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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS plan: trading patient data | Editorial 8 Dec 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS plan: trading patient data | Editorial
Donald Trump has made clear he wants a post-Brexit Britain to let US tech companies and big pharma access medical recordsThe NHS is a goldmine of patient data which the United States wants to be quarried by some of its biggest companies. Britain’s health service is home to a unique medical dataset that covers the entire population from birth to death. Jeremy Corbyn’s NHS press conference revealed that the US wanted its companies to get unrestricted access to the UK’s medical records, thought to be
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The Guardian view on North Korea: a brewing nuclear crisis | Editorial 8 Dec 2019, 1:29pm The Guardian view on North Korea: a brewing nuclear crisis | Editorial
Pyongyang’s truce with Washington could end with terrible results. To avoid that, international efforts – notably from the US – are neededNorth Korea often appears to have styled itself upon a James Bond adversary. We have seen the dramatic announcement of a deadline (New Year), followed by the arch threat that “it is up to the US what Christmas gift it will choose to get”. (Experts predict a missile test.) Its fondness for baroque menace is matched by its flair for provocation – Sunday saw the
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Ben Jennings on voting for change in the general election – cartoon 8 Dec 2019, 1:20pm Ben Jennings on voting for change in the general election – cartoon
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The UN conference move shows global heating plus inequality is a recipe for chaos | Maisa Rojas 8 Dec 2019, 12:35pm The UN conference move shows global heating plus inequality is a recipe for chaos | Maisa Rojas
The protests that forced COP25 to switch from Chile to Madrid had the climate crisis at their core
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Privatisation continues to threaten our NHS | Letters 8 Dec 2019, 12:23pm Privatisation continues to threaten our NHS | Letters
With the National Health Service a prominent issue in this general election, readers air their viewsRob Delaney’s deeply moving account of his son’s illness and the family’s experience with ill-health, seen from the perspective of a US citizen, reminds us that it often takes somebody from the outside to see things clearly (
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Don’t blame parents for low vaccination take-up | Letter 8 Dec 2019, 12:20pm Don’t blame parents for low vaccination take-up | Letter
As cases of measles continue to rise, access to health services is a greater problem than online conspiracy theories, writes
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New teachers caught in an ideological trap | Letter 8 Dec 2019, 12:19pm New teachers caught in an ideological trap | Letter
The Conservatives’ framework for teacher training ignores recent theories of learning and offers inadequate preparation, write education experts. The next government must hit rewind A mandatory “content framework” for all trainee teachers in England was rushed out by the Conservative government in the final hours before purdah. This framework represents the most profound shift in what the state expects prospective schoolteachers to be taught in over two decades. It is remarkable both for its heavy emphasis on memorisation and for its selective and reductive use of the evidence. World-leading education systems prepare their teachers thoroughly, giving them a solid grounding in theories of learning as well as teaching. Initial teacher education in England has been heavily skewed towards practical teaching experience for nearly 30 years.
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The bells are ringing out for a better Christmas song list | Brief letters 8 Dec 2019, 12:18pm The bells are ringing out for a better Christmas song list | Brief letters
Christmas songs | Apostrophes | Daily Mail | Feast | Boris JohnsonMariah Carey at No 1 above The Pogues (
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On the streets of a marginal seat, I’ve seen how remain disunity could seal Brexit | Timothy Garton Ash 8 Dec 2019, 10:58am On the streets of a marginal seat, I’ve seen how remain disunity could seal Brexit | Timothy Garton Ash
In Putney, Labour and the Lib Dems are canvassing hard. Without tactical voting here and elsewhere, both will lose outWill you be voting for us?” asks the Liberal Democrat canvasser on the doorstep of an expensive-looking house in Putney. “No,” replies the middle-aged man standing in the doorway, “I’ll be voting for democracy.” We all understand what he means: Conservative, to fulfil the promise of the 2016 referendum and not simply to revoke Brexit, as the Lib Dems propose to do. My father, who lived most of his life just up the road from here, might well have given the same answer.
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There’s a lot to hate in Love Actually. But it’s also the ultimate Christmas fantasy | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett 8 Dec 2019, 10:01am There’s a lot to hate in Love Actually. But it’s also the ultimate Christmas fantasy | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Ignore the sexism and stalking if you can, and revel in a world of palatial flats where everyone adores the prime ministerWhat is it about
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Letter: Sir Michael Howard obituary 8 Dec 2019, 7:53am Letter: Sir Michael Howard obituary
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/dec/01/sir-michael-howard-obituary" title="">Sir Michael Howard
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Britain’s great urban spaces are ideal for celebrations. Let’s make them special | Rowan Moore 8 Dec 2019, 4:15am Britain’s great urban spaces are ideal for celebrations. Let’s make them special | Rowan Moore
Christmas markets, like the one in Trafalgar Square, need much greater thought or they become just another retail outlet peddling kitschEvery Christmas needs its Grinch. This year, the elegantly clad form of Stephen Bayley, formerly of this newspaper, the man for whom the phrase “design guru” was
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If Boris Johnson gets back to Number 10 he will have Jeremy Corbyn to thank | Andrew Rawnsley 8 Dec 2019, 4:00am If Boris Johnson gets back to Number 10 he will have Jeremy Corbyn to thank | Andrew Rawnsley
Against a decade-old Tory government led by a charlatan, Labour should be confident of winning, not praying for a last-minute miracle One of my colleagues recently recalled that, in advance of the
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Tactical voting helped rescue Britain in 1997. We can do it again| Will Hutton 8 Dec 2019, 3:30am Tactical voting helped rescue Britain in 1997. We can do it again| Will Hutton
A hung parliament represents our best chance of halting Britain’s steep declineThe British electoral system is both cruel and crude. In a winner-takes-all, first-past-the-post setup, many votes are wasted, the main parties are overrepresented in the House of Commons and if people want to make a difference, they often have to ignore their first preference and vote tactically for their second. It’s a third-rate system, but it’s the one we have. Twenty two years ago, when I edited the
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Gene editing will let us control our very evolution. Will we use it wisely? | Dan Rather 8 Dec 2019, 3:15am Gene editing will let us control our very evolution. Will we use it wisely? | Dan Rather
I’ve covered some of the biggest stories of our age, but this is the biggest and could change what it means to be human We live in a time when science and technology are having an impact on our society in more and more ways. And the decisions that shape how these new fields of knowledge develop ultimately affect all of us.
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Why we in the Jewish Labour Movement have not campaigned for Jeremy Corbyn | Mike Katz 8 Dec 2019, 3:02am Why we in the Jewish Labour Movement have not campaigned for Jeremy Corbyn | Mike Katz
The Labour party leader is failing Jewish members and tolerating antisemitismWho would have thought that antisemitism – and the way it has infected and toxified the Labour party – would become a dominant theme of an election campaign? The party’s problems over this are wholly self-inflicted. It isn’t just because in one interview Jeremy Corbyn
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We young voters grew up with austerity. Now we want change | Tobi Thomas 8 Dec 2019, 3:00am We young voters grew up with austerity. Now we want change | Tobi Thomas
Where else is there to go if you, like me, want a tolerant and inclusive society?My generation’s coming of age has coincided with coalition and Conservative governments. Austerity, which has shaped our formative years (I’m now 22), was framed as a fiscal necessity. But the severe cuts to government spending made an impact on healthcare, youth services, education and many other public services. These aren’t just abstract spending cuts – they are viscerally felt on the ground. In Camden, the London borough where I attended school, the council’s budget has been
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Another week of violence that brings shame on all India | Kenan Malik 8 Dec 2019, 2:30am Another week of violence that brings shame on all India | Kenan Malik
Justice isn’t served by allowing the police to kill suspected rapists A 23-year-old rape victim, on the way to a court hearing, is
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Brace yourself, the flood of lies in this election is about to become a torrent | Nick Cohen 8 Dec 2019, 2:00am Brace yourself, the flood of lies in this election is about to become a torrent | Nick Cohen
Democracy is subverted when politicians abuse their own failure to pass strict campaigning laws If Britain’s politicians believed in defending democracy, there would not be an election on Thursday. Our leaders would have held back until laws controlling propaganda and foreign subversion were in place. They haven’t waited, because they don’t want to protect the integrity of the ballot. With wolfish smiles, they have welcomed the opportunities for spreading fake news that the web has brought them. As the paper was going to press, the final online advertising blitz had begun.
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Bozzie is in hiding from Andrew Neil, but I’m desperate to tell him about Dilyn’s new trick | The secret diary of Carrie Symonds 8 Dec 2019, 1:30am Bozzie is in hiding from Andrew Neil, but I’m desperate to tell him about Dilyn’s new trick | The secret diary of Carrie Symonds
In which our heroine watches the noses of Stanley and Dom grow longer and longer Super time since Stanley was banished! Now it’s just us: me, Dilyn, Dom, between episodes, and darling Bozzie, though what with my campaigning and his commitments we hardly meet! Last night I woke up aching to discuss marine conservation matters to find this note on his pillow: SORRY OTTIE WARGAMING NEIL IN UNDERGROUND BUNKER, BACK C3 DAYS, YR B. I said but Dom, this is your handwriting, where is Bozzie, really? Dom (looming out of the darkness): “What if I said, hiding from
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The Observer view on who to vote for in the general election | Observer editorial 8 Dec 2019, 1:30am The Observer view on who to vote for in the general election | Observer editorial
After a tawdry campaign of lies and racism, the choice is clear – anyone but JohnsonThis is a historic election, the most important choice voters have faced in decades. The result will determine whether Britain as we know it exists in a generation or whether the union will have splintered beyond repair. It will shape the nation’s economic wellbeing: whether we make countless lives harder by cutting ourselves off from our biggest trading partner or maintain our close relationship with the EU. It will influence the type of society we are: whether the number of children who grow up in abject poverty and the number of people sleeping rough – stains on our collective conscience– will continue to rise. It will decide the sustainability of the world we bequeath to our children and grandchildren. Yet there is no disguising that this is an election of last resort, the product of an unedifying journey through months of parliamentary gridlock. None of the options inspires enthusiasm; the campaign has been underwhelming and uninspiring. But the gloomy sense it leaves – that our politics is unequal to the tests that lie ahead – must not obscure the momentous nature of the decision voters must make on Thursday.
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Save our coastline and scrap HS2 | Letters 8 Dec 2019, 1:00am Save our coastline and scrap HS2 | Letters
Government’s job is to keep its citizens safe. So why does it prioritise a rail extension over flood defences?Your article about the threat to the coastline caused by rising sea levels estimates that less than £2bn is needed to protect our most vulnerable places such as Looe and Fairbourne (“
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