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Gaffe? Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Grenfell slur shows how Tories really think | Owen Jones 6 Nov 1:57pm Gaffe? Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Grenfell slur shows how Tories really think | Owen Jones
They want working-class votes. But their continuing belief in the innate superiority of the upper class is obviousJacob Rees-Mogg’s suggestion that those who perished in Grenfell Tower lacked “common sense” was not a
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How Britain’s elections became impossible to predict | Paula Surridge 6 Nov 1:37pm How Britain’s elections became impossible to predict | Paula Surridge
Brexit’s challenge to the old left/right divide is the final ingredient in a cocktail that has given us unusually volatile voters Virtually every piece of election coverage so far has stressed its unpredictability. The reason for this, other than pundits’ reluctance to get their fingers burned again after the surprise results of 2015 and 2017, is a cocktail of voter volatility and an electoral system that’s creaking at the seams. While people disagree about whether
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The Guardian view on Tory election plans: the mask is slipping already | Editorial 6 Nov 1:30pm The Guardian view on Tory election plans: the mask is slipping already | Editorial
Boris Johnson promises to lead a ‘one-nation’ Conservative government, but events of the past week expose the improbability of that claimAn early casualty of any general election campaign is perspective. News cycles accelerate, the volume goes up and it becomes difficult to detect a clear signal about what is happening amid the noise. Those caveats must accompany the observation that the Conservative campaign has had an inauspicious start. Among the items making headlines: Downing Street
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The Guardian view on academia and autocracies: stand firm | Editorial 6 Nov 1:25pm The Guardian view on academia and autocracies: stand firm | Editorial
Universities are hungry for international students and funding. But they must not compromise their fundamental values Education is one of Britain’s most successful exports, bringing in
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Russian meddling: what has Boris Johnson got to hide? | Letters 6 Nov 12:55pm Russian meddling: what has Boris Johnson got to hide? | Letters
Readers state their views on the parliamentary report on Russian interference in UK politics that the government is refusing to publishDowning Street’s unexplained refusal to publish the intelligence and security committee (ISC) report on Russian interference in UK politics is not only an outrageous denial of information that voters need to make sound electoral decisions, but has chilling implications for our democracy after the election (
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It’s not just Britain that’s breaking up, Europe is too | Martin Kettle 6 Nov 12:54pm It’s not just Britain that’s breaking up, Europe is too | Martin Kettle
The tremors of this Brexit election will be felt across a continent whose powers are on the waneArguably the most surreal event during the general election campaign is scheduled for the week before polling day. On 3 December,
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Michael Billington is a titan of theatre criticism | Letter 6 Nov 12:52pm Michael Billington is a titan of theatre criticism | Letter
He has written with a more influential left-of-centre perspective than any other critic since Kenneth Tynan, writes
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Dragged to work? I can relate to that | Brief letters 6 Nov 12:51pm Dragged to work? I can relate to that | Brief letters
Gary Younge | Boris Johnson | Classical music | Japanese honesty | Commons SpeakerWell done, Gary Younge, on your appointment as professor (
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Boeing’s boss won’t resign over the 737 Max crashes. Will passengers stand for it? | Martin Rivers 6 Nov 12:47pm Boeing’s boss won’t resign over the 737 Max crashes. Will passengers stand for it? | Martin Rivers
Dennis Muilenburg’s claims of ignorance over faults with the aircraft are immaterial if there’s a loss of consumer trustDennis Muilenburg, Boeing’s chief executive,
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The fall of the Berlin Wall did not end Germany’s deep divisions | Sabine Rennefanz 6 Nov 10:45am The fall of the Berlin Wall did not end Germany’s deep divisions | Sabine Rennefanz
Three decades on, the country’s unification is still a source of sadness and trauma – which the far right know how to exploit I was 15 when the Berlin Wall came down. Everything changed: the east adopted not just the West German currency, but all its laws and rules and values. Thousands of companies were privatised within four years of the wall falling – millions lost their jobs, and millions more migrated to the west in search of better paid work. In 1994, only 18% of East German employees still worked at the same place as they had in 1991, according to the historian Ilko-Sascha Kowalczuk. There were new and often completely disorientating experiences for many: unemployment had not existed in the GDR. No one even knew the meaning of
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Extinction Rebellion has won in the courts. Now we must win this climate election | Tobias Garnett 6 Nov 10:30am Extinction Rebellion has won in the courts. Now we must win this climate election | Tobias Garnett
The draconian ban on XR protests has rightly been ruled unlawful, but we need more than judges to fight the climate crisisThis morning the high court ruled that the
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What I learned on the election campaign rollercoaster: make the first week count | Theo Bertram 6 Nov 6:14am What I learned on the election campaign rollercoaster: make the first week count | Theo Bertram
For all parties, the UK’s general election is going to be a long and bumpy ride. But the early stage vibrates with hope, fear and possibility
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Matthew McConaughey says he’s a pickle expert – here are five reasons to join him 6 Nov 5:26am Matthew McConaughey says he’s a pickle expert – here are five reasons to join him
They’re beautiful, healthy and help in the fight against food waste. No wonder the actor and so many others have declared themselves fans of the preserved delights Matthew McConaughey has scandalised the world of showbiz by declaring himself a
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Now we have proof: the government used your money to lie about poor people | Aditya Chakrabortty 6 Nov 1:00am Now we have proof: the government used your money to lie about poor people | Aditya Chakrabortty
After I revealed Whitehall plans to deceive the public on universal credit, an investigation began. Its conclusions are shocking Early this summer, a national newspaper published a string of curious articles. Under the logo Universal Credit Uncovered, the features promised readers of the Metro the truth about this most notorious of all benefits. The series began with a giant advert wrapped around the cover of the paper, coupled with a four-page spread right in its centre, and continued week upon week for nine weeks. Launched by the Department for Work and Pensions, it was an unprecedented attempt to salvage the reputation of a policy that had been attacked by MPs on all sides, plunged families into starvation and homelessness, and driven
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An Oscars ban for a Nigerian film shows the Academy still doesn’t get it on race | Afua Hirsch 6 Nov 1:00am An Oscars ban for a Nigerian film shows the Academy still doesn’t get it on race | Afua Hirsch
Excluding Lionheart for using English shows Africans are still expected to satisfy American ideas of authenticity The penny about the US’s worldview dropped for me when I recently interviewed a highly educated, accomplished, politically and racially literate American. I mentioned something about the British empire and he looked at me blankly. “What is that exactly?” he asked.
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