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County lines: how drugs gangs are recruiting children - podcast 18 Sep 2019, 10:00pm County lines: how drugs gangs are recruiting children - podcast
Aamna Mohdin tells Anushka Asthana how county lines gangs are stepping up their operations by using short-term holiday flats and recruiting local teens to sell drugs in small towns around Britain. Plus Owen Jones on Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘neutral’ stance on Brexit Drug gangs in major cities such as London and Liverpool have been expanding their operations into small towns in recent years. They use teenagers as runners and have been known to take over the homes of drug addicts as bases to deal from. The Guardian’s
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The Guardian view on Israel’s elections: it could be worse | Editorial 18 Sep 2019, 2:00pm The Guardian view on Israel’s elections: it could be worse | Editorial
Netanyahu is unfit for his office, as some voters are acknowledging, but the problems are bigger than himBenjamin Netanyahu’s political magic has broken,
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The Guardian view on teacher workloads: big lessons to learn | Editorial 18 Sep 2019, 1:57pm The Guardian view on teacher workloads: big lessons to learn | Editorial
England’s teachers are now working as long hours as bankers, but without the banker payThe new secretary of state for education, Gavin Williamson, knows a lot about the heavy workloads piled on teachers. His wife used to teach in a primary school. Then she left the profession to become a teaching assistant partly because, he said this month, “there was always a big challenge in terms of workload, and this is one of the things we need to address”. Indeed. More than personal experience, hard figures back up the cabinet minister’s worry. A new report from
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Boris Johnson’s Brexit machinations and the UK’s constitutional law | Letters 18 Sep 2019, 1:12pm Boris Johnson’s Brexit machinations and the UK’s constitutional law | Letters
Parliament must close a loophole Johnson could use, writes
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Moving children far away from home in a privatised care system | Letters 18 Sep 2019, 1:12pm Moving children far away from home in a privatised care system | Letters
A placement should be selected because it suits the child’s needs best, not the system’s, writes
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I agreed with Dave on the Ukippers | Brief letters 18 Sep 2019, 1:11pm I agreed with Dave on the Ukippers | Brief letters
David Cameron | Iran | Education | TV shows | Theatre | ListsI don’t always leap to the defence of David Cameron, but a claim that he “spent his time playing to the gallery … among Ukip voters” (
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This election should be about much more than just Brexit | Owen Jones 18 Sep 2019, 12:58pm This election should be about much more than just Brexit | Owen Jones
It suits both Tories and Lib Dems to narrow the agenda. Only Labour can address the social crises wreaked by austerity The Brexit debacle is an obnoxious man following you everywhere, clashing cymbals that drown out anything you say or think. Don’t try to speak louder: he’ll just clash them harder. But if a “Brexit election” is upon us – one entirely and narrowly framed by Britain’s relationship with the European Union – then our current turmoil is merely the appetiser for much worse to come. That is the plan of Boris Johnson’s unelected co-prime minister, Dominic Cummings: sweep up the Brexit party vote, drown out a Labour domestic agenda that proved popular in 2017, and fragment the anti-Tory vote with the willing assistance of the Lib Dem leader, Jo Swinson. There are those who treat the Brexit crisis as though it has landed from a clear blue sky: many were jelly-kneed at the admirable 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, claiming that it represented, as former New Labour spin-doctor Alastair Campbell put it, a Britain that was “modern, vibrant, dynamic, outward-looking, multicultural, confident, welcoming, successful, united”. It was no such thing: the Tory/Lib Dem government was busy offloading the costs of a crash caused by big finance on to the backs of those who had nothing to do with it: slashing and privatising services, scapegoating migrants – two months before Windrush Britons were valorised in the thanksgiving ceremony, the “hostile environment” immigration policy had been introduced – and ravaging the welfare state. But the Brexit result produced one consensus: that it could not be understood without examining what Theresa May termed “the burning injustices”.
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Our quiet county has nothing against McDonald’s. But we prefer our own burgers | Helen Walmsley-Johnson 18 Sep 2019, 10:33am Our quiet county has nothing against McDonald’s. But we prefer our own burgers | Helen Walmsley-Johnson
Rutland is one of the UK’s best kept secrets. We, its residents, have our reasons for saying no to the chainRutland is a funny place. When I moved back here five years ago and told my London friends where I was going, the response was mostly: “Where?” A mere 18 miles at its longest point, it is England’s smallest county. Our motto is
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Will Corbyn’s Brexit referendum strategy work? Our panel responds | Polly Toynbee and others 18 Sep 2019, 8:15am Will Corbyn’s Brexit referendum strategy work? Our panel responds | Polly Toynbee and others
The Labour leader has set out his Brexit stall, vowing to remain neutral and give the people a final say
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Whatever Iran’s role in the Saudi attack, the regional status quo is unsustainable | Mahsa Rouhi 18 Sep 2019, 6:41am Whatever Iran’s role in the Saudi attack, the regional status quo is unsustainable | Mahsa Rouhi
Biting sanctions after the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal could make Iran desperate enough to try to provoke TrumpSaturday’s
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Grotesque tragedy unlikely to shame Fifa into action over Iran’s ban on female fans | Marina Hyde 18 Sep 2019, 6:27am Grotesque tragedy unlikely to shame Fifa into action over Iran’s ban on female fans | Marina Hyde
Toothless urgings followed the death of Sahar Khodayari, who – faced with prison for trying to watch football – set herself on fireThe grim tragedy of Sahar Khodayari once again forces Fifa to pick the most expedient version of itself. Is it an organisation that can change the world, as it frequently insists to us, or is it simply a sporting governing body, as it prefers to claim at other times? Sahar is Iran’s so-called “Blue Girl”, a computer sciences graduate who tried in March to enter Tehran’s Azadi stadium dressed as a man, to watch her beloved Esteghlal, but was caught by officials. She was summoned to appear in court on 2 September, and told she could expect up to six months in prison. Outside the court, Sahar set herself on fire. Last week,
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Suddenly, it’s OK to be German and to talk about race | Mithu Sanyal 18 Sep 2019, 3:00am Suddenly, it’s OK to be German and to talk about race | Mithu Sanyal
For years if you wanted to discuss racism, people looked at you as if you were a Nazi, but now there’s a new opennessWhen I was growing up there was no racism in Germany. In the 1980s every child learned at school that race was a construct that fascists had used to justify segregating and killing people. So if race didn’t exist, it naturally followed that racism didn’t exist either. If you wanted to talk about it people looked at you as if you were the Nazi. All this is changing. It is dizzying to watch my motherland grapple with the concept of race. And, to be honest, to grapple with it myself because when you stop speaking about something you stop thinking about it eventually too. So we’re all walking on eggshells; the discussion about racism is on the agenda but we’re whispering “race” as if it were a dirty word. Except for members of Alternative für Deutschland, the far-right party, who keep pushing the boundaries of
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Andrzej Krauze on how the Brexit chaos looks from elsewhere in Europe - cartoon 18 Sep 2019, 2:30am Andrzej Krauze on how the Brexit chaos looks from elsewhere in Europe - cartoon
As further turmoil engulfs the UK parliament, even ardent Brexiteers seem to have no sense of direction (with apologies to Pieter Bruegel the Elder)
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If the world ran on sun, it wouldn’t fight over oil | Bill McKibben 18 Sep 2019, 1:01am If the world ran on sun, it wouldn’t fight over oil | Bill McKibben
The climate crisis isn’t the only reason to kick fossil fuels – the prospect of a war to protect Saudi crude reminds us of thatWe are sadly accustomed by now to the idea that our reliance on oil and gas causes random but predictable outbreaks of flood, firestorm and drought. The weekend’s
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The NHS saved Mum - but I saw a system on life support | Diane Taylor 18 Sep 2019, 1:01am The NHS saved Mum - but I saw a system on life support | Diane Taylor
Social workers too busy to discharge patients, no wheelchairs in sight. A significant increase in funding is vitalA week ago the NHS saved my mum’s life. She had been prescribed some new blood pressure medication which caused her sodium levels to plummet dangerously. Clinicians in A&E ran blood tests, identified the problem and treated it, restoring the balance of minerals so that her sodium was once again coexisting in harmony with her potassium and the various other things floating around in the blood that we take for granted until something goes wrong with them. The staff were, without exception, kind, competent and respectful.
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How a parent’s bid to save their school exposes the rotten core of our democracy | Aditya Chakrabortty 18 Sep 2019, 1:00am How a parent’s bid to save their school exposes the rotten core of our democracy | Aditya Chakrabortty
This battle shines a light on the Whitehall takeover of our education system – a rehearsal for the trashing of parliamentary normsSome defenders of democracy tog themselves up in suits, joust over case law and star on the teatime news. Others raise two boys single-handedly in a market town in Essex, carry a smartphone with a perma-cracked screen, and do their best work in the dead of the night when the kids have gone to bed and there’s finally a bit of peace and quiet. Like Shaunagh Roberts. Roberts doesn’t hang out in courtrooms and can’t quote Latin, yet her battle shines as bright a light on our corroded politics as any case in the
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