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When Guardian readers write a letter, it’s very different to when they email or call | Paul Chadwick 2 Jun 2019, 2:00pm When Guardian readers write a letter, it’s very different to when they email or call | Paul Chadwick
Letter writers generally mull. And frequently, the issues they raise have nothing to do with recent news or current affairsInstant communication, mainly email, is preferred by most readers who want to bring a matter to the attention of a readers’ editor. But a small proportion of them still send letters through the post, and as well as a rich variety of stationery, handwriting and home printer typefaces, they showcase what might be called the slowness effect. Emails and phone calls naturally relate mostly to very recently published material and to the most prominent and controversial issues of the day. These communications may be formulated in anger or exasperation, and sent with haste that is evidenced by typos and misspellings (which don’t matter, so long as colleagues and I can understand the gist; the important thing is that readers are engaged and reacting).
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The Guardian view on Trump’s state visit: the president is not welcome | Editorial 2 Jun 2019, 1:50pm The Guardian view on Trump’s state visit: the president is not welcome | Editorial
Hobnobbing with the royals will boost the president’s ego. But this is not the greatest danger of rolling out the red carpet nowTwo and a half years after Theresa May rushed to become the first world leader to meet the newly inaugurated President Trump in Washington, she has chosen to make a state visit that should not be taking place the final act of her premiership. While the prime minister’s poor political judgment and obstinacy have been hallmarks of her three years in office, the spectacle of the next three days will make a particularly awful ending. Mr Trump is only the third US president ever to be honoured with a
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The Guardian view on Artemisia Gentileschi on tour: the people’s painting | Editorial 2 Jun 2019, 1:49pm The Guardian view on Artemisia Gentileschi on tour: the people’s painting | Editorial
An innovative scheme by the National Gallery has seen a new and prized possession displayed in public buildings across the countryWhen the National Gallery in London
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Tories have drunk the no-deal Brexit Kool-Aid | Matthew d’Ancona 2 Jun 2019, 1:27pm Tories have drunk the no-deal Brexit Kool-Aid | Matthew d’Ancona
It’s not just that they fear the Brexit party, they want to be the Brexit partySam Gyimah on Sunday became the 13th contender to replace Theresa May as Conservative leader. Just think: if only four more Tories join the contest, there will be one candidate for every single percentage point the party racked up in this weekend’s
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Labour, antisemitism and woolly language | Letters 2 Jun 2019, 1:22pm Labour, antisemitism and woolly language | Letters
Readers respond to Keith Kahn-Harris’s article on how a radical new form of anti-racism can save the party, and the suspension of Pete WillsmanKeith Kahn-Harris (
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A dignified end for beloved pets | Letter 2 Jun 2019, 1:21pm A dignified end for beloved pets | Letter
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Meat tax will not solve environmental concerns | Letters 2 Jun 2019, 1:21pm Meat tax will not solve environmental concerns | Letters
Farmers are already working to reduce emissions and a tax would just make a balanced diet unaffordable, says
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Why cricket is on a sticky wicket | Letter 2 Jun 2019, 1:20pm Why cricket is on a sticky wicket | Letter
TV rights and unfair funding are harming the game, says
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Missing numbers on Bruce Springsteen’s top 10 albums | Brief letters 2 Jun 2019, 1:20pm Missing numbers on Bruce Springsteen’s top 10 albums | Brief letters
Birthday theory | Free buses | Value of universities | Bruce SpringsteenI have a theory that people often have similar careers to others who are born on, or close to, the same day. A fairly high proportion of those born in winter are often politicians, lawyers, scientists or businesspeople, whereas a summer birthday tends towards the performing arts. Of the 34 people in your birthdays column (Journal, 29 May) nine were musicians and eight involved in dance or drama.
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The reason Britain rolls out the red carpet for Trump? It’s what Britain does | Nesrine Malik 2 Jun 2019, 12:36pm The reason Britain rolls out the red carpet for Trump? It’s what Britain does | Nesrine Malik
I have bad news for the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. It is entirely British to welcome problematic alliesThis time it’s a
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My constituency voted to leave. But I still want Labour to oppose Brexit | Bridget Phillipson 2 Jun 2019, 7:18am My constituency voted to leave. But I still want Labour to oppose Brexit | Bridget Phillipson
Leaving the EU will rip places like Sunderland apart. That is why Labour must use all the power it has to stand against it
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Corbyn loves an election. Shame he’s stuck in 1983 | David Mitchell 2 Jun 2019, 5:00am Corbyn loves an election. Shame he’s stuck in 1983 | David Mitchell
Despite his enthusiasm for going to the country, Jeremy Corbyn has prepared poorly
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Britain can’t be reborn while we’re still lost in fantasies about the past | David Olusoga 2 Jun 2019, 4:00am Britain can’t be reborn while we’re still lost in fantasies about the past | David Olusoga
It’s not unpatriotic to point out our flaws alongside marking great achievements such as D-day without succumbing to fake glory nostalgia England in 2019. A wannabe Thatcher
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It’s not his enemies but his erstwhile friends who are alarming Mr Corbyn | Andrew Rawnsley 2 Jun 2019, 3:00am It’s not his enemies but his erstwhile friends who are alarming Mr Corbyn | Andrew Rawnsley
The Labour leader’s continued ambiguity over Brexit is breeding discontent even among his most loyal supportersIn politics, it is not your enemies who are the death of you. The game is up when you lose those you once called friends. The curtain finally came down on Theresa May when previously loyal Tory MPs declared that it was time for her to book a removal van. The most alarming development since the European elections for Jeremy Corbyn is not the sound of Tom Watson and other familiar foes challenging him. It is the anger of those whom he once counted as allies.
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Corbyn’s destructive ambiguity on Brexit has failed | William Keegan 2 Jun 2019, 2:00am Corbyn’s destructive ambiguity on Brexit has failed | William Keegan
The consensus around Labour’s Euroscepticism is collapsing. The party must change its stance radically, and urgentlyI am told that, shortly before the elections for the European parliament, Jeremy Corbyn was flirting with the idea of being less hostile towards the Remain campaign. Even he could read the opinion polls. However, according to my informant, he was immediately sat upon by his spin doctor, Seumas Milne, and other members of the politburo of what passes for the modern Labour party. The policy of so-called “constructive ambiguity” remained in place, with all too predictable results at the polls. This approach was tested to destruction, thereby proving what had been obvious for some time: that it was, in truth, a policy of destructive ambiguity.
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If Netflix decided to show ads, revenues really might start streaming in 2 Jun 2019, 2:00am If Netflix decided to show ads, revenues really might start streaming in
The company is pushing through a price rise as new rivals prepare to launch. But it could always fund itself another wayNetflix’s decision to
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Parliament will find a way to insist we don’t leave without a deal 2 Jun 2019, 1:36am Parliament will find a way to insist we don’t leave without a deal
The temptation to deliver Brexit at any cost is understandable, but renegotiation is the best optionThis week, the One Nation Caucus of Conservative MPs has invited all leadership candidates to our hustings. They are the first official gathering of this lively leadership contest. Nicky Morgan, Sir Nicholas Soames, Damian Green and I recently re-formed this now 60-strong group of MPs, and we are keen to understand how the candidates in the race intend to break the impasse with the EU so we can leave with a deal. The debates will begin on Tuesday and be chaired by Katy Balls and Matt Forde.Beyond Brexit we want to hear the ideas that candidates have for improving household finances, for education, for welfare and how they’ll use Britain’s standing in the world. But to get to that point we have to solve the Brexit puzzle.
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Only a national government can deliver Britain from its Brexit nightmare | Ed Davey 2 Jun 2019, 1:00am Only a national government can deliver Britain from its Brexit nightmare | Ed Davey
A short-term alliance of MPs from all parties much be formed to achieve a referendum Brexiteers often
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Behold the preening bodybuilders of the Tory party, craving attention | Barbara Ellen 2 Jun 2019, 1:00am Behold the preening bodybuilders of the Tory party, craving attention | Barbara Ellen
Judging by the views of the candidates, the party is still happy with the nasty tagCome on, don’t be shy – who will go with the home secretary,
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Jack the Ripper’s victims had to be whores. Anyone saying different risks a trolling | Stephanie Merritt 2 Jun 2019, 1:00am Jack the Ripper’s victims had to be whores. Anyone saying different risks a trolling | Stephanie Merritt
As Hallie Rubenhold discovered, you reevaluate notable figures at your perilYou don’t need to spend much time on Twitter to know that the surest way to upset certain people is to challenge their preferred version of events, but if you want to watch those people, by and large white, male Anglo-Saxons, explode in real time, the social media site does provide a ringside seat. The historian Hallie Rubenhold
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May I have a word about… Kate Moss and Emma Thompson | Jonathan Bouquet 2 Jun 2019, 1:00am May I have a word about… Kate Moss and Emma Thompson | Jonathan Bouquet
Apparently one is a supermodel and the other an actress. Can you guess which? I recently had cause to
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s meddling before his state visit | Observer editorial 2 Jun 2019, 1:00am The Observer view on Donald Trump’s meddling before his state visit | Observer editorial
The president has once again interfered in British politics. He should learn to mind his mouthAs Britain sees it, a state visit is an important way of celebrating and strengthening the relationship between two sovereign countries. It is a symbolic occasion intended to formalise and promote a voluntary alliance linking two independent peoples. The principal focus is not on individual politicians, except in so far as such leaders are seen as representing their fellow citizens. State visits are certainly not supposed to be an ego trip. This is something, among many other things, that Donald Trump plainly does not understand. When the Queen hosts a foreign leader, she does so in her capacity as head of state, not as a tour guide or re-election campaign prop. The honour she bestows belongs entirely to the country of which her guest is the current, temporary leader. Whatever he may think, the state visit is emphatically not a
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Save Edinburgh from becoming a holiday camp for festival junkies | Kevin McKenna 2 Jun 2019, 1:00am Save Edinburgh from becoming a holiday camp for festival junkies | Kevin McKenna
The city is the jewel of Scotland – it shouldn’t have to sell itself at the expense of those who live in it all year roundMany reasons have been advanced for the traditional refusal of Glaswegians to be seduced by the
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Forget culture wars. Class is still the defining force shaping British lives | Kenan Malik 2 Jun 2019, 1:00am Forget culture wars. Class is still the defining force shaping British lives | Kenan Malik
John Cleese bemoans a changing country, but the facts of life in the UK remain the sameIf you’re a woman living in working-class Middlesbrough, you are likely to die seven years earlier than if you were living in affluent
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The BBC’s wish for a finger in every pie | Letters 2 Jun 2019, 1:00am The BBC’s wish for a finger in every pie | Letters
Editorial standards have been diluted and there is confusion about the corporation’s role in the national lifeIf the BBC hadn’t fallen victim to hubris many years ago, there would be less talk about its decline (“
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Democracy is the victim if the law starts to police politics | Kenan Malik 2 Jun 2019, 1:00am Democracy is the victim if the law starts to police politics | Kenan Malik
The electorate should judge Boris Johnson’s Brexit bus claims, not the judiciary‘The expanding empire of law is one of the most significant phenomena of our time.” So observed the recently retired supreme court justice Jonathan Sumption in
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I was a D-day baby, but at least I wasn’t called Dwight | Richard Norton-Taylor 2 Jun 2019, 12:59am I was a D-day baby, but at least I wasn’t called Dwight | Richard Norton-Taylor
Some children born at the time weren’t so lucky – consider Dee-Day WhiteAt the outbreak of the First World War, Sir Edward Grey, the foreign secretary,
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The Observer view on the Liberal Democrats | Observer editorial 2 Jun 2019, 12:59am The Observer view on the Liberal Democrats | Observer editorial
The party’s clarity on Brexit is welcome. Their record on much else is poorLabour’s performance in the European elections was even more dismal than many predicted: overtaken by the Liberal Democrats, it achieved third place with just 14% of the vote. One
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