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The Guardian view on the history of slavery: much to be learned | Editorial 3 Nov 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on the history of slavery: much to be learned | Editorial
The appointment of Bristol’s new professor of the history of slavery is a small but encouraging step towards understanding a painful pastSpeaking at the British Museum last week,
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The Guardian view on Indonesia’s president: after the hope | Editorial 3 Nov 2019, 1:25pm The Guardian view on Indonesia’s president: after the hope | Editorial
Joko Widodo rode to power on a wave of optimism. Supporters gave him a second term – but there are already concerns about how he is using itA second and final term can free a leader, as Joko Widodo has acknowledged. The question is how he will use his new liberty. Five years ago, he was widely hailed as
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If the rich don’t pay tax, they’re welcome to leave | Letters 3 Nov 2019, 1:14pm If the rich don’t pay tax, they’re welcome to leave | Letters
Readers discuss the possibility of very wealthy people leaving Britain if Labour forms a governmentRe your report (
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Conservative moratorium on fracking is just an election ploy | Letters 3 Nov 2019, 1:13pm Conservative moratorium on fracking is just an election ploy | Letters
Readers respond to the government’s announcement on fracking, suspecting that the Tories have merely temporarily halted an unpopular practice to gain some votesShould we temper exultation with realism (
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South Africa’s rugby triumph and history | Letters 3 Nov 2019, 1:13pm South Africa’s rugby triumph and history | Letters
After the multiracial Springboks team’s World Cup victory,
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Hostile environment for those seeking support | Letters 3 Nov 2019, 1:12pm Hostile environment for those seeking support | Letters
Disabled people face an uphill struggle to apply for the help they are entitled to, writes
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Stuck on painkillers, but we’re not addicts | Letter 3 Nov 2019, 1:12pm Stuck on painkillers, but we’re not addicts | Letter
With no other treatments available, many patients with chronic conditions are forced to rely on painkillers for years, writes
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You say chumping, we say progging | Brief letters 3 Nov 2019, 1:11pm You say chumping, we say progging | Brief letters
Ciaran Carson | Salem witch-hunt | British values | Halloween oranges | Bonfire NightTo Patricia Craig’s illuminating and affectionate obituary of Ciaran Carson (
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British farmers are not the enemy in the battle against the climate crisis | Joe Stanley 3 Nov 2019, 12:30pm British farmers are not the enemy in the battle against the climate crisis | Joe Stanley
As a cattle farmer I come under constant criticism, but UK livestock production is among the most sustainable in the worldI am a farmer, the third generation to grow crops and pedigree beef cattle on my family’s modest farm on the edge of the picturesque Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire. Summer and autumn is primarily given over to long days of harvesting and planting crops while our 150 traditional longhorn cattle munch at grass; in the long winter nights, they come indoors to shelter and chew at hay harvested and stored in the spring. Most of you reading this, I would wager, are not directly associated with agriculture. It might therefore be assumed that there’s a gulf between our plains of existence, that we do not and cannot understand each other. I believe this is a false assumption.
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Letter: Sir Simon Gourlay obituary 3 Nov 2019, 12:05pm Letter: Sir Simon Gourlay obituary
As editor of the newly launched weekly Farming News, I found
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Weinstein’s reappearance showed he has no shame. I had to call him out | Zoe Stuckless 3 Nov 2019, 12:03pm Weinstein’s reappearance showed he has no shame. I had to call him out | Zoe Stuckless
There is still a sickening culture of silence and fear around Weinstein. This is how ‘dreammakers’ cling on to their power
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If we bar politicians from lining their pockets in office we might trust them more | Kevin McKenna 3 Nov 2019, 4:15am If we bar politicians from lining their pockets in office we might trust them more | Kevin McKenna
Shame made Ruth Davidson turn down a consultancy job, but voters shouldn’t have to rely on thatBritain’s electorate, having been tutored in the ways of open democracy and parliamentary accountability for longer than most, is regarded as sophisticated. We will hear the encomium “the voters are our real employers” many times over the course of this election. It suggests we are wise to the ways of our elected representatives and that we seem to possess a sixth sense for knowing when the time has come for change. Yet, in so many other ways, we are as easily reassured as a child hoping to find silver under the pillow where a tooth used to be. We fondly believe our MPs are beyond the reach of corporate wealth and that the interests of their constituents, or at least what they think are those of the country, always come first. But what do we imagine those
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Elizabeth Warren’s project is to remake capitalism. What can British politicians learn from her? | Will Hutton 3 Nov 2019, 4:00am Elizabeth Warren’s project is to remake capitalism. What can British politicians learn from her? | Will Hutton
Both Labour and the Lib Dems would do well to study her crusading manifesto For 40 years, western democracies have been gripped by the doctrine that unalloyed capitalism works. In 2019, the debate has moved on. Capitalism may rule the planet, but it plainly needs fixing. Disaffection is obvious and rising, variously behind the story of riots in
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Buckle up, Britain, it will be a rocky and twisting road to polling day | Andrew Rawnsley 3 Nov 2019, 3:30am Buckle up, Britain, it will be a rocky and twisting road to polling day | Andrew Rawnsley
The range of plausible results is wide and the old blue-red swingometer is a near-useless instrument of prediction Snatching the prize for the first gaffe of the campaign, the Tory propaganda unit posted
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Our tactical voting advice caused a stir, but it’s the only way to stop Brexit 3 Nov 2019, 3:03am Our tactical voting advice caused a stir, but it’s the only way to stop Brexit
Labour may not be happy with Best for Britain’s recommendations, but they are based on solid data The BBC knows it’s doing something right when both Brexiters and Remainers shout “bias” during the news. The stakes are similar when producing a tactical voting tool in a general election. Hopes and fears are running high among the different tribes and, for them, any suggestion that another party might hold the key, anywhere, to a better outcome is sacrilege. As a consequence, my team and I were unsurprised that
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From Grenfell to migrant deaths, we fail to see the deeper causes of tragedy | Kenan Malik 3 Nov 2019, 3:00am From Grenfell to migrant deaths, we fail to see the deeper causes of tragedy | Kenan Malik
So far, the inquiry has focused on the night of the fire. But, like the Purfleet container tragedy, wider issues have to be addressedThe 72 people killed in the Grenfell Tower fire. The 39 migrants who died in a shipping container left in a car park in Purfleet, Essex. Little may seem to connect these two dreadful events except the sense of horror we feel about both. What links the two tragedies is less the events themselves than the public discussions about them and the way that such discussions reveal the difficulties we have in thinking about “causation” or “responsibility”. In both cases, the roots of the tragedies are manifold. But in both cases we seem more interested in laying instant blame than in excavating the wider causes that might help us prevent such catastrophes happening again. When the
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Abuse, threats, vile colleagues… why would you want to be an MP? | Catherine Bennett 3 Nov 2019, 2:30am Abuse, threats, vile colleagues… why would you want to be an MP? | Catherine Bennett
The current exodus of first-rate female MPs is an indictment of politics in Britain today Wanted: men – and women – who are comfortable around misogyny. We are looking for strong, confident, disagreeable characters who enjoy verbal abuse, exchanging insults, and predominantly male company. Must be able to point and shout and use a smartphone. A diagnosis of narcissism will be considered an advantage, a proven lack of empathy is essential. Are you an angry white person with a history of insulting and socially transgressive behaviour? Then a career as an MP is waiting for you, starting salary £79,468 basic + expenses. No qualifications, references or previous experience necessary. Start date ASAP. Apply to your local political party quoting ref #GE19. The abuse of female politicians by online persecutors is supplemented by more crafted insults from media professionals
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Remember: it’s austerity, not Europe, that broke Britain 3 Nov 2019, 2:00am Remember: it’s austerity, not Europe, that broke Britain
It is hard to credit Johnson’s appeal to ‘left-behind’ voters when it was his party that chose to leave them behind In 1970 the prime minister, Harold Wilson, called a general election he expected to win and lost. In the 1974 “who governs Britain?” election, called by prime minister Edward Heath, opposition leader Wilson expected to lose – and won. Heath had successfully negotiated the UK’s entry to the European Economic Community in 1973, in which venture premiers Harold Macmillan (in 1963) and Wilson (in 1967) had failed. In 1974 Wilson was faced with a Labour party divided on the European question –
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Even in defeat, English sport still gives us much to cheer | Emma John 3 Nov 2019, 2:00am Even in defeat, English sport still gives us much to cheer | Emma John
A new emphasis on team spirit rather than great individuals is paying dividends England rugby fans know what to expect. Yesterday’s result in Yokohama is going to hurt for a while yet, much like the bruises that the South African forwards left all over Elliot Daly’s body. However magnanimously we praise the Springboks’ performance, those of us who devote our lives to following England’s sporting teams will still be waking up to the cold, clammy thought of “what if” for at least the rest of the week. It can be hard to see the positives. And yet, with a little perspective, England’s sporting teams have never looked so healthy. Two World Cup final appearances in the same year is an achievement well worth celebrating on its own; the England cricket team’s victory at Lord’s was the first of its kind, while our footballers are in the best form in more than a couple of generations.
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The Observer view on the risk the Tory party poses to the NHS | Observer editorial 3 Nov 2019, 1:30am The Observer view on the risk the Tory party poses to the NHS | Observer editorial
The US pharmaceutical industry is desperate to raise the price of its drugs and the hardline Tory right is eager to help itIt is little wonder that the NHS takes centre stage in election campaign after election campaign: it commands an extraordinary level of public support. We are
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The Observer view on Iraq protests and western indifference| Observer editorial 3 Nov 2019, 1:30am The Observer view on Iraq protests and western indifference| Observer editorial
Iran’s determination to shore up Iraq’s unpopular government does not augur well for democracy in the Middle EastIran’s leaders say they have no wish to recreate the Persian empire in the present-day Middle East. Unlike the US, they say, Iran is not an imperialist power. That is not how it looks to many people in Lebanon, where Iran’s close financial and military links to the country’s leading Shia political organisation, Hezbollah, became the focus of
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Give older people a voice on housing | Letters 3 Nov 2019, 1:00am Give older people a voice on housing | Letters
Building new almshouses is welcome, but only if potential residents’ views are embraced from the outsetHousing that is well designed for ageing is of paramount importance in a society where numbers over the age of 85 are set to double in the next 25 years (“
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Even though it makes us unhappy, city life has never been more popular | Torsten Bell 3 Nov 2019, 1:00am Even though it makes us unhappy, city life has never been more popular | Torsten Bell
Two-thirds of the world’s population will live in one by 2050, so now’s the time to make them better places Cities make us richer, but not happier. To be more specific, people living in cities are less happy than those living elsewhere in the UK, despite often earning more. That’s a concern, given the trend for more of us to live in cities.
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May I have a word about… the translator’s unhappy lot | Jonathan Bouquet 3 Nov 2019, 1:00am May I have a word about… the translator’s unhappy lot | Jonathan Bouquet
Rendering good English into another language is not always easy, but what do you when presented with gibberish? I’d never given much thought to the travails of translators, but a recent email from a reader changed all that. It kicks off: “In addition, for Designated Window Personnel, purchases or sales of Company Securities made pursuant to, and in compliance with, a written plan that meets the requirements of Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (a “Trading Plan”), may be made without restriction to any particular period provided that (i) the Trading Plan was established in good faith, in compliance with the requirements of Rule 10b5-1…”
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