Indian political parties seem to have woken up to the fact that the female voter matters. What then, have been her top concerns? According to a recent survey
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