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Come on, Jeremy Corbyn, give us the full Jack Nicholson. We can handle it | Marina Hyde 17 Aug 11:16am Come on, Jeremy Corbyn, give us the full Jack Nicholson. We can handle it | Marina Hyde
Corbyn should draw inspiration from Nicholson’s colonel in A Few Good Men – and make the speech that will set us straightI wonder if Jeremy Corbyn has seen A Few Good Men? The cultural life of most politicians is fairly mysterious, with many saying they don’t have time for one. Boris Johnson occasionally
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Jews and Palestinians are the losers in this pointless political spat | Rachel Shabi 17 Aug 11:05am Jews and Palestinians are the losers in this pointless political spat | Rachel Shabi
Finger-pointing over Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to Tunis has now spread to the Tory party. Yet all it does is provoke division Calls this week for the Conservative peer Lord Sheikh
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It’s time for Jeremy Corbyn to take on his critics with a major speech. Here’s what he should say | Gary Younge 16 Aug 12:57pm It’s time for Jeremy Corbyn to take on his critics with a major speech. Here’s what he should say | Gary Younge
Labour’s leader should own his mistakes – but he has been on the right side of history more often than many of his critics
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For Corbyn, precision and honesty are the way out of this wreath mess | Jonathan Freedland 15 Aug 7:04am For Corbyn, precision and honesty are the way out of this wreath mess | Jonathan Freedland
Controversies such as the wreath row will keep happening unless the Labour leader defends himself candidly and in fullJeremy Corbyn did an event in Stoke last night, and a reporter interviewed some of the 400 or so supporters who had turned out to hear him. Among other things, Lewis Goodall of Sky News sought their views on “wreathgate”, the
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The Corbyn wreath ‘scandal’ is just an exercise in hypocrisy | Owen Jones 14 Aug 2:14pm The Corbyn wreath ‘scandal’ is just an exercise in hypocrisy | Owen Jones
Showing solidarity with Palestinians courts condemnation, while complicity in the Israeli occupation is seen as acceptableIn November 2004, Britain’s foreign secretary Jack Straw laid a wreath at the grave of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. How might this have been framed in the current climate? Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon saw Arafat as a “Jew murderer”. According to the Israeli minister of parliamentary affairs at the time, Danny Naveh, Arafat was “personally involved in the planning and execution of terror attacks”. Given that the
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Follow the nuance: Labour is edging towards a reversal of Brexit | Rafael Behr 13 Aug 12:57pm Follow the nuance: Labour is edging towards a reversal of Brexit | Rafael Behr
As a soft Brexit becomes ever more implausible, Jeremy Corbyn is going to feel the heat from young Labour pro-EuropeansThe referendum that propelled Britain towards exit from the European Union was called because David Cameron ran out of options for holding the Tories together. It would be a neat historical symmetry if the country voted on a reversal because Jeremy Corbyn faced the same problem with Labour. A referendum on Brexit terms is not Labour policy. In March,
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Letters: Labour should focus on the far right, not Jeremy Corbyn 12 Aug 12:59am Letters: Labour should focus on the far right, not Jeremy Corbyn
It’s time the leader’s critics turned their attention to the real challenge – the potential for a rise in the extreme rightThe tirade by Tom Watson against the Labour party’s proposed amendments to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) draft definition on antisemitism as being themselves “antisemitic” is extraordinary (“
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Populist Jeremy Corbyn is riding the tiger of antisemitism | Letters 5 Aug 12:52pm Populist Jeremy Corbyn is riding the tiger of antisemitism | Letters
Readers respond to the Labour leader’s article in Saturday’s Guardian where he promised to root out antisemitism in the partyJeremy Corbyn’s article (
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Jeremy Corbyn needs to do much better to convince Jews he acts in good faith | Dave Rich 5 Aug 12:48pm Jeremy Corbyn needs to do much better to convince Jews he acts in good faith | Dave Rich
The Labour leader’s Guardian article did nothing to solve the crisis over the party’s antisemitism definition
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Labour’s endless internal rows leave it with little energy for real opposition | Helen Lewis 5 Aug 2:59am Labour’s endless internal rows leave it with little energy for real opposition | Helen Lewis
There is no shortage of attack lines ready to be deployed against the Tories, but infighting is sapping Labour’s energy for the fight Perhaps it’s the heat. On Thursday night, a hashtag started to trend on Twitter: #WeAreCorbyn. Surveying the gelatinous tributes to the Labour leader, I experienced something strange: a grudging burst of respect for the prime minister. There are few good things to say about Theresa May, but one of them is this: she doesn’t encourage her supporters to treat her like a baby bird with a broken wing. Jeremy Corbyn, by contrast, can feel like a victim perpetually in search of an oppressor. No one doubts that he has been subject to harsh, and sometimes unfair, criticism. But so has May. And no one is posting moist-eyed memes about her saintliness.
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I will root antisemites out of Labour – they do not speak for me | Jeremy Corbyn 3 Aug 12:30pm I will root antisemites out of Labour – they do not speak for me | Jeremy Corbyn
Yes, there is a continuing problem. But the party will do whatever it takes to safeguard the Jewish communityI have spent my life campaigning for recognition of the strength of a multicultural society. Britain would not be Britain without our Jewish communities. Our country would be unimaginable without the immense contribution made by Jewish men and women to every part of our national life, from art to science, industry to politics, in peace and in war. Jewish people have also been at the heart of the labour movement throughout our history. So no one can, or should, try to dismiss or belittle the concerns expressed by so many Jewish people and organisations about what has been happening in the party I am proud to lead.
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Brexit should be Labour’s focus. Its NEC candidates ignore it at their peril | Polly Toynbee 2 Aug 9:12am Brexit should be Labour’s focus. Its NEC candidates ignore it at their peril | Polly Toynbee
Jeremy Corbyn’s party is divided. The only thing its factions have in common is their inability to hold the Tories to account on EuropeLike some 550,000 other Labour party members, I have just opened the envelope with my ballot papers for the elections for Labour’s governing body, the all-important
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The Guardian view on Jeremy Corbyn and industry: what the state can do | Editorial 25 Jul 1:26pm The Guardian view on Jeremy Corbyn and industry: what the state can do | Editorial
Britain is still the world’s eighth largest manufacturer, but Brexit makes the need for support more critical than everFew politicians would want to quibble with the patriotic title of
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Corbyn’s Build it in Britain plan isn’t radical – it’s what other countries do | Larry Elliott 24 Jul 1:44pm Corbyn’s Build it in Britain plan isn’t radical – it’s what other countries do | Larry Elliott
‘Value for money’ for public contracts is a colossal failure. Labour’s leader is right: the state should support manufacturingJeremy Corybn wants new support ships for the Royal Navy to be built in British shipyards. He thinks it is wrong for the production of the UK’s post-Brexit passports to go to a French firm. Under a future Labour government, the state would use its buying power to support manufacturing.
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Can Corbyn really lead the left to power? | Letters 22 Jul 1:44pm Can Corbyn really lead the left to power? | Letters
Jeremy Corbyn remains a liability for Labour, according to
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Labour should unite, and direct all its firepower on May’s government | Polly Toynbee 19 Jul 8:02am Labour should unite, and direct all its firepower on May’s government | Polly Toynbee
Brexit chaos could bring a shock election. Corbyn’s team should waste no more energy on internal strife but get ready to fightThe country stands on the brink. Both the EU and Brexit secretary Dominic Raab
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The hard right can only be defeated from the left, not from the centre | Owen Jones 18 Jul 1:01pm The hard right can only be defeated from the left, not from the centre | Owen Jones
Some dream of a centre party, but the old politics of Blair and Clinton cannot address insecurity and economic stagnationIn both Britain and the United States, the resurgent left represents the best antidote to inequality, stagnating living standards and insecure employment. Yet it is increasingly clear that if the movements represented chiefly by Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders fail, it will be the authoritarian xenophobic right that will fill the vacuum.
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I was right to confront Jeremy Corbyn over Labour’s antisemitism | Margaret Hodge 18 Jul 12:11pm I was right to confront Jeremy Corbyn over Labour’s antisemitism | Margaret Hodge
By watering down its definition of antisemitism, the Labour party has made itself a hostile environment for Jews
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Labour’s antisemitism code exposes a sickness in Jeremy Corbyn’s party | Dave Rich 18 Jul 7:39am Labour’s antisemitism code exposes a sickness in Jeremy Corbyn’s party | Dave Rich
For years, certain antisemitic attitudes have been normalised in parts of the left. It seems they are now an official party stanceThis week the Labour party achieved something remarkable, even unique, in the history of British anti-racism. They managed to get 68 rabbis from every religious stream in the country – Orthodox, Liberal, Reform and Masorti – to form a coalition
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Don’t sneer at Jeremy Corbyn: for millions, buses really do matter | Owen Jones 6 Jul 3:52am Don’t sneer at Jeremy Corbyn: for millions, buses really do matter | Owen Jones
Despite scorn from the Westminster bubble, the Labour leader was right to highlight Britain’s rip-off fares and slashed services this week A sneer can often reveal far more about the sneerer than the object of their derision. This week, the leader of the opposition used the platform of
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Rudderless and riven by Brexit, the Tories have only one ambition left | Gary Younge 6 Jul 1:00am Rudderless and riven by Brexit, the Tories have only one ambition left | Gary Younge
The party has abandoned business and the union and now cares only about keeping Jeremy Corbyn out of power On the night of the Brexit referendum Michael Gove went to bed, full of red wine and smoked beef, before the results were in. He had campaigned to leave the European Union, but his main concern that night was that remain might win by anything up to 15 points. He slept soundly. He was woken the next morning as his wife, the journalist Sarah Vine, turned on the television to see the press gathered outside their house. According to Tim Shipman in
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Labour: you need to win hearts and minds in our low-wage towns Larry Elliott 4 Jul 1:54pm Labour: you need to win hearts and minds in our low-wage towns Larry Elliott
Jeremy Corbyn should be streets ahead in the polls. But his lifestyle policies put off too many people in leave-voting placesPreston, Worksop, Rochdale, Morecambe. The flags draped all over Moscow on Tuesday were like a gazetteer of a particular slice of England. Not London, Manchester, Liverpool, but
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Most of Labour is pro-Corbyn and anti-Brexit – we must be heard | Alena Ivanova 26 Jun 3:00am Most of Labour is pro-Corbyn and anti-Brexit – we must be heard | Alena Ivanova
Time is running out to shape the debate in the party and the public. Momentum’s petition to stop a Tory Brexit is a vital stepFor those of us on the left, London was witness to some bizarre scenes last Saturday. As a hundred thousand people, maybe more,
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Where’s Jeremy Corbyn? Lost in a rose-tinted vision of Labour’s past | John Harris 25 Jun 1:00am Where’s Jeremy Corbyn? Lost in a rose-tinted vision of Labour’s past | John Harris
Labour must stop talking in terms of 1945 and all that, and engage with today’s big issues – Brexit foremost among them The best politicians inspire, but part of their job is also to orientate: to survey an often confounding set of national circumstances, and tell us not just where we all are, but also what our position means and where we need to go next. A year on from that remarkable general election result, this is the challenge facing Jeremy Corbyn and the people at the top of the Labour party – a difficult but urgent task in increasingly trying times. Just over a week ago, I was among the 3,000 or so people who spent an overcast Saturday in north London, at the celebration of politics and music branded 
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Jeremy Corbyn, take note: leftwing remainers won’t stay silent on Brexit | Zoe Williams 18 Jun 12:26pm Jeremy Corbyn, take note: leftwing remainers won’t stay silent on Brexit | Zoe Williams
A Momentum petition launched at the Labour Live event will force the party’s internal arguments into the public. It’s about timeLabour Live was conceived in the spirit of solidarity, optimism, and a playful hubris. The idea behind it presumably went: if you could get all of Glastonbury festival
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If walking around JezFest is anything to go by, the Tories have little to fear | Martha Gill 18 Jun 3:00am If walking around JezFest is anything to go by, the Tories have little to fear | Martha Gill
Yes, the Magic Numbers turned out for Corbyn on the big day. But politics isn’t about singing to the choirThere was a tussle over the last cardamom flapjack at the cake stall, there was some bitterness from those who had paid the full £35 for a ticket while others got in for free – but there was one thing everyone at this
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Europe is fast losing interest in the Brexit soap – it has bigger worries | Andrew Rawnsley 17 Jun 3:00am Europe is fast losing interest in the Brexit soap – it has bigger worries | Andrew Rawnsley
Faced with challenges that threaten the EU’s very existence, continental leaders have little patience left for Britain’s baffling theatricsTravel does not always broaden the mind, but it can sharpen perspective. Recent weeks have taken me to Germany, France, the Netherlands and Spain. I learned much about these very different countries, but the most important takeaway was about my own. The largest conclusion I drew from recent conversations on the continent is that Europe is no longer terribly interested in these islands. How much attention are our closest neighbours paying to what is happening to the United Kingdom? Not much, in truth. The week ahead in Britain will see the energies of its parliament expended on the latest developments in a Brexit plot that is becoming hideously complex even for those of us paid to follow it. Exactly like the week just gone then. No different to many weeks previously. Breathless news bulletins bring the latest about the drama of tight parliamentary votes along with threatened cabinet resignations and actual ones lower down the political food chain. Reporters endeavour to explain to head-scratching viewers why the cabinet is angrily divided over “time-limiting the backstop”. Theresa May thinks it a good night’s work when she survives to prevaricate another day. Jeremy Corbyn achieves the unusual feat of splitting Labour MPs three ways over a key vote on what kind of Brexit we should be having. The Westminster air grows fetid with tales of last-minute bargains and stories of betrayal. The characters alternate between insulting each other in the most vitriolic language and torturing us with rival ways to define “a meaningful vote”.
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The Guardian view on Labour and Brexit: too timid, too tactical | Editorial 8 Jun 12:14pm The Guardian view on Labour and Brexit: too timid, too tactical | Editorial
Corbyn too often looks as if he has been bounced or coaxed into pro-European positions when he should be leading the argumentIf Labour followed
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Green party and Corbynomics have shared roots in Karl Polanyi | Letters 4 Jun 12:59pm Green party and Corbynomics have shared roots in Karl Polanyi | Letters
He influenced not only Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell’s social economics but also Edward Goldsmith, the founder of the Ecology party, writes
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To ask Corbyn to support Israel is an impossible demand | Keith Kahn-Harris 1 Jun 4:30am To ask Corbyn to support Israel is an impossible demand | Keith Kahn-Harris
Jonathan Arkush’s comments about Labour antisemitism and a fearful Jewish community may be over the top. But the gap is becoming a chasm Since Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour party leader in 2015, accusations of
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The Guardian view on Corbynomics: more creativity please | Editorial 27 May 12:00pm The Guardian view on Corbynomics: more creativity please | Editorial
The Labour party should be congratulated for its progressive economic ideas. But as Tory MPs prepare to drop austerity and start spending, the opposition needs to be bolderThe Labour party has long attempted to remodel society under the banner of equality. In that sense, the party’s current leadership is no different from earlier incarnations. Jeremy Corbyn and his shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, offered a bold
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In the Brexit vacuum, Corbyn’s ‘soft border’ talk can unite Ireland | Mick Fealty 25 May 6:14am In the Brexit vacuum, Corbyn’s ‘soft border’ talk can unite Ireland | Mick Fealty
Despite Corbyn’s long-held republican sympathies, his speech in Belfast showed he can appeal to both sides of the borderThe briefings ahead of
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The Guardian view on Jeremy Corbyn and Ireland: all about the border | Editorial 24 May 1:29pm The Guardian view on Jeremy Corbyn and Ireland: all about the border | Editorial
Questions about the Labour leader’s republican views dominated his trip to Belfast. But Brexit is the key question for Northern Irish politics nowNorthern Ireland was a defining issue for
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We know about Corbyn’s values – but on Brexit he must do detail too | Nesrine Malik 21 May 12:19am We know about Corbyn’s values – but on Brexit he must do detail too | Nesrine Malik
The Labour leader’s position on leaving the EU remains ambiguous. Maybe he just doesn’t care that muchAmbiguity on Brexit has spawned many Jeremy Corbyns, and they all lie in the eye of the beholder, depending on political allegiances, frustrations and hopes. There is the cunning Corbyn: secretly a hard Brexiter but who doesn’t want to alienate remainers. There is the craven Corbyn: pro-remain but too afraid of Brexit populism to be too open about it. There is also another pro-remain version: coy Corbyn, playing a game of political subterfuge, winking at remain Labour voters and waiting for the government to be completely worn down before he swoops in with a campaign for a second referendum. Then there is calm Corbyn: above all else, a democrat and a respecter of the will of the people, so he will grit his teeth and think of England. It is likely that none of these Corbyns exist. He has sent signals that can be interpreted in any of these ways. He has been a strong supporter of withdrawal from the single market, but still won’t come completely off the fence on the matter. He consistently denies interest in a second referendum but also indulges speculation, saying late last year that he would vote remain in a second round. When confronted, he won’t rule a second referendum out.
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People want fat cats stopped. Labour must prove it’s up to the job | Polly Toynbee 16 May 1:00am People want fat cats stopped. Labour must prove it’s up to the job | Polly Toynbee
Corbyn’s party should be benefiting from anger over executive pay, but it is struggling to capitaliseNo press,” said the PR barring my way. That’s the first time I’ve been turned away from a company AGM, but why am I not surprised? This is Melrose, the great predator
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It’s becoming clear that Jeremy Corbyn wants a hard Brexit | Rafael Behr 14 May 1:21pm It’s becoming clear that Jeremy Corbyn wants a hard Brexit | Rafael Behr
Why won’t Labour’s leader back a soft EU exit, or a public vote on the final deal? He’s testing the patience of his most ardent supportersJeremy Corbyn does not have a better plan for Brexit than
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Newsnight should not have likened Corbyn to Lenin | Letters 13 May 12:56pm Newsnight should not have likened Corbyn to Lenin | Letters
Ignoring the weight of connotations that images carry undermines the ‘sound news judgment’ the BBC claims to uphold, writes
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Labour should reinstate members who tried to unseat Jeremy Hunt | Letter 7 May 12:09pm Labour should reinstate members who tried to unseat Jeremy Hunt | Letter
Our party should not have expelled those whose only crime was to do what they thought would best help to get Jeremy Corbyn into 10 Downing Street, say Labour members including
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The Costs of Corbyn---and May 4 May 4:23pm The Costs of Corbyn---and May
Britain’s parties keep losing elections someone should be able to win.
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Labour’s fudge over Brexit may have worked once. But it can’t go on | Jonathan Freedland 4 May 12:30pm Labour’s fudge over Brexit may have worked once. But it can’t go on | Jonathan Freedland
The local election results show Britain is still divided by leave v remain. It’s time for Corbyn to come off the fenceIt’s the May bank holiday weekend, and all is just as tradition demands. The sun is shining, the local election results are in, and Ken Livingstone is on the television
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Momentum campaigning brought in votes – but Labour needs more | Owen Jones 4 May 7:45am Momentum campaigning brought in votes – but Labour needs more | Owen Jones
Labour made mistakes and missed targets, but where Momentum campaigned, they made big gains. The Tories should still bewareWhen is a victory a defeat? Labour won its best local election results in London – and the Tories their worst results – since 1971. Although the Tories largely benefited nationally from the implosion of Ukip, as things stand, Labour have dozens of net gains. That doesn’t mean Labour doesn’t need to learn lessons and act on them (it does) or that these results are good enough (they’re not). But the surreal triumphalism of Tories and pundits – who are desperate to return to a world before Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour won 40% of the vote and ended a generation-old political consensus – is almost pitiful. Firstly: campaigning works. The Tories and their allies, petrified of Labour’s mass membership when their own party has slumped to a billionaire-funded husk – are desperate to portray Momentum’s massive mobilisation of activists as a failure. Their aim? To discourage politically enthused young people from campaigning against the Tories. But everywhere Momentum went (with an important exception,
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The biggest election threat facing Labour is complacency | Owen Jones 2 May 1:00am The biggest election threat facing Labour is complacency | Owen Jones
Corbyn’s opponents are desperate to revive the doomed left narrative. Galvanising voters on Thursday will deny them that As
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Abolish all bank holidays, Corbyn: and let workers choose their time off | Anna Macey 24 Apr 4:56am Abolish all bank holidays, Corbyn: and let workers choose their time off | Anna Macey
The idea of four more days off sounds great, but will benefit few of us. Enforcing annual leave rights is the way forwardJeremy Corbyn used St George’s Day yesterday to reiterate Labour’s manifesto commitment to
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Why Israel’s independence day should not be a religious holiday | Michael Segalov 19 Apr 10:20am Why Israel’s independence day should not be a religious holiday | Michael Segalov
This move turns celebrating Yom Ha’atzmut into a political act. There should be no right or wrong way to be JewishThe past few weeks have been uncomfortable for British Jewry, although for many the anguish began long before antisemitism became a talking point in the national press. For leftwing Jewish people it has been particularly disheartening; it’s clear that a small but nonetheless present minority of self-described progressives have a blind spot to antisemitism. Since Jeremy Corbyn’s
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Diplomacy, and not bombing, is the way to end Syria’s agony | Jeremy Corbyn 15 Apr 2:00pm Diplomacy, and not bombing, is the way to end Syria’s agony | Jeremy Corbyn
More legally questionable and reckless military interventions are not what British people want from their governmentThese are serious times. Following the 
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The Guardian view on QE: the economy needs more than a magic money tree | Editorial 15 Apr 1:37pm The Guardian view on QE: the economy needs more than a magic money tree | Editorial
Quantitative easing succeeded in staving off disaster but it was not enough to regenerate a fair economy. This could have been achieved by a redistributive, expansionary fiscal policy which ministers were ideologically resistant toWhen running for the Labour leadership, Jeremy Corbyn wanted a “people’s quantitative easing” to
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Letters: Labour has failed to address antisemitism 7 Apr 7:04pm Letters: Labour has failed to address antisemitism
Jeremy Corbyn is not doing enough leading – on antisemitism, Brexit or anything elseIn your coverage of Jeremy Corbyn’s difficulties over antisemitism, you report the complaints of some of his supporters that the issue is being used as a stick to beat him with (“
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As a Jewish Corbyn supporter, this antisemitism row feels like gaslighting | Rachel Shabi 4 Apr 1:55pm As a Jewish Corbyn supporter, this antisemitism row feels like gaslighting | Rachel Shabi
We have faced varying degrees of hostility and manipulation. But let’s not pretend Corbyn’s Labour invented antisemitismIt is utterly bewildering that Labour MPs and journalists thought it was fine to distinguish bad Jews from good this week, as a way to discredit Jeremy Corbyn’s Passover meeting with the radical
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Jeremy Corbyn celebrated Passover with us. It’s a simple good news story | Jewdas 3 Apr 11:37am Jeremy Corbyn celebrated Passover with us. It’s a simple good news story | Jewdas
As a radical Jewish collective, we were delighted Corbyn came to our seder. To claim we are not ‘real’ Jews is offensive and antisemitic
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Stop Jeremy Corbyn’s mistrial by media over antisemitism | Letters 2 Apr 1:05pm Stop Jeremy Corbyn’s mistrial by media over antisemitism | Letters
More than forty senior academics write to condemn what they see as an anti-Corbyn bias in media coverage of the antisemitism debateOne of the main concepts in journalism education is that of framing: the highlighting of particular issues, and the avoidance of others, in order to produce a desired interpretation. We have been reminded of the importance of framing when considering the vast amounts of media coverage of Jeremy Corbyn’s alleged failure to deal with antisemitism inside the Labour party. On Sunday, three national titles led with the story while news bulletins focused on the allegations all last week. Dominant sections of the media have framed the story in such a way as to suggest that antisemitism is a problem mostly to do with Labour and that Corbyn is personally responsible for failing to deal with it. The coverage has relied on a handful of sources such as the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council and well-known political opponents of Corbyn himself. Yet where are the Jewish voices who support Corbyn and who welcome his long-established anti-racist record? Where are the pieces that look at the political motivations of some of Corbyn’s most vocal critics? Where is the fuss in your news columns about the rising tide of antisemitism in Europe, such as in Hungary, where the Fidesz government has used antisemitic tropes to bolster its support, or in Poland, where the government is attempting to criminalise revelations about the country’s antisemitic past? Where are the columns condemning the links between Conservative MEPs and rightwing parties across Europe in the European Conservatives and Reformists Group which trade on antisemitism?
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The Observer view: only action, not words, can purge this evil from Labour | Observer editorial 31 Mar 6:30pm Updated The Observer view: only action, not words, can purge this evil from Labour | Observer editorial
Jeremy Corbyn must adopt a zero tolerance attitude to bigotry and racism within his party’s ranksIt’s a reasonable expectation that our political leaders should set an example when it comes to bigotry and racism. But in recent months, a Labour party has emerged that has been far too slow to respond to antisemitism in its ranks. “The Labour party is not overrun by antisemitism,” began Shami Chakrabarti’s June 2016
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Labour, antisemitism and criticism of Israel | Letters 30 Mar 11:32am Labour, antisemitism and criticism of Israel | Letters
Readers respond to criticism of Jeremy Corbyn and the row over antisemitism in the Labour party
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Corbyn and Blair: are they really so very different? | Marina Hyde 30 Mar 9:50am Corbyn and Blair: are they really so very different? | Marina Hyde
Both believe in their own moral infallibility. In the movies, this type of guy redeems himself. In real life, it’s not quite so simpleAre we so different, you and I?” the Emperor wonders of Maximus in
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Fifteen years on, the Iraq war is still poisoning our national life | Gary Younge 29 Mar 1:46pm Fifteen years on, the Iraq war is still poisoning our national life | Gary Younge
From Corbyn’s rise to Brexit and the collapse of trust in Westminster, this is Britain’s Vietnam: a conflict without end“You can tell a true war story by the way it never seems to end,” wrote Tim O’Brien in his novel about Vietnam, The Things They Carried. “Not then, not ever. In a true war story, if there’s a moral at all, it’s like the thread that makes the cloth. You can’t tease it out. You can’t extract the meaning without unravelling the deeper meaning.” For all the ways in which US politics
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On nuclear weapons, Jeremy Corbyn is right. Now he must show leadership | Owen Jones 29 Mar 1:00am On nuclear weapons, Jeremy Corbyn is right. Now he must show leadership | Owen Jones
Nuclear apocalypse looms over humanity, yet it’s not even on the political radar. Let’s work to change that In the next few hours, the end of human civilisation may commence. We’ve had a good run – about 6,500 years, actually – and now we will perish in fire, famine, drought, never-ending winters, disease and chaos. A single megaton nuclear weapon dropped on the House of Commons would kill
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If you can’t see antisemitism, it’s time to open your eyes | Michael Seagalov 28 Mar 10:04am If you can’t see antisemitism, it’s time to open your eyes | Michael Seagalov
Jeremy Corbyn isn’t alone – everyone in the Labour party should have recognised how offensive that mural wasSome
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Why did I protest against Corbyn? Look at his long list of evasions | Hadley Freeman 27 Mar 11:16am Why did I protest against Corbyn? Look at his long list of evasions | Hadley Freeman
It felt good to join others demonstrating over the Labour leader’s conduct. He needs to take responsibility and tackle antisemitism in the party once and for allIt was a politely furious protest. I’ll talk about the politeness first. I arrived a few minutes late to Parliament Square for the demonstration against … well, let’s say the somewhat cavalier attitude towards antisemitism displayed by various members of the Labour party, and specifically the most senior member of the Labour party. The square was jam-packed and despite all the people on my social media feed who had been urgently telling me for days that Jews were hysterically conniving to bring down Jeremy Corbyn, there was a notably peaceful air to the proceedings. While speakers such as Luciana Berger tried in vain to make themselves heard, the crowd made self-mocking jokes: surely there must be a buffet at a Jewish protest? I wished I’d made some signs: “Not antisemitic? Jew must be joking!” It was that kind of protest.
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Corbyn has isolated Labour moderates, but a new party is not the answer | Rafael Behr 27 Mar 1:00am Corbyn has isolated Labour moderates, but a new party is not the answer | Rafael Behr
On antisemitism, Russia and Brexit, centrists might feel they’re in the wrong movement. Yet they’d struggle to create a new alliance Only a small minority of the people who support a party become members. An even smaller number then turn into members who don’t actually support their party. Logically, there should be none, yet I meet them these days with surprising frequency. Some are liberal-minded Tories who feel that
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Whatever his supporters think, criticism of Corbyn is not a Blairite plot | Jack Bernhardt 26 Mar 2:14pm Whatever his supporters think, criticism of Corbyn is not a Blairite plot | Jack Bernhardt
The row over antisemitism in Labour shows there’s nothing harder than owning up to a mistake by your own side“Oh, Jeremy Corbyn.” Remember when those words were a fun White Stripes chant? Now it’s just the thing I mutter sadly when I read the news. Last week,
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The Guardian view on Labour and antisemitism: a leader must lead | Editorial 26 Mar 1:32pm The Guardian view on Labour and antisemitism: a leader must lead | Editorial
Jeremy Corbyn does not lead an anstisemitic party. But he is too complacent and reactive to a vile issue that threatens his moral authorityAntisemitism is and must be morally repugnant to every person who believes in liberal and anti-racist values. Most members of the Labour party, and of most other parties too, are in no doubt about that. The opening line of
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Labour’s response to rising antisemitism | Letters 26 Mar 1:13pm Labour’s response to rising antisemitism | Letters
Readers respond after Jeremy Corbyn apologises for what he calls ‘pockets of antisemitism’ in the Labour partyIt is unsurprising that the Tory press and pro-Israel Jewish organisations should seize gleefully on Jeremy Corbyn’s past defence of an antisemitic painting (
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Corbyn’s ‘regret’ over an antisemitic mural doesn’t go remotely far enough | Matthew d’Ancona 25 Mar 12:54pm Corbyn’s ‘regret’ over an antisemitic mural doesn’t go remotely far enough | Matthew d’Ancona
The party leader seems to respond as though hatred of Jewish people is an irritant, rather than a issue of fundamental rightsIf, as August Bebel, the 19th-century German leftist, warned, antisemitism is the “socialism of fools”, then it is becoming ever more pressing to ask whether the man who fancies himself our next prime minister might be rather foolish. Jeremy Corbyn’s gift for empathy does much to explain his remarkable electoral performance last June. But his wholly inadequate response to the
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Now is the time for Labour to reach out to disabled people, young and old | Frances Ryan 22 Mar 4:00am Now is the time for Labour to reach out to disabled people, young and old | Frances Ryan
As the Tories cut benefits, Jeremy Corbyn is perfectly placed to represent the interests of the UK’s millions of disabled votersThe term “black hole” is an apt shorthand in the austerity era. It deftly sums up the current scale of funding shortfalls and at the same time creates the sense of a seemingly bottomless pit of cuts from which it will require the greatest of efforts to pull us back. A new study by the Fabian Society points to one
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Ben Jennings on Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson and Russia – cartoon 18 Mar 3:14pm Ben Jennings on Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson and Russia – cartoon
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If Corbyn wants to be prime minister, he has to get real about Putin’s Russia 18 Mar 11:08am If Corbyn wants to be prime minister, he has to get real about Putin’s Russia
Labour’s leader warns of a ‘new cold war’. But is he really over the last one? The great divisions of this century are very differentAs Vladimir Putin
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Corbyn’s cross-eyed attitude towards the Kremlin doesn’t inspire confidence | Andrew Rawnsley 18 Mar 2:00am Corbyn’s cross-eyed attitude towards the Kremlin doesn’t inspire confidence | Andrew Rawnsley
With his refusal to denounce the Putin regime, the Labour leader has alarmed even allies in the shadow cabinetRemember “Agent Cob”? A few weeks ago, the rightwing press frothed with excitement about the revelation that Jeremy Corbyn had meetings with a Czech agent during the cold war. This spy tale appeared to leave most of the public neither shaken nor stirred. The affair was neatly ridiculed by
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Martin Rowson on Jeremy Corbyn and Russia – cartoon 16 Mar 2:15pm Martin Rowson on Jeremy Corbyn and Russia – cartoon
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The Salisbury attack was appalling. But we must avoid a drift to conflict | Jeremy Corbyn 15 Mar 1:45pm The Salisbury attack was appalling. But we must avoid a drift to conflict | Jeremy Corbyn
Britain needs to hold the perpetrators to account. Yet this is not a time for hasty judgments that could lead to a new cold war
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Russia, nerve agents and a quest for the truth | Letters 15 Mar 12:41pm Russia, nerve agents and a quest for the truth | Letters
Readers respond to the political fallout from the chemical weapons attack in SalisburyIt is not Jeremy Corbyn but
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The Corbynite tribes rule Labour, but how long can they coexist? | Martin Kettle 14 Mar 2:30pm The Corbynite tribes rule Labour, but how long can they coexist? | Martin Kettle
The leader is supreme but draws support from many strands of the left. His fate depends on how he handles the growing conflictsFor more than two years, ever since Jeremy Corbyn won the
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Though gravity is on Corbyn’s side, victory is far from certain | Rafael Behr 13 Mar 2:00am Though gravity is on Corbyn’s side, victory is far from certain | Rafael Behr
For now political momentum is with the opposition leader. But no one knows how the credible prospect of a Labour win would affect voters Anyone who is certain that the Tories can’t beat Jeremy Corbyn must first account for the fact that they have done so once already. To many ears, that is a perverse interpretation of
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Tory links to Russia and Saudis run deep. So where’s the media outrage? | Owen Jones 12 Mar 9:09am Tory links to Russia and Saudis run deep. So where’s the media outrage? | Owen Jones
Never mind ‘Corbyn the spy’, our governing party pockets millions from regimes that back extremism – and gets away with itThe Conservative party is in the pocket of foreign powers that represent a threat to the national security of Britain. It is a grotesquely under-reported national scandal, lost amid a hysterical Tory campaign to delegitimise the Labour party with false allegations of treason. If Labour had received
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Jeremy Corbyn should offer pro-EU hope in place of Brexit fears | Mary Kaldor 8 Mar 10:30am Jeremy Corbyn should offer pro-EU hope in place of Brexit fears | Mary Kaldor
Our pamphlet argues why Labour needs to adopt a clear anti-Brexit stance and act as a catalyst for change in EuropeBritain seems to be mired in a never-ending constipated debate about Brexit. We are discovering how interconnected the economy and society we inhabit is, and how difficult it is to disentangle the territory of the UK from the institutions and rules of the EU. Leaving the single market and the customs union could bring drastic economic consequences, as well as the possible breakup of the UK and the renewal of conflict in Northern Ireland. Yet a soft Brexit merely means that we will have no political say on how these institutions develop. And as our politicians spend most of their time tediously reminding us, there are many equally problematic variations between these two options. These dilemmas are reflected in the contradictory position of the Labour party. In his much heralded
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Momentum’s Laura Parker: ‘There’s a myth around the hard left’s dirty tactics – it’s not my experience’ 7 Mar 11:20am Momentum’s Laura Parker: ‘There’s a myth around the hard left’s dirty tactics – it’s not my experience’
​The Labour grassroots organisation is growing so fast it will be bigger than the Tories by 2020. What does its national coordinator make of claims that it is full of Trots and plotters?On the principle that these are views held by people with whom I tend to disagree, I have always thought Momentum members were probably not thugs and bullies; they were probably not intending to unseat 50 Labour MPs; and they probably did not want to wrest control of the largest leftwing party in western Europe. The lack of curiosity among many commentators – who would take the expertise of the Sunday Times on the inner workings of this satellite of the Labour party before they would do anything as rash as go to a Momentum meeting – has been quite salutary. Yet the principle itself isn’t watertight: it is possible for both a large number of people to lack curiosity and Momentum to be full of Trots and plotters. This is what has brought me to its office in Whitechapel, east London, which is temporary and cash-strapped, although festooned with hearts for its recent Valentine’s Day phone bank: an interview with Laura Parker, national coordinator, previously private secretary to Jeremy Corbyn. She is the natural poster-person for a different portrait of the organisation: calm, accomplished, amiable. Everybody likes her. The Blairites in her constituency Labour party (Vauxhall) like her. She is known to get on with Stephen Kinnock, which for someone not of his politics, should be listed on a CV under “special skills”. It is hard to establish hierarchies in Momentum, an organisation that both values the phrase “flat structured” and also understands it, but she is the highest ranking staff member, level with Jon Lansman, who leads it and about whom much more has been written.
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The Brexit culture wars are driving me bananas | Stewart Lee 4 Mar 5:00am The Brexit culture wars are driving me bananas | Stewart Lee
Jeremy Corbyn’s EU Fudge may make a hard exit far less likely, but how do I pitch my Brexit gags now? On 10 May 2016, in the closing days of the Brexit campaign, at an impromptu speech in Cornwall, lying Boris Johnson again invoked the Brexiters’ foundation myth that the EU sought to ban bendy bananas. But voters who backed leaving the EU in order to get back the bendy bananas, which had not been taken off them anyway, must surely now be wondering, privately, if it was all worth it. Last Monday, Jeremy Corbyn reluctantly declared his own “bespoke customs union” Brexit fudge with all the enthusiasm and conviction of a man held at gunpoint saying how well he is being treated. “The option of a new UK customs union with the EU would need to ensure the UK has a say in future trade deals,” he mumbled. “Also, I am allowed to coddle an egg on alternate Tuesdays.”
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What frightens the bosses of GKN and Carillion? Committees 4 Mar 2:00am What frightens the bosses of GKN and Carillion? Committees
MPs will call in directors of both companies this week for a sharp and increasingly effective brand of public grillingThis week will provide further evidence of MPs’ willingness to involve themselves in how big companies are run. On Tuesday the business committee will scrutinise Melrose’s proposed hostile takeover of GKN by questioning both companies’ bosses. Melrose specialises in buying and overhauling industrial companies but Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, has labelled it an “asset stripper” – something Melrose denies. On Wednesday, members of the business and work and pensions committees will interview former investors in Carillion, in the latest instalment of their joint inquiry into the outsourcing company’s collapse.
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A new ‘centrist’ partyis doomed - but it could keep Corbyn out of No 10| Owen Jones 1 Mar 1:00am A new ‘centrist’ partyis doomed - but it could keep Corbyn out of No 10| Owen Jones
Labour rightwingers could unite with discontented Conservative remainers and Lib Dems. But only hardcore Tory Brexiteers would benefit Is a spectre haunting British politics, the spectre of a new “centrist” party? A note on terms, first, if I may: centrism is a deeply misleading term, conferring an image of moderation on a party that would combine social liberalism and anti-Brexitism with support for cuts, privatisation and a pro-corporate agenda. A Labour breakaway party has been mooted since Jeremy Corbyn became odds-on favourite to become leader, two and a half years ago, and was revived as a nuclear option after a disastrous general election showing. After Labour at the last election achieved the greatest vote surge
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Free movement is the only way to guarantee workers’ and migrants’ rights | Letters 28 Feb 12:09pm Free movement is the only way to guarantee workers’ and migrants’ rights | Letters
Sixteen trade unionists and free movement advocates welcome the shift in Labour’s tone on immigration, but say it must be backed up with policyAs longtime supporters of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of Labour, we are heartened by the bold shift in tone from the party’s leadership on immigration. In his speech on Monday (
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Corbyn’s Brexit reset still has a long way to go | Letters 27 Feb 1:22pm Corbyn’s Brexit reset still has a long way to go | Letters
Readers respond to Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement that Labour supports the pursuit of a new customs union with the EUThe Labour leader’s first tremulous steps towards a “cosy Corbyn Brexit” (
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The Guardian view on Labour’s custom union plan: realistic and smart | Editorial 26 Feb 1:32pm The Guardian view on Labour’s custom union plan: realistic and smart | Editorial
Jeremy Corbyn leads his party. Theresa May is led by anti-European MPs who will not let her capitulate to reasonJeremy Corbyn’s
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Monopoly socialism isn’t healthy. Labour benefits from a diverse left | Neal Lawson 26 Feb 8:25am Monopoly socialism isn’t healthy. Labour benefits from a diverse left | Neal Lawson
Corbyn would be prime minister if he had given an inch to the idea of a progressive alliance last yearOne of the three local councillors for the Highgate ward in Camden, north London, brims with radicalism. She is an astute campaigner, who is hard-wired with the values of social and environmental justice. And yet Labour is hoping to oust her in the local elections in May. This is
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Labour must learn to love the Greens | Neal Lawson 26 Feb 3:00am Labour must learn to love the Greens | Neal Lawson
Corbyn would be prime minister if he had given an inch to the idea of a progressive alliance last yearOne of the three local councillors for the Highgate ward in Camden, north London, brims with radicalism. She is an astute campaigner, who is hard-wired with the values of social and environmental justice. And yet Labour is hoping to oust her in the local elections in May. This is
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Corbyn’s conversion is not to soft Brexit but a hard tilt at No 10 | Matthew d’Ancona 25 Feb 11:06am Corbyn’s conversion is not to soft Brexit but a hard tilt at No 10 | Matthew d’Ancona
By aligning with Tory remainers in a Commons rebellion over the customs union, Labour could pave the way to power“Crunch time is coming for the prime minister,” Keir Starmer, Labour’s Brexit spokesman,
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Mrs May’s ‘awayday’ was a sideshow: the big Brexit crunch will be in parliament | Andrew Rawnsley 24 Feb 7:05pm Mrs May’s ‘awayday’ was a sideshow: the big Brexit crunch will be in parliament | Andrew Rawnsley
The customs union has always had majority backing in the Commons. Now Corbyn seems to be on board too It is many people’s idea of the most diabolical circle of hell – Dante meets David Brent – but “the awayday” is suddenly in vogue with political leaders. Theresa May summoned her senior ministers for a well-publicised eight-hour meeting at Chequers where they supposedly thrashed out an agreed position on Brexit. There was definitely a lot of thrashing about; I’m not persuaded that they have actually come to a sustainable agreement. To rather less fanfare, Jeremy Corbyn sequestered the shadow cabinet at an officially undisclosed location for their own Brexit summit. Of the two meetings, it is the one that has attracted much less media attention – the Labour gathering on Monday – which looks to be much the more significant. The undisclosed location of Labour’s gathering was, in fact, a room with a table in parliament. The “awayday” was not really away and it did not take a day. The meeting was important because, after weeks of tortuous internal debate, the official opposition is finally moving towards a new and much less ambiguous position. This is to commit to Britain remaining within a customs union with the EU after Brexit. It is a development with potentially huge consequences for the future of Brexit and the rather less important matter of the future of Mrs May. In combination with Tory rebels, the opposition will now threaten a major defeat on the government. If the government loses, that Chequers meeting will be made redundant. If defeat triggers a leadership crisis, Mrs May might also be made redundant.
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Carillion halted stupid, unthinking outsourcing. Now it’s time for reform 24 Feb 7:03pm Carillion halted stupid, unthinking outsourcing. Now it’s time for reform
Serco boss Rupert Soames has come up with a plan to reform delivery of public services by private firms Carillion is bust, leaving job losses, underfunded pension schemes and half-finished hospitals in its wake. The east coast mainline is a shambles – again. Interserve, a company with 25,000 staff in the UK supplying the public sector in health, education and defence, is being watched closely by the government in case the crisis in the outsourcing industry gets worse. Capita, which used to be seen as a source of stability, is trying to remove doubts about its own future by raising £700m via a rights issue. Its shares have collapsed from £13 to 175p in less than three years. What happened? Is the outsourcing model now so broken that it is useless for both sides – government and providers? Is it time to return the delivery of public services to the public sector? Is Jeremy Corbyn right that Carillion’s failure was a
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We must participate in the EU single market 24 Feb 4:31pm We must participate in the EU single market
Statement from the Labour Campaign for the Single Market The government is almost half way through the negotiation of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. At this moment in our history, when the country needs leadership and a vision of the future, the Tory government provides neither. As Jeremy Corbyn said this week, with a prime minister held to ransom by the hard right of her party and unable to provide any direction, “they are on the road to nowhere,” because they cannot agree on our future relationship with the EU. In the absence of any leadership from the government, our party has a historic opportunity and a duty to set out a clear direction for our country. Working in the national interest with elected representatives from other parties, our party can help marshal a majority for a different course which ends austerity, promotes equality, social justice and environmental sustainability.
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The Guardian view on Labour and banks: not casino capitalism | Editorial 23 Feb 12:32pm The Guardian view on Labour and banks: not casino capitalism | Editorial
Jeremy Corbyn made a speech criticising big finance and got called a communist. But the Tories appear to have nothing to say about the economic crisis of our timesThere should be no champagne corks popping because the Royal Bank of Scotland has made its
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May cannot lead on Brexit. Here’s Corbyn’s chance to seize the day | Jonathan Freedland 23 Feb 12:11pm May cannot lead on Brexit. Here’s Corbyn’s chance to seize the day | Jonathan Freedland
The Tory cabinet awayday produced only meaningless jargon. On Monday, the Labour leader must act like a prime ministerYou’re not being fired. Heavens, no. You and the company are merely going through what we call an “ambitious managed divergence”. The torture Brexit inflicts on the English language escalates daily, the latest indignity being the euphemism coined after the tellingly named Brexit war cabinet had an eight-hour session among the whiteboards
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The Greens’ best hope is to sign up with Labour | Owen Jones 22 Feb 11:15am The Greens’ best hope is to sign up with Labour | Owen Jones
The party’s electoral prospects are poor. It should join Jeremy Corbyn and fight together for social justice and for the planetIt is surely time for the Green party to formally join forces with Labour. Sounds like an absurd proposition? It would unite the British left under one banner, bring one of the country’s most inspiring politicians into the spotlight, and reinvigorate the cause to save the planet from environmental destruction. It’s exactly the arrangement that has existed between Labour and the Co-operative party for nine decades: indeed, there are
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Corbyn can cope with press attacks. He should focus on those who can’t | Gaby Hinsliff 22 Feb 10:47am Corbyn can cope with press attacks. He should focus on those who can’t | Gaby Hinsliff
The Czechoslovakian smear proves the media is unhealthy, but Labour was unwise to make its response so partisanTinker tailor, soldier – oh come on, this is ridiculous. If
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Jeremy Corbyn spy tales revive reds under the bed paranoia | Letters 20 Feb 1:31pm Jeremy Corbyn spy tales revive reds under the bed paranoia | Letters
Former Chatham House deputy director
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Corbyn’s no anti-British traitor: the Tory press is playing a risky game | Owen Jones 20 Feb 5:58am Corbyn’s no anti-British traitor: the Tory press is playing a risky game | Owen Jones
They have smeared Labour leaders before, but this cold war hysteria is part of a bid to strip away Corbyn’s democratic legitimacyIn that tumultuous summer of 2015, when Jeremy Corbyn was transformed from “obscure backbench MP with more chance of winning X Factor than becoming Labour leader” to leader-in-waiting, his opponents issued a solemn warning. Conservative Central Headquarters,
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The worst view to take on Corbyn’s Czech connection is ‘who cares?’ | Matthew d’Ancona 18 Feb 12:34pm The worst view to take on Corbyn’s Czech connection is ‘who cares?’ | Matthew d’Ancona
By all means debate why Jeremy Corbyn held meetings with a diplomat in the 80s. But don’t pretend they are an irrelevanceYesterday’s spy can be tomorrow’s incorrigible gossip. Take, for instance, Jan Sarkocy, the former Czechoslovak intelligence officer, who has become positively garrulous in the past week about his alleged contact between 1986 and 1989 with Labour MPs. Having already
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Fifteen years after Iraq war protests, peace is further away than ever | Emily Thornberry 15 Feb 11:06am Fifteen years after Iraq war protests, peace is further away than ever | Emily Thornberry
Jeremy Corbyn’s warnings on Iraq, Libya and Syria have proved terrifyingly right. And now Iran looks like the next battlegroundOn this day,15 years ago, I joined about one million others in central London to
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Corbyn and McDonnell tax-gouging radicals? I say they aren’t radical enough | Owen Jones 15 Feb 9:11am Corbyn and McDonnell tax-gouging radicals? I say they aren’t radical enough | Owen Jones
In Britain’s parlous situation, asking the top 5% of earners to pay more is far from unreasonableWhen Labour unveiled its tax plans in last year’s general election, the media howls were as hysterical as they were predictable. Asking the top 5% of earners to pay a bit more was, in the Telegraph’s words, a
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As a Labour Brexiter I say we should stay in the customs union | Nigel Willmott 8 Feb 6:38am As a Labour Brexiter I say we should stay in the customs union | Nigel Willmott
A brave commitment by Corbyn now will have the Tories floundering – and pave the way for a Labour governmentLabour and the Tories are locked in a duel over Brexit that is like one of those arcane cycle races where the two riders start as slowly as possible. Just as we have returned to two-party politics, with Labour and Conservatives continuing
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The biggest privatisation you’ve never heard of: land | Brett Christophers 8 Feb 4:00am The biggest privatisation you’ve never heard of: land | Brett Christophers
Since Margaret Thatcher came to power, 10% of the area of Britain has left public ownership. No wonder there’s a housing crisis Over the past 12 months, the issue of privatisation has surged back into the news and the public consciousness in Britain. Driven by mounting concerns about profiteering and mismanagement at privatised enterprises, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party has made the
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Tax relief has become a gigantic welfare state for the well-off | Polly Toynbee 5 Feb 12:59am Tax relief has become a gigantic welfare state for the well-off | Polly Toynbee
The system costs billions that should be going to schools and hospitals. It needs an urgent overhaulIn the palatial surroundings of a Pall Mall club were gathered people of a certain age and a certain wealth. St James’s Place Wealth Management targets by postcode, seeking those not quite rich enough to have flotillas of financial advisers, not too rich to be unflattered by free lunch amid opulence, nor sceptical enough to count how all this marketing cost comes from charges they would pay if they sign up. The targets are retired folk of the lucky generation, sitting on unexpected fortunes from an untaxed bonanza in their south-east England homes, with very decent pension pots too. They were here to learn how St James could protect their wealth from chancellors present and future to pass their good fortunes down to their families. A slide showing a giant lorry with “taxman” on its bumper showed the threat to the unknowing – as did a sinister picture of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell: “You won’t like what they’re going to do.”
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Don’t mention the civil war: the English are still fighting it | Martin Kettle 25 Jan 1:00am Don’t mention the civil war: the English are still fighting it | Martin Kettle
The Charles I exhibition at the Royal Academy has a historical hole at its heart, as does our nation It is commonplace for writers on American politics to observe that, more than 150 years on, the United States is in various ways still fighting its civil war between the slavery-supporting south and the more liberal and urban industrial north. It is far less common for writers on British politics to make an equivalent observation about the enduring tenacity of the much older divides of England’s 17th-century civil conflict. Yet England’s civil war is still with us. The 1640s battles between authority and liberty may not have produced another civil war. But iterations of the divide have resonated down the centuries – from the Glorious Revolution of 1688-9, through the Whig-Tory rivalry of the 18th century, the advance of liberalism and reform in the 19th century, and of labourism and equalities in the 20th. It is not hard to see, in the contrast between a privileged and dissipated political figure such as Boris Johnson and a puritanical one such as Jeremy Corbyn, that there are 17th-century echoes in our own binary times too.
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Steve Bell on Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May at PMQs – cartoon 24 Jan 1:40pm Steve Bell on Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May at PMQs – cartoon
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The Corbyn Revolution Advances 18 Jan 2:01pm Updated The Corbyn Revolution Advances
The left consolidates control over Labour as the Tories fumble.
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Don’t fixate on a second Brexit vote. Focus instead on trade | Simon Jenkins 18 Jan 1:30pm Don’t fixate on a second Brexit vote. Focus instead on trade | Simon Jenkins
Of course it’s possible to change our minds in a democracy. But we have to be realistic about what can and can’t be achievedThey wander Westminster with staring eyes. “Repent,” they cry, “or be doomed. We are all doomed.” They are the second-referendum adventists, the priests of the afterthought, the prophets of the second coming. They meet with decrepit peers in cobwebbed attics. They mix potions and spells, and stick pins in plasticine Theresa Mays. They are mad. As mad as the flat-earth leavers. Of course Britain could change its mind on Brexit by next March. May could evaporate. The Tory party could vanish in a cloud of waffle. Jeremy Corbyn could descend from the clouds on a golden swing, cooing gently and speaking French.
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Inspired by Momentum, Labour can transform the heartlands – and itself | Laura Parker 12 Jan 2:59am Inspired by Momentum, Labour can transform the heartlands – and itself | Laura Parker
Ordinary people helping neglected communities – Corbyn’s vision spells the end of top-down New Labourism, and the start of a mass movement to power For too long, towns at the end of train lines and cities that once were bustling manufacturing hubs have been left behind by politics. In their glory days, places in my home county of Yorkshire such as Sheffield and Hull were heartlands of British industry. Building ships to protect the nation, making steel that was sold worldwide – these places thrived. Deindustrialisation and a lack of government investment have robbed these communities of well-paid jobs, opportunities and, for many, hope. They are scarred by job losses and unemployment; shops have fled from their high streets; and the lives of their young people are marred by uncertainty. These communities have been failed by politicians on both sides of parliament’s benches.
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On Europe, Labour was right to be cautious. No longer | Martin Kettle 11 Jan 3:15pm On Europe, Labour was right to be cautious. No longer | Martin Kettle
Jeremy Corbyn’s dilemma is real, but it’s time for audacity, and to come out fighting for our ties to the EU
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Latte result is an early win in cup campaign | Brief letters 4 Jan 2:23pm Latte result is an early win in cup campaign | Brief letters
Corbyn v Clem | Paper coffee cups | BP share tip | Tabloid Guardian | Football scores | Betty Mundy’s BottomRafael Behr (
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I knew that many people don’t vote. I should have asked why | Rafael Behr 3 Jan 2:00am I knew that many people don’t vote. I should have asked why | Rafael Behr
Like politicians and pollsters, I wasn’t curious about the alienated and the apathetic – until Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn brought them back to the ballot boxThe clue was in the question. “What about the nonvoters?” Since elections are settled by the people who show up, the impact of those who don’t is likely to be small. There’s a reason they’re called nonvoters. It isn’t easy to disentangle the motives of people whose only known common trait is reluctance to express a preference. Pollsters find them as hard to fathom as politicians do – and politicians have vested interests in interpreting silence as consent.
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I backed Owen Smith against Jeremy Corbyn. But I regret it now | Zoe Williams 2 Jan 2:00am I backed Owen Smith against Jeremy Corbyn. But I regret it now | Zoe Williams
Eighteen months ago I wrote a column backing Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership challenger. But there was dishonesty to itIt was July 2016, and
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2017 killed off an old political lie – that the young don’t care | Zoe Williams 31 Dec 2017, 1:29pm 2017 killed off an old political lie – that the young don’t care | Zoe Williams
The vote for Jeremy Corbyn proved a new generation wants change. If it doesn’t come, 2018 could look a lot like 1968Periodically policy wonks will explain to young people why they’re wrong to feel aggrieved, because they’ve never had it so good. Most recently, the
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What do an Etonian, a Trumpite and a Corbyn fan have in common? My church | Giles Fraser 28 Dec 2017, 10:04am What do an Etonian, a Trumpite and a Corbyn fan have in common? My church | Giles Fraser
It’s hard to think of a more varied group of people than the one that gathers at my local church. Surely a truly healthy society is built on this sort of diversityReviewing the Christmas services it strikes me once again how diverse a group us churchgoers are. In terms of class, race, nationality, gender and sexuality, it’s hard to imagine any other regular collective gathering that pulls in such a varied collection of people. My church is a black majority church in a gentrifying area. University professors sit next to the people who clean their offices. The Ethiopian, Trump-supporting evangelical sings the same hymns as the chap with his fine collection of Jeremy Corbyn badges. The Romanian homeless guy prays alongside the person who is transitioning and next to the old Etonian ex-army officer. Many of these people have very little in common except their faith. But this is enough for them to treat each other as extended family. And I am proud to serve as their priest. This will be the last of the
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My advice to Jeremy Corbyn: create a Labour of all the talents | Martin Kettle 28 Dec 2017, 10:00am My advice to Jeremy Corbyn: create a Labour of all the talents | Martin Kettle
The Tory party’s travails represent a great opportunity, but only if the opposition presents itself as strong and unitedIn a distinctively Conservative context, Michael Heseltine has posed an important question for all those who reject the doctrinaire extremes. The most important liberal Tory of the Thatcher era asked this week whether the national interest of preventing or softening Brexit
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Jeremy Corbyn drove me to despair. How wrong I was | Abi Wilkinson 23 Dec 2017, 4:00am Jeremy Corbyn drove me to despair. How wrong I was | Abi Wilkinson
While I was pleased that Corbyn was taking Labour back to the left, his first year as leader had me fearing the worst I didn’t start out as a proper Jeremy Corbyn supporter. During the
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It’s my mind – I’ll change it if I want to | Mark Rice-Oxley 20 Dec 2017, 2:30am It’s my mind – I’ll change it if I want to | Mark Rice-Oxley
I’ve reversed my opinion on most of the big issues of our time, from social media to Corbyn to porridge. And I reserve the right to change it back againWas there ever a time of greater certitude, when so many were so utterly convinced of so much? Brexiteers, vegans, doomsayers, Putinistas, people of faith, people of no faith, terrorists, trolls, football pundits ... From the occasional below-the-line firestarter right up to the leader of the free world himself, minds are made up, closed for new business. No one, it seems, is open to the subtle arts of persuasion, discussion, debate, exchange.
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Anti-empire, pro-activist … The Last Jedi is as left wing as Jeremy Corbyn | Toby Moses 19 Dec 2017, 4:00am Anti-empire, pro-activist … The Last Jedi is as left wing as Jeremy Corbyn | Toby Moses
The latest Star Wars film is an unlikely champion of the grassroots – and it’s not even subtle about it
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The British elite is at war with itself – on a scale we’ve never seen before | Paul Mason 18 Dec 2017, 11:41am The British elite is at war with itself – on a scale we’ve never seen before | Paul Mason
Our elites used to keep calm in a crisis. But now – with the Tories fighting to the death over Brexit and the tabloids terrified by Corbyn – they’ve lost their heads When I first started working at the BBC, in 2001, what struck me was not how most of the people in charge were from the same universities, or that it was assumed you were a ski enthusiast, or how casually people dropped the names of powerful people they knew. It was the uniformity of thinking. There were progressive people and conservative people, but they mostly subscribed to the groupthink of the elite. Surveying the levels of anger, abuse and fractiousness in the upper levels of British society today, it feels like a very different country. The
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Letters: Corbyn’s liking for Cuba has no relevance to Britain’s problems 16 Dec 2017, 7:05pm Letters: Corbyn’s liking for Cuba has no relevance to Britain’s problems
If Labour’s moderates want to regain control they should engage on issues such as the NHSNick Cohen’s excoriation of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour (
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Why business could prosper under a Corbyn government 16 Dec 2017, 7:02pm Why business could prosper under a Corbyn government
Labour’s economic plans will alleviate the long-term damage being inflicted by austerity policiesWhile the
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Why can’t we get our kicks on the M66? | Brief letters 13 Dec 2017, 2:08pm Why can’t we get our kicks on the M66? | Brief letters
Jeremy Corbyn | Chaplin museum | The M66 | Moon boots | Struggling temperatures | Sexual abuse of girlsBarbara Harriss-White (
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The unions are sounding the alarm over Brexit. Why isn’t Jeremy Corbyn? | Hugo Dixon 13 Dec 2017, 7:02am The unions are sounding the alarm over Brexit. Why isn’t Jeremy Corbyn? | Hugo Dixon
Leadership is about shaping opinion, not sitting on the fence. The Labour leader has a duty to start fighting for the jobs, rights and prosperity of working peopleThere’s a
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The Brexit mist is clearing. Corbyn will have to show his hand and soon/Rafael Behr 13 Dec 2017, 1:00am The Brexit mist is clearing. Corbyn will have to show his hand and soon/Rafael Behr
The party’s fuzzy position works while Tories avoid tough decisions. But it can’t hold for much longerWhen
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Why no Beano about Corbyn’s peace award? | Lettets 12 Dec 2017, 2:40pm Why no Beano about Corbyn’s peace award? | Lettets
Jeremy Corbyn’s peace award | Corybn misprint | May on climate change | Whittle’s memorial jet | Pocket money | Coping with snow and iceLast Friday, 8 December, Jeremy Corbyn was awarded the prestigious MacBride International Peace Prize in Geneva. Sean MacBride was the co-founder of Amnesty International. Not a single mainstream newspaper in the UK, including the Guardian, or the BBC or ITN, seems to have reported this. Is it imaginable that if the prize had been awarded to David Cameron as leader of the opposition when Blair was in office, it would not have been mentioned? Is the Guardian’s commitment to peace less strong than its fear that the leader of the opposition may become the next prime minister?
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Labour isn’t flip-flopping on Brexit – this is practical politics | Maya Goodfellow 12 Dec 2017, 7:58am Labour isn’t flip-flopping on Brexit – this is practical politics | Maya Goodfellow
While the prime minister has been muddying the EU waters, Jeremy Corbyn has been busy forming relationships in BrusselsFor some, Labour can do no right on Brexit. The party has a clear, adaptable position – but in recent days it has, somewhat predictably, been accused of being ambiguous. The party wants “
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The Tories’ rebranding won’t wash: being green is about more than fluffy bunnies | Molly Scott Cato 12 Dec 2017, 7:28am The Tories’ rebranding won’t wash: being green is about more than fluffy bunnies | Molly Scott Cato
It’s all very well for Michael Gove to act as if the Tories love animals but they need to see the bigger picture on fracking, renewables and ecologyUp to their necks in Brexit chaos and with Corbyn’s Labour snapping at their heels, the Tories are trying again with a somewhat tired strategy to escape the label of the “nasty party”. They are having another go at acting like environmentalists, this time combining it with being nice to animals. At the helm of this
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What do British politicians want for Christmas – and what do they deserve? | Jack Bernhardt 11 Dec 2017, 9:08am What do British politicians want for Christmas – and what do they deserve? | Jack Bernhardt
After the year they’ve given us it’s only right that we should give May, Corbyn, Davis, Foster Cable and Farage a little something. So I’ve compiled a listChristmas is a hard time for politicians. They have to interact with children – tiny idiots who can’t even vote. They have to pretend to have wholesome Christmas traditions, such as going to a village fete in their constituency and sampling the local honey, when really they just want the Christmas we all have: getting drunk from 9am, shouting rude words at the Queen and crying solidly through Toy Story 3. And, worst of all, they’re impossible to buy gifts for.
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What would it it take for Labour’s moderates to revolt? | Nick Cohen 9 Dec 2017, 1:40pm What would it it take for Labour’s moderates to revolt? | Nick Cohen
It is not too late to prevent Jeremy Corbyn and his team coming to powerLabour’s new leaders and Labour’s new members appear utterly incompatible. On the one hand, we have stone-hearted Leninists, who proved they were no better than establishment apologists for Saudi Arabia when they
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Jeremy Corbyn should have given GQ the full Mariah Carey | Marina Hyde 1 Dec 2017, 1:39pm Jeremy Corbyn should have given GQ the full Mariah Carey | Marina Hyde
The magazine’s editor seems upset at how the Labour leader treated a fashion shoot. How does he cope with real divas?I am very surprised to find that the GQ editor, Dylan Jones, has become a committed recruiting sergeant for Jeremy Corbyn: after all, Jones did once
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The Guardian view on Labour and Brexit: fight for workers’ rights | Editorial 26 Nov 2017, 2:56pm The Guardian view on Labour and Brexit: fight for workers’ rights | Editorial
Social protections can best be upheld through international cooperation. Labour should clearly back the single market and the customs unionBritish politics is polarised on nearly every axis, so it is strange how little conflict there is between Labour and the Conservatives on the biggest issue: the terms of departure from the EU. Jeremy Corbyn’s challenges to Theresa May over Brexit negotiations
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Corbyn has seen the light on Brexit. Now he’s taking the fight to the Tories | Polly Toynbee 23 Nov 2017, 6:52am Corbyn has seen the light on Brexit. Now he’s taking the fight to the Tories | Polly Toynbee
The Labour leader finally grasps what leaving the EU really means: the greatest harm inflicted on the very people his party cares about the mostAt last, Labour steps up. Brexit is the great national crisis of our times and yet the leaders of the opposition have sometimes seemed so muted it has driven remainers to tear their hair out in frustration. That changed yesterday. Jeremy Corbyn for the first time turned all guns on the prime minister over her incoherent, incomprehensible and impossible Brexit stance. He used all his prime minister’s questions, every one, to wallop her exactly where she and her party are most vulnerable – and not before time.
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This government is falling apart, so Labour’s tribes must come together | Zoe Williams 19 Nov 2017, 1:52pm This government is falling apart, so Labour’s tribes must come together | Zoe Williams
With the great prize in sight, it’s time for Corbynites and their doubters to recognise common groundThe Tories’ main problem with Jeremy Corbyn and the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, is that they speak human. Critics rush at the opposition like Wile E Coyote, carrying boulders and anvils marked
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Theresa May’s position is unsustainable, yet she still can’t see it | Matthew d’Ancona 12 Nov 2017, 1:20pm Theresa May’s position is unsustainable, yet she still can’t see it | Matthew d’Ancona
Her government is in paralysis, held together by a fear of Jeremy Corbyn. But the Tories have far more to worry aboutThe National Theatre’s new production of
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What can we learn about politics from Gordon Brown’s memoir? 7 Nov 2017, 10:20am What can we learn about politics from Gordon Brown’s memoir?
He doesn’t rate Corbyn, didn’t like ‘touchy-feely’ politics, and still hates Tony Blair – a roundup of all the hot revelations from the former prime minister’s new bookFor reasons now lost to me, I read Gordon Brown’s previous book, Beyond the Crash, in which he revealed precisely nothing about himself, except for that fascinating quirk of the unusual mind. He’d say a big thing with no explanation at all (“that’s what an economy is for, to create jobs”), then explain a small, obvious thing at the most tremendous length. Imagine the surprise, therefore, to find his latest work,
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A Labour council attacking its own people? This is regeneration gone bad | Aditya Chakrabortty 25 Oct 2017, 1:00am A Labour council attacking its own people? This is regeneration gone bad | Aditya Chakrabortty
There are many ways to remedy the housing crisis in London – now it’s up to a high court judge to halt one of the worst that’s been embarked uponNothing about Gordon Peters sings of being a fighter. He is shy and sweetly reticent, keener to wish me a happy Diwali than to hurl abuse at his opponents. Yet on Wednesday morning at the high court, the 73-year-old kicks off one of the most unequal and important battles I’ve seen. Funded largely by donations from neighbours, the pensioner will take on one of the world’s largest property developers and a London borough. Aspects of his claim for a judicial review sound local and technical – but the fight itself is national and totemic. His case is being watched by the construction industry, by councils across the country and by Jeremy Corbyn’s team. Anyone who cares about the future of social housing, or what happens to London, or to local democracy, should root for Peters – not least for his bravery in placing himself squarely before a juggernaut.
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Only a Labour no-confidence motion in the Tories can avert a Brexit disaster | Stephen Kinnock 24 Oct 2017, 2:00am Only a Labour no-confidence motion in the Tories can avert a Brexit disaster | Stephen Kinnock
The government is making an utter shambles of negotiations. My party, united under Jeremy Corbyn and with no Europhobic baggage, is Britain’s only hopeBrexit is often portrayed as just another episode in the long-running and seemingly endless
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Labour could do more to stop the Tories rigging our democracy | Owen Jones 17 Oct 2017, 6:35am Labour could do more to stop the Tories rigging our democracy | Owen Jones
Of course boundary changes that will favour the Tories should be opposed. But Labour needs an alternative plan to expand the electorate and make voting easierThe Tories are determined to rig our democracy in their favour. Having lost their majority – and panicking at the prospect of a Corbyn-led government – they are even more desperate to embed an inherent advantage for their flailing party.
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Stella Rimington should stop fuelling paranoid fantasies about Jeremy Corbyn 16 Oct 2017, 7:39am Stella Rimington should stop fuelling paranoid fantasies about Jeremy Corbyn
The former MI5 chief says some of the Labour leader’s advisers were once under surveillance because they sought to ‘destroy’ democracy. No, they didn’t The former MI5 boss Stella Rimington claimed at a literary festival last week that some of the people advising Jeremy Corbyn were
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Labour has a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and the Tories know it | Larry Elliott 5 Oct 2017, 12:00am Labour has a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and the Tories know it | Larry Elliott
People are ready for a radical change. Trying to brand Corbyn a Marxist throwback who wants to turn Britain into Venezuela won’t workJim Callaghan would have had some sympathy for Theresa May as she
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What is a centrist dad? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett 4 Oct 2017, 3:00am What is a centrist dad? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queriesYou may have heard the term “centrist dad” somewhere over the past couple of weeks as it crests on the wave of mainstream exposure. Who knows, perhaps you – slightly slow on the uptake, for we are already approaching the tailend of the centrist dad craze – have taken to Google to find out and you are concerned that you yourself might have contracted centrist daddishness, and are in urgent need of a symptom checker. Look no further. The first thing I’ll tell you is that the centrist dad meme originated on Twitter. Feeding, as mainstream media does, off Twitter (as well as vice versa – think of it as an ouroboros-esque human centipede, doomed to subsist on its own detritus), centrist dad is now everywhere. He was helped to prominence by leftwing tweeters, most notably Jeremy Corbyn’s former spokesperson Matt Zarb-Cousin, who
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The problem is not capitalism. It’s that the Tories aren’t much cop at it | Aditya Chakrabortty 3 Oct 2017, 1:00am The problem is not capitalism. It’s that the Tories aren’t much cop at it | Aditya Chakrabortty
Four decades on, the party is still in Thatcher’s shadow in terms of economic policy. But now the Treasury’s cupboard is bare – and voters know itDamn the British people, for they have let down Theresa May again. The prime minister could once count on voters to back free markets. But, she sniffs to supporters in Manchester, “Jeremy Corbyn has changed that.” So goes the refrain of this
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In a Tory party torn apart by Brexit, the fever of schism burns | Polly Toynbee 2 Oct 2017, 2:50pm In a Tory party torn apart by Brexit, the fever of schism burns | Polly Toynbee
The cabinet is at loggerheads, the membership spooked by Corbyn. At this Conservative conference the ‘natural party of government’ is an utter shamblesThe civil war in the Tory party rages, yet these are still only opening skirmishes. Far worse is to come.
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Mel Brooks is right, The One Show is crazy – thrilling, isn’t it? | Jack Bernhardt 2 Oct 2017, 9:20am Mel Brooks is right, The One Show is crazy – thrilling, isn’t it? | Jack Bernhardt
From Debbie Harry’s love of chickens to Corbyn’s love of manhole covers, this blend of surreal banality and political subversion is much more than a talk showAh, The One Show. Hosted by Matt Baker – so excitable I’m positive he’s actually just a labrador in human costume – and Alex Jones – contractually obliged since 2010 to smile at all times – it has a reputation of being bland, inoffensive and charmingly incompetent, the
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The Observer view on the future of work | Observer editorial 30 Sep 2017, 7:05pm The Observer view on the future of work | Observer editorial
We must focus our energies on helping those whose jobs will be removed by automationIn his speech at Labour’s conference in Brighton last week, Jeremy Corbyn made an astute observation: “2017 may be the year when politics finally caught up with the crash of 2008.” The financial crisis not only sent shockwaves rippling through the global economy: it sounded a warning bell that all was not well with a weakly regulated economic model powered by consumer debt bubbles and rapid house price growth. Yet the political response has been utterly inadequate. Despite promises to the contrary, we have returned to the same old growth model of debt-fuelled spending and the stark intergenerational divide has got worse, not better. Almost a decade on, there are signs of a growing public appetite for change, from the rejection of the status quo in the Brexit referendum to the surge in support for Labour that denied Theresa May a majority in June’s general election. Both parties have acknowledged there are fundamental problems in Britain’s economic model and have committed to reform it. But Britain now stands on the cusp of an ideological choice: compare and contrast Corbyn’s challenge with May’s robust defence of free markets last week.
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Jeremy Corbyn is right: we need rent controls, and we need them now | Penny Anderson 29 Sep 2017, 4:30am Jeremy Corbyn is right: we need rent controls, and we need them now | Penny Anderson
It was great to hear the Labour leader rally to the cause of tenants. For too long we have been at the mercy of greedy landlords and the agents who facilitate themFor tenants,
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A new shock doctrine: in a world of crisis, morality can still win | Naomi Klein 28 Sep 2017, 2:39pm A new shock doctrine: in a world of crisis, morality can still win | Naomi Klein
Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders and Podemos in Spain have shown that a bold and decent strategy can be a successful one. That truth should embolden the leftWe live in frightening times. From heads of state tweeting
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Now Theresa May is defending capitalism. That shows just how rattled she is | Polly Toynbee 28 Sep 2017, 8:29am Now Theresa May is defending capitalism. That shows just how rattled she is | Polly Toynbee
She said she needed to be ‘honest’ about failures of the free market. But truths were thin on the ground in her response to Jeremy Corbyn’s conference addressTheresa May’s haste to refute
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Corbyn’s man of the future act is hooked on dogmas of the past | Simon Jenkins 28 Sep 2017, 1:00am Corbyn’s man of the future act is hooked on dogmas of the past | Simon Jenkins
Look behind the slogans and Labour’s new project reeks of pre-Blair revivalism, not the radicalism of the left Jeremy Corbyn’s passage from antihero to premier-in-waiting is the phenomenon of modern politics. Three months ago the idea was absurd that a gauche, accident-prone backbench grump might plausibly stand before cheering supporters and declare himself “
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Jeremy Corbyn on the March 27 Sep 2017, 6:49pm Jeremy Corbyn on the March
He thinks he’s Britain’s next leader, and his opponents are helping.
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Steve Bell on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour conference – cartoon 27 Sep 2017, 2:50pm Steve Bell on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour conference – cartoon
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The Guardian view on Corbyn’s speech: his best yet | Editorial 27 Sep 2017, 2:48pm The Guardian view on Corbyn’s speech: his best yet | Editorial
The Labour leader thinks the election this summer is proof that his party is now electable because of socialism not despite it. It’s too early to bet against himIt is remarkable what a difference a single election can make. Even if you lose. Jeremy Corbyn delivered his third – and best –
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Jeremy Corbyn has declared war on Labour councils over housing | Aditya Chakrabortty 27 Sep 2017, 12:28pm Jeremy Corbyn has declared war on Labour councils over housing | Aditya Chakrabortty
It’s a big, bold move. With his pledges to social tenants, the Labour leader is taking sides against his own municipal leaders and their ‘regeneration’ schemesAt the final day of their party conference, we heard a Labour leader making the
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Like Attlee and Thatcher before him, Corbyn is completely transforming Britain | Owen Jones 27 Sep 2017, 12:18pm Like Attlee and Thatcher before him, Corbyn is completely transforming Britain | Owen Jones
The vision set out by a combative Labour leader will be cheered far beyond the applauding activists in BrightonClement Attlee, Margaret Thatcher, Jeremy Corbyn. The first two led transformative governments that established a new political settlement in Britain: and make no mistake, the Corbyn project’s aspirations are
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Going mainstream: Labour party conference – Politics Weekly podcast 27 Sep 2017, 11:40am Going mainstream: Labour party conference – Politics Weekly podcast
Rowena Mason at the Labour party conference in Brighton is joined by Anushka Asthana, Rafael Behr, Beth Foster-Ogg and John Crace. Plus we hear from Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, on how this year’s conference shows Labour is ready for power Jeremy Corbyn rounded off the Labour party’s annual conference in Brighton with a keynote speech in which he claimed Labour was now the party of the mainstream opinion in British politics. Joining Rowena Mason at the conference centre are political editor Anushka Asthana, political sketchwriter John Crace, Momentum’s Beth Foster-Ogg and columnist Rafael Behr.
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Oh, Jeremy Corbyn! I bet you think this song is about you: my week at Labour’s love-in 27 Sep 2017, 10:50am Oh, Jeremy Corbyn! I bet you think this song is about you: my week at Labour’s love-in
The party’s conference was big on euphemisms for not winning the election and low on dissent, with everything unfortunate regarded as a conspiracy against Jeremy. What a difference a year makes! If you are a political archivist, there are two seriously covetable gigs in the world right now. The first is conceptualising the unprecedented annals facility that will one day be the Donald Trump Presidential Library. The second is collating the many different euphemisms for the Labour party having not won the recent general election. At party conference in Brighton, you gotta catch ’em all. “We didn’t lose,”
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Corbyn’s conference speech: the verdict | the panel 27 Sep 2017, 10:01am Corbyn’s conference speech: the verdict | the panel
Was this the address of a prime minister-in-waiting? Guardian writers respond to the most eagerly anticipated leader’s speech in years
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Jeremy Corbyn’s conference speech: the verdict | the panel 27 Sep 2017, 9:40am Jeremy Corbyn’s conference speech: the verdict | the panel
Was this the address of a prime minister-in-waiting? Guardian writers respond to the most eagerly anticipated Labour leader’s speech in years
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What makes a great Labour leader? | Rachel Holmes 27 Sep 2017, 1:00am What makes a great Labour leader? | Rachel Holmes
Attlee, Wilson, Blair: these are the figures Corbyn will be judged against. And he has urgent lessons to learn from each of themThe 11-year-old daughter of a friend of mine recently asked who was the best ever prime minister. Her Labour-supporting mother suggested Attlee, but her grandfather said: “It has to be Wilson, because Attlee went along with the cold war.” In contrast with the Conservatives and Whigs/Liberals, who have represented privilege for centuries, Labour is just getting started. There have been only six Labour prime ministers and the party has had just 19 leaders. This excludes the two women – Margaret Beckett and Harriet Harman – and George Brown, who have “acted up”, and the multiple occupancies of Arthur Henderson, who led the party three times, and
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Steve Bell’s If ... Watson expands on his bean theory for Corbyn 27 Sep 2017, 1:00am Steve Bell’s If ... Watson expands on his bean theory for Corbyn
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Labour’s amendment on antisemitism should reassure Jewish supporters | Keith Kahn-Harris 26 Sep 2017, 10:28am Labour’s amendment on antisemitism should reassure Jewish supporters | Keith Kahn-Harris
That the Jewish Labour Movement, the NEC, Corbyn and Momentum have cooperated on a rule change suggests a desire to unite for the good of the party
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What is Labour’s position on Brexit? It’s time Corbyn told us | Richard Angell 26 Sep 2017, 4:48am What is Labour’s position on Brexit? It’s time Corbyn told us | Richard Angell
On this vital issue, the leader must decide whether to stand with his old Bennite, Eurosceptic colleagues, or his younger, pro-EU supportersThere is a truism in politics that “when you decide, you divide”. The row about
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Corbyn is a changed man – and he’s forging a path to power | Polly Toynbee 25 Sep 2017, 3:30pm Corbyn is a changed man – and he’s forging a path to power | Polly Toynbee
This year’s conference shows Labour has been transformed by electoral success and Tory disarray over Brexit. Its leaders look more credible by the day“We are the grown-ups now.” So said several speakers. In the grotesque political playground of Brexit Britain, Labour has indeed become the nation’s adults, the sensibles, the party least likely to wreck the country’s future. How short a time ago Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell were regarded as delinquent adolescents who had never grown out of the 1970s. They may be the masters soon. What a transformation. Remember how early in the general election campaign they fell 11 points behind in dismal local council results? Whatever Labour leaders say sourly now to those of us who feared the worst, waiting for that exit poll in June they too were braced for heavy losses, never expecting a crushing humiliation for Theresa May.
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The Guardian view of the Labour conference: Corbyn’s party | Editorial 24 Sep 2017, 3:00pm The Guardian view of the Labour conference: Corbyn’s party | Editorial
The Labour leader needs an idea at least as attractive as the vision his detractors have been asked to rejectIt is not an understatement to say that Jeremy Corbyn has revolutionised the politics of the British left. Rather than triangulating around the centre, Mr Corbyn demonstrated that the Labour party can succeed by standing for what it says it believes in. Mr Corbyn argued the country was sick of austerity and inequality and prescribed the sugary medicine of “tax and spend” policies to heal it. His unexpectedly good showing at the June election, when he was written off by the pollsters and dismissed by his opponents, has ensured the Labour party now belongs to Mr Corbyn. The 68-year-old has proved an unlikely political entrepreneur. His policies spotted a gap in the market – young voters who had been electorally orphaned by mainstream policies – and he produced ideas designed to appeal to them, such as scrapping university tuition fees, wrapped up in a message of hope: that of a new kind of politics. Mr Corbyn advanced a participatory model of politics, which argued that party members in groups such as Momentum should be on equal footing with Labour MPs.
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Ben Jennings on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour conference – cartoon 24 Sep 2017, 2:35pm Ben Jennings on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour conference – cartoon
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Labour can’t afford to get emotional over Brexit | Zoe Williams 24 Sep 2017, 11:30am Labour can’t afford to get emotional over Brexit | Zoe Williams
An open letter asking Corbyn to cleave to the single market lends a with-us-or-against-us emotional charge to what should be a purely practical issueThirty Labour MPs, together with trades unionists, MEPs and mayors, signed
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The Tories are in chaos, so Labour must stand ready | Polly Toynbee 19 Sep 2017, 1:00am The Tories are in chaos, so Labour must stand ready | Polly Toynbee
Jeremy Corbyn’s party has the chance to lighten the Brexit darkness with a New Deal. He must seize itTen years ago
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Jeremy Corbyn is being driven by the ‘left-behind’ middle class | Nick Cohen 16 Sep 2017, 1:15pm Jeremy Corbyn is being driven by the ‘left-behind’ middle class | Nick Cohen
The Labour leader has been clever in exploiting a disaffected element of the electorateAnyone who knows the far left will have snorted when they heard that it was banning the most successful Labour politicians in England from addressing the Labour party conference. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, and Andy Burnham, his counterpart in Manchester, may have won actual elections on moderate platforms. No matter.
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Tory Brexit is doomed. Corbyn has a chance to build the Europe he wants | John Palmer 13 Sep 2017, 1:31pm Tory Brexit is doomed. Corbyn has a chance to build the Europe he wants | John Palmer
Austerity is being rejected across Europe. Labour could recommit Britain to a Europe based on jobs and growth“This year? Next year? Sometime? Never?” These lines from the old children’s rhyme When Will I Marry? could well be applied to the prospects for Britain’s exit from the European Union. Political realities are becoming ever more complex and the final outcome is still uncertain. The most immediate battle facing Theresa May’s government is securing comprehensive parliamentary approval for its “great repeal bill”, which transfers all EU laws and regulations into UK law. Although the House of Commons this week gave assent to the first stage of this unprecedentedly complex and detailed legislation it still faces serious challenges in the final stages of the bill’s approval.
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The Guardian view on veganism: high in moral fibre | Editorial 5 Sep 2017, 2:31pm The Guardian view on veganism: high in moral fibre | Editorial
Vegans are often unfairly mocked. They should instead be praisedJeremy Corbyn is “going through the process” of eating more vegan food, he has said – he just has to bring himself to give up the brie, verboten under vegan rules, along with eggs, milk and everything animals produce. Later, as if fearful of a backlash, his spokesperson issued a statement denying he was vegan. But the Labour leader was right to be proud of his efforts. Vegans are often unreasonably mocked as do-gooders and sniped at for making dinner parties awkward for those who don’t like lentils quite so much. This is unfair: the diet does do the world good and if vegans provoke their friends into going vegan too, so much the better. There is now a great deal of convincing data that breeding animals for food dirties the air and chews up the earth. One recent peer-reviewed study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine calculates that should the world go vegan,
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Sturgeon sets out a bold agenda for the UK that’s more radical than Corbyn’s | Robert Somynne 5 Sep 2017, 11:46am Sturgeon sets out a bold agenda for the UK that’s more radical than Corbyn’s | Robert Somynne
The first minister is getting on with the day job and laying the groundwork to make an irrefutable case for Scotland’s independenceNicola Sturgeon’s “
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On Planet Tory, the radio signal from Earth is growing weaker by the day | Matthew d’Ancona 3 Sep 2017, 11:06am On Planet Tory, the radio signal from Earth is growing weaker by the day | Matthew d’Ancona
The government confuses office with power, and may yet pay a terrible price for blindly believing the Brexit talks will prove the need for Tories at the controlsThe Conservative party is in the most desperate position that I can recall. It confuses office with power. It mistakes the EU referendum result for a party-political mandate. It assumes that the voters will sooner or later turn on Jeremy Corbyn as a dangerous socialist imposter. Its smile is really the rictus of internal paralysis.
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Labour has to be bolder on Brexit: our economy depends on it | Seb Dance 29 Aug 2017, 6:02am Updated Labour has to be bolder on Brexit: our economy depends on it | Seb Dance
Any desire for a clean break with the EU is pure Tory fantasy. Jeremy Corbyn must defend access to the single market and customs union permanently
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For Labour to win over Scotland, Jeremy Corbyn needs to sing a different tune | Gerry Hassan 28 Aug 2017, 9:29am For Labour to win over Scotland, Jeremy Corbyn needs to sing a different tune | Gerry Hassan
Instead of taking the lead on Brexit and Scottish independence, Corbyn is gave the same old socialist lines. He needs to take advantage of a stalling SNP Jeremy Corbyn has been
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Now Jeremy Corbyn must say no to Brexit: the time for evasions is over | Steve Richards 21 Aug 2017, 9:16am Now Jeremy Corbyn must say no to Brexit: the time for evasions is over | Steve Richards
There is no option of a ‘soft’ Brexit, and Labour’s mockery of the Conservative government’s position rings hollow when its own position is a mess
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Rightwing Tories would never let May adopt Labour policies | The big issue 12 Aug 2017, 7:04pm Rightwing Tories would never let May adopt Labour policies | The big issue
Vested interests will always prevent the party championing fairnessI enjoyed Will Tanner’s recommendations for the Tory party to avoid “Jeremy Corbyn’s back to the future socialism [which] would be ruinous for Britain” (
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I voted for Corbyn. And I still want Scottish independence | Cat Boyd 11 Aug 2017, 6:30am I voted for Corbyn. And I still want Scottish independence | Cat Boyd
My decision to back Labour in the general election caused outrage. But I’m a socialist, not a nationalist – like thousands of others in ScotlandRoughly five years ago I co-founded the
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The west is gripped by Venezuela’s problems. Why does it ignore Brazil’s? | Julia Blunck 10 Aug 2017, 8:58am The west is gripped by Venezuela’s problems. Why does it ignore Brazil’s? | Julia Blunck
Reporters ask Jeremy Corbyn if he will condemn Nicolás Maduro. But the undemocratic abuses of Michel Temer aren’t flashy enough for the news cycleVenezuela is the question on everyone’s lips. Rather, Venezuela is the question on reporters’ lips
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Martin Rowson on Jeremy Corbyn and violence in Venezuela – cartoon 7 Aug 2017, 3:20pm Martin Rowson on Jeremy Corbyn and violence in Venezuela – cartoon
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Brexit will be catastrophic. Yet I still support Jeremy Corbyn | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett 7 Aug 2017, 5:00am Brexit will be catastrophic. Yet I still support Jeremy Corbyn | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
As a conflicted remainer, it might be difficult to square my reasons for backing Corbyn. But it’s the Tory car crash that’s behind this mess, not himSince his
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Yes, Labour had a great election. But they got a leg-up from the Tories | Deborah Mattinson 3 Aug 2017, 10:54am Yes, Labour had a great election. But they got a leg-up from the Tories | Deborah Mattinson
A new study confirms that a shoddy Conservative campaign gifted votes to Jeremy Corbyn. Labour won’t always be able to rely on such charityThe
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Corbyn betraying young people on Brexit? What colossal nonsense | Matt Zarb-Cousin 1 Aug 2017, 9:33am Corbyn betraying young people on Brexit? What colossal nonsense | Matt Zarb-Cousin
Middle-class, middle-aged remainers will have to try harder to drive a wedge between young Labour voters and the only politician acting in our interests
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Labour used to be the party that saw the folly of leaving the EU 29 Jul 2017, 7:05pm Labour used to be the party that saw the folly of leaving the EU
Harold Wilson was not a Europhile, but a clear-eyed realist. Jeremy Corbyn could learn much from the story of the 1975 referendumWhat have David Cameron (Tory prime minister, 2010-16), and Harold Wilson (Labour prime minister, 1964-70 and 1974-76) got in common? Answer: in order to keep their respective parties together, because they were split over “Europe”, each of them called a referendum. Wilson triumphed, and went down in history as a consummate politician, indeed statesman. Cameron failed lamentably, and his mishandling of this vital issue is sometimes described as the biggest prime ministerial disaster brought upon the nation since Lord North lost the American colonies.
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This Momentum video has really upset the Corbyn deniers. They just don’t get it | Maya Goodfellow 28 Jul 2017, 9:59am This Momentum video has really upset the Corbyn deniers. They just don’t get it | Maya Goodfellow
The anger provoked by Momentum’s social media outing shows rightwing political analysis hasn’t moved on since Labour was 20 points behind in the pollsMomentum’s latest video has caused quite a stir. Described at “hateful” by
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Brexit has already split the UK. Now it risks tearing Labour apart | John Harris 28 Jul 2017, 8:58am Brexit has already split the UK. Now it risks tearing Labour apart | John Harris
In ignoring the party’s remainers and embracing hard Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell risk inviting economic doom for the sake of ideology
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Corbyn is a hard-right Brexiter. Progressives must fight back, not follow | Vince Cable 27 Jul 2017, 11:25am Corbyn is a hard-right Brexiter. Progressives must fight back, not follow | Vince Cable
The Labour leader’s 1970s-style thinking on Europe has no place in today’s politics. Brexit is too important to be dictated by tribalism
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Labour has slipped rightwards on immigration. That needs to change | David Wearing 25 Jul 2017, 10:01am Labour has slipped rightwards on immigration. That needs to change | David Wearing
From the newly formed English Labour Network to Jeremy Corbyn’s appearance on Andrew Marr, jingoistic attitudes are being validated, not challenged
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Tony Blair should accept his era is over. Jeremy Corbyn is right for today | Owen Jones 20 Jul 2017, 2:00am Tony Blair should accept his era is over. Jeremy Corbyn is right for today | Owen Jones
In the light of Labour’s surge, it is now clear the party came undone when it conceded too much to the right
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Dear Jeremy Corbyn. Your meeting in Brussels is a chance to recast Brexit | John Palmer 13 Jul 2017, 3:39am Updated Dear Jeremy Corbyn. Your meeting in Brussels is a chance to recast Brexit | John Palmer
At your talks today with the chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, you must show yourself willing to reject Brexit and embrace radical EU reform
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The Guardian view on select committees: chairs of power | Editorial 12 Jul 2017, 3:00pm The Guardian view on select committees: chairs of power | Editorial
Parliament’s system of electing select committee chairs has been a great success. The new incumbents have something to live up toTheresa May and Jeremy Corbyn invariably make the big political headlines, even when they skip prime minister’s questions, as they did on Wednesday in order to be with the Spanish royal visitors, leaving
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Theresa May’s first year was awful. Her next promises far worse | Polly Toynbee 11 Jul 2017, 2:00am Theresa May’s first year was awful. Her next promises far worse | Polly Toynbee
The boulder of Brexit blocks her path, she can feel the Europhobes’ knives at her back, and Corbyn is waiting. The great unravelling is beginning
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The next election isn’t won, whatever Labour and Corbyn think | Matthew d’Ancona 10 Jul 2017, 2:00am The next election isn’t won, whatever Labour and Corbyn think | Matthew d’Ancona
The party leader’s name reverberates, but the old leftwing assumption of inevitable victory is his Achilles heel
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The Guardian view on Labour unity: tolerance wins loyalty | Editorial 6 Jul 2017, 2:59pm The Guardian view on Labour unity: tolerance wins loyalty | Editorial
Jeremy Corbyn’s successes have won round sceptical Labour MPs. Internal debate should be used to help broaden the party’s outlook and echo the open-hearted spirit of his campaignIt is rare for a leader to substantially strengthen his authority over a party in the immediate aftermath of general election defeat. Jeremy Corbyn has managed it because his performance last month did not feel like defeat to his supporters, nor indeed to his opponents, not least because it
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Armageddon hasn’t happened – so the Labour right needs a rethink | Owen Jones 6 Jul 2017, 1:00am Armageddon hasn’t happened – so the Labour right needs a rethink | Owen Jones
The doomsayers were wrong about voters’ appetite for Jeremy Corbyn’s kind of politics – and going back to the compromise of 2015 would be a fatal mistakeThose who believed that a leftwing prospectus would inevitably condemn Labour to electoral oblivion now have a choice. In last month’s election, it gained seats for the
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Corbyn has a savvy game plan: wait for the Tories to implode over Brexit | Tae Hoon Kim 5 Jul 2017, 5:52am Corbyn has a savvy game plan: wait for the Tories to implode over Brexit | Tae Hoon Kim
The Labour leader’s Brexit manoeuvring is not based on ideological preferences, but on exacerbating Conservative divisions – and provoking another election
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Will one more heave be enough to get Jeremy Corbyn to Number 10? 1 Jul 2017, 7:05pm Will one more heave be enough to get Jeremy Corbyn to Number 10?
An argument begins within Labour’s ranks about what the party needs to do to win the next electionAfter the thrill of hearing his name turned into an anthem at Glastonbury – “Oh, Jer-e-my Cor-byn” the crowd serenaded his
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Have Katie Hopkins and Farage joined Corbyn on the right side of history? | Marina Hyde 30 Jun 2017, 11:28am Have Katie Hopkins and Farage joined Corbyn on the right side of history? | Marina Hyde
These are weird times in Westminster, so double down on the popcorn and wait for the next bout: Andrea Leadsom v Jacob Rees-MoggThere’s never been a better time to stop trying to understand British politics, and simply decide to experience it as a moodboard. Albeit the sort of moodboard with which crazed killers wallpaper their homes. I see
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Rejoice! Centrism in British politics is dead and big ideas are back | Giles Fraser: Loose canon 29 Jun 2017, 12:02pm Rejoice! Centrism in British politics is dead and big ideas are back | Giles Fraser: Loose canon
Centrists claim that the middle ground is where grown-ups do politics. It isn’t. It’s where the elite try to manage things into staying the sameThe centre ground in British politics is dead. Or, at the very least, extremely poorly. A year after plotters tried to oust Jeremy Corbyn for being unelectably leftwing, those on the right of Labour have finally fallen silent. The Liberal Democrats made no electoral breakthrough, despite being the only go-to party for Brexit dissenters. And the left of the Tory party looks embittered and lost. So much for the oft-repeated mantra that elections are won from the centre ground. I, for one, am delighted that centrism is ailing, because there has long been a fantasy at the heart of it that rots our brains and makes us servile – a very British kind of fantasy that there exists such a thing as non-ideological politics, some calm and sensible mid-point set between the howling gales of ideological extremes. Centrists think this is where the grown-ups do their politics. Indeed, the very metaphor of the “centre” uses language to position others out on to the suspicious “extremes”. From this sensible centre, those on the “edges” of political life are readily patronised as the idealistic young, waving flags at Glastonbury, or the dangerously partisan plotting to overthrow the status quo.
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This clapped-out Tory machine won’t be fixed by kicking out Theresa May | Ian Birrell 29 Jun 2017, 3:29am This clapped-out Tory machine won’t be fixed by kicking out Theresa May | Ian Birrell
A bungled ballot, a cabinet in open revolt against a hapless leader – and beset by fears of a Labour coup. Why not just hand Jeremy Corbyn the keys of No 10 now?The Conservative party has often been seen as a well-oiled fighting machine, feared by foes for its ruthless focus on winning and retaining power. During its long history as the country’s most successful political force it has displayed skill at ditching deadweight leaders and for drastic reinvention to reflect changing times. Yet suddenly it appears like a
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