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The Guardian view on electoral reform: an argument Labour needs to have | Editorial 12 Jan 1:50pm The Guardian view on electoral reform: an argument Labour needs to have | Editorial
Whichever candidates get through the current stage of the leadership race, proportional representation must be among the ideas they take with themA month after one of the heaviest defeats in its history, the Labour party is on its way to electing a new leader. Clive Lewis and Emily Thornberry have until Monday afternoon to win the support they need from MPs to join Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Jess Phillips in the contest’s second stage. This involves nominations from constituency parties, unions and affiliates, with members and supporters making the final selection and the winner due to be announced at a special conference in April. Questions about the future of Corbynism are at the forefront, with the socialist ticket of Ms Long-Bailey and Angela Rayner, who wants to be deputy, facing a
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The Guardian view on a savings scandal: a star has fallen and an industry is in disgrace | Editorial 12 Jan 1:50pm The Guardian view on a savings scandal: a star has fallen and an industry is in disgrace | Editorial
Neil Woodford was the UK’s most famous fund manager. His fall highlights an industry both lucrative and dysfunctionalIn his classic book A Random Walk Down Wall Street, the Princeton economist Burton Malkiel writes: “A blindfolded monkey throwing darts at a newspaper’s financial pages could select a portfolio that would do just as well as one carefully selected by experts.” Last year, the Wall Street Journal threw darts at a list of shares and pitted the resulting random portfolio against those of the cream of the hedge-fund world. The result?
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There’s no extremism in Extinction Rebellion | Letters 12 Jan 12:54pm There’s no extremism in Extinction Rebellion | Letters
Readers are incredulous that the police listed XR in a guide aimed at preventing terrorist atrocitiesThe Guardian’s recent revelation that Extinction Rebellion (XR) had been classed as an extremist ideology in now hastily withdrawn advice issued by counter-terrorism police (
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The limits to Boris Johnson’s recent reinvention of himself | Letters 12 Jan 12:53pm The limits to Boris Johnson’s recent reinvention of himself | Letters
Readers take issue with Martin Kettle’s assessment of the prime ministerI almost spat my cornflakes out in surprise at Martin Kettle’s deferential analysis of Boris Johnson’s premiership so far (
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Wolverhampton wanderer’s city stew | Brief letters 12 Jan 12:52pm Wolverhampton wanderer’s city stew | Brief letters
Robert Jenrick’s birth town | A person or a prince? | Gary Younge | Marriage training | Long-life marmalade | A ripe old age for bananasIt is clearly embarrassing for Robert Jenrick, born and educated in Wolverhampton, not to know whether it’s a town or a city (
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The gap between young and old has turned Britain into a dysfunctional family | John Harris 12 Jan 12:13pm The gap between young and old has turned Britain into a dysfunctional family | John Harris
When generations lead such separate lives, it damages everyone. We need deliberate initiatives to bring them together Travel around the periphery of any British town or city, and you will quickly behold a symbol of one of the most painful modern divides. The average residential care home will be set well back from the road, seemingly silent and apparently cut off from most of the life of the surrounding community. When people who know nothing of those inside glimpse such sights, what passes through their minds? Empathy, perhaps, with a family member living in such a facility; mounting awareness, maybe, of the rising care crisis and our collective failure to solve it. But what such sights could also embody is the widening divide between generations, and people leading completely separate lives. Generation gaps are hardly new, but right now age arguably separates us as never before. The difference between the generations on Brexit is so familiar as to be a cliche, and the same division seems locked into politics generally. Only a decade ago, the
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I lost my seat in parliament now I’m looking for a job. There’s no shame in that | Laura Smith 12 Jan 12:13pm I lost my seat in parliament now I’m looking for a job. There’s no shame in that | Laura Smith
If two years in Westminster taught me anything, it’s that the privileged few still decide the future of Britain’s working class What a difference a year makes. At the end of 2018 I had just won an
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Letter: Paul Birkbeck obituary 12 Jan 12:11pm Letter: Paul Birkbeck obituary
The artist
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The Tories must learn from the Orkambi victory and keep drug-pricing off the table | Diarmaid McDonald 12 Jan 6:00am The Tories must learn from the Orkambi victory and keep drug-pricing off the table | Diarmaid McDonald
To match its rhetoric on the NHS, the government has to legally commit to preventing drug-pricing being a part of trade deals In October 2019, the NHS finally struck
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Keir Starmer has the ability and the character, but what does he stand for? | Andrew Rawnsley 12 Jan 4:00am Keir Starmer has the ability and the character, but what does he stand for? | Andrew Rawnsley
His campaign team is ideologically diverse and he’s attracting support from across the party In its entire life, the party of Labour has only produced three majority-winning leaders and not one of that rare trio had hands roughened by physical toil. Two of them (Clement Attlee and Tony Blair) were privately educated barristers. The third (Harold Wilson) was a grammar school lad who became an economics don. All three took their degrees at Oxford. Even so and even now that the party has become very middle class, contenders for the Labour leadership feel compelled to compete to be prolier-than-thou. Sir Keir Starmer, perhaps feeling the burden of the knighthood that he earned for being director of public prosecutions, is keen to stress that his mum was a nurse and his dad a toolmaker and they
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The National Gallery has good news for Freud fans – but will they ever appoint a chair? 12 Jan 4:00am The National Gallery has good news for Freud fans – but will they ever appoint a chair?
The National Gallery announces a major show for Lucian Freud’s 2022 centenary, while preparing for change at the top. Plus, a walk on the mild side with Little Women Just two weeks left of the terrific Lucian Freud
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Samira Ahmed’s victory has taught us a lesson: it’s still gender that fixes our pay | Yvonne Roberts 12 Jan 3:30am Samira Ahmed’s victory has taught us a lesson: it’s still gender that fixes our pay | Yvonne Roberts
‘Troublemakers’ across all sectors, not just at the BBC, should be encouraged to do what it takes to achieve justice at workIn 1971, I was working on a regional evening paper.
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Now Harry and Meghan are going, time to look at the true royal horrors | Catherine Bennett 12 Jan 3:15am Now Harry and Meghan are going, time to look at the true royal horrors | Catherine Bennett
The ‘sins’ of Harry and Meghan are as nothing compared to those of other royals Which previous royal crisis does the current one most closely resemble? Given the reflexive British response to any royal drama, it was no time before crack monarchy experts identified the incredible similarities between the abdication of Edward VIII and an overdue realisation by the constitutionally insignificant Sussexes that palace life is unlikely to suit anyone independent and talented, especially when
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Read all about it – the truth about British colonialism | Matilda Marcus 12 Jan 3:00am Read all about it – the truth about British colonialism | Matilda Marcus
A student project aims to highlight the gaping holes in history education At 7am on Thursday, seven teenagers, myself included, “hacked” the most widely distributed newspapers in London, replacing them with 5,000 copies of our own creation. The reason is simple. We want everyone to learn about the British empire and its history in the land we call home. We are a group of sixth-form students, who came together on The Advocacy Academy’s social justice fellowship programme, working to ensure that each young person in the UK will have the opportunity to be taught a history that reflects our country’s diversity. We would like to dismantle the institutional racism within our education system and curriculum one step at a time.
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Remainers aren’t going to vanish on 31 January. We fight on, sure of our cause | Will Hutton 12 Jan 3:00am Remainers aren’t going to vanish on 31 January. We fight on, sure of our cause | Will Hutton
Brexit is a Tory invention and pro-Europeans must still fight our EU exileIn less than three weeks, Britain leaves the EU. Those vast marches, the crowded public meetings, the indefatigable
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Left and right should learn to take a joke, not censor them | Kenan Malik 12 Jan 2:30am Left and right should learn to take a joke, not censor them | Kenan Malik
When a professor loses his job for mockery, and a film is attacked for political correctness, both sides should take notice ‘In retaliation, Ayatollah Khomeini should tweet a list of 52 sites of beloved American cultural heritage that he would bomb.” So wrote
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Johnson can now deliver a ‘Brexit in name only’. Will he? 12 Jan 2:00am Johnson can now deliver a ‘Brexit in name only’. Will he?
If the PM were the one nation Tory he claims to be, he would – and should – choose to keep Britain aligned with the EUI have occasionally referred over the years to a parody of an editorial which a group of us at the
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The Observer view on Flight 752 and its political fallout | Observer editorial 12 Jan 1:31am The Observer view on Flight 752 and its political fallout | Observer editorial
Trump and Pompeo should act with extreme caution in the wake of this terrible incident The crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 over Iran, which killed all 176 people on board, is a tragedy. The human cost should not be obscured by the recriminations that have followed. Many families in Iran, Canada, Britain and elsewhere have suffered a devastating blow. In addition to the lives lost, countless more lives have been irreparably damaged. The Iranian government’s
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Having children is an expensive business, but not for businesses | Torsten Bell 12 Jan 1:30am Having children is an expensive business, but not for businesses | Torsten Bell
Employers should be reassured by an investigation into the costs to them of parental leave Kids cost a fortune to those of us foolish enough to have them. They’re also not cheap for the state since we worked out that educating them is a good idea. But what about the cost to businesses, at least in terms of parental leave? Those costs are central to debates about maternity and paternity leave policies. But
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The Observer view on Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back from royal duties | Observer editorial 12 Jan 1:00am The Observer view on Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back from royal duties | Observer editorial
The couple’s decision highlights how outdated is the institution they are desperate to escape ‘Is there anyone in the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so...” Prince Harry’s
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May I have a word about… nudniks and quantamental investing | Jonathan Bouquet 12 Jan 1:00am May I have a word about… nudniks and quantamental investing | Jonathan Bouquet
If you find this headline confusing, read on. After all, why should bankers have all the fun? There’s nothing I like better than a new word and one popped up just recently - “
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You’re no manager, Dominic Cummings | Letters 12 Jan 12:59am You’re no manager, Dominic Cummings | Letters
The prime minister’s adviser has told us what he requires of civil servants. But are his own qualities up to scratch?The prime minister’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, has set out what he requires of people working for him (“‘
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