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The Guardian view on the Parthenon marbles: not just a Brexit sideshow | Editorial16h The Guardian view on the Parthenon marbles: not just a Brexit sideshow | Editorial
A government that stresses the importance of national pride should understand Greek claimsBoris Johnson and his entourage are frequently accused of wishing to turn Britain into an insular, backward-looking place, obsessed with reliving past imperial glories. Their romantic counterclaim is that opting out of the European Union is a means of allowing Britain to regain control of its destiny. Pride restored, the country will be free to engage generously with the rest of the world. So what stance should this open, friendly and “global” Britain take towards
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The Observer view on domestic violence | Observer editorial29h The Observer view on domestic violence | Observer editorial
How much longer must we tolerate male brutality against women and children?In Australia, a
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s criticism of the film Parasite | Observer editorial29h The Observer view on Donald Trump’s criticism of the film Parasite | Observer editorial
It is hard to take seriously the president’s attack on the Oscar-winning movie when his own choices are so oddIt is easy to imagine why Donald Trump
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The Observer view on the government’s immigration plans | Observer editorial29h The Observer view on the government’s immigration plans | Observer editorial
Britain claims to be open for business even as it makes the country an inhumane place for low-skilled immigrants“Britain is open for business,” Alok Sharma, the new business secretary,
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The Guardian view of Boris Johnson: neglecting the nation | Editorial 21 Feb 1:09pm The Guardian view of Boris Johnson: neglecting the nation | Editorial
He ignores the floods while pursuing immigration plans and an attack on the BBC, which are destructive and divisive. The prime minister does not careTwo weeks after Storm Ciara rolled across Britain and Ireland and a week after Storm Dennis did the same, extensive parts of rural Britain remain under many feet of flood water. Heavy rains
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The Guardian view on the blue whale’s comeback: an ocean’s glory restored | Editorial 21 Feb 12:55pm The Guardian view on the blue whale’s comeback: an ocean’s glory restored | Editorial
News that the biggest mammal is returning in numbers to Antarctica signals a conservation triumph“Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.” Captain Ahab’s
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The Guardian view on Germany’s far right: a clear and present danger | Editorial 20 Feb 1:55pm The Guardian view on Germany’s far right: a clear and present danger | Editorial
The racist shootings in the town of Hanau have underlined the threat posed by nativist ideologyUntil relatively recently, the threat posed by homegrown white supremacists was
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The Guardian view on China’s media controls: the truth doesn’t hurt | Editorial 20 Feb 1:51pm The Guardian view on China’s media controls: the truth doesn’t hurt | Editorial
In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, Beijing has expelled three journalists. The measure is designed to intimidate – and is bad for Chinese citizens as well as the wider publicWe know too little about China, and will soon know a little less. Beijing is
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The Guardian view on a new immigration policy: make it more than tabloid fodder | Editorial 19 Feb 1:36pm The Guardian view on a new immigration policy: make it more than tabloid fodder | Editorial
Boris Johnson saw immigration as the driver of Brexit, and has produced a policy that taps into questions about the nature of workThe government’s proposed
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The Guardian view on foreign-language cinema: great escapes | Editorial 19 Feb 1:35pm The Guardian view on foreign-language cinema: great escapes | Editorial
Parasite’s success is a reminder of how culture can help us to think outside of the Anglo-American boxVictory at the Oscars has been followed by triumph at the box office: Bong Joon-ho’s seventh feature film as director, Parasite, is currently predicted to earn $45m in the US, making it the fourth most successful foreign-language import ever (behind Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Life Is Beautiful and Hero). Meanwhile, the Korean film has
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The Guardian view on Europe after Brexit: unity is strength | Editorial 18 Feb 1:54pm The Guardian view on Europe after Brexit: unity is strength | Editorial
In challenging times, the world needs the EU to be at the top of its game. This week’s budget negotiations are a first testThese are strange and somewhat disorientating times for the European Union. A multipolar world in which China’s influence grows, and Donald Trump’s United States is at best an erratic ally,
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The Guardian view on full employment: fiction not fact | Editorial 18 Feb 1:53pm The Guardian view on full employment: fiction not fact | Editorial
The country followed a rabbit down the austerity hole, but there’s no Brexit wonderland for Britain’s workersHas Britain turned a corner? If you believe the
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The Guardian view on flooded Britain: breaking the waves | Editorial 17 Feb 1:56pm The Guardian view on flooded Britain: breaking the waves | Editorial
The mitigation measures promoted by ministers are important, but a new focus on climate and energy policies is neededWhen Sue Marshall was
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s government: eugenicists not wanted | Editorial 17 Feb 1:55pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s government: eugenicists not wanted | Editorial
A controversial hiring by Downing Street’s Dominic Cummings is not about gaining scientific insight but a strategy of purposeful polarisationDominic Cummings, the chief special adviser to the prime minister, recently advertised for
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Our ideologically driven curriculum fails the test | Letters 17 Feb 1:03pm Our ideologically driven curriculum fails the test | Letters
The recent editorial about the new GCSEs raises readers’ fears about an increasingly restrictive programme in schoolsNo one who knows anything about education – a category that rarely includes government ministers – could disagree with the main thrust of your editorial (
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The Guardian view on apprenticeships: failing the young | Editorial 16 Feb 1:43pm The Guardian view on apprenticeships: failing the young | Editorial
By turning their attention to the muddle surrounding on-the-job training, ministers could prove ‘levelling up’ is more than a sloganThat the government’s apprenticeships programme in England is in trouble is generally accepted, even if it is not widely enough known. While the particular problem most likely to catch the government’s attention is probably funding, since the scheme as currently organised is
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The Guardian view on a comeback for Keynes: revolutionary road | Editorial 16 Feb 1:41pm The Guardian view on a comeback for Keynes: revolutionary road | Editorial
The British economist’s ideas remain as important today as they ever wereThis month, 83 years ago, perhaps the greatest-ever economist published his greatest work. John Maynard Keynes’
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The Observer view on Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle | Observer editorial 16 Feb 2:00am The Observer view on Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle | Observer editorial
Britain’s new government is not fit to face our existential challenges Britain faces the most challenging period of its recent history. It has simultaneously to reshape its place in the international order, wholly remake its trading relationships, recast its economy and forge a new settlement between north and south, all within a few years. Yet the government that purports to be ready to meet these challenges is populated by some of the weakest political and governing talent for generations. When the dust had settled on Boris Johnson’s
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The Observer view on coronavirus | Observer editorial 16 Feb 2:00am The Observer view on coronavirus | Observer editorial
There are still many unknowns about this outbreak but it must be a warning on how to prepare for future pandemicsThe news that coronavirus Covid-19, which has spread across much of China over the past two months, has now claimed its
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The Guardian view on looking for aliens: friends in the sky? | Editorial 14 Feb 7:01pm The Guardian view on looking for aliens: friends in the sky? | Editorial
Recent discoveries in space and Earth sciences have provided encouragement to searchers for distant civilisationsIs there anybody out there? For centuries human beings have wondered, although the ways in which we have gone about this have varied, encompassing spiritual and metaphysical questions as well as scientific ones. As we have gained greater understanding of the universe, however, our searches have taken on more concrete form. Questions about extraterrestrials have become a subject for science rather than science fiction and philosophy. Now a
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The Guardian view on Idlib: nowhere left to run | Editorial 14 Feb 1:25pm The Guardian view on Idlib: nowhere left to run | Editorial
Hundreds of thousands of civilians are fleeing a renewed assault by the Syrian regime, in desperate circumstances. Is anyone paying attention?After the torture and massacre of civilians, after the targeted attacks upon rescuers, doctors and schools, after the barrel bombs and chemical weapons, it should be hard to believe that there could be a new wave of misery for Syria unleashed by Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian backers. Yet here it is. The
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The Guardian view on the reshuffle: Johnson’s cabinet of courtiers | Editorial 13 Feb 1:37pm The Guardian view on the reshuffle: Johnson’s cabinet of courtiers | Editorial
It was billed as a low-key and traditional ministerial shakeout. It has turned out to be a defining seizure of power by No 10When the Conservatives won the election in December, the spring reshuffle was soon touted as a strategic reshaping event for Whitehall. Around Christmas, the
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The Guardian view on the rise in female homicide victims: going backwards | Editorial 13 Feb 1:35pm The Guardian view on the rise in female homicide victims: going backwards | Editorial
Jumps in the numbers of female and child homicide victims should galvanise efforts to tackle domestic and sexual violenceNew figures showing a
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The Guardian view on a Brexit trade deal: tricky but not impossible | Editorial 12 Feb 1:30pm The Guardian view on a Brexit trade deal: tricky but not impossible | Editorial
The UK and EU have very different concepts about what a deal means. The risk is that they could easily end up with nothing
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson in court: Brexit’s war on the law | Editorial 12 Feb 1:25pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson in court: Brexit’s war on the law | Editorial
The prime minister acts as if judges were on the losing side of a culture war. This is a mistake for which democracy may pay a very heavy price.The
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s ‘levelling up’: there’s no quick fix | Editorial 11 Feb 1:30pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s ‘levelling up’: there’s no quick fix | Editorial
The flaw at the heart of the prime minister’s policies is that Britain’s unequal economy is a product of Conservative thinking which remains fundamentally unchangedAfter an election governments tend to do two things. First, ministers take advantage of their
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The Guardian view on new GCSEs: bad news for disadvantaged pupils | Editorial 11 Feb 1:25pm The Guardian view on new GCSEs: bad news for disadvantaged pupils | Editorial
The widening gap between richer and poorer pupils is an indictment of changes spearheaded by Michael GoveThat the
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The Guardian view on Windrush compensation: why the delay? | Editorial 10 Feb 1:30pm The Guardian view on Windrush compensation: why the delay? | Editorial
That only 36 people have received payments is unacceptable when so many suffered so much for so longSince the UK government first apologised for the Windrush scandal in April 2018, 8,000 people have been granted new documents that prove they live in the UK legally. Yet in the 10 months since it was set up,
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The Guardian view on climate anxiety: we live in frightening times | Editorial 10 Feb 1:25pm The Guardian view on climate anxiety: we live in frightening times | Editorial
When psychologists warn that global heating could cause trauma to become normalised, world leaders should take notice“It makes sense” is the first thing to say about the phenomenon being described by psychologists as
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS: it needs more than PR | Editorial 9 Feb 1:51pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS: it needs more than PR | Editorial
The prime minister said the NHS would be funded by the savings made from leaving the EU. When this becomes palpably false, he can blame no one but himselfLast year something odd happened. Public satisfaction with the National Health Service
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The Guardian view on Ireland’s general election: a vote for change, not the status quo | Editorial 9 Feb 1:51pm The Guardian view on Ireland’s general election: a vote for change, not the status quo | Editorial
Sinn Féin’s surge leaves the republic with a political outcome that will struggle to respond to the public moodAs
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The Observer view on the BBC: a force for good | Observer editorial 9 Feb 1:00am The Observer view on the BBC: a force for good | Observer editorial
The case for public service broadcasting is as strong as ever – but Boris Johnson wants to undermine this cherished British institution The BBC’s first director general, Lord Reith, believed that one of the purposes of public service broadcasting was to be a unifying force, “making the nation as one man”. Almost a century later, and despite many predictions of its demise, the BBC remains an overwhelmingly trusted institution, cherished by the British public. Last December, 17.1 million sat down to watch the
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The Observer view on the war in Syria | Observer editorial 9 Feb 1:00am The Observer view on the war in Syria | Observer editorial
Everyone, from governments to the UN, has failed in their duty to bring this shameful conflict to an andThe war in
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The Guardian view on Scottish politics: tough new tests all round | Editorial 7 Feb 1:30pm The Guardian view on Scottish politics: tough new tests all round | Editorial
The scandal over Derek Mackay’s conduct is only one of the challenges facing the party and its opponents, despite the opportunity afforded by BrexitIn UK terms,
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The Guardian view on tackling the new coronavirus: handle with care | Editorial 7 Feb 1:25pm The Guardian view on tackling the new coronavirus: handle with care | Editorial
The human and economic cost of the outbreak which began in China is great, but the most extreme response may not be the bestTo a government which relies upon hammers, everything looks like a nail. But the
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The Guardian view on Trump’s acquittal: over to the voters | Editorial 6 Feb 1:49pm The Guardian view on Trump’s acquittal: over to the voters | Editorial
It was already evident that Republicans would not hold the president accountable. Now it is up to Democrats, and the electorateNot all battles are fought in the belief that they will be won. Some are fought in the belief that conceding in advance would be even worse. Democrats knew Donald Trump was unlikely to be convicted by a Republican Senate when they launched impeachment proceedings; that he would erroneously claim, as he has done,
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The Guardian view on emergency terror laws: nothing to do with Europe | Editorial 6 Feb 1:48pm The Guardian view on emergency terror laws: nothing to do with Europe | Editorial
Tory ministers should stop implying that action against terrorism means turning against European human rights lawsBritish lawyers played a leading part in drafting the
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The Guardian view on HS2: let the train take the strain | Editorial 5 Feb 1:57pm The Guardian view on HS2: let the train take the strain | Editorial
HS2 is well behind schedule and over budget. It can only work as part of an integrated transport plan designed to cut carbon“When in a hole, stop digging” is an iron law of politics, but not one that Boris Johnson recognises. He made his name by flouting conventional wisdom and gives the impression there’s no reason to stop. In the case of High Speed 2 – a railway where costs have doubled to around £100bn – he joked to schoolchildren last week that with a hole this big “
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The Guardian view on the BBC: well worth paying for | Editorial 5 Feb 1:56pm The Guardian view on the BBC: well worth paying for | Editorial
National treasures don’t come cheap, so let’s get realPartway through Wednesday’s
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The Guardian view on the Paterson inquiry: failures of culture and regulation | Editorial 4 Feb 2:06pm The Guardian view on the Paterson inquiry: failures of culture and regulation | Editorial
Testimony from the victims of botched breast surgery makes for distressing reading – and should lead ministers to act The
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The Guardian view on welfare policy: cutting out the poor | Editorial 4 Feb 2:04pm The Guardian view on welfare policy: cutting out the poor | Editorial
Benefits need to be determined by evidence and humanitarian concerns, not just the balance of political powerIn June 2018, the dead body of Errol Graham was
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The Guardian view on terrorists who reoffend: the response must not be rushed | Editorial 3 Feb 1:58pm The Guardian view on terrorists who reoffend: the response must not be rushed | Editorial
The Streatham attack has focused attention on courts and prisons once again, but ministers must think before they actIt is only natural to feel alarmed following
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The Guardian view on Brexit trade talks: to diverge or not to diverge | Editorial 3 Feb 1:54pm The Guardian view on Brexit trade talks: to diverge or not to diverge | Editorial
Britain’s departure from the EU should be a glitch in world trade arrangements, and not the new normalBoris Johnson got
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The Guardian view on Trump’s impeachment trial: the perils of outrageous immunity | Editorial 2 Feb 1:30pm The Guardian view on Trump’s impeachment trial: the perils of outrageous immunity | Editorial
In looking the other way over the president’s corruption and lawbreaking, the Republican party has offered up its soul in exchange for powerThe line that best sums up last week’s Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump probably comes from the lips of Omar Little, the stickup artist who robs drug dealers in HBO’s the Wire. “You come at the king,”
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The Guardian view on deep sea exploration: murky waters ahead | Editorial 2 Feb 1:25pm The Guardian view on deep sea exploration: murky waters ahead | Editorial
This year could be a crucial one for ocean protection – but threats abound. A robust global treaty is neededThe 60th anniversary of the expedition that first took humans to the highest spot on earth – the peak of Everest – was widely celebrated seven years ago. The 60th anniversary of the first expedition to its deepest point has gone
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Will Johnson now lead us along a path to prosperity, or over the White Cliffs of Dover? | Observer editorial 2 Feb 1:00am Will Johnson now lead us along a path to prosperity, or over the White Cliffs of Dover? | Observer editorial
We need to stay close to the EU – for the good of the economy and the cultural ties that bind us So it is done. On Friday night, 47 years of British membership of the European Union and its forebears came to an end. It was a moment that will irrevocably shape the course of our nation’s history, but in quite what direction it is impossible to tell. The paradox of Brexit lives on. Britain has taken a monumental decision from which there is no retreat in the foreseeable future. And yet, three and a half years on from the referendum that heralded our departure, nothing of substance about what it means for our future has been resolved. Brexit continues to be defined by its champions’ hostility to the EU, rather than a realistic vision of what we could become. For some, it is a new beginning; for others, a historic mistake. Some are jubilant at the prospect of a sovereign nation unbound; others grieve for the enforced separation from allies and from the values the European project represents. Where joyful pride and optimism soar, so too in equal measure do hearts sink at narrowing horizons and a shrivelled vision of greatness. Generationally and geographically, Britain remains as divided as ever on Europe. The prime minister’s responsibility is to chart a course that can heal divisions and bring the UK together. That is the rhetoric that infuses his every speech. But the smoke signals point to a different approach. Boris Johnson, they suggest, continues to see Brexit through the prism of the ideological project he used to catapult himself into Downing Street.
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The Guardian view on Britain leaving the EU: still part of Europe | Editorial 31 Jan 6:00pm The Guardian view on Britain leaving the EU: still part of Europe | Editorial
Brexit has happened. It is a defeat to be mourned. But the country will face big choices about its place in the worldWe have lost. We’re out. Stark words and a bleak reality. Britain has now left the European Union. Our departure is a tragic national error, against which this newspaper has
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The Guardian view on Libya and foreign interference: talking peace, shipping arms | Editorial 30 Jan 1:47pm The Guardian view on Libya and foreign interference: talking peace, shipping arms | Editorial
The north African country’s population have suffered years of turmoil, fuelled by the meddling of outside players. The civil war may yet escalateLet’s all be good. This was, in essence, the conclusion of the
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The Guardian view on Labour’s worker ownership plans: power to the people | Editorial 30 Jan 1:46pm The Guardian view on Labour’s worker ownership plans: power to the people | Editorial
Labour can outflank the Tories by rethinking the firm and who controls its surplus rather than just nationalising itIn 1970 Milton Friedman published his seminal
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The Guardian view on Trump’s ‘peace plan’: a con, not a deal | Editorial 29 Jan 2:04pm The Guardian view on Trump’s ‘peace plan’: a con, not a deal | Editorial
A two-state solution came about as the result of a rules-based world order, which Mr Trump detests because it is inimical to the raw power that he prefers to govern global affairsDonald Trump’s Arab-Israeli
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The Guardian view on China and the coronavirus: scrutiny, not stigma | Editorial 29 Jan 2:03pm The Guardian view on China and the coronavirus: scrutiny, not stigma | Editorial
It’s right to scrutinise the official response to the outbreak, but that does not justify spreading wild rumours or discriminating against Chinese peopleThe
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The Guardian view on Huawei and 5G: the risks are real | Editorial 28 Jan 1:46pm The Guardian view on Huawei and 5G: the risks are real | Editorial
Boris Johnson’s decision to green light the Chinese firm’s role in Britain’s digital future was understandable. But maximum vigilance is requiredThe lead-up to Britain’s formal departure from the European Union, at 11pm on Friday, has made headlines mainly due to a somewhat bathetic row
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The Guardian view on a new plan for the arts: doing things differently | Editorial 28 Jan 1:44pm The Guardian view on a new plan for the arts: doing things differently | Editorial
Breaking down barriers is Arts Council England’s latest project. But is the government interested?For the arts “to mean more, to more people”, as Arts Council England (ACE) argues that they should, would be excellent. Music, drama, dance, visual arts, poetry and literature are among the most precious human achievements. To live in a country in which these are more widely shared and enjoyed would be proof that we are making progress. The point is not to entertain or educate people, or bring communities together (although all these things are important). Nor is it all about boosting jobs and investment (although this matters too). Imagination has intrinsic value, and research carried out by ACE in the course of preparing its
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The Guardian view on the Grenfell inquiry: trust must be rebuilt | Editorial 27 Jan 1:43pm The Guardian view on the Grenfell inquiry: trust must be rebuilt | Editorial
New evidence about the refurbishment proves how vital the troubled inquiry into the disaster’s causes isAlong with strong criticism of the London fire brigade, and heartrending testimony about the 72 people who died, the most
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The Guardian view on Italy’s red wall region: saved by the ‘sardines’ | Editorial 27 Jan 1:41pm The Guardian view on Italy’s red wall region: saved by the ‘sardines’ | Editorial
A non-aligned protest movement was crucial in seeing off Matteo Salvini’s attempt to capture the left heartland of Emilia-RomagnaThere were rumours of imminent collapse, but Italy’s red wall held up, albeit battered and with some sections missing. After success in a series of regional elections, including in leftwing Umbria, Matteo Salvini’s League party
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The Guardian view on Holocaust Memorial Day: as necessary as ever | Editorial 26 Jan 1:36pm The Guardian view on Holocaust Memorial Day: as necessary as ever | Editorial
The horrors of Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps will soon be lost to living memory. But the recent rise in xenophobic nationalism underlines the need never to forgetFour years after the liberation of the largest Nazi extermination camp, on 27 January 1945, the German philosopher Theodor Adorno
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The Guardian view on river swimming: stuck in the mud | Editorial 26 Jan 1:36pm The Guardian view on river swimming: stuck in the mud | Editorial
Outdoor bathing is enjoying a resurgence and those responsible for water quality must clean up their actNot until May will the outdoor swimmers of Ilkley, in Yorkshire, find out whether their application for a section of the River Wharfe to become an officially designated bathing area has been accepted. But whatever happens next, their
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The Observer view on the coronavirus outbreak | Observer editorial 26 Jan 1:00am The Observer view on the coronavirus outbreak | Observer editorial
Worldwide health challenges serve as a grave warning to those who would bury their heads in isolationismThe world’s most populous country yesterday celebrated the lunar new year, usually a time of family reunion and joyful celebration. For many Chinese people who have moved away from their place of birth, it is the one time of year they get to visit their familiesThis year the coronavirus outbreak has profoundly muted the celebrations in China, with several cities in lockdown, the imposition of quarantine measures
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The Observer view: US bullying on tax and tech must be resisted | Observer editorial 26 Jan 1:00am The Observer view: US bullying on tax and tech must be resisted | Observer editorial
In response to White House threats over Huawei and digital taxation, Boris Johnson must show Trump he’s no pushoverDonald Trump’s propensity for bullying people is well-known. The US president frequently resorts to threats, insults, heavyhanded pressure tactics and disproportionate retaliation to get his own way. Boris Johnson, a supposed Trump chum, now finds himself on the receiving end in respect of several bilateral disputes, actual or incipient. How Johnson deals with this unpleasant behaviour, and the extent of his willingness to defy Trump, is emerging as a key early test of his premiership. Britain is evidently not alone among America’s allies in having its friendship and fidelity taken for granted. Trump has acted in coarse and offensive ways to the leaders of France and Germany, threatening both with arbitrary trade and financial sanctions as punishment for not doing his bidding. He was
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The Guardian view on moving the Lords: northern power house | Editorial 24 Jan 1:30pm The Guardian view on moving the Lords: northern power house | Editorial
Relocating the upper chamber to York could be good for Britain – but only if its composition and role are radically rethoughtA news organisation that began life as the
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The Guardian view on the case against Glenn Greenwald: an outrage in Brazil and beyond | Editorial 24 Jan 1:25pm The Guardian view on the case against Glenn Greenwald: an outrage in Brazil and beyond | Editorial
The decision to charge the American journalist with cybercrimes is an attack on democracy as well as press freedomThe campaign in Brazil against the investigative journalist
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The Guardian view on the licence fee: the BBC will not be the BBC without it | Editorial 23 Jan 1:59pm The Guardian view on the licence fee: the BBC will not be the BBC without it | Editorial
It would be morally wrong for a government to hoodwink the over-75s with the idea that when their free television licence ends there will be no damage to the BBC if they don’t pay upVictoria Derbyshire has every right to feel aggrieved. The star of her eponymous show, a much-admired BBC Two current affairs programme,
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The Guardian view on looked-after children: time to join the dots | Editorial 23 Jan 1:57pm The Guardian view on looked-after children: time to join the dots | Editorial
The care review promised in the Conservatives’ manifesto should start as soon as possible, and peer into all the troubling gapsThe number of children in care in England is at a
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The Guardian view on Jeff Bezos and Saudi Arabia: with friends like these… | Editorial 22 Jan 1:30pm The Guardian view on Jeff Bezos and Saudi Arabia: with friends like these… | Editorial
Businesses and governments have turned a blind eye to the kingdom’s behaviour because it suited them. Now the costs are clearerWhat is the cost of convenience? Business people may look again at their balance sheets in light of the
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The Guardian view on medieval mystics: a woman’s work | Editorial 22 Jan 1:30pm The Guardian view on medieval mystics: a woman’s work | Editorial
An early-15th-century guide to life as a female hermit, or anchoress, is part of our cultural heritage. Save it for the nationFeminist historiographers have long argued that the recovery of past female experience, often neglected or overlooked, can help deepen and enrich our understanding of the present. The respected American academic Judith M Bennett has
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The Guardian view on the new coronavirus: be alert, not afraid | Editorial 21 Jan 1:29pm The Guardian view on the new coronavirus: be alert, not afraid | Editorial
An outbreak of a pneumonia-causing virus in China is creating alarm. It is sensible to be concerned, but an overreaction would be a mistakeEvery so often, our vague awareness of our vulnerability as a species crystallises around a specific threat. At first, we note with unconcern a handful of cases of a new illness, somewhere far away. Soon it begins to spread. The deaths mount. We start to wonder whether we are being complacent rather than sensible, and whether we are living through the early montage in a disaster movie, in which families bicker over breakfast as news reports on the killer virus play unnoticed in the background. Could this be a new pandemic which will sweep the globe killing tens of millions, as Spanish flu once did? The story of the
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The Guardian view on the Labour leadership: a deep and wide debate | Editorial 21 Jan 1:29pm The Guardian view on the Labour leadership: a deep and wide debate | Editorial
Lisa Nandy is almost certain to be on the ballot for members to choose the next Labour leader. She offers a change not just of speed, but of direction for the partyFifteen years ago, after a third crushing loss, it was widely
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The Guardian view on the BBC: getting ready for the fight of its life | Editorial 20 Jan 1:34pm The Guardian view on the BBC: getting ready for the fight of its life | Editorial
With fierce competition from streaming services and the licence fee under threat, Tony Hall’s successor must get the corporation on the front footTony Hall’s unexpected announcement that he is
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The Guardian view on Davos: capitalists know they must do better | Editorial 20 Jan 1:34pm The Guardian view on Davos: capitalists know they must do better | Editorial
The climate crisis and social unrest could finally force corporate leaders to think beyond the profit motiveWhen Klaus Schwab founded the World Economic Forum in an Alpine ski resort in 1971, he wasn’t to know that the 30-year postwar boom was on its last legs. The original idea of Davos was to promote the German economist’s big idea of “multi-stakeholding” – the notion that companies had broader social responsibilities than the mere pursuit of profit for shareholders. But the subsequent oil crisis, stagflation and recession put paid to any progressive thinking in the boardrooms of the west. As corporate revenues plunged, a different economist laid the theoretical foundations of a new era. By the 1980s,
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The Guardian view on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex: goodbye and good luck | Editorial 20 Jan 2:37am Updated The Guardian view on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex: goodbye and good luck | Editorial
Prince Harry and Meghan will no longer be working royals. That should be in everyone’s interests A centuries-old institution survives not only through the accumulated weight of tradition, but through the ability to make sharp adjustments to its course when it finally realises it must. The British monarchy, by temperament a tortoise, has just put on a turn of speed again. Saturday’s statements from the Queen and the Sussexes will not halt the storm surrounding the couple, but are designed to let the worst of the tempest abate. Less than two weeks before, Prince Harry and Meghan had announced their untenable desire to partially step back, operating half-in and half-out of the institution. Instead, they will effectively
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As I sign off as readers’ editor, I leave some editorial standards for the AI age | Paul Chadwick 19 Jan 2:00pm As I sign off as readers’ editor, I leave some editorial standards for the AI age | Paul Chadwick
As human and artificial intelligence mingle, human traits must prevailInevitably, this column, my last, begins with the letter I. It is because, of all the capitals, an opening “I” takes least space in the current design of Journal, the title of the opinion pages of the printed Guardian where
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The Guardian view on Ireland’s election: a contest with consequences | Editorial 19 Jan 1:25pm The Guardian view on Ireland’s election: a contest with consequences | Editorial
The start of the American presidential race next month may seem more alluring. But the Irish general election is of more immediate importance for BritainBritain’s political class is insular. It rarely shows any interest in foreign elections. That general rule may get bent as the United States presidential election gets into gear in the coming weeks. But the evidence of this country’s default inwardness is that there is an election on this side of the Atlantic in less than three weeks with a far more immediate bearing on Britain than the one in America. This one will get only a fraction of the attention that will be expended on the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. But then this one is in Ireland. Why does
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The Observer view on why Labour leadership candidates must stop ducking the truth | Observer editorial 19 Jan 1:00am The Observer view on why Labour leadership candidates must stop ducking the truth | Observer editorial
If the party is going to prepare for power it must recognise its weaknesses before preparing to build a broad electoral coalitionLabour members and supporters face an awesome responsibility after the party’s worst defeat since 1935. In the coming weeks, the choice of its next leader lies in their hands. Their decision will shape the difficulty and length of Labour’s path to government and determine how effective an opposition it is in the coming years, when the government appears hellbent on delivering a damaging hard Brexit. Britain is in desperate need of a Labour leader who will hold this government to account and who will learn the right lessons from the party’s failures. A six-week spell of hustings events kicked off in Liverpool, with the five leadership candidates setting out their pitches. What they say will reveal the extent to which they can speak hard truths to the left-leaning membership in a way that wins round their support rather than alienates them. One notable difference between this contest and those that have preceded it is the extent to which women dominate the field: a positive step for a party that has never elected a female leader.
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The Observer view on the EU’s weakness on the world stage | Observer editorial 19 Jan 1:00am The Observer view on the EU’s weakness on the world stage | Observer editorial
Its new commission is failing to enact its grand ambitions, as destructive global power games are played out by others It has been a difficult start to 2020 for the EU and the new European commission, which took office last month.
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The Guardian view on ‘flight shaming’: face it – life must change | Editorial 17 Jan 1:30pm The Guardian view on ‘flight shaming’: face it – life must change | Editorial
Individual choices will not solve the climate crisis but ministers should not be encouraging flying
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The Guardian view on Lego for adults: play is a serious business | Editorial 17 Jan 1:25pm The Guardian view on Lego for adults: play is a serious business | Editorial
Toy sales to grownups are growing – offering relief to manufacturers and consumers alike“When I became a man, I put away childish things,” Paul told the Corinthians. Two thousand years on, many grownups are getting them out again. The adult taste for toys has thrown a lifeline to manufacturers faced with shrinking sales. When the London Toy Fair opens next week, the industry will have “kidults” in its sight as well as parents. According to the market research firm NPD, purchases for over-12s account for 23% of all toy sales in Europe, and spending for this age group was 11% higher in the year to September than in the same period in 2016-17. Play can bring parents closer to their children – even if, as the Lego Movie showed, differing expectations can cause tensions. But the primary audience for many of Lego’s new products
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The Guardian view on the Trump trial: a defining moment for the rule of law | Editorial 16 Jan 1:43pm The Guardian view on the Trump trial: a defining moment for the rule of law | Editorial
The impeachment charges are serious and appropriate. They will test the power of Congress to restrain the presidentThe impeachment of a president of the United States is an immensely powerful constitutional act. Donald Trump is only the third president in more than 230 years to face trial in the Senate after being impeached by the House of Representatives. The trial that
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The Guardian view on Putin and power: he’s not going anywhere | Editorial 16 Jan 1:43pm The Guardian view on Putin and power: he’s not going anywhere | Editorial
The Russian president is laying the groundwork to perpetuate his rule when his term ends in four yearsJust over a year ago, Vladimir Putin was asked how Russia would look after his presidential term expires in 2024. To little surprise, he turned the query upon the questioner: “Why are you in such a hurry? I’m not going anywhere yet.” There was no lack of warning about the intentions of Russia’s longest-serving leader since Stalin. A generation that has grown up
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The Guardian view on Trump’s folly: racing to war | Editorial 15 Jan 1:21pm The Guardian view on Trump’s folly: racing to war | Editorial
If the 2015 nuclear pact cannot be rebuilt or a new one struck, then the choice will be to let Iran have the bomb or to bomb IranNext week the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will
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The Guardian view on Brexit bells: striking the wrong note | Editorial 15 Jan 1:20pm The Guardian view on Brexit bells: striking the wrong note | Editorial
Proposals that Big Ben should chime and church bells ring to mark Britain’s departure from the EU should not be given the time of dayIn his 1961 novel
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s policy: divide and rule | Editorial 14 Jan 1:29pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s policy: divide and rule | Editorial
Social class is becoming politically salient again. But who has the policies to win over the working class that has been left behind?Boris Johnson surfaced on Tuesday to give his first
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The Guardian view on Macron’s pensions retreat: one step forward, two steps back | Editorial 14 Jan 1:29pm The Guardian view on Macron’s pensions retreat: one step forward, two steps back | Editorial
The French president must learn the lessons of the concession he has made on pension reform – or he risks the far right exploiting this battle at the next electionIn the end, Emmanuel Macron seems prepared to compromise. After six weeks of strikes involving rail employees, teachers, nurses, ballet dancers, lawyers, concierges, pilots and drivers on the Paris Métro, the French government
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The Guardian view on policing protest: not a job for counter-terrorism | Editorial 13 Jan 1:27pm The Guardian view on policing protest: not a job for counter-terrorism | Editorial
Bracketing Extinction Rebellion with neo-Nazis is grotesque. A review of Prevent must now take placeSurprise will have been many people’s understandable reaction to learning that Extinction Rebellion, the environmentalist network, was
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The Guardian view on two popes: good film, bad idea | Editorial 13 Jan 1:26pm The Guardian view on two popes: good film, bad idea | Editorial
Benedict XVI’s defence of celibacy in the Catholic church has caused problems for Pope Francis. His pope emeritus role is not working outOne of the most engaging films of last year was
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The Guardian view on electoral reform: an argument Labour needs to have | Editorial 12 Jan 1:50pm The Guardian view on electoral reform: an argument Labour needs to have | Editorial
Whichever candidates get through the current stage of the leadership race, proportional representation must be among the ideas they take with themA month after one of the heaviest defeats in its history, the Labour party is on its way to electing a new leader. Clive Lewis and Emily Thornberry have until Monday afternoon to win the support they need from MPs to join Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Jess Phillips in the contest’s second stage. This involves nominations from constituency parties, unions and affiliates, with members and supporters making the final selection and the winner due to be announced at a special conference in April. Questions about the future of Corbynism are at the forefront, with the socialist ticket of Ms Long-Bailey and Angela Rayner, who wants to be deputy, facing a
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The Guardian view on a savings scandal: a star has fallen and an industry is in disgrace | Editorial 12 Jan 1:50pm The Guardian view on a savings scandal: a star has fallen and an industry is in disgrace | Editorial
Neil Woodford was the UK’s most famous fund manager. His fall highlights an industry both lucrative and dysfunctionalIn his classic book A Random Walk Down Wall Street, the Princeton economist Burton Malkiel writes: “A blindfolded monkey throwing darts at a newspaper’s financial pages could select a portfolio that would do just as well as one carefully selected by experts.” Last year, the Wall Street Journal threw darts at a list of shares and pitted the resulting random portfolio against those of the cream of the hedge-fund world. The result?
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Johnson can now deliver a ‘Brexit in name only’. Will he? 12 Jan 2:00am Johnson can now deliver a ‘Brexit in name only’. Will he?
If the PM were the one nation Tory he claims to be, he would – and should – choose to keep Britain aligned with the EUI have occasionally referred over the years to a parody of an editorial which a group of us at the
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The Observer view on Flight 752 and its political fallout | Observer editorial 12 Jan 1:31am The Observer view on Flight 752 and its political fallout | Observer editorial
Trump and Pompeo should act with extreme caution in the wake of this terrible incident The crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 over Iran, which killed all 176 people on board, is a tragedy. The human cost should not be obscured by the recriminations that have followed. Many families in Iran, Canada, Britain and elsewhere have suffered a devastating blow. In addition to the lives lost, countless more lives have been irreparably damaged. The Iranian government’s
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The Observer view on Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back from royal duties | Observer editorial 12 Jan 1:00am The Observer view on Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back from royal duties | Observer editorial
The couple’s decision highlights how outdated is the institution they are desperate to escape ‘Is there anyone in the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so...” Prince Harry’s
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The Guardian view on Northern Ireland deal: take it, move on | Editorial 10 Jan 12:52pm The Guardian view on Northern Ireland deal: take it, move on | Editorial
Party leaders are so sensitively attuned to the bugle notes of sectarian strife that they cannot hear the loud clamour of contemporary lifeThree years to the day that the Northern Ireland assembly collapsed over a public spending scandal triggered by a botched renewable energy scheme, the British and Irish governments
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The Guardian view on the Baftas: Brits need this spotlight | Editorial 10 Jan 12:50pm The Guardian view on the Baftas: Brits need this spotlight | Editorial
A disappointing set of nominations should lead to a re-examination of the Academy’s roleLess than 24 hours after celebrating British success at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, where the TV series Fleabag and The Crown, and Sam Mendes’s film 1917 were among the winners, the British film and TV industry faced embarrassment. The American films Joker, The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood were arguably deserving of at least some of the
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The Guardian view on Harry and Meghan: good instinct and courageous action | Editorial 9 Jan 1:59pm The Guardian view on Harry and Meghan: good instinct and courageous action | Editorial
The Sussexes should not try to have it both ways, but their departure does themselves and the monarchy a favourAfter what
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The Guardian view on Taiwan’s election: an extraordinary comeback – then what? | Editorial 9 Jan 1:58pm The Guardian view on Taiwan’s election: an extraordinary comeback – then what? | Editorial
Polls suggest President Tsai Ing-wen is heading for a second term. Beijing will not welcome the newsWhatever happens when Taiwan’s voters go to the polls on Saturday, its president, Tsai Ing-wen, has made a truly remarkable comeback. Just over two years ago, her Democratic Progressive party (DPP) was humiliated in the midterm local elections. A year ago, her prospects of reelection looked so dim that senior party figures urged her not to run again. Yet for months, polls have given her
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The Guardian view on the US and Iran: relief may be short-lived | Editorial 8 Jan 1:42pm The Guardian view on the US and Iran: relief may be short-lived | Editorial
Tehran’s immediate response to the killing of Qassem Suleimani was carefully controlled. It is also unlikely to spell an end to the crisisRelief at Iran’s significant but calibrated retaliation against the US for the killing of Qassem Suleimani is an understandable and merited instinct. Matters could be much worse today. But there can be no complacency: the dangers have been briefly stayed, not averted. While Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Iran “appears to be standing down”, we will not know the true impact of the killing for months and probably years. The
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The Guardian view on the Brexit talks: time to get real | Editorial 8 Jan 1:41pm The Guardian view on the Brexit talks: time to get real | Editorial
Boris Johnson’s decision to insist on a December deadline was a mistake. But his mandate means he has time to rectify itBoris Johnson’s fascination with the life and times of Winston Churchill is well known. So it was clever of the European commission’s new president, Ursula von der Leyen, to recall on Wedneday how, in 1946, the prime minister’s hero once made the case for a “United States of Europe”. Churchill’s famous intervention helped build the momentum that led to the formation of the European economic community. Ms Von der Leyen, in a speech which preceded a Downing Street meeting with Mr Johnson, said that his postwar call for a new European family remained the best case made for the union. But she acknowledged that, three and a half years after the prime minister successfully campaigned for Vote Leave, the divorce deal between Britain and the EU was “done and dusted” and it was time “for the best and oldest friends to build a new future together”.
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The Guardian view on attitudes to rape: from Ayia Napa to Manchester | Editorial 7 Jan 1:32pm The Guardian view on attitudes to rape: from Ayia Napa to Manchester | Editorial
Two highly unusual cases shed light on our understanding of attitudes towards sexual assaultWhat can the most extreme cases tell us about more common ones? Generalising from extraordinary instances is risky. Yet outliers can still inform us. Their glare does not always distort our vision but can sharpen it too, allowing us to see muted patterns more clearly. The conviction of a British teenager in Cyprus for lying about being gang-raped is such a case. On Tuesday she was handed
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The Guardian view on an ice-sheet collapse: threatening the world’s coasts | Editorial 7 Jan 1:32pm The Guardian view on an ice-sheet collapse: threatening the world’s coasts | Editorial
A scientific expedition to Thwaites glacier aims to provide vital information about the dangers of melting Antarctic ice
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The Guardian view on Labour’s leadership race: a long road back | Editorial 6 Jan 1:36pm The Guardian view on Labour’s leadership race: a long road back | Editorial
After a catastrophic election, the party’s contest to replace Jeremy Corbyn must be conducted in a spirit of honesty and humilityIn the lead-up to Monday’s
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The Guardian view on philanthropy and the bushfires: a reason to hope | Editorial 6 Jan 1:35pm The Guardian view on philanthropy and the bushfires: a reason to hope | Editorial
In an ideal world it would not be left to film stars to point to the science underlying the climate emergency“You are in no position to lecture the public about anything,” Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais told his audience in a pointedly irreverent opening speech on Sunday. By the evening’s end, following statements about the bushfires from actors including Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, he had apparently changed his mind – ending the evening with his own
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The Guardian view on Trump’s war: UK goes from poodle to lapdog? | Editorial 5 Jan 1:47pm The Guardian view on Trump’s war: UK goes from poodle to lapdog? | Editorial
This country will not profit from pursuing a reckless Brexit while hitching ourselves to Donald Trump’s Iranian misadventureA British prime minister
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The Guardian view on the UK housing crisis: no plan to fix it | Editorial 5 Jan 1:45pm The Guardian view on the UK housing crisis: no plan to fix it | Editorial
We need less glorification of power and money, especially from overseas buyers, and more thought given to the wellbeing of citizensThe Conservative party manifesto
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The Observer view on the assassination of Qassem Suleimani | Observer editorial 5 Jan 2:03am The Observer view on the assassination of Qassem Suleimani | Observer editorial
Donald Trump has recklessly imperilled lives by his act of warIt used to be the case that US
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The Guardian view on Trump’s biggest gamble: assassinating an Iranian general could lead to war | Editorial 3 Jan 1:19pm The Guardian view on Trump’s biggest gamble: assassinating an Iranian general could lead to war | Editorial
The president has promised not to involve the US in more ‘endless conflict’ in the Middle East. By following his gut instinct in this case, he risks just thatOne of the few consoling features of Donald Trump’s erratic, self-interested and vainglorious approach to the presidency has been his relative caution in deploying US military power overseas. During his campaign for the White House, Mr Trump promised that, on his watch, the US would not become further entangled in “endless wars” in the Middle East. By and large, for just over three years, he has stuck to that. Last October,
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The Guardian view on unearthing a wartime concerto: let the music play | Editorial 3 Jan 1:19pm The Guardian view on unearthing a wartime concerto: let the music play | Editorial
The reconstruction of a lost work by a once-revered Polish composer offers us all a history lessonThere are times when facts have the quality of a fable. The
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The Guardian view on the bushfires: Australia needs a government with the right priorities | Editorial 2 Jan 1:40pm The Guardian view on the bushfires: Australia needs a government with the right priorities | Editorial
Prime minister Scott Morrison has tried to deflect and distract from the role played by global heating in a national disasterThe sheer scale of the bushfires sweeping through south-east Australia, turning the sky first black, then a terrifying apocalyptic red, defies the imagination. About 5.5m hectares of land has been burned; an area larger than Denmark and the Netherlands put together. This bushfire season began in the Australian spring and the blazes spread far and wide. The vast volume of dust and ash generated has turned the glaciers and snow-capped mountains of New Zealand’s South Island brown. The signs of new and dangerous times are unmistakable. With another wave of unbearable heat expected this weekend, the biggest-ever population exodus is under way from New South Wales, where residents have been told their homes will be “undefendable” in the days to come. In neighbouring Victoria, a state of disaster has been announced, permitting formal evacuation orders to be issued. The army and navy have been deployed to transport residents from affected areas, at risk of further devastation with temperatures forecast to reach the mid-40s celsius by Saturday. The trail of destruction, which has so far led to the loss of 18 lives, has been facilitated by a combination of searing heat, strong winds and a record-breaking three years of drought, which left soil moisture at historic lows.
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The Guardian view on civil service reform: a Cummings plan | Editorial 2 Jan 1:38pm The Guardian view on civil service reform: a Cummings plan | Editorial
Governments are entitled to deliver on their pledges. This requires proper levels of spending and openness to new ways of getting them on time and on budgetBritain’s civil service is often depicted, in
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The Guardian view on internet censorship: when access is denied | Editorial 1 Jan 12:35pm The Guardian view on internet censorship: when access is denied | Editorial
Over the holiday period the Guardian’s leader column examines the challenges of the future by fathoming out the present. Today we look at growing efforts to restrict internet accessFor a long time, the seductive promise of the internet was of expanding horizons. Individual users would reach out, discovering new friends and new prospects. Nation would speak unto nation. That dream was not unfounded, but it was always an incomplete account, and the sceptics are increasingly being proved right. We are entering an age when what defines the internet may be not expansion but contraction; while the number of its users continues to grow, the imaginative and discursive space it offers is under threat. That space is constrained not only by tech firms’ decisions and customers’ choices, but by the diktat of governments. Look to a new record set by India at the end of the year. In mid-December, the internet shutdown in Kashmir – one of several in the country – became the
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The Guardian view on Brexit’s fishy tale: we will need friends at sea | Editorial 31 Dec 2019, 11:57am The Guardian view on Brexit’s fishy tale: we will need friends at sea | Editorial
Over the holiday period the Guardian’s leader column examines the challenges of the future by fathoming out the present. Today we look at why taking back control of our waters is hardFisheries make up a tiny
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The Guardian view on the gig economy: stop making burnout a lifestyle | Editorial 30 Dec 2019, 11:01am The Guardian view on the gig economy: stop making burnout a lifestyle | Editorial
Over the holiday period the Guardian’s leader column examines the challenges of the future by fathoming out the present. Today we look at how platform capitalism makes us less humanA decade ago a ride-hailing service called
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The Guardian view on the honours system: time for a shake-up | Editorial 29 Dec 2019, 1:29pm The Guardian view on the honours system: time for a shake-up | Editorial
Prime ministers have too much patronage. If Boris Johnson really wants to break up the elites, he should reform the honours systemThe British
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The Guardian view on pubs: the heart of the community | Editorial 29 Dec 2019, 1:25pm The Guardian view on pubs: the heart of the community | Editorial
Britons cling to their pubs because they have been engraved on to their heartsThe church has become home to the flower-arranging few. The local high street is losing its appeal. But the disappearance of the British pub feels like it represents something more profound about the ebbing away of community. Hence it is good news that after a decade of decline the number of
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The Observer view on Britain’s future in an uncertain and perilous world | Observer editorial 28 Dec 2019, 4:00pm The Observer view on Britain’s future in an uncertain and perilous world | Observer editorial
Johnson will struggle to get Brexit done, let alone lead the country in an increasingly volatile ageBoris Johnson is fond of metaphors such as an “oven-ready” Brexit. He recently compared the struggle between Leave and Remain to the feuding of Montagues and Capulets. So the prime minister will readily understand, though probably not applaud, our likening of Britain in 2020 to a leaky tramp steamer heading into uncharted waters with a captain of doubtful character at the helm. Is Johnson a new Lord Jim? Time will find him out. To say the coming year is full of challenges is a comforting way of saying Britain will be tested, perhaps to breaking point, in ways not often experienced. A critical hurdle, following Britain’s 31 January departure from the EU, is Johnson’s
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The Guardian view on nurses: restoring grants is not enough | Editorial 27 Dec 2019, 12:46pm The Guardian view on nurses: restoring grants is not enough | Editorial
More support for trainees is a welcome step, but the reasons for the staffing crisis go deeper
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The Guardian view on politics in Wales: a brewing crisis? | Editorial 27 Dec 2019, 12:45pm The Guardian view on politics in Wales: a brewing crisis? | Editorial
What the country is, who represents it and how it articulates its ‘not-England-ness’ after Brexit are questions that this parliament must answer Our starter for 10: who is the first minister of Wales? Got it? Labour’s Mark Drakeford, of course. If you did get it right, well done, because the understated Mr Drakeford would be the first to admit that he does not have quite the same profile as the Scottish first minister,
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The Guardian view on car culture: change is coming | Editorial 26 Dec 2019, 11:00am The Guardian view on car culture: change is coming | Editorial
Over the holiday period the Guardian’s leader column examines the challenges of the future by fathoming out the present. Today we look at the changing shape of car cultureLewis Hamilton’s recent declaration of support for climate action attracted derision as well as plaudits. “I like fuel. Can I say that? I don’t like electric stuff,” was the deliberately
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The Guardian view on the rise of Christian-nativist populists: a troubling sign of things to come | Editorial 25 Dec 2019, 11:00am The Guardian view on the rise of Christian-nativist populists: a troubling sign of things to come | Editorial
Over the holiday period the Guardian’s leader column examines the challenges of the future by fathoming out the present. Today we look at the struggle for the soul of Christianity“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
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The Guardian view on the Bank of England: new boss, new thinking? | Editorial 23 Dec 2019, 1:35pm The Guardian view on the Bank of England: new boss, new thinking? | Editorial
Brexit, climate change and the next recession mean central banking is in danger of becoming a failed paradigm that needs replacingThe appointment of Andrew Bailey as governor of the Bank of England is a
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The Guardian view on the new Scrooge: a charismatic antihero for Christmas | Editorial 23 Dec 2019, 1:32pm The Guardian view on the new Scrooge: a charismatic antihero for Christmas | Editorial
Guy Pearce’s reinvention of Charles Dickens’ creation has been the real revelation of the holiday television schedulesWhen 18th-century Methodists began to turn to the popular music of the day to accompany their hymns, there was a minor furore in the church. The seductive charm of pretty songs was seen by many as Satan at work, undermining moral seriousness. The case for the defence,
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The Guardian view on social care: time for Boris Johnson to prove his one-nation credentials | Editorial 22 Dec 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on social care: time for Boris Johnson to prove his one-nation credentials | Editorial
The prime minister’s healthy majority gives him the breathing space to raise the revenues needed to tackle a national scandalBritain needs the coming break. If the December election provided a splenetic denouement to a dangerously polarised period in public life, Christmas offers a chance to relax and reset the dial of the national mood to a more sustainable level. When politics does return to a divided country, which badly needs to unite and agree on something, the crisis in social care must finally be given the attention it deserves. Over the past two decades, there have been five independent commissions, four government white papers and two green papers addressing the care funding crisis, which becomes more urgent every year as people live longer. No progress has been made, for reasons primarily to do with political cowardice and cynicism. With Brexit no longer consuming all energies, 2020 must be different.
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The Guardian view on Taylor Swift’s fight for her rights: empowering a new generation of artists | Editorial 22 Dec 2019, 1:25pm The Guardian view on Taylor Swift’s fight for her rights: empowering a new generation of artists | Editorial
In 2019, the American singer has helped change the balance of power between creators and the music industryTaylor Swift’s continued dominance was once in doubt. The death knell for the traditional form of pop icon that she represented had been
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The Observer view on the Queen’s speech and Boris Johnson’s promises | Observer editorial 22 Dec 2019, 1:34am The Observer view on the Queen’s speech and Boris Johnson’s promises | Observer editorial
He talks of a compassionate Conservatism, but little he offers will alleviate the plight of the hardest pressed In pledging a “new golden age” for Britain, Boris Johnson has become the third Tory prime minister to promise a break with his party’s Thatcherite past. First came David Cameron, who undertook to deliver a
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s parliament: opposition needs a purpose | Editorial 20 Dec 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s parliament: opposition needs a purpose | Editorial
Labour cannot shackle itself to the PM’s hard Brexit. To do so would in effect be offering up the party’s wrists so Tory handcuffs can be appliedParliament
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The Guardian view on trees for Christmas: our charity appeal is rooted in hope | Editorial 20 Dec 2019, 1:25pm The Guardian view on trees for Christmas: our charity appeal is rooted in hope | Editorial
Fresh evidence of the role played by trees in absorbing carbon, and increased rates of deforestation, have guided our choice of charities this yearThe role of nature in fighting the climate emergency has been one of the biggest environment stories of this year. That’s because scientists no longer believe that emissions reductions will be enough to limit global heating to the 1.5C to 2C promised in the 2015 Paris agreement. That means that as well as limiting future emissions, we must focus attention and resources on finding ways to draw greenhouse gases that have already been released out of the atmosphere. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has long been viewed as an important tool. Increasingly, however, scientists believe that natural climate solutions could prove more effective than technological ones. A
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The Guardian view on the Queen’s speech: glitter but no gold | Editorial 19 Dec 2019, 1:38pm The Guardian view on the Queen’s speech: glitter but no gold | Editorial
The election has transformed many of the Johnson government’s priorities as well as its hopes of delivering themA mere nine weeks have separated the previous Queen’s speech from the one that was delivered by the monarch on Thursday from the throne at Westminster. Boris Johnson’s government was the author of both, and parliament has barely had time to sit during the gap in between. So it might have been reasonable to assume that the two speeches – each of which sets out a Johnson government’s legislative agenda – contained fundamentally the same programme. In fact they were significantly different. The difference is explained by one thing: the result of the general election in between. The
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The Guardian view on Trump’s impeachment: a tale of two courts | Editorial 19 Dec 2019, 1:36pm The Guardian view on Trump’s impeachment: a tale of two courts | Editorial
Republicans will protect the US president in the Senate. The public’s verdict remains to be seenIn 231 years, only three US presidents have been impeached. Now Donald Trump faces two courts. The
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The Guardian view on Brexit transition: a safety valve, not a trap | Editorial 18 Dec 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Brexit transition: a safety valve, not a trap | Editorial
Boris Johnson’s determination to limit the time available for EU trade talks is a triumph of gesture over good governmentAt the start of the election campaign, Boris Johnson promised to
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The Guardian view on Özil, Arsenal and Liverpool: football with a conscience | Editorial 18 Dec 2019, 1:25pm The Guardian view on Özil, Arsenal and Liverpool: football with a conscience | Editorial
The clubs have taken very different stances on human rights issues this week. Commercial interests do not absolve them of social responsibilitiesTwo of England’s most prestigious Premier League football clubs, both owned by US investors, have been confronted by international human rights abuses in recent days, and responded with starkly contrasting positions. Liverpool, who as European champions are competing in Qatar in Fifa’s Club World Cup, produced a carefully diplomatic statement which nevertheless managed to be forthright in supporting improved conditions for
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The Guardian view on Modi’s citizenship law: dangerous for all | Editorial 17 Dec 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Modi’s citizenship law: dangerous for all | Editorial
New Indian legislation purports to help those fleeing persecution abroad – but deepens communal divides at homeThousands nationwide have protested against India’s new citizenship law in recent days, facing a
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The Guardian view on a workers’ party: the country needs one | Editorial 17 Dec 2019, 1:25pm The Guardian view on a workers’ party: the country needs one | Editorial
Boris Johnson will have to do more than steal Labour’s clothes. He must wear them with prideBoris Johnson’s capture of the north suggests a realignment in British politics. Key to holding that territory will be delivering on higher wages and better jobs for blue collar workers. That is why official figures showing that, on average,
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The Guardian view on climate change diplomacy: is Boris Johnson up to it? | Editorial 16 Dec 2019, 1:49pm The Guardian view on climate change diplomacy: is Boris Johnson up to it? | Editorial
Next year the prime minister will have to secure global support for a climate deal while using Brexit to try to undercut the European Union’s environmental protectionsNext year’s United Nations Climate Change conference (COP26) will be
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The Guardian view on sentencing: longer prison terms are a kneejerk response | Editorial 16 Dec 2019, 1:48pm The Guardian view on sentencing: longer prison terms are a kneejerk response | Editorial
Two high-profile cases of former prisoners reoffending have revealed serious flaws. Boris Johnson should look for answers, not cheap shotsThe sentencing of criminals should serve several purposes, but primarily these might be retribution, deterrence, prevention and rehabilitation. Courts and prisons are not most voters’ top priority – as can be seen from the
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The Guardian view on Labour’s defeat: an existential crisis with no easy solution | Editorial 15 Dec 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Labour’s defeat: an existential crisis with no easy solution | Editorial
The party’s traditional coalition of voters has collapsed. A comeback is only possible if it develops a new, more subtle politics of placeAfter the Labour party’s disastrous election defeat in 1983, at the hands of Margaret Thatcher’s Conservatives, Tony Benn famously found a silver lining in the almost unbroken cloud of gloom. Writing in this newspaper, Mr Benn noted that though Labour had been routed, winning only 27.6% of the vote, millions of people had nevertheless voted for an authentically socialist manifesto. This time round, after
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The Guardian view on arts prizes: a 20th-century phenomenon? | Editorial 15 Dec 2019, 1:25pm The Guardian view on arts prizes: a 20th-century phenomenon? | Editorial
This year’s Booker and Turner prizes tell us artists and even judges are repudiating the winner-takes-all award. It may be time to find new ways to celebrate the artsThe past year has been a curious one for cultural prizes. The Booker, when the judges failed to agree on a single winner, ended up being
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The Observer view on where Britain goes after the general election result | Observer editorial 15 Dec 2019, 1:30am The Observer view on where Britain goes after the general election result | Observer editorial
Corbyn was not the leader to address Labour’s decline. It can’t make the same mistake againThis is the most decisive election result for over a decade. Boris Johnson asked the country for a mandate to “get Brexit done”, and last Thursday voters delivered him an overwhelming majority. The result settles once and for all the vexed question of when and whether we will leave the European Union: Britain’s formal exit will happen at the end of next month. But the conclusiveness of the result should not obscure the massive uncertainty that hangs over our future: over what type of Brexit we choose once we have left, a decision that will have huge implications for our economic wellbeing and the integrity of the union. This is the largest Conservative majority the country has seen since 1987, delivered on the biggest share of the vote won by any party since Margaret Thatcher’s first victory in 1979. For Labour, this defeat is its fourth in a row, producing the smallest cohort of MPs the party has seen since 1935. Britain’s electoral map has been upended as the Conservatives have swept to victory with a raft of seats in the north and the Midlands that were not so long ago seen as impregnable Labour strongholds.
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The Guardian view on the 2019 election result: a new political landscape | Editorial 13 Dec 2019, 12:32pm The Guardian view on the 2019 election result: a new political landscape | Editorial
Boris Johnson has redrawn the map and Labour and the Lib Dems are in disarray. Brexit will pass and Scottish independence will move to the centre of the stageFacts are sacred. So any response to the
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The Guardian view on Nobel winner Olga Tokarczuk: light amid the dark | Editorial 13 Dec 2019, 12:31pm The Guardian view on Nobel winner Olga Tokarczuk: light amid the dark | Editorial
The 2019 prize for literature has been mired in controversy. But that should not take away from the humanity and hope offered by the 2018 winnerAcrimony has engulfed the Nobel literature prize over its latest winner’s support for Slobodan Milošević’s genocidal Serbian regime. The ambassadors of Turkey, Albania and Kosovo boycotted Tuesday’s prize ceremony and correspondents who reported on the Balkans conflict, from the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, have joined the protests. The 2019 Nobel should never have been awarded to Peter Handke. The rightful anger has overshadowed the deserving winner of the 2018 prize – honoured simultaneously because last year’s announcement was delayed by the sexual assault scandal that overtook the Swedish Academy. She is the Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk, best known in English for Flights and Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. The former is a poetic meditation on travel; the latter a genre-defying, William Blake-infused story set amid an isolated community on the Czech border, which might be described as a poetic eco-thriller. Tokarczuk’s Nobel lecture bears witness to her belief in the power of literature in a world of information overload and fissiparous, divisive narratives. She uses a particularly striking image: “The world is a fabric we weave daily on the great looms of information, discussions, films books, gossip, little anecdotes. Today the purview of these looms is enormous – thanks to the internet, almost everyone can take part in the process, taking responsibility and not, lovingly and hatefully, for better and for worse”.
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The Guardian view on Myanmar and genocide: humanity on trial | Editorial 12 Dec 2019, 1:41pm The Guardian view on Myanmar and genocide: humanity on trial | Editorial
Criticism of Aung San Suu Kyi’s defence of her country must not overshadow the issue at the heart of the case at the international court of justice: the ongoing suffering of Rohingya MuslimsAung San Suu Kyi’s decision to personally defend Myanmar in the
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The Guardian view on Christmas shopping: the season to be spendthrift? | Editorial 12 Dec 2019, 1:36pm The Guardian view on Christmas shopping: the season to be spendthrift? | Editorial
Retailers are struggling, and evidence suggests this is more about the rise of online shopping than proof that we have reached ‘peak stuff’Shops are struggling. The fortnight before Christmas, and the January sales that follow, will be even more crucial than usual this year to retailers hard-pressed by falling sales and online competition. Footfall in November was down 3.4% on the same month last year.
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The Guardian view on Trump’s impeachment: the integrity of US democracy is at stake | Editorial 11 Dec 2019, 1:46pm The Guardian view on Trump’s impeachment: the integrity of US democracy is at stake | Editorial
The current president’s unfitness for office is a truth that should be self-evident, not an object of partisan rivalryWhile much is unpredictable about the attempt to impeach Donald Trump, one thing can be anticipated with certainty. The US president will show no respect for the process – and no contrition if found guilty.
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The Guardian view on Viktor Orbán’s laws: controlling culture | Editorial 11 Dec 2019, 1:46pm The Guardian view on Viktor Orbán’s laws: controlling culture | Editorial
The backlash over Hungary’s new theatre legislation is not just political drama. It is a democratic and artistic crisisIn a speech last year, the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán gave his definition of what some late 20th-century Marxists used to call hegemony. “An era,” said Mr Orbán, “is a spiritual order, a kind of prevailing mood, perhaps even taste … determined by cultural trends, collective beliefs and social customs. This is the task we are now faced with: we must embed the political system in a cultural era.” Soon afterwards, the Fidesz government, which Mr Orbán leads,
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The Guardian view on general election 2019: A fleeting chance to stop Boris Johnson in his tracks | Editorial 10 Dec 2019, 2:13pm The Guardian view on general election 2019: A fleeting chance to stop Boris Johnson in his tracks | Editorial
The mood may be one of despair, but this election is critical to the country’s future. The best hope lies with Labour, despite its flaws Britain has not faced a more critical election in decades than the one it faces on Thursday. The country’s future direction, its place in the world and even its territorial integrity are all at stake, primarily because this is a decisive election for Brexit. The choice is stark. The next prime minister is going to be either Boris Johnson, who is focused on “getting Brexit done” whatever the consequences, or Jeremy Corbyn, who with a Labour-led government will try to
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s Brexit: no troubling the truth | Editorial 9 Dec 2019, 1:23pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s Brexit: no troubling the truth | Editorial
The prime minister does not care whether he is believed on what he says about his Brexit deal when it comes to Northern Ireland. His insouciance ought to worry us allWhen political historians come to study the arguments and the rhetorical style that shaped this general election, the resignation statement of the British diplomat, Alexandra Hall Hall, should be considered a key document. Ms Hall Hall
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The Guardian view on Finland’s new PM: a different type of leadership | Editorial 9 Dec 2019, 1:23pm The Guardian view on Finland’s new PM: a different type of leadership | Editorial
By becoming the world’s youngest prime minister at the head of a coalition of female-led parties, Sanna Marin reminds us that another politics is possibleThe world’s
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Mince pies for pets take the biscuit | Brief letters 9 Dec 2019, 12:40pm Mince pies for pets take the biscuit | Brief letters
Local theatres | Gina Miller | Festive food | Climate crisis | General election | Boris Johnson | Christmas hitsI read your editorial with a wry smile (
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS plan: trading patient data | Editorial 8 Dec 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS plan: trading patient data | Editorial
Donald Trump has made clear he wants a post-Brexit Britain to let US tech companies and big pharma access medical recordsThe NHS is a goldmine of patient data which the United States wants to be quarried by some of its biggest companies. Britain’s health service is home to a unique medical dataset that covers the entire population from birth to death. Jeremy Corbyn’s NHS press conference revealed that the US wanted its companies to get unrestricted access to the UK’s medical records, thought to be
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The Guardian view on North Korea: a brewing nuclear crisis | Editorial 8 Dec 2019, 1:29pm The Guardian view on North Korea: a brewing nuclear crisis | Editorial
Pyongyang’s truce with Washington could end with terrible results. To avoid that, international efforts – notably from the US – are neededNorth Korea often appears to have styled itself upon a James Bond adversary. We have seen the dramatic announcement of a deadline (New Year), followed by the arch threat that “it is up to the US what Christmas gift it will choose to get”. (Experts predict a missile test.) Its fondness for baroque menace is matched by its flair for provocation – Sunday saw the
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The Observer view on who to vote for in the general election | Observer editorial 8 Dec 2019, 1:30am The Observer view on who to vote for in the general election | Observer editorial
After a tawdry campaign of lies and racism, the choice is clear – anyone but JohnsonThis is a historic election, the most important choice voters have faced in decades. The result will determine whether Britain as we know it exists in a generation or whether the union will have splintered beyond repair. It will shape the nation’s economic wellbeing: whether we make countless lives harder by cutting ourselves off from our biggest trading partner or maintain our close relationship with the EU. It will influence the type of society we are: whether the number of children who grow up in abject poverty and the number of people sleeping rough – stains on our collective conscience– will continue to rise. It will decide the sustainability of the world we bequeath to our children and grandchildren. Yet there is no disguising that this is an election of last resort, the product of an unedifying journey through months of parliamentary gridlock. None of the options inspires enthusiasm; the campaign has been underwhelming and uninspiring. But the gloomy sense it leaves – that our politics is unequal to the tests that lie ahead – must not obscure the momentous nature of the decision voters must make on Thursday.
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The Guardian view on schools for the future: no thanks to more of the same | Editorial 6 Dec 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on schools for the future: no thanks to more of the same | Editorial
The Conservatives’ promise to replace lost funding should not be allowed to mask the paucity of their ideasSchool cuts proved to be an achilles heel for Theresa May in the 2017 election, and Boris Johnson learned from her mistake. In September, the Conservatives announced a £4.4 billion per year increase in funding for English schools (education is a devolved issue) that was calculated to neutralise Labour attacks. Polling suggests that
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The Guardian view on local theatres: the shows must go on | Editorial 6 Dec 2019, 1:25pm The Guardian view on local theatres: the shows must go on | Editorial
Theatres across the UK are struggling to provide the opportunities that actors and audiences needFrom the Ffwrnes in Llanelli to Eden Court in Inverness, the UK’s approximately 1,200 theatres will see larger than usual audiences in the next few weeks. Pantomimes are not just fun for families: with around 3 million tickets sold annually, they are one of the most reliable income streams for many venues. They are also crucial bonding exercises between arts organisations and the communities they serve. Strengthening this relationship, so that people pay more than one annual visit, is a challenge for all those who want local theatres to flourish. Cuts have lent such concerns a new urgency. Arts Council England capital grants have halved in eight years, while some local authorities have virtually stopped arts funding altogether. As a consequence, and even though overall audience figures are healthy, theatres across the UK are struggling to continue to present fresh work and maintain their buildings.
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s constitutional changes: he cannot be trusted | Editorial 5 Dec 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s constitutional changes: he cannot be trusted | Editorial
The Tory leader will not spell out what his manifesto means. But the threat to law and democracy from many of his ideas is immenseIn the context of one of the most worrying threats to liberty and the constitution in decades, the future of John Bercow may seem a petty matter. Yet if you seek a small indication of how a Boris Johnson majority government might behave more generally, then whether Mr Bercow is given a peerage might offer the public an insight. Ever since the 18th century, almost every Commons Speaker, good or bad, has been given a peerage when they step down. Mr Bercow has not yet been offered one but
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The Guardian view on Bolivia: respect the people | Editorial 5 Dec 2019, 1:25pm The Guardian view on Bolivia: respect the people | Editorial
Those who ousted Evo Morales insisted their priority was defending democracy. They should live up to those wordsThe crisis that toppled Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, last month has – for now, at least – settled into a political conflict rather than a struggle on the streets. But Bolivia’s prospects depend upon the rightwing interim government’s swift delivery of free and fair elections and its willingness to reach out to all communities. Though the government has now pulled back to some degree, its initial actions instead made its leading figures and supporters look vindictive, ruthless and bigoted. Interim president Jeanine Áñez vowed to unify the country when she took power – but packed the cabinet with members of the conservative elites and boasted that “God has allowed the Bible back into the palace” of a secular country. She exempted the military from criminal prosecution when maintaining public order; at least 17 indigenous protesters died after
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The Guardian view on Trump and Johnson: a toxic alliance | Editorial 4 Dec 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Trump and Johnson: a toxic alliance | Editorial
The prime minister kept a calculated distance from the US president at the Nato summit because he knows their similarities play badly with votersA US president’s low-key exit from a Nato summit, skipping the traditional press conference, would once have been perceived as a snub to the host government. But Donald Trump’s departure from London will come as a relief to Boris Johnson. Mr Trump is a fan of Brexit and praises the prime minister as the man to deliver it, but his presence in the country was an electoral hazard for the Conservatives. Some British voters admire Mr Trump, or find him entertaining, but more do not. It is no recommendation for the Tory leader to be liked by a man notorious for dishonesty, ignorance, narcissism and chauvinism.
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The Guardian view on looking back: in search of lost time | Editorial 4 Dec 2019, 1:25pm The Guardian view on looking back: in search of lost time | Editorial
The BFI’s much-loved film archives remind viewers that exploring the past can enhance the presentWhat is it about the past that so captivates, fascinates and moves us? Nostalgia has become associated with a misty-eyed desire to return, via Brexit, to a perfect England that never was. But looking back is not necessarily a backwards move. Our relationship with what has been is far subtler and more complex than a Nigel Farage speech. The BFI National Archive has just revealed
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s poverty plan: spread it widely? | Editorial 3 Dec 2019, 1:29pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s poverty plan: spread it widely? | Editorial
Mr Johnson once thought ‘destitution on a Victorian scale’ might be a good thing. With Tory policies he may yet deliver such a dystopiaDid Boris Johnson watch Channel 4’s documentary Growing Up Poor? He should have. The film is a seminal moment in television which has made people
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The Guardian view on Germany’s Social Democrats: turning left is a risky but necessary gamble | Editorial 3 Dec 2019, 1:29pm The Guardian view on Germany’s Social Democrats: turning left is a risky but necessary gamble | Editorial
The SPD’s participation in Angela Merkel’s coalition governments has coincided with a collapse in its support. The party’s new leaders can renew its appealAugust Bebel, one of the founders of the German SPD, liked to make a robust case for preserving clear blue ideological water between political parties. “If your opponent praises you, beware!” Bebel once said. “But if he gets stuck into you, you are usually on the right way.” Last weekend a narrow majority of members of one of the world’s oldest democratic parties appeared to judge that sound advice.
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The Guardian view on the climate election: reasons to be hopeful and fearful | Editorial 2 Dec 2019, 1:50pm The Guardian view on the climate election: reasons to be hopeful and fearful | Editorial
The world’s first TV climate debate of party leaders sent a strong signal. So did Boris Johnson’s refusal to take partLast week’s
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The Guardian view on Amazon’s football coup: beware tech giants bearing gifts | Editorial 2 Dec 2019, 1:49pm The Guardian view on Amazon’s football coup: beware tech giants bearing gifts | Editorial
The US experience of watching sport online should ring alarm bells for those who prize the Premier League’s ability to bring people togetherIn the late 1960s, the American author and tech seer Richard Brautigan wrote lyrically of “a cybernetic meadow / where mammals and computers / live together in mutually / programming harmony / like pure water / touching clear sky”. Mr Brautigan called his utopian cyberpastoral poem All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace. This week, his meadows will turn into football pitches, as millions in Britain and elsewhere commune with laptops and smartphones to access the first full round of Premier League matches to be streamed online. For the relatively modest sum of £90m,
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University strikes offer a lesson in principles, pay and pensions | Letter 2 Dec 2019, 1:36pm University strikes offer a lesson in principles, pay and pensions | Letter
Academics respond to coverage about the ongoing disruption and suggest ways to resolve the issuesYour editorial is right to emphasise the wider issues in the strike by university lecturers and support services (
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How the Guardian is moving on from a misjudged editorial | Paul Chadwick 1 Dec 2019, 2:00pm How the Guardian is moving on from a misjudged editorial | Paul Chadwick
New processes have been put in place after the publication of a leading article that caused complaintsIn approaching a newspaper’s editorial, readers can reasonably expect that it is more than the personal view of its author. Many readers think that the unsigned opinion, supported by the masthead, is the result of a systematic and deliberative process, and that the editorial is the considered view, if not of the owner, then of the editor. An editorial in any paper can be perceived as a corporate or institutional view. It is not necessarily a collective or representative one. Consciously or not, editorials, also known as leaders, are a way newspapers assert identity, attempt overt influence, and differentiate themselves in the marketplace, especially at election times.
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s fact-free claims: PM dodging responsibility for terror attack | Editorial 1 Dec 2019, 1:54pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s fact-free claims: PM dodging responsibility for terror attack | Editorial
Austerity has made it impossible to be tough on radicalisation in prisons and tough on the causes of radicalisation outside themBoris Johnson took his disinformation campaign to the BBC on Sunday with a
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The Guardian view on truth and art: fiction as a guide | Editorial 1 Dec 2019, 1:54pm The Guardian view on truth and art: fiction as a guide | Editorial
Ambiguity and complexity – Keats’s ‘negative capability’ – are missing from our world todayIn a letter of 1817, John Keats wrote: “It struck me what quality went to form a Man of Achievement, especially in Literature, and which Shakespeare possessed so enormously – I mean Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” One thing in this quotation stands out: the notion that
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The Observer view: Tehran’s power is spreading, and with it comes violence | Observer editorial 1 Dec 2019, 2:03am The Observer view: Tehran’s power is spreading, and with it comes violence | Observer editorial
With the embattled prime minister set to step down, the tide appears to be turning against Iran’s influenceThe resignation of Iraq’s prime minister,
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The Observer view on the London Bridge attack: no place for populist posturing | Editorial 1 Dec 2019, 1:31am The Observer view on the London Bridge attack: no place for populist posturing | Editorial
Boris Johnson and Priti Patel are trying to make political capital out of a tragedy that has grown out of Tory cutsTerrorists seek to undermine our democratic norms and liberal values by sowing fear and hatred. The horrific scenes from
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The Guardian view on the Nato summit: the Watford credibility gap | Editorial 29 Nov 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on the Nato summit: the Watford credibility gap | Editorial
Donald Trump’s visit will grab the headlines. But in such an important election, the future of Europe’s defence is a much larger long-term challenge for BritainBritish political attention during next week’s
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The Guardian view on the Daphne Caruana Galizia investigation: the ministerial connection | Editorial 29 Nov 2019, 1:25pm The Guardian view on the Daphne Caruana Galizia investigation: the ministerial connection | Editorial
A fact-finding mission is not a sufficient response by the EU to the crisis engulfing Malta’s governmentThe resignation of Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat,
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The Guardian view on China, Hong Kong and Xinjiang: will the truth hurt? | Editorial 28 Nov 2019, 1:43pm The Guardian view on China, Hong Kong and Xinjiang: will the truth hurt? | Editorial
It has been a bad week for Beijing, with new support for pro-democracy protesters and detailed evidence of the repression in the north-western regionBeijing was never going to welcome the news that the US had passed a law backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. But its
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The Guardian view on Labour and Tories: radical economics now the norm | Editorial 28 Nov 2019, 1:43pm The Guardian view on Labour and Tories: radical economics now the norm | Editorial
Whoever wins the election is likely to make sure that their heretical gamble will be vindicatedIs this election turning out to be a Lutheran moment for the Church of Economics? If one listens to the high priests of the dismal science it might seem so. The Institute for Fiscal Studies says neither the Conservatives nor Labour have produced a “
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson and the NHS: a problem of trust | Editorial 27 Nov 2019, 1:56pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson and the NHS: a problem of trust | Editorial
The prime minister’s promise to protect the health service in trade talks is made worthless by his record of lies and broken pledgesWhether Conservatives can be trusted with the NHS is an old question at election time. Whether Boris Johnson can be trusted on anything is an issue for the current campaign. The two questions make a dangerous combination for the Tory leader, who is expecting the country to believe that he would protect the health service in a post-Brexit trade deal with Donald Trump. There is not much reason to believe that he would. On Wednesday Labour sought to probe that concern, revealing documents containing a full account of preliminary discussions between US and UK officials.
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The Guardian view on Italy’s ‘Sardine’ movement: politics with panache can defeat the hard right | Editorial 27 Nov 2019, 1:51pm The Guardian view on Italy’s ‘Sardine’ movement: politics with panache can defeat the hard right | Editorial
Spontaneous rallies opposing Matteo Salvini’s divisive rhetoric have captured imaginations. They offer a model that could be emulated elsewhereFor over a decade, the dominant theme in European politics has been the emergence of movements that seek to dramatise and exploit social divisions through crude and aggressive sloganeering. One of the trendsetters in this regard was the comedian Beppe Grillo, who in
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The Guardian view on antisemitism and Labour: a shadow over the body politic | Editorial 26 Nov 2019, 1:59pm The Guardian view on antisemitism and Labour: a shadow over the body politic | Editorial
Jeremy Corbyn must tackle racism to make good on his promise to unify the countryThis is turning out to be an election like no other. There is a mood abroad in the UK in which personal feelings about politicians and perceptions about the state of the country are stretching traditional loyalties to breaking point. No one can miss the raw hostility from those in one party toward those in the others. The perceived stakes appear so high that they justify extreme measures. A decade of austerity opened up a debate about the divisions in British society; since 2016 the emotional pitch of arguments has been raised to an intensity not seen before. Brexit is a case in point. How we depart from the European Union will change this country for ever. Political identities have become shaped by the way people voted in 2016, hardened by a cultural divide. To capitalise on this Boris Johnson peddles a hard Brexit while disgracefully
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The Guardian view on Iran’s protests: unrest is crushed, unhappiness endures | Editorial 26 Nov 2019, 1:51pm The Guardian view on Iran’s protests: unrest is crushed, unhappiness endures | Editorial
The third outbreak of demonstrations in three years reflects deepening economic woes and a sense of hopelessnessThe cycle of protest and vicious repression is grimly familiar
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The Guardian view on university strikes: a battle for the soul of the campus | Editorial 25 Nov 2019, 2:00pm The Guardian view on university strikes: a battle for the soul of the campus | Editorial
The market model in higher education has created an intellectual precariat who are right to fight backIn his essay
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The Guardian view on Grace Millane’s murder: outlaw the ‘rough sex’ defence | Editorial 25 Nov 2019, 1:58pm The Guardian view on Grace Millane’s murder: outlaw the ‘rough sex’ defence | Editorial
Men who kill women must not be allowed to blame them in court for asking to be harmedThere are many reasons to be upset by the violent
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The Guardian view on the Tory manifesto: dangerous despite its caution | Editorial 24 Nov 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on the Tory manifesto: dangerous despite its caution | Editorial
The Conservative programme unveiled by Boris Johnson rests upon a central untruth: the promise to ‘Get Brexit Done’The Conservative manifesto
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The Guardian view on prisons and mothers: an injustice | Editorial 24 Nov 2019, 1:27pm The Guardian view on prisons and mothers: an injustice | Editorial
The shameful treatment of pregnant inmates and of the children of jailed women must be addressed. No babies should be born behind barsShock and outrage was the widespread reaction to the death of a newborn baby girl at Bronzefield prison in Surrey in September, after her mother (neither have been named) gave birth alone in her cell at night. How could a such a thing have happened in the UK in 2019? Eleven inquiries were launched. A justice minister, Lord Keen, declared the incident “distressing” and “rare”. So it was extraordinarily disturbing to learn, through a
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The BBC’s fabled impartiality was only ever an elite consensus | Tom Mills 24 Nov 2019, 12:57pm The BBC’s fabled impartiality was only ever an elite consensus | Tom Mills
A basic establishment orientation accounts for the crisis of legitimacy the corporation – and its journalists – now facesThe BBC’s friends are starting to worry about it. At a time when we urgently need public media to reinvent itself, its leadership seems insular and inert. The only real signs of life are during a reputational crises, when the management swings into action only to look both autocratic and anarchic. We saw this most recently with the Editorial Complaints Unit’s baffling ruling against
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The Observer view on Isis children stranded in Syria | Observer editorial 24 Nov 2019, 1:30am The Observer view on Isis children stranded in Syria | Observer editorial
Priti Patel’s resistance to bringing back the British orphans is not only wrong but it could create a security threat in the futureWhat is Priti Patel so afraid of? Is it British children orphaned during the conflict with Islamic State who want to return home? Or is she scared that fellow rightwing Tories may accuse her of being “soft” on terrorism? The home secretary says the stranded children, about 60 in total, pose “security concerns”. As the
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The Observer view on the Labour manifesto: a bold vision, but is it less than the sum of its parts? | Observer editorial 24 Nov 2019, 1:29am The Observer view on the Labour manifesto: a bold vision, but is it less than the sum of its parts? | Observer editorial
Jeremy Corbyn has laid out his plans for a greener, fairer land. But will voters be convinced of his ability to deliver them?Britain goes into this general election a harsher country in which to live than it was 10 years ago. A decade of sweeping public spending cuts has destroyed any notion of a decent welfare safety net; services for the vulnerable have suffered eye-watering reductions in local government grants; schools and hospitals have been stretched beyond capacity. Meanwhile, a government more concerned with signalling its toughness on immigration than upholding basic standards of decency has wrongly deported people who have legally lived and paid taxes in this country for decades and in the name of the hostile environment has introduced policies that have been
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The Guardian view on election economics: there is an alternative | Editorial 22 Nov 2019, 12:56pm The Guardian view on election economics: there is an alternative | Editorial
Economics dominates public debate while being seen as an abstract authority over which people have little control. That must changeOn BBC Question Time on Thursday there was an
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The Guardian view on Venice: how to save it | Editorial 22 Nov 2019, 12:56pm The Guardian view on Venice: how to save it | Editorial
The city is sinking and time is running out for a solution that must go beyond flood preventionAfter the flood, the terrible reckoning: this week it emerged that
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The Guardian view on the Labour manifesto: bold pledges for anxious times | Editorial 21 Nov 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on the Labour manifesto: bold pledges for anxious times | Editorial
Jeremy Corbyn has three weeks to win the argument with his strikingly radical tax and spending pledgesLabour’s 2019 general election
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The Guardian view on George Eliot: a novelist for now | Editorial 21 Nov 2019, 1:25pm The Guardian view on George Eliot: a novelist for now | Editorial
It is 200 years since the birth of George Eliot, and her artistic virtues – humanity, honesty, seriousness – are more necessary than everVirginia Woolf famously called Middlemarch “one of the few novels written for grown-up people”. George Eliot, its author (Mary Ann Evans until she chose her pen name), was born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, 200 years ago, on 22 November 1819. For her, the work of the writer – of everyone – was to understand individuals despite their flaws. And not in isolation, but as part of a web of intertwined lives that together form society itself. Middlemarch, perhaps her masterpiece, has two central characters who make particular claims on the reader, the idealistic Dorothea Brooke and the talented doctor Tertius Lydgate. The novel’s grown-upness lies partly in the way that Eliot calmly offers the reader not fairytale endings but marriages beset by compromise and dissatisfaction, by talents left unfulfilled. This serious realism swerves earnestness through a skilled deployment of sly wit. Eliot’s first description of Dorothea – pious, verging on priggish, but brimming with an unacknowledged sexuality – is simply perfect. “Riding was an indulgence which she allowed herself in spite of conscientious qualms; she felt that she enjoyed it in a pagan sensuous way, and always looked forward to renouncing it.”
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The Guardian view on the Lib Dem manifesto: missing the moderate opportunity | Editorial 20 Nov 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on the Lib Dem manifesto: missing the moderate opportunity | Editorial
Jo Swinson’s commitment to revoke article 50 is a drastic measure that sits awkwardly with her party’s claim to the centre groundBritain’s electoral system is cruel to small parties. What prominence they achieve in mid-term local government ballots and byelections is lost in a general election, when cultural habit and constituency arithmetic see the traditional Labour-Conservative duopoly reassert itself in England. In a general election the identity of the next prime minister is also uppermost in voters’ minds. That person is unlikely to be
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The Guardian view on extraditing Julian Assange: don’t do it | Editorial 20 Nov 2019, 1:24pm The Guardian view on extraditing Julian Assange: don’t do it | Editorial
The US case against the WikiLeaks founder is an assault on press freedom and the public’s right to knowSweden’s decision to
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The Guardian view on the TV election debate: political theatre needs a new script | Editorial 19 Nov 2019, 5:06pm The Guardian view on the TV election debate: political theatre needs a new script | Editorial
The UK requires an alternative to the mean-spirited and sterile political conversations that have dominated political life since 2016Jeremy Corbyn rose to power on the back of the incontestable argument that Britain needed a kinder, more decent politics. Boris Johnson promised to be an inclusive “one nation” Conservative. There was little of either sentiment on display in the first televised election
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The Guardian view on Israeli settlements: still illegal | Editorial 19 Nov 2019, 2:10pm The Guardian view on Israeli settlements: still illegal | Editorial
The Trump administration’s declaration cannot change international law. But it will be seen as a green light for expansion and annexationThe secretary of state’s
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The Guardian view on Hong Kong: a city on the brink | Editorial 18 Nov 2019, 1:54pm The Guardian view on Hong Kong: a city on the brink | Editorial
The authorities’ repression has only fuelled the crisis. It is up to them to de-escalate, as others should tell themHong Kong is burning. The authorities continue to pour fuel on the fire. On Monday, the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist party, warned that there is “absolutely no room for compromise”. But it is not merely that Beijing and the Hong Kong government will not take a step back; they continue to escalate the crisis. As the newspaper commentary was published, Hong Kong Polytechnic University was
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The Guardian view on British children in Syria: bring them back | Editorial 18 Nov 2019, 1:52pm The Guardian view on British children in Syria: bring them back | Editorial
The government’s decision to block the rescue of 60 children, including orphans and toddlers, was a terrible mistakeThe
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The Guardian view on Prince Andrew: entitled, obtuse and shamefully silent over Epstein’s victims | Editorial 17 Nov 2019, 1:29pm The Guardian view on Prince Andrew: entitled, obtuse and shamefully silent over Epstein’s victims | Editorial
The Duke of York’s interview with Emily Maitlis revealed a man lacking in empathy and moral discernmentThere was a moment towards the end of Emily Maitlis’s
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TThe Guardian view on political turbulence in Germany: can the centre hold? | Editorial 17 Nov 2019, 1:26pm TThe Guardian view on political turbulence in Germany: can the centre hold? | Editorial
The country’s traditional powerhouses on the centre-left and the centre-right face a moment of reckoningPostwar German politics has a reputation for being moderate, consensual and a touch on the dull side. But there have been moments of high drama. In November 1959, for example, the Social Democratic party (SPD)
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The Observer view on Evo Morales and Bolivia | Observer editorial 17 Nov 2019, 1:30am The Observer view on Evo Morales and Bolivia | Observer editorial
The former president was a victim of his own refusal to hand over power Broadly speaking,
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The Observer view on the 2019 election campaigns: bare-faced lies are undermining trust in democracy | Observer editorial 17 Nov 2019, 1:30am The Observer view on the 2019 election campaigns: bare-faced lies are undermining trust in democracy | Observer editorial
The more the truth falls by the wayside the less incentive there is for parties to give voters properly costed policiesDemocracy relies on accurate information. If voters are subjected to a cacophony of political claims between which it is almost impossible to sift fact from fiction, how can they be said to have made a meaningful choice? This is why the proliferation of “fake news” – false, fabricated or deliberately misleading information – poses such an existential threat to the legitimacy of the democratic process. This election campaign is highlighting the extent to which it is not just shadowy players in the background who are involved in spreading fake news. It is increasingly something that certain politicians, in particular, the Tory party under Boris Johnson, are themselves creating and propagating in an effort to discredit their rivals.
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The Guardian view on Labour’s broadband nationalisation: radical and necessary | Editorial 15 Nov 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Labour’s broadband nationalisation: radical and necessary | Editorial
Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to offer free high-speed internet across Britain is canny politics and an economic idea whose time has comeBritain is in the slow lane when it comes to the internet. Fewer than one in 12 premises in Britain have access to full-fibre connections capable of delivering speeds greater than 1 gigabit per second. By comparison in Spain more than 70% can connect via such networks. In South Korea the figure is close to 100%. So Jeremy Corbyn’s promise to give every home and business in the UK
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The Guardian view on the NHS and the election: money talks | Editorial 15 Nov 2019, 1:25pm The Guardian view on the NHS and the election: money talks | Editorial
The health service is in crisis and Tory cuts are to blame. But bigger budgets are not the only answerThe health service is a big issue in any UK election. There are two main reasons why, this time round, the arguments are particularly fraught. One is the sense of crisis engulfing the system after a decade of cuts, with A&E waiting times in England the worst on record, and a
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s impeachment: a grave and necessary process | Editorial 14 Nov 2019, 1:28pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s impeachment: a grave and necessary process | Editorial
If the US president tried to enlist Ukraine to investigate his rivals he broke his oath of office and threatened America’s securityThere are multiple reasons why Donald Trump ought not to be the president of the United States. However, there are only two ways of removing him from the office he has occupied for the past three years. One is to vote him out at the ballot box, which Americans will have the opportunity to do in a year’s time. The other is for Congress to impeach him, a process that began on Capitol Hill
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The Guardian view on Sri Lanka’s election: danger ahead | Editorial 14 Nov 2019, 1:27pm The Guardian view on Sri Lanka’s election: danger ahead | Editorial
Voters choose a new president this weekend on the Indian Ocean island. If they opt for the Rajapaksa family it augurs badlyThere are worse things than disappointment, as Sri Lankans may find out when they go to the polls
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The Guardian view on trade after Brexit: a new cliff edge looms | Editorial 13 Nov 2019, 1:53pm The Guardian view on trade after Brexit: a new cliff edge looms | Editorial
Tesla’s decision not to locate a factory in the UK exposes a fatal flaw in Boris Johnson’s planThe pace of an election campaign tests the attention span of even the most committed observer. In a less frenzied climate, political debate might have dwelt, for example, on the declaration by Elon Musk, founder of carmaker Tesla, that Brexit has deterred him from
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The Guardian view on Steve McQueen’s Year 3 project: a portrait of hope | Editorial 13 Nov 2019, 1:50pm The Guardian view on Steve McQueen’s Year 3 project: a portrait of hope | Editorial
A new work consisting of class photographs of 76,000 London schoolchildren shows the way forward for public art with depth and dignityAn unashamedly joyful sign greets visitors at the entrance of Tate Britain in London. “The gallery is full of children!” it reads. The young people are here to see the fruits of a
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The Guardian view on Hong Kong: policing the crisis | Editorial 12 Nov 2019, 1:28pm The Guardian view on Hong Kong: policing the crisis | Editorial
Brutal treatment of protesters and a government that will not listen have inflamed a dangerous situationHong Kong is unrecognisable. In less than six months a global financial centre known for its efficiency and pragmatism has become consumed by rage and violence. On Tuesday, as police stormed a university campus to arrest students, and their teargas and rubber bullets were met by petrol bombs, parts of the campus looked
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