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Theresa May’s carbon emissions plan will fail if the chancellor remains complacent | Miatta Fahnbulleh 12 Jun 1:41pm Theresa May’s carbon emissions plan will fail if the chancellor remains complacent | Miatta Fahnbulleh
Philip Hammond said it would cost £1tn to meet the green target by 2050. If he won’t support it, how can we rely on this government?In a new attempt to tackle climate crisis, the government is pledging to cut carbon emissions to
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The Guardian view on the Tories and no deal: choosing rogue government | Editorial 12 Jun 1:24pm The Guardian view on the Tories and no deal: choosing rogue government | Editorial
With Boris Johnson as the frontrunner, Tory MPs are abandoning seriousness and responsibility as qualifications to be prime ministerAll 10 candidates running in the race to be Conservative leader have sat around the cabinet table. Six are serving ministers. Naturally, none voted in parliament on Wednesday for an
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The Guardian view on net zero emissions: better late than never | Editorial 12 Jun 1:24pm The Guardian view on net zero emissions: better late than never | Editorial
Announcing a target to cut greenhouse gases by at least 100% below 1990 levels in 2050 is a necessary step to tackle the climate emergency. But it won’t be enough on its ownOne of Theresa May’s most consequential
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Boris Johnson is every bit as dull and evasive as his minders hoped | John Crace 12 Jun 1:10pm Boris Johnson is every bit as dull and evasive as his minders hoped | John Crace
They hadn’t put him in solitary confinement for weeks for him to blow it on his first outing The instructions from his minders had been clear. Keep it dull, keep it vague and get the hell out of the room as fast as possible. They hadn’t gone to the trouble of keeping their man away from the media for weeks on end, only for him to blow it on his first outing. The last thing they wanted was for Boris Johnson to be the real Boris Johnson. His serial dishonesty, his total untrustworthiness and sheer incompetence were best kept under wraps, at least until after he became the prime minister. What was required for his campaign launch was a hollowed-out Boris Johnson. Someone who could near enough pass himself off as credible. Geoffrey Cox, a man with a long track record of defending the indefensible, took to the stage of a crowded, overheated room in Westminster to get proceedings under way. This was a time of great crisis for the country, he intoned in his trademark cod-Shakespearean baritone. Cox never tires of hearing his own voice. The next prime minister needed to be a person of the very highest calibre. Someone who could unite the country. Someone of the soundest character. Despite all this, he was still going to back Boris. Because the leadership contest had only ever been about the survival of the Tory party. And Johnson was the only lifeboat in view.
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Who benefits from the axing of the free over-75s TV licence? | Letters 12 Jun 12:43pm Who benefits from the axing of the free over-75s TV licence? | Letters
Readers respond to the BBC’s decision to make over-75s payThe protests blaming the BBC for ending free TV licences for the over-75s have neatly fallen into the government’s trap (
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When the right turns to religion | Letters 12 Jun 12:42pm When the right turns to religion | Letters
Rightwing populists have always formed alliances with hierarchical religions, says
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It is vital we tackle the ocean crisis now | Letter 12 Jun 12:41pm It is vital we tackle the ocean crisis now | Letter
Members of conservation charities urge the governments of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to protect marine life and be global leaders on sustaining our oceans and seasThe UK is home to iconic marine wildlife and habitats. Yet, despite the ambitions of the governments of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to achieve “clean, safe, healthy, productive and biologically diverse oceans”, they have failed 11 out of 15 tests for healthy seas. While welcome, the expanded “blue belt” of marine protected areas will result in little more than “paper parks” without proper management and enforcement. Some UK seabird populations have halved in the last 40 years; plastic pollution has been found in all marine mammal species surveyed in the UK, and one UK orca population has failed to breed for 25 years due to chemical pollution. With just a week left of the consultation on the UK marine strategy, the governments must grasp the severity of our ocean emergency and turn the tide for our seas. Delivering an ambitious UK marine strategy is the first step. To be world-leading, this should shield our wildlife through well-monitored and protected conservation areas; sustainable fishing and aquaculture; slashing ocean plastic, chemical and noise pollution; and a planning system that addresses interconnected land and sea issues, such as pollution. Without a step-change in approach, we risk losing our iconic nature and the benefits of a healthy marine environment for people. The UK has repeatedly declared its intent to be a global leader on sustaining our oceans and seas. It has never been more pressing for the four nations to translate that bold ambition into practice.
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When Jeremy Corbyn is right one too many times | Brief letters 12 Jun 12:38pm When Jeremy Corbyn is right one too many times | Brief letters
Jeremy Corbyn | Len McCluskey | Tony Awards | Yorkshire accents | Coffee cupsParaphrasing Oscar Wilde, for the Guardian to write one headline saying “Corbyn is right”, (
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LGBTQ rights are in danger. Pride isn’t a party, it’s time to fight back 12 Jun 12:31pm LGBTQ rights are in danger. Pride isn’t a party, it’s time to fight back
In the face of homophobic assaults and attacks on trans people, this isn’t a time for commercialised parades – but for rageHistory is but an unstoppable march towards freedom and enlightenment. Here is what is known as the Whiggish view of history, and if it wasn’t killed off on the battlefields of the Somme, Gallipoli and Passchendaele, it surely should have perished in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka and Nanjing. Yet, somehow, even as a subconscious urge rather than a historical theory, it persists. While it is true that rights and freedoms can be won and secured through struggle and sacrifice, they can equally be sent hurtling into reverse. And that, it must be concluded, is the current threat facing LGBTQ people.
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I was forced out of my job after having a baby. Then I was silenced by an NDA | Anonymous 12 Jun 10:25am I was forced out of my job after having a baby. Then I was silenced by an NDA | Anonymous
I faced maternity discrimination and was pushed into signing an NDA. An MPs’ report shows my story is all too commonFor a lot of women, finding out you are pregnant opens up an array of questions. Will the baby be a boy or girl? Will everything go smoothly with the pregnancy? Sadly, another question that often pops up amid the excitement is: how will my employer take the news that I am expecting a baby? Pregnancy discrimination is a huge problem in the UK, with around
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The New York Times political cartoon ban is a sinister and dangerous over-reaction | Martin Rowson 12 Jun 9:53am The New York Times political cartoon ban is a sinister and dangerous over-reaction | Martin Rowson
In turning a satirical mirror on the news, we are used to facing attack, but this was a pompous and hypocritical decisionApril, it seems, really is the cruellest month for the New York Times. On 25 April, its international edition (formerly the International Herald Tribune) ran
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Boris Johnson: a charlatan with bravado. Barely a word he spoke was trustworthy | Polly Toynbee 12 Jun 9:48am Boris Johnson: a charlatan with bravado. Barely a word he spoke was trustworthy | Polly Toynbee
He charmed the Tory faithful with bluster but this launch was a policy-free performance from a man without qualitiesThe charm, the magic, the charisma were well polished – and this is as good as the man gets on best behaviour after weeks of behind-the-scenes training. If you puzzle as to how this man, unfit for every office he has held, can be about to sweep into Downing Street, his performance today is the answer. His snake oil of choice is optimism, so miserably lacking in politics now, radiating out of him like sunshine. All fake, all sun-ray lamp that turns off in private, but it outshines his rivals and dazzles anyone willing to ignore everything we know about his rotten-to-the-core character. Cheering in the room erupted rapturously from the remarkable assembly of MPs backing him from all wings of the party. Many know him bitterly well from trying to work with him, yet there they were, shamefully prepared to subject their country to the whims of a man they know is unsafe at any speed. A man without qualities, devoid of public spirit or regard for anyone but himself, consumed by lifelong ambition, needy for acclaim and irritable when it’s denied, willing to swing dangerously in any direction to be loved, a man to shame the country as its figurehead.
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Pity the poor man who’s had the Women’s World Cup shoved down his throat | Marina Hyde 12 Jun 9:23am Pity the poor man who’s had the Women’s World Cup shoved down his throat | Marina Hyde
From Mr Inferior Product to Mr I Prefer Parks, the tournament has caused a cosmic imbalance that we must redressOnce again I am hugely grateful to the community that will not allow us to forget the great under-reported story of this Women’s World Cup: men. Most specifically, the men who are not watching it. We hear so much about the tournament itself. Too much, it is argued – and at the expense of one of the four great civil rights questions of our era: 1) When are we getting a White History Month? 2) When is International Men’s Day? 3) Isn’t it time we had Straight Pride? and 4) Can you imagine how sexist people would say it was if we had a men’s World Cup? I could not agree more with the gentlemen who dare to ask these questions – and not just so that I can buy time while I frantically locate the exit. Indeed, as part of this column’s tireless commitment to celebrating the underdogs, this week let’s redress the dangerous cosmic imbalance caused by the Women’s World Cup. Here follows a celebration of all the different guys who currently need to explain to you – at length – why they aren’t watching it. As always, you don’t have to be a woman to have met some of these men over the past week. But it certainly helps!
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Labour’s bid to block no deal is an audacious move against a new PM | Martha Gill 12 Jun 8:15am Labour’s bid to block no deal is an audacious move against a new PM | Martha Gill
Labour is pushing a cross-party motion that would let MPs take control of parliament on 25 June. But can it work?All eyes are on the Tory leadership contest today as
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Ignore Johnson’s bluster about Brexit. He wants a general election | Tom Kibasi 12 Jun 7:57am Ignore Johnson’s bluster about Brexit. He wants a general election | Tom Kibasi
He knows a better Brexit deal isn’t possible, and that no deal could be blocked. He’s playing a different game entirelyStriding to the stage in a room filled with his rabidly Eurosceptic cheerleaders, Boris Johnson perfectly captured the tenor of the times, having being introduced by every Tory’s favourite bass-baritone, Geoffrey Cox.
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A change in Irish law was meant to help sex workers. So why are they being jailed? | Frankie Mullen 12 Jun 4:00am A change in Irish law was meant to help sex workers. So why are they being jailed? | Frankie Mullen
Lobbyists say making payment for sex illegal targets punters. But in fact it makes workers’ bodies into crime scenes Paying for sex has been illegal in Ireland for two years. At the time of the law’s introduction, proponents insisted that the
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Kylie Jenner’s party was stupid. But it won’t curtail the power of The Handmaid’s Tale | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett 12 Jun 3:00am Kylie Jenner’s party was stupid. But it won’t curtail the power of The Handmaid’s Tale | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Celebs can drink their Gilead cocktails. Margaret Atwood’s story remains a pertinent warning about misogyny’s mission creep I felt a small spark of joy yesterday, as I imagined Margaret Atwood’s facial expression when confronted with the news that a member of the Kardashian family – Kylie Jenner – had
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The Five Star experiment has failed us. Now Italy needs real political change | Francesco Grillo 12 Jun 1:00am The Five Star experiment has failed us. Now Italy needs real political change | Francesco Grillo
The upstart populist party promised to pioneer digital politics and focus on the environment. But we’ve seen none of that
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In a Soviet-era nuclear town, I brought Lithuania’s forgotten side to light | Neringa Rekasiute 12 Jun 1:00am In a Soviet-era nuclear town, I brought Lithuania’s forgotten side to light | Neringa Rekasiute
After the last reactor closed down, it was easy to ignore Visaginas. But I reached out to its isolated communitiesOn a rainy and gloomy November evening in 2015, feeling a little like Alice in Wonderland, I took the last train from Vilnius to the north-eastern edge of Lithuania. The train was spacious. I didn’t know those old trains still existed in my country. You could easily dance among the aged wooden benches, on which people were sitting scattered here and there. Speaking in Russian, they made me feel as if I was travelling on the Trans-Siberian railway. My heart was racing, because at the end of this surreal ride I would see the man I loved. We’d met two weeks earlier, and here I was on my way to visit him in the most unexpected of places: the nuclear plant town of Visaginas, in an area
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Anyone who wants to be prime minister should have a course of therapy first | George Monbiot 12 Jun 1:00am Anyone who wants to be prime minister should have a course of therapy first | George Monbiot
Our toxic political system rewards all the wrong traits and produces the worst possible leadersWho in their right mind would want the job? It is almost certain to end, as Theresa May found, in failure and public execration. To seek to be prime minister today suggests either reckless confidence or an insatiable hunger for power. Perhaps we need a reverse catch-22 in British politics: anyone crazy enough to apply for this post should be disqualified from running. A few years ago, the psychologist Michelle Roya Rad
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Andrzej Krauze on D-day – cartoon 12 Jun 1:00am Andrzej Krauze on D-day – cartoon
Ceremonies for the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings were held as Brexit Britain continues to struggle to define its relationship with the continent
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