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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s strategy: split party, divide country, win election | Editorial 3 Sep 2019, 5:36pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s strategy: split party, divide country, win election | Editorial
The prime minister intuitively understands that hard-Brexit chaos will sustain his premiership. He must be stopped
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Clown Prince Johnson cowers in the face of the Rebel Alliance 3 Sep 2019, 4:51pm Clown Prince Johnson cowers in the face of the Rebel Alliance
Obi Wan Bercow sanctions emergency debate that paves way for Johnson to be UK’s shortest-serving PM It had never really been in doubt. Obi Wan Bercow was always going to say yes to the Rebel Alliance, so there was little suspense when Tory MP Oliver Letwin rose to request an emergency debate on voting to prevent the government from allowing the UK to crash out of the EU with no deal. He did so with his usual clarity and good grace. Something that was not reciprocated by Jacob Rees-Mogg, who gave a particularly disingenuous reply. For a man who claims to venerate parliamentary democracy, he is curiously reluctant to accept the legitimacy of parliament. But it was all basically just theatre anyway. A three-act show to which everyone knew the ending, given the number of Tory MPs who had already promised to vote against their government.
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Steve Bell on rebel MPs attacking Boris Johnson – cartoon 3 Sep 2019, 3:02pm Steve Bell on rebel MPs attacking Boris Johnson – cartoon
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The Brexit ultras cheer him, but the Boris Johnson pantomime will end | Rafael Behr 3 Sep 2019, 2:25pm The Brexit ultras cheer him, but the Boris Johnson pantomime will end | Rafael Behr
The prime minister’s performance on the reality of no deal works by suspension of disbelief. The EU will not indulge itBrexit is not the first thing Boris Johnson has found difficult, but it might be the first difficult thing he cannot simply abandon. The path by which he arrived in Downing Street is strewn with jettisoned jobs, principles and relationships. He finds other people’s needs burdensome, and is used to shrugging them off. But now he is yoked to an onerous national duty. His discomfort was obvious in parliament today. Johnson’s traditional repertoire of glibness and bluster served him poorly as his authority and
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The Guardian view on the decline of Marks & Spencer: trouble at tills | Editorial 3 Sep 2019, 1:59pm The Guardian view on the decline of Marks & Spencer: trouble at tills | Editorial
Public feeling towards M&S is stronger than for other retailers, but its current plight proves that it cannot trade on goodwill for everShops need shoppers, and if people want them to survive as bricks-and-mortar entities in the face of ferocious online competition, they will have to shop in them. So far so obvious, you might think. But the
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The Tory rebellion and its potential fallout | Letters 3 Sep 2019, 1:13pm The Tory rebellion and its potential fallout | Letters
Readers react to Boris Johnson’s threat to deselect rebels, the Labour party’s options and Brexit adviceAs Boris Johnson threatened that those who vote against him this week will not be allowed to stand as Conservatives in the next election (
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Another Birmingham TV series that’s worth a look | Brief letters 3 Sep 2019, 1:09pm Another Birmingham TV series that’s worth a look | Brief letters
Marilyns and Norma Jeane | Veganism | BBC Gangsters | Screen tourism | Boris Johnson’s puppyIt’s unusual for Pass notes to get it wrong, but Marilyns were, indeed, thought to be named after Norma Jeane (
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Boris Johnson is threatening his own MPs, but I’ll be voting to stop no-deal Brexit | Sam Gyimah 3 Sep 2019, 12:54pm Boris Johnson is threatening his own MPs, but I’ll be voting to stop no-deal Brexit | Sam Gyimah
I reject Downing Street’s ultimatum of ‘speak your mind or keep your job’. I want to stand up for what’s rightEver since Theresa May’s premiership, I have become suspicious of the “lectern moment”. That is when the prime minister steps outside Downing Street to address the nation on Brexit. This week with Boris Johnson was no different. Like many, I was left puzzled by the prime minister’s
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Justine Greening’s decision to quit shows Tory centrists are running out of options | Gaby Hinsliff 3 Sep 2019, 12:44pm Justine Greening’s decision to quit shows Tory centrists are running out of options | Gaby Hinsliff
Moderate Tory MPs, activists and voters despair as they see their party hijacked. Do they stay and fight or walk away?
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Why are all the motherhood memoirs so white? | Huma Qureshi 3 Sep 2019, 10:23am Why are all the motherhood memoirs so white? | Huma Qureshi
It’s a naturally inclusive experience, yet books on the subject by women of colour are hard to findI am more than a little obsessed with reading memoirs about motherhood. It is not inexplicable, for I have three young children of my own, aged five and under. In this intense period of parenting, whereby my tired head spins sometimes from simply trying to remember to call the right one by the right name and endlessly loading the washing machine, reading these individual experiences of mothers has helped me feel less alone. Less afraid. I’ve been spoilt for choice – you can’t help but browse a bookstore without stumbling upon yet another first-person account of motherhood. In the last year especially, motherhood memoirs have
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The AfD is gaining strength in Germany. A reformed EU can stop it | Titus Molkenbur and Luke Cooper 3 Sep 2019, 9:29am The AfD is gaining strength in Germany. A reformed EU can stop it | Titus Molkenbur and Luke Cooper
With anti-immigration parties flourishing, Europe’s inequalities and injustices must be tackled to counter the extremists As migrants from Syria poured into Germany throughout the summer of 2015, Angela Merkel responded with the reassurance: “We can manage this.” The phrase came to define Merkel’s chancellorship, setting her apart from the rest of the European elite for its humanitarian commitment to the refugee crisis. For the far right, Merkel’s welcoming response symbolised all that was wrong with Europe. They declared her out of touch with ordinary, working people. Across European capitals moderates were also incandescent . Some rejected the approach in principle, advocating “securing” EU borders instead. Others saw it as a well-intentioned but muddled gesture, a gift to the far right.
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Should Labour back a general election under any circumstances? | Matt Zarb-Cousin and Peter Kyle 3 Sep 2019, 8:21am Should Labour back a general election under any circumstances? | Matt Zarb-Cousin and Peter Kyle
Matt Zarb-Cousin and Peter Kyle go head to head on whether Labour should back a general electionIf rule number one of opposition is “Never turn down an election” then rule number two ought to be: “Don’t label an opportunity to replace the government as ‘pointless’” – particularly if you’ve spent the past four years railing against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, arguing that the left enjoys the comfort of opposition, and would rather be a party of protest and rallies than a serious party with aspirations of government.
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To the Tory rebels: hold your nerve, put your country first, and defeat Johnson | Rachel Shabi 3 Sep 2019, 6:33am To the Tory rebels: hold your nerve, put your country first, and defeat Johnson | Rachel Shabi
Whatever their party, whatever their Brexit stance, MPs must vote with their conscience today and stop no-deal I don’t have enough fingers to count the things Nick Boles and I disagree on. The independent MP for Grantham and Stamford only recently resigned the Conservative whip over the party’s refusal to compromise over Brexit. But I can only concur with
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Here in Dover, people voted for Brexit. But no deal will hit them hard | Richard Brooks 3 Sep 2019, 6:00am Here in Dover, people voted for Brexit. But no deal will hit them hard | Richard Brooks
My hometown could become a post-Brexit car park, our lives and businesses utterly disrupted As someone who was born and bred in Dover, the threat of a no-deal Brexit has always felt particularly urgent. My hometown would be one of the first to feel the impact, a guinea pig for potential chaos. People in Dover won’t be watching the news to see what happens on 1 November, they will be seeing it with their own eyes. As the risk of leaving the EU without a deal has become increasingly more likely, the concern for my hometown has increased. This is why Sunday night’s
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This prorogation crisis shows why the UK needs a written constitution | Jemma Neville 3 Sep 2019, 5:10am This prorogation crisis shows why the UK needs a written constitution | Jemma Neville
Setting down the powers of the branches of government would provide clarity – and help to heal our divided countryWho would have thought that a niche constitutional verb would be the word of the moment? We’ve known this mess was coming for months, but it doesn’t make it any less galling as the word prorogue dominates the debate. So are the prime minister’s actions unconstitutional? I think so – and there is
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An open letter to my brother the Tory MP: resign from this rogue government | Paddy Docherty 3 Sep 2019, 3:00am An open letter to my brother the Tory MP: resign from this rogue government | Paddy Docherty
Despite our differences, I was proud when you were appointed assistant whip. But your party’s no-deal Brexit is appallingDear Leo, As your brother, I was hugely proud and impressed when you entered parliament in 2017. In other circumstances, your
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My time as a pharmacist’s assistant helped me overcome my anxiety | Eleanor Morgan 3 Sep 2019, 3:00am My time as a pharmacist’s assistant helped me overcome my anxiety | Eleanor Morgan
Not long before, I had a brush with death that left me full of fear. But going back into a hospital transformed my mental healthIf you watch an orthopaedic surgeon straddling a patient on the operating table, swinging a hammer into their pelvis with all his power, it becomes an indelible image. I stood, somewhere between the ages of 16 and 17, at the very edge of an operating theatre watching a hip replacement. Bone fragments settled on surgical drapes like confetti; a scene that, without kind voices and lack of murderous intent, could have been from a Dario Argento film: repulsive, abject, thrilling.
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The One where Friends is Analysed to Death is not an episode we need to see | Frances Ryan 3 Sep 2019, 2:00am The One where Friends is Analysed to Death is not an episode we need to see | Frances Ryan
There are, of course, valid criticisms to be made regarding the politics of the 1990s sitcom. But why argue over its quality? Ahead of Friends’ 25th anniversary this month, the website
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A journey in search of the American left: fragile and feisty, hopeful and fearful 3 Sep 2019, 2:00am A journey in search of the American left: fragile and feisty, hopeful and fearful
The first in a five-day series where our writer gauges the mood of US progressives during a 10-day trip across the country. A few months after the 2016 election, 29-year-old Emily Marburger posted an update on a private Facebook group, Pantsuit Nation, that had been set up to support Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential bid. “Like the rest of us last November, I woke up to a situation I didn’t know existed,” she wrote. “I knew I had to get involved. I felt driven to help. But I never imagined I’d find myself, at 29, running for Mayor in the heated Democratic primary in my tiny square mile borough of 8,000 (just outside Pittsburgh).”
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Don’t buy the bluff. Here’s the truth about no-deal Brexit | Anand Menon 3 Sep 2019, 1:00am Don’t buy the bluff. Here’s the truth about no-deal Brexit | Anand Menon
From trade to data, new research by The UK in a Changing Europe outlines the real consequences of crashing outNo-deal Brexit has never loomed larger than in the current moment. Boris Johnson has said that Britain will leave the European Union on 31 October. His entire political strategy is based on the credibility of his threat to follow through, regardless of whether he has come to an agreement with the remaining 27 members. As a result, the need to understand what no deal may mean in practice has become increasingly urgent. At the UK in a Changing Europe, we have tried to address this: our report on it is out on Wednesday. We don’t have any inside information. We’re not privy to material that others do not have. But we do have a team of scholars who have spent their careers studying the relationship between the UK and the EU, and so are well placed to consider the potential implications if the UK were to leave in this manner.
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Enid Blyton had racist views. But I still read her | Sian Cain 3 Sep 2019, 12:59am Enid Blyton had racist views. But I still read her | Sian Cain
Criticising past authors for their views doesn’t mean we must consign their books to the scrapheapIn 1965 the eminent American science-fiction writer John W Campbell wrote an essay titled The Barbarians Within. In it, he recommended that “the barbarian” – and it was clear he meant African Americans – be injected with cocaine and heroin in order to be kept under control. It was a plan that, he said, “has the advantage … of killing him both psychologically and physiologically, without arousing any protest on his part”. He also claimed that slavery was “a useful educational system”, supported segregation, and argued that “the Negro race” had failed to “produce super-high geniuses”. Black sci-fi writers were unable to “write in open competition” with whites. In 1960, Macmillan rejected her manuscript for The Mystery That Never Was on the grounds of xenophobia
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