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In betraying his party, Farage has exposed its inherent instability | Gaby Hinsliff 14 Nov 2:07pm In betraying his party, Farage has exposed its inherent instability | Gaby Hinsliff
If Brexit party members were happy to swallow their principles for the greater good, they would have backed the bigger partiesNigel Farage must be furious with Nigel Farage. After all, the Brexit party leader is forever accusing conventional politicians of settling for grubby compromises when they should have been shooting for the moon. He’s always quick to condemn a sellout, to cry treachery and betrayal. So we can only imagine what this Nigel Farage, the man who never surrenders, makes of the Nigel Farage who secretly offered the Tories an electoral pact that would mean his party pulling out of all but a few dozen seats – the one who boasts of having told Boris Johnson that he could “win you the general election now”, only to be rebuffed.
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s impeachment: a grave and necessary process | Editorial 14 Nov 1:28pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s impeachment: a grave and necessary process | Editorial
If the US president tried to enlist Ukraine to investigate his rivals he broke his oath of office and threatened America’s securityThere are multiple reasons why Donald Trump ought not to be the president of the United States. However, there are only two ways of removing him from the office he has occupied for the past three years. One is to vote him out at the ballot box, which Americans will have the opportunity to do in a year’s time. The other is for Congress to impeach him, a process that began on Capitol Hill
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The Guardian view on Sri Lanka’s election: danger ahead | Editorial 14 Nov 1:27pm The Guardian view on Sri Lanka’s election: danger ahead | Editorial
Voters choose a new president this weekend on the Indian Ocean island. If they opt for the Rajapaksa family it augurs badlyThere are worse things than disappointment, as Sri Lankans may find out when they go to the polls
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How to stop teachers heading for the exit | Letters 14 Nov 1:25pm How to stop teachers heading for the exit | Letters
Readers respond to an article that reported on reasons why teachers are leaving the state sector in England to work abroadSally Weale’s article (
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Boris Johnson is indulging himself but has no idea what he stands for | Letters 14 Nov 1:24pm Boris Johnson is indulging himself but has no idea what he stands for | Letters
There are clear parallels between the prime minister and the self-serving character of James Steerforth in David Copperfield, writes
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Labour should fight for electoral reform | Letter 14 Nov 1:23pm Labour should fight for electoral reform | Letter
Labour parliamentary candidates and other supporters of Make Votes Matter call on the party to back a system of proportional representationThe Labour party has nothing to fear from a voting system that ensures parliament closely reflects the balance of opinion held by the British people. We support Make Votes Matter’s campaign for proportional representation. We believe Labour should fight for PR and we are not alone. Seventy-eight constituency Labour parties and two affiliated unions have formally called for PR in the last two years. But, at the very least, Labour must now commit to reviewing the voting system in our planned constitutional convention.
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Giving children a taste of the outdoors | Brief letters 14 Nov 1:22pm Giving children a taste of the outdoors | Brief letters
Forest gardens | Insect conservation | Mumsnet slang | Left-behind tuba | The Peace museumOur charity, The Garden Classroom, has responded to London teachers’ concerns about pupils’ mental health by offering urban forest schools in Islington parks (
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Concerns about antisemitism mean we cannot vote Labour | Letter 14 Nov 12:41pm Concerns about antisemitism mean we cannot vote Labour | Letter
To endorse Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister would be to surrender in the fight against anti-Jewish prejudice, say 24 signatories including
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Campaign genius Nigel Farage has totally self-partnered himself 14 Nov 12:33pm Campaign genius Nigel Farage has totally self-partnered himself
The feeling is draining away. And just wait until Nigel finds out what Nigel has done to Nigel Things fall apart. The Brexit party’s poll ratings are in freefall. The Bad Boys of Brexit have fallen out with each other. Arron Banks has gone cold on Nigel Farage. The money is drying up. And so are the crowds. Six months ago, Nigel could fill medium-sized arenas. Now the function room of the Hull Ionians rugby club in a small town outside Hull is way too big for him. Only 15 rows of chairs had been set out and two of them had to be removed shortly before the start. Not even a 1970s glitter ball hanging limply from the ceiling could help bring in the crowds. The dream is dying. As is Farage, from the inside out. After the warm-up acts of Hull’s three Brexit party candidates – step forward Michelle Dewberry off The Apprentice – had failed to cut through the late-autumn chill, Channel 5 TV presenter and host for the day Dr David Bull summoned the star attraction. At the back of the room, Farage had looked stressed and tense as he waited to come on. But once his name was called, the smile was plastered on.
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It’s Narnia on the wards: the NHS is in permanent winter crisis now | Polly Toynbee 14 Nov 11:42am It’s Narnia on the wards: the NHS is in permanent winter crisis now | Polly Toynbee
The Boris Johnson show can always move on to another A&E. For the health service as a whole, there is no such easy option Boris Johnson would be well advised to stay away from hospitals. His manicured photo-op visits cause extreme indignation to staff, who are kept well away, his presence unannounced to them for fear they would barge in and tell him a few truths. But his advisers still reckon the picture of the prime minister with a nurse or doctor with an ostentatious stethoscope is worth the mostly unheard aggro below stairs when it’s over. Often these visits come with half-promises made to the local press of untold largesse, silencing managers for fear of the money evaporating. At one recently, a director, who wouldn’t let me breathe the hospital’s name publicly, told me that despite the large sums announced at the visit, all they were left with for certain when the PM had gone was a little extra for outdoor canopies under which patients could queue.
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The BJP supporters’ targeting of British Indian voters is divisive – and it won’t work | Omar Khan 14 Nov 11:18am The BJP supporters’ targeting of British Indian voters is divisive – and it won’t work | Omar Khan
British allies of the ruling Indian party have misjudged the UK electoral system. But their intervention is troubling
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The Tories’ ‘fake’ Labour migration numbers are hiding the demise of their own foolish policy | Jonathan Portes 14 Nov 9:46am The Tories’ ‘fake’ Labour migration numbers are hiding the demise of their own foolish policy | Jonathan Portes
It is still scaremongering as much as ever, but the party has quietly dropped its notorious ‘tens of thousands’ commitment
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Stevenage voters: tell us which issues will decide this election 14 Nov 9:08am Stevenage voters: tell us which issues will decide this election
The Guardian’s Gary Younge is reporting from the constituency of Stevenage to find out what issues people there care about most – and she wants your help
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The Tories’ narrow focus on policy costings distracts us from the real issues | Carys Roberts 14 Nov 9:01am The Tories’ narrow focus on policy costings distracts us from the real issues | Carys Roberts
Rather than concentrating on upfront costs, government must look at investment, industrial strategy and regulationThis week the election campaign has been squarely focused on public finances, with the Conservatives publishing a
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I lived in a children’s home at 14, and was shocked by how quickly staff had us arrested | Daniel Lavelle 14 Nov 8:25am I lived in a children’s home at 14, and was shocked by how quickly staff had us arrested | Daniel Lavelle
It is shameful that children in care are criminalised for acts that would earn most kids a stern word and a dock in pocket moneyI lay there in agony and screamed abuse at the top of my lungs while two care staff had their knees in my back. I guess it was my own fault for throwing that coffee cup across the room. I was 14, living in a children’s home in Oldham and I had missed my curfew. I had also missed the last bus home, and the staff were annoyed that they had to drive out to collect me. On the journey home they threatened to ground me, have my portable TV removed and take away my pocket money. They told me I would amount to nothing if I didn’t change my behaviour.
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Johnson’s slow response to flooding here in Yorkshire could cost him the election | Robyn Vinter 14 Nov 7:38am Johnson’s slow response to flooding here in Yorkshire could cost him the election | Robyn Vinter
The prime minister seems unable to demonstrate empathy for flood victims in a region full of marginal seatsThe people of Doncaster don’t really like politicians. They’ve learned that promises take a long time to be fulfilled, if they’re fulfilled at all, and ultimately if something needs doing, the only way to get it done for certain is to pitch in and help. That’s perhaps why the town is well known locally for having a wealth of charitable and voluntary organisations, which have proved vital in filling the gaps left by drastically shrinking local services. Doncaster council has suffered some of the biggest cuts in the country: by next year,
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The Lib Dems hate Labour more than they hate Brexit | Owen Jones 14 Nov 5:29am The Lib Dems hate Labour more than they hate Brexit | Owen Jones
Jo Swinson’s aggressive campaign to split the remain vote is a gift to Boris JohnsonThe Tory electoral strategy is straightforward: unite leave voters behind the Conservative banner. Nigel Farage’s decision to form a de facto pact with the Tories should serve as a moment of clarity. The differences between Farage and Boris Johnson, Donald Trump’s two principal British allies, are merely personal: politically, they are on the same page. Both fundamentally see Brexit as a blunt instrument to reshape British society, stripping away the pesky workers’ rights and consumer and social protections that stand in the way of their hyper-Thatcherite dystopia. John Major once declared that the NHS was as safe with Johnson and Michael Gove “as a pet hamster would be with a hungry python”; Farage is
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The queue for the ladies’ loo is a feminist issue | Lezlie Lowe 14 Nov 3:00am The queue for the ladies’ loo is a feminist issue | Lezlie Lowe
Simple equality is not enough in the provision of public toilets – women use them for longer, and have more reasons toPublic toilet visits are sometimes urgent. But imagine the urgency of the presidential-nominee hopeful Hillary Clinton when she was
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Homemade Christmas baking is a joy – even if it is not to your taste 14 Nov 3:00am Homemade Christmas baking is a joy – even if it is not to your taste
The aroma and satisfaction you get from being well-prepared for the big day is enough encouragement to make your own cakes and puddings. But don’t skimp on the brandy I like to make my own Christmas puddings and cakes because the smell alone makes me feel psychologically prepared for the forthcoming festivities. It’s a bit of a ball ache, to be honest, and I’ve tried to replicate the smell with candles – but for some reason, the scent doesn’t seem particularly edible. That said, I don’t really like eating any of this stuff. I don’t like the heaviness of the cake, the booziness of the pudding or the crushing disappointment when you bite into a delicious mince pie and find it full of mincemeat. But on the other hand, if you take the sense of plenty you get from having two full, two-litre puddings on your shelf; add in the self-righteousness of a cake that is mostly made six weeks before you need it, rather than half an hour; and spend a second ruminating on what a great host you are, you understand why you might have given several full days of your life over to making this stuff, without ever feeling moved to put it in your mouth.
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I lift weights. For a South Asian woman, that’s just not seen as normal | Poorna Bel 14 Nov 2:00am I lift weights. For a South Asian woman, that’s just not seen as normal | Poorna Bel
Cultural barriers make it difficult for sportswomen from my background, although some inspiring examples are emergingHow long do you think you will be doing this for?” my dad asked me last week. He was referring to my amateur competitive powerlifting, which involves lifting squat, bench and deadlift at the heaviest weight you can handle. “Until I die, or sustain an injury which means that I can’t lift again,” I replied. His arched eyebrows spoke volumes. My parents have always been glad that I keep myself fit – my dad has been lifting weights most of his life, and is an avid cyclist. But they have no idea how to process why I’ve decided to take up what seems to them like a dangerous, overly masculine sport at the age of 38. On the one hand they are proud, but on the other hand their brains can’t compute that I can handle a 125kg deadlift or a 100kg squat, and my back hasn’t snapped in two yet. They’re also struggling – if they’re being honest – with the fact that my body has changed and become more muscular, and that I don’t seem to care or show no sign of stopping. Other people have commented on my physique: “You look great but don’t get any bigger” or “Wah! It’s the wrestler!” (Wrong sport, but I understood the sentiment).
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The task of politics today is to scare the capitalists as much as communism did | Aditya Chakrabortty 14 Nov 1:00am The task of politics today is to scare the capitalists as much as communism did | Aditya Chakrabortty
The threat of the Soviet bloc forced western democracies to acknowledge the rights of workers and poor peopleAs the big day dawned last weekend, Berliners held a huge street party, with more than 100,000 revellers gathering in the cold to ooh and aah over an epic display of fireworks. Elsewhere, celebrants of the
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