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After Tony Hall’s resignation, the BBC’s next boss will need nerves of steel | Emily Bell 20 Jan 2:08pm After Tony Hall’s resignation, the BBC’s next boss will need nerves of steel | Emily Bell
The broadcaster faces an existential crisis - with challenges from government, from its digital rivals, and from its own staff The
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The Guardian view on the BBC: getting ready for the fight of its life | Editorial 20 Jan 1:34pm The Guardian view on the BBC: getting ready for the fight of its life | Editorial
With fierce competition from streaming services and the licence fee under threat, Tony Hall’s successor must get the corporation on the front footTony Hall’s unexpected announcement that he is
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The Guardian view on Davos: capitalists know they must do better | Editorial 20 Jan 1:34pm The Guardian view on Davos: capitalists know they must do better | Editorial
The climate crisis and social unrest could finally force corporate leaders to think beyond the profit motiveWhen Klaus Schwab founded the World Economic Forum in an Alpine ski resort in 1971, he wasn’t to know that the 30-year postwar boom was on its last legs. The original idea of Davos was to promote the German economist’s big idea of “multi-stakeholding” – the notion that companies had broader social responsibilities than the mere pursuit of profit for shareholders. But the subsequent oil crisis, stagflation and recession put paid to any progressive thinking in the boardrooms of the west. As corporate revenues plunged, a different economist laid the theoretical foundations of a new era. By the 1980s,
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I’d never heard of Laurence Fox until he started lecturing us about racism | Suzanne Moore 20 Jan 12:58pm I’d never heard of Laurence Fox until he started lecturing us about racism | Suzanne Moore
The actor has joined the ranks of posh white guys who feel they have to champion the so-called common man. Why are these people so easily offended? I had never heard of Laurence Fox until I saw him on Question Time telling a BAME person that the criticism of Meghan wasn’t racist. When Fox finished speaking, the show’s presenter, Fiona Bruce, stepped in to remind us that the home secretary, Priti Patel, had also said the criticism wasn’t racist. Whatever the BBC is, some of its current affairs coverage is now so unwoke, it is in a coma. There are people in my life forever telling me I am not woke enough – people who I gave birth to – and the new vocabulary of triggering, microaggression and privilege-checking is a bore for sure. But, as the writer Roxane Gay has said, no one is asking people to apologise for their privilege. They are just asking them, in Gay’s words, to “acknowledge how these factors helped you move through life”. It’s manners, basically, isn’t it?
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Sajid Javid’s Brexit posturing shows he doesn’t know or care what his words mean | Polly Toynbee 20 Jan 12:48pm Sajid Javid’s Brexit posturing shows he doesn’t know or care what his words mean | Polly Toynbee
The chancellor has dashed any hope that the government might move beyond slogans Shockwaves ran through industry over the weekend following the chancellor’s alarming
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The government has offered no justification for pursuing a hard Brexit | Letters 20 Jan 12:33pm The government has offered no justification for pursuing a hard Brexit | Letters
Readers respond to Sajid Javid’s declaration that there will be ‘no alignment’ with EU regulations and standards after BrexitEstimates of the economic cost of a hard Brexit vary, but it is generally agreed that this form of Brexit will be much more economically damaging than one where the UK seeks close alignment with the EU, its biggest trading partner. How does Sajid Javid and the entire Johnson government justify the hard Brexit it so evidently embraces (
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Disruptive children need the opposite of isolation in school | Letters 20 Jan 12:33pm Disruptive children need the opposite of isolation in school | Letters
Isolating children should have no place in any establishment that professes to prepare them to take a meaningful place in society, says
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A good night’s sleep helps repair inflammation | Letter 20 Jan 12:32pm A good night’s sleep helps repair inflammation | Letter
This should become the number one priority in public health, writes
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Is the environmental movement ageist? | Letters 20 Jan 12:32pm Is the environmental movement ageist? | Letters
Retired colleagues and I have regularly shared ideas and actions with young people, writes XR member
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The female body and the origins of patriarchy | Letter 20 Jan 12:31pm The female body and the origins of patriarchy | Letter
Many prehistoric societies were egalitarian, writes
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Language lessons with a cherry on top | Brief letters 20 Jan 12:30pm Language lessons with a cherry on top | Brief letters
American English | School libraries | Chinese birth rate | Year of the rat | MarmaladeAlthough this happened decades ago, we haven’t forgotten the look of total incredulity on the face of an American fellow student whom our son brought home for the weekend (
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It’s not just British leavers – the rest of Europe is responsible for Brexit, too | Eric Jozsef 20 Jan 8:46am It’s not just British leavers – the rest of Europe is responsible for Brexit, too | Eric Jozsef
The UK departure from the EU isn’t a solely British issue, yet Europeans have connived with Brexiters in pretending it is“Brexit will never happen. Too complicated, too damaging to the British economy, too anachronistic.” How many times in the last three years – from Rome to Berlin, Paris to Bucharest – did we hear this belief asserted so confidently as to admit no discussion? The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union is now imminent. Yet much of Europe’s public and many of its politicians have not truly grasped the consequences of the historic break that is about to take place, nor have they tried to understand the reasons. On 31 January the first concrete step in Boris Johnson’s political game plan will be achieved. And, even if no new barriers will immediately be apparent at the borders, we will from this date start to drift apart. Johnson won his bet using a simple strategy: he sold the illusion that the politicians who lead Europe’s nation states still hold the reins of power in a globalised world. He won on the false promise that Brexit allow the British people to “take back control”.
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Ignorance about menopause is destroying lives – and it’s not only women who suffer | Diane Danzebrink 20 Jan 6:01am Ignorance about menopause is destroying lives – and it’s not only women who suffer | Diane Danzebrink
Like many women, I struggled to get basic information and help for debilitating symptoms. Now we are campaigning for change A few years ago I hadn’t given
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The Guardian view on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex: goodbye and good luck | Editorial 20 Jan 2:37am Updated The Guardian view on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex: goodbye and good luck | Editorial
Prince Harry and Meghan will no longer be working royals. That should be in everyone’s interests A centuries-old institution survives not only through the accumulated weight of tradition, but through the ability to make sharp adjustments to its course when it finally realises it must. The British monarchy, by temperament a tortoise, has just put on a turn of speed again. Saturday’s statements from the Queen and the Sussexes will not halt the storm surrounding the couple, but are designed to let the worst of the tempest abate. Less than two weeks before, Prince Harry and Meghan had announced their untenable desire to partially step back, operating half-in and half-out of the institution. Instead, they will effectively
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Trump’s greatest ally in the coming election? Facebook | John Harris 20 Jan 1:00am Trump’s greatest ally in the coming election? Facebook | John Harris
The internet giant has exempted politics from regulations on falsehood. Good news for a candidacy built on lies If you want to know why the worst president in US history currently stands a very good chance of winning again, consider a few facts. Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is already in full flow, brimming with cash,
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Shipping the House of Lords north is a great idea. Let’s send the MPs as well | Simon Jenkins 20 Jan 1:00am Shipping the House of Lords north is a great idea. Let’s send the MPs as well | Simon Jenkins
Why not shift the entire national debate away from London while the Palace of Westminster is restored? Will we soon see ermine on the Ouse? The weekend’s
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