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The man shaping the Democratic contest? It’s Donald Trump | Jonathan Freedland 12 Feb 1:45pm The man shaping the Democratic contest? It’s Donald Trump | Jonathan Freedland
The president has his opponents second-guessing their own instincts, paralysed in fear of getting it wrongThe biggest, most electrifying event in the closing days of campaigning in New Hampshire was not staged by Bernie Sanders or Pete Buttigieg or even the surprise third-place finisher, Amy Klobuchar. No, the candidate who filled a 12,000-seat arena, and had devotees queueing up for several blocks on a frigid Monday evening, was the man those others are battling to take on in November, the man who is shaping the Democratic presidential race and who is inside the heads of Democratic voters: Donald Trump. The commitment of those Trump supporters, the intensity of their faith, was on a scale unmatched by anything else I saw as I crisscrossed New Hampshire. The loyalty inspired by Sanders comes closest, but it’s in a distant league from the adoration offered to Trump. Those lining up in the snow to see the president, buying up hats and T-shirts bearing his name or face, spoke freely of their “love” for him, of their certainty that every criticism was fabricated by “the fake-news media”, of their conviction that he is the only teller of truths in a world of lies.
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The Guardian view on a Brexit trade deal: tricky but not impossible | Editorial 12 Feb 1:30pm The Guardian view on a Brexit trade deal: tricky but not impossible | Editorial
The UK and EU have very different concepts about what a deal means. The risk is that they could easily end up with nothing
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson in court: Brexit’s war on the law | Editorial 12 Feb 1:25pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson in court: Brexit’s war on the law | Editorial
The prime minister acts as if judges were on the losing side of a culture war. This is a mistake for which democracy may pay a very heavy price.The
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Voters can help bring an end to climate anxiety | Letters 12 Feb 12:50pm Voters can help bring an end to climate anxiety | Letters
Readers discuss the psychological impact of the climate crisis and suggest ways to tackle it
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The fiction that male authors aren’t worth reading | Letter 12 Feb 12:50pm The fiction that male authors aren’t worth reading | Letter
In response to Marian Keyes’ remark that men’s lives are ‘so limited’,
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Call for urgent action to end crisis in Idlib | Letter 12 Feb 12:49pm Call for urgent action to end crisis in Idlib | Letter
Campaigners and MPs urge world leaders to step up their response to the humanitarian disaster in the Syrian cityWe are increasingly concerned by the escalating humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib, Syria, and the inadequate international action to end the suffering. Since 1 December more than 600,000 of Idlib’s 3 million residents have been
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Mutual respect at Murrayfied is key | Letter 12 Feb 12:49pm Mutual respect at Murrayfied is key | Letter
Rugby cannot be allowed to deteriorate into provocative pre-match verbal exchanges and spectator boorishness, says
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Holding out hope for the windy symbol | Brief letters 12 Feb 12:48pm Holding out hope for the windy symbol | Brief letters
Mansion tax | Boris Johnson | Nietzsche | Weather | MarmaladeIn attributing the £2bn mansion tax to Ed Miliband, and therefore Labour (
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We can’t avoid the word empire when it still shapes our world | Afua Hirsch 12 Feb 11:59am We can’t avoid the word empire when it still shapes our world | Afua Hirsch
Lisa Nandy’s pledge to remove the word from the honours system won’t erase the history it stands forIf I had learned about the British empire at school, I would find it easier to follow the news. I would have learned that the political struggle for Hong Kong to retain its separate identity from China has its roots as much in the British habits of opium and tea as it does in the cultural ideas of common law and democracy. I could have better understood events as diverse as Sinn Féin’s
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Labour’s councils are hurting the party, whether by neglect or greed | Owen Hatherley 12 Feb 10:50am Labour’s councils are hurting the party, whether by neglect or greed | Owen Hatherley
Across the country their reputation is rotten. But it wasn’t always this way – councils’ radical past should point the way forward
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Throwing minorities under the bus is not an answer to Labour’s defeat | Owen Jones 12 Feb 10:34am Throwing minorities under the bus is not an answer to Labour’s defeat | Owen Jones
Abandoning so-called ‘woke’ issues would hand the right victory in its culture war It’s the woke what lost it. Corbynism’s Waterloo can be explained as a long-deserved revolt against the tyranny of a censorious, oh-so-superior progressive left, which hounded anyone who dared question its elitist social norms. Alienated by the assault on their sacred traditional values by the metropolitan-quinoa-Taliban, Labour’s working-class base tore the red wall down. Here, at least, is a narrative that has emerged since the party’s devastating rout, most recently
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I’ve been on the inside of enough reshuffles to know this one won’t be easy | Paul Harrison 12 Feb 10:24am I’ve been on the inside of enough reshuffles to know this one won’t be easy | Paul Harrison
Boris Johnson’s shake-up has been long in the planning, but the pitfalls are many – and new enemies are always madeOn Thursday, Boris Johnson is set to conduct his
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The Tories can’t help ‘blue wall’ voters unless they understand them | Torsten Bell 12 Feb 8:43am The Tories can’t help ‘blue wall’ voters unless they understand them | Torsten Bell
People in the party’s new seats are not all as old and badly off as stereotypes suggestIn the weeks since the election, the Westminster agenda has been focused on the politics and economics of place. That’s because of some very specific locales: the 50 seats across north Wales, the Midlands and the north that
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Stigmatising ‘super-spreaders’ won’t help the fight against coronavirus | Philip Ball 12 Feb 8:29am Stigmatising ‘super-spreaders’ won’t help the fight against coronavirus | Philip Ball
The idea that people who infect a large number of others are ‘culprits’ is scientifically flawed – and deeply unfairFew people believe any longer that illness is divine punishment for sin. But if you want to see signs that health is still considered today a moral affair, take a look at how we respond to epidemics like
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Alisher Usmanov’s remedy for love? New love. And a £6.8m Olympic manifesto | Marina Hyde 12 Feb 8:25am Alisher Usmanov’s remedy for love? New love. And a £6.8m Olympic manifesto | Marina Hyde
The Russian oligarch has moved on from Arsenal to Everton but more intriguing is his decision to buy Pierre de Coubertin’s 1892 manifesto and donate it to the Olympic MuseumAt last, the mystery buyer of the world’s most expensive piece of sports memorabilia has been revealed as the Russian tycoon Alisher Usmanov. The cuddly oligarch purchased Pierre de Coubertin’s original 1892 Olympic manifesto for $8.8m (£6.8m) in December – a whole week after he had suggested Wada’s Russian doping ban was a “lynching”, and a whole two weeks after the IOC president, Thomas Bach, had awarded Usmanov the IOC Trophy of Olympic Values in his capacity as the deep-pocketed bankroller and president of the International Fencing Federation. As Bach advised delegates at the ceremony: “Be a part of the change you want to see.”
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If Boris Johnson really wants to improve the UK’s buses, he should look to Switzerland | Lynn Sloman 12 Feb 4:40am If Boris Johnson really wants to improve the UK’s buses, he should look to Switzerland | Lynn Sloman
Local authorities need greater powers, such as those enjoyed by the Swiss, if the prime minister’s £5bn pledge is to helpFinally, after decades of disastrous, or at best feeble, bus policy, Boris Johnson’s pledge of
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This government has plans that would destroy the protection of the law | Charles Falconer 12 Feb 4:00am This government has plans that would destroy the protection of the law | Charles Falconer
We cannot let politicians have power over who becomes a judge, or put some issues beyond the reach of the courtsOn Sunday, the lord chancellor, Robert Buckland, said he would
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These three post-Brexit bills bulldoze a hole through environmental protections | Fiona Harvey 12 Feb 1:30am These three post-Brexit bills bulldoze a hole through environmental protections | Fiona Harvey
Wildlife, air quality and fish stocks are all at risk as ministers water down EU regulations Hedgehogs, yellowhammers and dormice did not figure highly in the EU referendum campaign, but they may turn out to be some of the first losers from Brexit. Rules on farmers cutting hedgerows and field margins that have protected the habitats of a variety of at-risk species are
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Nationalism is winning - on both sides of the Scottish border | Rafael Behr 12 Feb 1:00am Nationalism is winning - on both sides of the Scottish border | Rafael Behr
If you’re not a Tory it’s hard to defend the union when Boris Johnson is its champion More people in England have already forgotten the name of the Scottish finance minister who resigned last week than ever knew it before the scandal broke. Derek Mackay was hardly a celebrity in Scotland, but his disgrace made news there for more than a few hours. Mackay had
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