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The Guardian view on abortion in Northern Ireland: standing up for women’s rights | Editorial 11 Jul 1:35pm The Guardian view on abortion in Northern Ireland: standing up for women’s rights | Editorial
With devolution still on hold, the decision by a huge majority of MPs to vote in favour of equal marriage and abortion should be welcomedThe law on abortion in Northern Ireland is an anomaly that should have been dealt with long ago. The near-total ban, dating back to 1861 and including abortion in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality, is among the most restrictive in the world. It is also an affront to the rights of women – as both
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The Guardian view on the Lib Dem leadership contest: it’s not just about Brexit | Editorial 11 Jul 1:34pm The Guardian view on the Lib Dem leadership contest: it’s not just about Brexit | Editorial
Ed Davey and Jo Swinson are fighting a more polite leadership contest than the Conservatives. But they need to talk about vision tooMidway through the week after next, and amid massive publicity, the Conservative party will choose a new leader who will become, though perhaps not for as long as they hope, the next prime minister. In the same week, but with only a fraction of the same ballyhoo, the Liberal Democrats
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Battle for the Labour party’s soul continues | Letters 11 Jul 1:23pm Battle for the Labour party’s soul continues | Letters
Readers respond to Dawn Foster’s article challenging Tom Watson to leave the Labour party and Matthew d’Ancona’s piece claiming Labour is not interested in taking the centre groundIn challenging Tom Watson to leave the Labour party, Dawn Foster ventilates a widely held frustration – that members of the PLP find it easier to attack their own leadership than this useless government (
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The strengths of Izal and Bronco loo roll | Brief letters 11 Jul 1:21pm The strengths of Izal and Bronco loo roll | Brief letters
Avocado risks | Lip-reading | Shard climber | Mahatma Gandhi | Uses for toilet paperExtreme caution should be used with the suggested method of removing an avocado stone (
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Trump created a storm over Kim Darroch. Boris Johnson will bring a hurricane | Simon Jenkins 11 Jul 1:05pm Trump created a storm over Kim Darroch. Boris Johnson will bring a hurricane | Simon Jenkins
With the forces of no deal whirling faster, Johnson is banking on the idea that a dramatic shock could be Britain’s salvationImagine chaos. Dream disruption. Think of a hundred
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Parliamentarians shouldn’t need CCTV in Westminster ‘groping hotspots’ to behave | Kate Maltby 11 Jul 12:44pm Parliamentarians shouldn’t need CCTV in Westminster ‘groping hotspots’ to behave | Kate Maltby
Two new reports have highlighted the shocking levels of harassment in the Houses of Parliament
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A progressive, united Ireland seems more likely than ever – thanks to the DUP | Séamas O’Reilly 11 Jul 12:14pm A progressive, united Ireland seems more likely than ever – thanks to the DUP | Séamas O’Reilly
By overplaying its hand so badly, the party is bringing Northern Ireland ever closer to the social change it vehemently opposesIt’s an odd time for the DUP. Having spent the past two years backing the government on a Brexit that a majority of Northern Irish citizens voted against, it now finds
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Labour won’t just end austerity, it will enrich people’s lives | John McDonnell 11 Jul 11:46am Labour won’t just end austerity, it will enrich people’s lives | John McDonnell
Only a fair tax system can fund the level of public services everyone deservesAs the Conservative party’s
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For the sake of cinema, Disney’s box-office stranglehold must be broken | Guy Lodge 11 Jul 9:24am For the sake of cinema, Disney’s box-office stranglehold must be broken | Guy Lodge
The studio has been consuming its rivals – and creating a film industry devoid of the innovation championed by its founder It’s the kind of commercial supremacy about which Walt Disney and his brother Roy probably fantasised when they founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in 1923: just past the midway mark of 2019, the year’s four
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Leaks, plots and death threats: the unhappy lot of UK civil servants 11 Jul 8:24am Leaks, plots and death threats: the unhappy lot of UK civil servants
Toxic attacks on civil servants are a sad reflection of our febrile, Brexit-poisoned times Dave Penman is working overtime. The general secretary of the FDA union, which represents senior civil servants, says he’s taken more calls from worried members in the past week than in the previous 20 years, on the vexed issue of loyalty. That rose to fever pitch on the day
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Faith in religion is dwindling, but when will British politics reflect that? | Polly Toynbee 11 Jul 7:58am Faith in religion is dwindling, but when will British politics reflect that? | Polly Toynbee
The decline in belief shown by the latest British Attitudes Survey is not reflected in diminished religious influence In these dark times the Enlightenment itself can seem in retreat. Fact-free emotion wins over reason and the hard-earned liberalism of centuries is thrown into reverse.
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There will be no love for dating apps until they change their toxic cultures | Nichi Hodgson 11 Jul 7:34am There will be no love for dating apps until they change their toxic cultures | Nichi Hodgson
Workplace allegations against Badoo reflect an industry that all too often treats both its staff and users unfairly at bestAllegations that dating app Badoo has a
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The BBC’s Panorama set out claims of antisemitism in the Labour party. Our panel responds | The panel 11 Jul 4:25am The BBC’s Panorama set out claims of antisemitism in the Labour party. Our panel responds | The panel
Former officials made allegations over racism complaints and the party’s handling of them under Jeremy Corbyn
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Don’t ask your waiter what to order – and other ways to be a perfect diner 11 Jul 3:00am Don’t ask your waiter what to order – and other ways to be a perfect diner
It’s not just rudeness that upsets restaurant staff. Too much deference can be almost as bad I had my first waitressing job in Chancery Lane, a very lawyer-heavy corner of London, in 1991. I had been hired specifically to flog dessert wine at the end of the meal, and I learned the following: if people want dessert wine, they ask for it. Getting a person who doesn’t already want it to drink tokay is like getting a baby to take an antibiotic – you would basically have to squirt it into their mouths with a syringe. I also learned every single way in which a lawyer can be rude to a waiter: the cross-examination (“Why on earth would I want dessert wine?”); the stonewall; the sneering grandeur (“We’re actually in the middle of a conversation”). What is wrong with these people, I always thought. They can surely see that I’m not doing this on my own account. After that, I had a couple of waiting jobs that were OK – corporate events in museums, where everyone was wild with excitement because they were going to snog someone from HR, and you couldn’t put a foot wrong – but realised quite quickly that if you wanted to be treated like an equal, you had to work in a pub. Indeed, drinkers treat you like an equal at the beginning of the night, and by the end, they are treating you like some kind of angel. Diners, gone bad, are the opposite: you’re staff at the beginning and a serf at the end.
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I know from painful experience how poisonous the debate around obesity is | Layla Moran 11 Jul 3:00am I know from painful experience how poisonous the debate around obesity is | Layla Moran
Yes, we must tackle obesity: but let’s do it without the kind of heartless reporting and hurtful language that held me back The debate around obesity has been rekindled recently following proclamations by
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Google as a landlord? A looming feudal nightmare | Veena Dubal 11 Jul 2:00am Google as a landlord? A looming feudal nightmare | Veena Dubal
To fight a housing crunch of their own creation, tech companies are planning company towns worthy of Gilded Age robber barons
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Parliament’s challenge to Northern Ireland’s abortion law is long overdue | Zoe Williams 11 Jul 1:00am Parliament’s challenge to Northern Ireland’s abortion law is long overdue | Zoe Williams
MPs have finally voted to extend abortion rights to women in Northern Ireland. That it has taken so long is shameful MPs have passed a cross-party amendment compelling the government to bring forward regulations to
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