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Whether to like Nick Clegg’s move to Facebook | Letters9h Whether to like Nick Clegg’s move to Facebook | Letters
Clegg’s move to Facebook is mistimed, says
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Space travel is not a matter of genius | Letters9h Space travel is not a matter of genius | Letters
Richard Branson is just aiming to emulate what Nasa managed nearly 60 years ago, writes
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Poison Ivy was the brains behind the Cramps | Brief letters9h Poison Ivy was the brains behind the Cramps | Brief letters
Crime rates | Jamal Khashoggi | Toilet goldfish | Female guitaristsIt cannot be a coincidence that the rates of homicide, burglary and attacks on women are at the highest rate in 10 years (
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The history and horror of the Great War | Letters20h The history and horror of the Great War | Letters
The Observer’s Armistice supplement gave readers plenty to mull – and in some cases weep – overMay I add to your excellent Armistice supplement. Between 1958 and 1961, I was in digs in Norfolk with a gamekeeper. He had spent the whole of the First World War in France on a bicycle running errands. He was probably given the job because, as a gamekeeper, he knew about finding cover. More than 40 years later he was still talking about the war. The worst part, he said, was the starvation in the trenches when it was over. There was so much celebration in London that everyone had forgotten the men in the trenches still needed feeding.
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Loneliness is a touchy and complicated subject | Letters 19 Oct 11:56am Loneliness is a touchy and complicated subject | Letters
Warm hugs can stave off the effects of social isolation, argues professional cuddle therapist
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Black soldiers’ role in the first world war | Letters 19 Oct 11:54am Black soldiers’ role in the first world war | Letters
While it is true that on the western front British West Indies troops were used mainly as labour units, they were certainly armed, writes
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Female architects lose in surname game | Letters 19 Oct 11:50am Female architects lose in surname game | Letters
Missing architectural female partners seem restricted to those who did not take their husband’s surname, says
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Youth held back by zero-hours system | Letters 19 Oct 11:49am Youth held back by zero-hours system | Letters
Young people are unlikely to access secure employment unless employers can be persuaded to look beyond the bottom line, says
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Guitarist list omitted rock’n’roll originator Sister Rosetta Tharpe | Brief letters 19 Oct 11:49am Guitarist list omitted rock’n’roll originator Sister Rosetta Tharpe | Brief letters
Flu jabs | Legalising cannabis | Anthea Bell’s Asterix names | Female guitaristsOn Thursday I went to my GP to have a flu jab (Letters,
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Transgender rights are not a threat to feminism | Letters 18 Oct 1:39pm Transgender rights are not a threat to feminism | Letters
Readers respond to the Guardian’s editorial, a recent letter, and other media coverage of the debate surrounding the consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition ActYour
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Save your energy – use a dishwasher | Brief letters 18 Oct 1:24pm Save your energy – use a dishwasher | Brief letters
Invisible women | Energy efficiency | Car-free holidays | Flu jab | Welsh drama Re your article (
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Food additives and their impact on our health | Letters 17 Oct 12:02pm Food additives and their impact on our health | Letters
Responses to the government’s decision that folic acid will be added to all flour to reduce the prevalence of spina bifidaWith the happy news of the impending royal birth (
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Liverpool led the way on water fountains | Letters 17 Oct 11:49am Liverpool led the way on water fountains | Letters
Philanthropist Charles Melly saw a free supply of water as an antidote to drunkenness, writes
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Schnauzer looks foreign to me | Brief letters 17 Oct 11:45am Schnauzer looks foreign to me | Brief letters
Assassination operations | Peterloo massacre | Flu jabs | Word Wheel | Universally discredited | Spousal visas and the royalsSome precedent for the likely murder of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul is surely provided by the Israeli killing of Hamas’s Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January 2010 (
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Letters: Michael Pickwoad obituary 16 Oct 1:11pm Letters: Michael Pickwoad obituary
Longstanding family friend and regular interviewee
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Suffering of childbirth is made acceptable by its glorification | Letters 16 Oct 12:40pm Suffering of childbirth is made acceptable by its glorification | Letters
More elective caesarians should be carried out, says
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Academics are being harassed over their research into transgender issues | Letter 16 Oct 12:38pm Academics are being harassed over their research into transgender issues | Letter
It is not transphobic to investigate this area from a range of critical perspectives, say 54 academics who are also concerned about proposed changes to the Gender Recognition ActWe represent a newly formed network of over 100 academics, most of whom are currently employed in UK universities. We are concerned, from a range of academic perspectives, about proposed governmental reforms to the Gender Recognition Act, and their interaction with the Equality Act. Our subject areas include: sociology, philosophy, law, criminology, evidence-informed policy, medicine, psychology, education, history, English, social work, computer science, cognitive science, anthropology, political science, economics, and history of art. This week, following an opportunity offered to us by Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, we have submitted to the consultation a number of letters, outlining, as individuals, concerns about the introduction of self-ID for gender reassignment.
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Not waving but drowning in Brexit | Brief letters 16 Oct 12:28pm Not waving but drowning in Brexit | Brief letters
Nature reserve | School daze | EU foreign ministers | Twins | Ira GershwinI was interested to read
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Fried chicken, chips and global warming | Letters 15 Oct 11:57am Fried chicken, chips and global warming | Letters
Readers discuss the rights and wrongs of eating meat when the world faces the challenge of climate changeSome of the last week’s news items paint a grim portrait of our world: a final warning about climate change (
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A shared passion for post offices | Letters 15 Oct 11:56am A shared passion for post offices | Letters
The chief executive officer of Post Office Ltd and several people who run small post offices join the debate on the future of an imperilled British institutionKeith Potter (
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Finding hope in the reign of a super-ego | Letters 15 Oct 11:56am Finding hope in the reign of a super-ego | Letters
Guardian readers respond to Gary Greenberg’s essay on Trumpian psychoanalysisGary Greenberg’s beautifully written but flawed account of the first two years of the Trump presidency highlights the limitations of using psychoanalytic concepts to explain wider political and social developments (
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The best place to answer the call of nature? | Brief letters 15 Oct 11:55am The best place to answer the call of nature? | Brief letters
Referendums | Stupidity | National Trust land | The DUP | Public toiletsGary Younge makes the stark and startling revelation that roughly half of the few remaining Conservative party members support the death penalty (
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Don’t let tech giants bury public service TV | Letters 15 Oct 1:00am Don’t let tech giants bury public service TV | Letters
Public service television shows must remain easy for audiences to find, say the heads of ITV, the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, STV and S4CThere is a global commercial battle going on to shape and influence what we watch, listen to or buy from the comfort of our homes. Whether it’s Amazon’s search results determining what we buy when we shop online, Facebook deciding which stories and posts we see on social media, or Google controlling the results when we search the internet, global technology firms are shaping our choices and our influences. Technological change is fundamentally changing the way people watch TV – superfast broadband delivers streaming services to the home through connected TVs and streaming sticks, 4G mobile allows people to watch on demand wherever they are, whenever they like. TV is no longer national, it’s global. For Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google, television is increasingly the frontline in the battle for global influence.
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Universal credit is an ill-conceived shambles | Letters 14 Oct 1:09pm Universal credit is an ill-conceived shambles | Letters
Guardian readers reflect on the impact of the government’s universal credit roll-outIt is no coincidence that Gordon Brown (
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What lies in store for the super-rich? | Letters 14 Oct 1:08pm What lies in store for the super-rich? | Letters
Responses to Polly Toynbee’s column about foreign money in London from
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Chopping forest school is a mistake | Letters 14 Oct 1:07pm Chopping forest school is a mistake | Letters
The National Trust could do more to find a solution at Toys Hill, writes former Forestry Commission recreation manager
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Relations with Pakistan remain stable, says China | Letters 14 Oct 1:06pm Relations with Pakistan remain stable, says China | Letters
The Chinese embassy responds to our report on criticism from PakistanThe Chinese ambassador to Pakistan recently met with Pakistan’s minister for religious affairs, Pir Noorul Haq Qadri (
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Needed: a jab for political stupidity | Brief letters 14 Oct 12:51pm Needed: a jab for political stupidity | Brief letters
Music in schools | Flu jab shortage | Tortilla recipes | Being a twin | Drinking fountainsGovernment spokespersons have frequently criticised the music profession as “elitist” (
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Theresa May’s siren words don’t fool anyone | Letters 14 Oct 1:00am Theresa May’s siren words don’t fool anyone | Letters
The prime minister is talking claptrap when she says she wants Labour voters to look again at the Tory party I was glad that I read your business leader and columnists including William Keegan before turning to the article by Theresa May (“
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Grieving families deserve legal aid | Letters 12 Oct 11:40am Grieving families deserve legal aid | Letters
There remains an obscene power imbalance between bereaved relatives who fight for legal aid and state bodies granted automatic funding, say signatories including
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My 80th birthday present? A cigarette | Brief letters 12 Oct 11:39am My 80th birthday present? A cigarette | Brief letters
Delayed gratification | Patisserie Valerie | Oxford University | Recognising faces | Brexit cheeseHelena Newton, Henrietta Cubitt and I must be kindred spirits and certainly of the same generation of delayed gratification (
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Brexit finally brings a chance for land reform | Letters 11 Oct 12:57pm Brexit finally brings a chance for land reform | Letters
Readers discuss the opportunities available as the UK leaves the EU’s common agricultural policyGeorge Monbiot makes a compelling case for land reform to address the inequities of the common agricultural policy (CAP) and other scandals where land is privately owned to the detriment of the public good, such as the enormous cost of land restricting the building of affordable housing (
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Medication isn’t always the right answer for children with ADHD | Letters 11 Oct 12:56pm Medication isn’t always the right answer for children with ADHD | Letters
We should be careful about making assumptions, say
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Looking forward to palindromic issues | Brief letters 11 Oct 12:44pm Looking forward to palindromic issues | Brief letters
Palindromic issues | Climate change in hair salons | Forgetting names | May might | Adjuvanted flu jabChris Baker’s question about the next palindromic Guardian issue number (
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Brett Kavanaugh case treads on dangerous ground | Letters 10 Oct 1:04pm Brett Kavanaugh case treads on dangerous ground | Letters
Readers give their views on Donald Trump’s latest choice of supreme court judgeNesrine Malik suggests Martin Luther King’s “long arc of justice” has lost its way over the recent Ford-Kavanaugh debacle (
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Israel must lift its bar on US student Lara Alqasem | Letters 10 Oct 1:02pm Israel must lift its bar on US student Lara Alqasem | Letters
More than 300 academics call on the Israeli authorities to permit Lara Alqasem to enter Israel and pursue her studiesAs academics from multiple disciplines at universities across the United States and across the globe, we are dismayed at the decision of Israel’s Ministry of Interior to deny entry to American citizen Lara Alqasem (
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Putin gets away with whatever he wants | Letters 10 Oct 1:01pm Putin gets away with whatever he wants | Letters
Isn’t it better to assume his behaviour is deliberate, rather than that he’s losing his touch, says
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Why I like Taylor Swift 100% more | Brief letters 10 Oct 12:49pm Why I like Taylor Swift 100% more | Brief letters
Twins | Flu vaccine | Taylor Swift and Trump | Shopping | Plumbing BrexitI am a twin. One thing that grated when my sister and I were growing up was the constant reference to us as “the twins” or “one of the twins”. You aren’t an individual. You’re something different, not even just sisters but a twin. Is it relevant to your report (
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The need to invest in renewables | Letters 9 Oct 1:24pm The need to invest in renewables | Letters
Feed-in tariff subsidies must not be abandoned, writes
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France offers lessons on plastic bags | Brief letters 9 Oct 1:21pm France offers lessons on plastic bags | Brief letters
Ecosystems | Fossil-fuel adverts | Brexit | Fracking | Compostable bagsIt is good to see that an appalling future awaiting the planet is being recognised (
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Universal credit plan needs more thought | Letters 8 Oct 1:26pm Universal credit plan needs more thought | Letters
Organisations supporting people and families on a low income are concerned that benefit changes will push vulnerable people further into povertyGuardian readers will be familiar with the difficulties many of our most vulnerable citizens are experiencing from the introduction of universal credit, the government’s new “all-in-one” social security benefit for people who are in and out of work. From January 2019, universal credit will be scaled up to reach millions more households through a process described as “managed migration”. This process will allow for existing social security support to be terminated, with individuals bearing the responsibility for making a successful new universal credit claim within a fixed period of time. One in five claims to universal credit currently fail because claimants find the process too complex. Based on this rate, about 400,000 households could see their universal credit claim fall through and be left without essential support. Some will then have no income whatsoever.
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Keep taking the vitamin D tablets | Letters 8 Oct 1:25pm Keep taking the vitamin D tablets | Letters
Calls to abolish the government’s recommendation for a daily dose of vitamin D pose a serious risk to child healthAs child health experts we are concerned that, if misunderstood, calls from researchers to abolish the government’s recommendation for a daily dose of vitamin D pose a serious risk to child health (
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Pensions rules leave women shortchanged | Letters 8 Oct 1:25pm Pensions rules leave women shortchanged | Letters
Women born in the 1950s are on the march about cuts to their state pensions, says
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Meeting readers is a pleasure for writers | Brief letters 8 Oct 1:24pm Meeting readers is a pleasure for writers | Brief letters
Literary festivals | Pinter’s Betrayal | Nadia Murad | Supermarket deliveries | Palindromic paperYour
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We need regime change to turn back austerity | Letters 7 Oct 1:16pm We need regime change to turn back austerity | Letters
Readers continue the discussion of Theresa May’s declaration that the era of economic belt-tightening is coming to an endReading Jim O’Neill’s piece (
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Society pays later for not giving vulnerable children a good start | Letters 7 Oct 1:15pm Society pays later for not giving vulnerable children a good start | Letters
A wealth of research shows early intervention has significant benefits, says
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You’re here to learn, not enjoy yourselves | Letters 7 Oct 1:14pm You’re here to learn, not enjoy yourselves | Letters
Sans Forgetica is designed to help students remember, but you wouldn’t want to read a novel in the new font, says
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Too late for May to reach out on Europe | Letters 7 Oct 1:13pm Too late for May to reach out on Europe | Letters
The prime minister should have sought out cross-party support on Brexit in 2016, writes
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Marriage has only marginal benefits | Letters 7 Oct 1:12pm Marriage has only marginal benefits | Letters
Unmarried couples have practically all the rights that married couples do, writes
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Pleased by a show of jazz hands (or boos) | Letters 7 Oct 1:11pm Pleased by a show of jazz hands (or boos) | Letters
Rise of populism | Identity politics | Clapping | Dating | Paying the ferrymanJohn Green (
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The Satanic Verses affair marked a low point for politicians | Letters 7 Oct 12:59am The Satanic Verses affair marked a low point for politicians | Letters
In the face of Muslims openly calling for the murder of a British citizen, MPs and local councillors stayed silentIn his article on the Salman Rushdie affair, Kenan Malik draws all the correct conclusions, but makes no reference to the role of British politicians (“
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Heavy price paid for war in Afghanistan | Letters 5 Oct 11:39am Heavy price paid for war in Afghanistan | Letters
The 17-year war has been a costly disaster, deepening the country’s crisis and helping to spread violence across the region and beyond, say actors including
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Political murders and South Africa’s next election | Letters 5 Oct 11:39am Political murders and South Africa’s next election | Letters
Following a report highlighting political killings, it’s vitally important the international community acts to ensure next year’s election is free and fair, says
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Steer clear of Lewes on Bonfire Night | Brief letters 5 Oct 11:38am Steer clear of Lewes on Bonfire Night | Brief letters
5 November | Spurs’ Grand Designs | Toll bridges | X-rated Geoffrey Hayes | Basque foodThanks for including Lewes Bonfire Night in the Guide (
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Theresa May’s ideas on austerity and acting in the national interest | Letters 4 Oct 1:34pm Theresa May’s ideas on austerity and acting in the national interest | Letters
Readers react with some scepticism to the prime minister’s claims to the Tory conferenceSo “austerity is over” (
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Shedding light on children’s sleeping problems | Letters 4 Oct 1:30pm Shedding light on children’s sleeping problems | Letters
A network of NHS sleep clinics would help, says
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Personality missing from BBC sporting contest | Brief letters 4 Oct 1:30pm Personality missing from BBC sporting contest | Brief letters
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music | Sports Personality of the Year | Inequality and lack of empathy | Nuclear threat | Tequila brand ambassadorMy abiding memory of the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music of 1970 (
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European Union’s lack of wit helped to create Brexit chaos | Letters 3 Oct 1:32pm European Union’s lack of wit helped to create Brexit chaos | Letters
Readers air their views on Britain’s negotiations with the EU and their possible consequences for the Tory partyPeter Ricketts (
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Boris Johnson, Brecht and the resistible rise of celebrity culture | Letters 3 Oct 1:30pm Boris Johnson, Brecht and the resistible rise of celebrity culture | Letters
George Monbiot’s warning about the cult of celebrity is echoed by
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Why the blue plaque is such a male clique | Letters 3 Oct 1:29pm Why the blue plaque is such a male clique | Letters
Calls for more women to be honoured with blue plaques are made by readers
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Doubling down on trendy phrasal verbs | Brief letters 3 Oct 1:28pm Doubling down on trendy phrasal verbs | Brief letters
Severn tolls | No clapping | Doubling down | Planet Nine | Sluts and slumsA reason to celebrate (
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Look to Home-Start for the key to equalising children’s life chances | Letters 2 Oct 1:28pm Look to Home-Start for the key to equalising children’s life chances | Letters
Readers respond to Frank Field MP’s recent letter on intensive home-visiting programmes, and news of £750m cuts in early years provisionI am surprised to read the letter from Frank Field referring to “Intensive home-visiting programmes … being piloted, but only on a relatively small scale” (
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Boris Johnson’s dubious effort to rally grifters | Letters 2 Oct 1:28pm Boris Johnson’s dubious effort to rally grifters | Letters
Readers query the linguistic accuracy of the Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South RuislipBoris Johnson criticises Jeremy Corbyn for not standing up for the “grafters and the grifters” (
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Failures lurk behind Sajid Javid’s war on drugs | Letters 2 Oct 1:28pm Failures lurk behind Sajid Javid’s war on drugs | Letters
The home secretary’s pledge to target middle-class cocaine users could backfire, warns
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Football strip beats boys’ fusty fashion | Brief letters 2 Oct 1:26pm Football strip beats boys’ fusty fashion | Brief letters
Boys’ fashion | Urban cattle | Jefferson Airplane | Leonard Cohen lyrics | Ambridge ‘strombones’It occurred to me when reading Alice O’Keeffe’s article (
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Having a working-class job is not evidence of personal failure | Letters 1 Oct 1:07pm Having a working-class job is not evidence of personal failure | Letters
Be careful of treating working-class jobs with scorn, writes
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Vital teaching funds lost to supply agencies | Letters 1 Oct 1:07pm Vital teaching funds lost to supply agencies | Letters
Are parents aware that supply teaching has been outsourced, asks
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When Jefferson Airplane landed on water | Brief letters 1 Oct 1:06pm When Jefferson Airplane landed on water | Brief letters
Jefferson airplane | Crosswords | Male slutsAdam Sweeting references the three classic US rock festivals of the 1960s at which Jefferson Airplane performed (
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Climate change and the true cost of economic growth | Letters 30 Sep 1:45pm Climate change and the true cost of economic growth | Letters
Readers respond to George Monbiot’s request to start a conversation about the links between climate breakdown and consumerismIf George Monbiot really wants to get people talking about the connection between climate change and the economy, he’d do better to find a different question to “how do we stop growth?” (
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Shocking pink Guardian masthead takes some getting used to | Brief letters 30 Sep 1:40pm Shocking pink Guardian masthead takes some getting used to | Brief letters
Essay mills | Startling Saturday paper | Polyamory/Balamory confusion | Successful relationships | Robyn’s ‘seismic cultural impact’ | Brexit vegetarianism bonus | May’s Chequers planThe attempt to ban “essay mills” is likely to just drive them underground (
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Banning student homes is short-sighted and callous | Letters 30 Sep 12:59am Banning student homes is short-sighted and callous | Letters
Large student populations can cause problems for local people. The answer is negotiation, not nimbyismAs a student, I was drawn to the report “Town v Gown” to better understand the student impact on resident populations (“
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The time has come for economic alternatives | Letters 28 Sep 12:31pm The time has come for economic alternatives | Letters
Readers offer their views on how to make the economy work for everyone as Aditya Chakrabortty’s
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Asking for the moon – and much more | Letters 28 Sep 12:30pm Asking for the moon – and much more | Letters
Readers give their views on the tabloid Weather pageSo, there is a God in heaven, and sometimes in the Guardian office too. As John Fisher writes (
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Queen’s platinum wedding felicitations need modernisation | Brief letters 28 Sep 12:28pm Queen’s platinum wedding felicitations need modernisation | Brief letters
Royal congratulations | Two-way relationships | Tainted blood scandals | Cryptic outburst | Space women | AzzersWe have just celebrated 70 years of marriage and were pleased to receive a card of congratulations to “Mr & Mrs Roger Carter” from the Queen in celebration of our platinum wedding. I wonder if the Queen would consider putting the wife’s name too as a move towards modern times. May I suggest “Joan & Roger Carter”?
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Polyamory in the context of capitalist culture | Letters 28 Sep 12:28pm Polyamory in the context of capitalist culture | Letters
All polyamory participants talk as if they are living in a social vacuum, unaffected by the wider social order, writes
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Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party isn’t so radical | Letters 27 Sep 1:54pm Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party isn’t so radical | Letters
Readers reflect on policies laid out by the leader of the opposition and the shadow chancellor John McDonnell at the party’s conference in LiverpoolI am no fan of Jeremy Corbyn. He has been an ineffective leader of the opposition in parliament, failing to take advantage of a hopelessly inept PM and many political open goals. However, I am fed up with the grudging critique of many of your commentators. Martin Kettle asserts that “Labour has now been radically transformed into a party in the leader’s own far-left political image” (
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The kiss of death for Lancashire County Cricket Club | Letters 27 Sep 1:45pm The kiss of death for Lancashire County Cricket Club | Letters
‘Azzers’ | Lancashire cricket | Donald Trump | Chess and poker | Junk food | Successful relationshipsNow we’ve exhausted
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What next for Labour’s thinking on Brexit? | Letters 26 Sep 12:46pm What next for Labour’s thinking on Brexit? | Letters
Guardian readers respond to Brexit discussions at this year’s Labour conferenceIt is bizarre to find Rafael Behr making alt-left/alt-right comparisons (
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Unpicking the latest low rape conviction rate statistics | Letters 26 Sep 12:46pm Unpicking the latest low rape conviction rate statistics | Letters
Readers respond to the Guardian’s reporting on how juries convict less than a third of young men prosecuted for rapeFigures showing the low conviction rates for younger men accused of rape in the UK are a shocking but unsurprising reminder of why so many instances of sexual violence go unreported (
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Trust us to look after Parthenon marbles | Letters 26 Sep 12:45pm Trust us to look after Parthenon marbles | Letters
Brexit should have no bearing on where the Parthenon marbles are kept, says the British Museum’s
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Separating fact from hype in the study of cancer and obesity | Letters 26 Sep 12:45pm Separating fact from hype in the study of cancer and obesity | Letters
Findings of a report from Cancer Research UK about cancer in women are challenged by
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Give us the whole story on potholes | Brief letters 26 Sep 12:44pm Give us the whole story on potholes | Brief letters
Potholes | The word ‘slut’ | Terrorist nicknames | Long books | Polyamory | Blue PeterThe AA is wrong to attribute the “pothole epidemic” to the “beast from the east” (
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Labour’s proud history is crying out for rejuvenation | Letters 25 Sep 1:32pm Labour’s proud history is crying out for rejuvenation | Letters
Readers respond to John Harris’s article on whether Labour can forge a new 21st-century socialismJohn Harris’s stimulating piece (
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Glasgow University is not alone in profiting from slavery | Letters 25 Sep 1:31pm Glasgow University is not alone in profiting from slavery | Letters
Most of today’s wealthy families profited from the transatlantic trade, says
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Don’t ban dogs from nature reserves | Letters 25 Sep 1:31pm Don’t ban dogs from nature reserves | Letters
Conversation can be turned into conservation, says
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A remainer who is picture perfect | Brief letters 25 Sep 1:30pm A remainer who is picture perfect | Brief letters
Steve Bray | Gender-stereotyping | Russian irony | Loneliness | Seeing doubleIt’s great you can name the Dolce and Gabbana models (G1, page 9, 24 September), but why not the “demonstrator” on your front page? After all, he’s been in your photos before. His name is
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Letters: Fenella Fielding obituary 25 Sep 12:38pm Letters: Fenella Fielding obituary
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University education: a £10k salary boost for the price of three flat whites? | Letters 24 Sep 1:41pm University education: a £10k salary boost for the price of three flat whites? | Letters
Responses to Aditya Chakraborrtty’s article on ‘mis-sold and overhyped’ universities that are ‘just a con’Aditya Chakrabortty’s piece is absolutely right (
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BoJack Horseman beats Bodyguard | Brief letters 24 Sep 1:37pm BoJack Horseman beats Bodyguard | Brief letters
Cartoon’s layers of meaning | Mustn’t-see TV | Labour reselection | Feet on seats | Weather pageRebecca Nicholson’s rave review of BoJack Horseman (
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Reselection, Momentum and democracy in the Labour party | Letters 23 Sep 12:51pm Reselection, Momentum and democracy in the Labour party | Letters
Readers discuss the best way forward for Labour to choose those who would represent the party in parliamentOwen Jones (
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Grayling’s on a siding to nothing with railways and Chequers | Letters 23 Sep 12:50pm Grayling’s on a siding to nothing with railways and Chequers | Letters
Readers criticise Chris Grayling’s response to a damning report about the rail timetable fiasco, and his defence of Theresa May’s Brexit planThe “sweeping review” of the rail system (
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Politicians are to blame for prison crisis | Letters 23 Sep 12:49pm Politicians are to blame for prison crisis | Letters
It’s unfair to blame the prisons chief, says
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A pleasure to hold hands with octopus | Brief letters 23 Sep 12:48pm A pleasure to hold hands with octopus | Brief letters
Friendly octopus | Low-price retailers | PastiesAlthough octopuses are generally not touchy-feely with each other (
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Of course we need a new referendum | Letters 23 Sep 12:59am Of course we need a new referendum | Letters
Forget the Tory mantra that Brexit is ‘the will of the people’ – the case for going to the electorate again is logical and compellingYour leader endorsing the need for a referendum on the Brexit deal is self-evidently on target despite the opposition from those who declare that the 2016 referendum result represented the unchallengeable will of the people (“
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What next for Theresa May and Brexit after Salzburg humiliation? | Letters 21 Sep 12:24pm What next for Theresa May and Brexit after Salzburg humiliation? | Letters
Readers respond to the prime minister’s bruising experience at the Salzburg summit where she was told that her Chequers plan would not workYour report of the stance of EU officials on Brexit (
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To end poverty we must do more than just move the goalposts | Letters 21 Sep 12:23pm To end poverty we must do more than just move the goalposts | Letters
Views on the Social Metrics Commission’s new UK poverty measure from
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Planning for public sector diversity | Letters 21 Sep 12:23pm Planning for public sector diversity | Letters
An attempt to increase diversity in the recruitment of town planners is recalled by
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BBC led revolution in public access TV | Brief letters 21 Sep 12:21pm BBC led revolution in public access TV | Brief letters
Public access TV | Fragmented railways | Evans Cycles | Wordsearch | Trident | Brighton or HoveRe your article on Channel 4 (
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Air pollution sickens us in a car-addicted society | Letters 20 Sep 12:58pm Air pollution sickens us in a car-addicted society | Letters
Readers join the dots between various recent reports on the effects of air pollution on human health and the part played by cars in turning the atmosphere toxicYour report (
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How inaction causes segregation | Letters 20 Sep 12:58pm How inaction causes segregation | Letters
Government inaction harms social cohesion, argues
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Wildlife needs a new plan for agriculture | Letters 20 Sep 12:58pm Wildlife needs a new plan for agriculture | Letters
Chris Packham’s manifesto for wildlife won’t work without a radical new plan for agriculture, says
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Spain’s blasphemy laws stifle freedom | Letters 20 Sep 12:58pm Spain’s blasphemy laws stifle freedom | Letters
The detention of a Spanish film actor over a blasphemy case is denounced by a group of humanist writers and performers, including
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Tinker’s untailored years in the RAF | Brief letters 20 Sep 12:57pm Tinker’s untailored years in the RAF | Brief letters
Glasgow University | Samantha Cameron | Rail chaos | Dudley Sutton | Ludo jokeWhile right to applaud Glasgow University’s commitment to confront its own complicity in past slavery, Afua Hirsch (
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Prison, riots and rehabilitation | Letters 19 Sep 12:17pm Prison, riots and rehabilitation | Letters
We needed a serious analysis of violence and safety for staff and prisoners, say
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Let’s salute the real underground press | Letters: 19 Sep 12:17pm Let’s salute the real underground press | Letters:
The real underground press existed in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe during the last decades of communism, says
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An environment not hostile enough | Brief letters 19 Sep 12:16pm An environment not hostile enough | Brief letters
Hostile environment | Vince Cable’s erotic spasm | Disguising greens | Ludo/Llandudno | Article in fullAll too often, the Guardian refers to Theresa May’s “hostile environment” for immigration and Jacqueline McKenzie’s otherwise excellent article repeats the error (
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The scandal of councils in affluent areas getting a better deal | Letters 18 Sep 1:23pm The scandal of councils in affluent areas getting a better deal | Letters
‘Surrey will get £17m and, again, we get nothing,’ writes
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Will a lick of aspirin a day keep heart attacks at bay? | Brief letters 18 Sep 1:22pm Will a lick of aspirin a day keep heart attacks at bay? | Brief letters
Sir Richard Doll’s aspirin dose | Fair deal on discounted tickets | Misguided craze for driving | David Hockney health warning for cigarette packets | The divine Miss ManganI remember as a medical student in the early 1980s hearing the late, great epidemiologist
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The shrinking feeling after buying a Ferrari | Brief letters 17 Sep 1:10pm The shrinking feeling after buying a Ferrari | Brief letters
Parachute Regiment | The myth of freedom | Ferrari tattoo | No-fault divorce | Lucy ManganTwo important facts to keep in mind when reading Helen Parr’s study of the Parachute Regiment (
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Economic justice is the very bedrock of Christian faith | Letters 16 Sep 11:29am Economic justice is the very bedrock of Christian faith | Letters
Readers respond to Simon Jenkins’ article on the archbishop of Canterbury’s criticism of the gig economyMight it have occurred to Simon Jenkins (
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Letters: so many impossible things to believe before Brexit 6 Jan 7:05pm Letters: so many impossible things to believe before Brexit
There is a small, stubborn band of people who still think it is possible to get Brexit right. This invariably boils down to ‘the cake illusion’People who are willing to defend Brexit in print must be getting more and more thin on the ground and Jonathan Rutherford’s piece (
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Delving deeper into the Peterloo massacre | Letters 5 Jan 1:27pm Delving deeper into the Peterloo massacre | Letters
Readers add their knowledge to the record of the 1819 massacre in ManchesterIt was most welcome to see your
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Blair, Milburn and Adonis have important things to say on Brexit and Britain today | Letters 5 Jan 1:27pm Blair, Milburn and Adonis have important things to say on Brexit and Britain today | Letters
The goal of many Brexit leaders is a Singapore-style low-wage, low-benefit, low-regulation economy, writes
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Homeless deserve a royal wedding invite | Letters 5 Jan 1:27pm Homeless deserve a royal wedding invite | Letters
Blame government policies for Windsor’s homeless, writes
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Lorde’s artistic right to cancel gig in Tel Aviv | Letters 5 Jan 1:26pm Lorde’s artistic right to cancel gig in Tel Aviv | Letters
More than a hundred well-known writers, actors, directors and musicians pledge their support for the singer Lorde, who has decided not to perform in IsraelWe write in support of Lorde, who made public her decision not to perform in Israel and has now been branded a bigot in a full page advertisement in the Washington Post (
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Literary fiction conveys the human character | Letters 5 Jan 1:26pm Literary fiction conveys the human character | Letters
Helen Cross, Andy Stelman, Mark Stewart
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Dogs, cats, robins and ducking the question | Brief letters 5 Jan 1:25pm Dogs, cats, robins and ducking the question | Brief letters
Jeremy Hunt | Guardian cleans up | Top tabloid | Robin’s nest | Risque place namesPolly Toynbee’s article (
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Children must learn to handle social media pressures | Letters 4 Jan 2:23pm Children must learn to handle social media pressures | Letters
Moving to secondary school has always been a difficult time, writes
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Latte result is an early win in cup campaign | Brief letters 4 Jan 2:23pm Latte result is an early win in cup campaign | Brief letters
Corbyn v Clem | Paper coffee cups | BP share tip | Tabloid Guardian | Football scores | Betty Mundy’s BottomRafael Behr (
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Freemasons are not blocking reform in the Police Federation | Letters 4 Jan 1:51pm Freemasons are not blocking reform in the Police Federation | Letters
Freemasonry is not secret or unlawful, writes
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Toby Young appointment adds to the pressure on universities | Letters 3 Jan 1:06pm Toby Young appointment adds to the pressure on universities | Letters
Will the Office for Students be able to deal with serious issues facing higher education, asks
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Rail passengers must come before profits | Letters 3 Jan 1:05pm Rail passengers must come before profits | Letters
Readers respond to the sharp rise in UK train fares announced at the start of the yearIt’s outrageous that Chris Grayling plans to bail out Virgin Trains East Coast by up to £2bn – Labour is absolutely right to stand up for passengers (
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Are we really ready for self-driving cars? | Letters 3 Jan 1:05pm Are we really ready for self-driving cars? | Letters
The UK boss of insurer Axa lays too much of the responsibility for providing electric car charging infrastructure at National Grid’s door, writes
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No cause for rejoicing in the countryside | Letters 3 Jan 1:04pm No cause for rejoicing in the countryside | Letters
The natural world does indeed carry on functioning, writes
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Berliner will be missed in the henhouse | Brief letters 3 Jan 1:04pm Berliner will be missed in the henhouse | Brief letters
Plastic debris | Guardian redesign | Closed-down pubs | McMafia | Theresa May pictureOn page 5 of Wednesday’s Guardian is
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Suspicions over accountable care organisations in the NHS | Letters 2 Jan 1:37pm Suspicions over accountable care organisations in the NHS | Letters
Readers respond to a Guardian article by Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS in EnglandI am one of those who are deeply suspicious of the accountable care organisations (ACOs) that Bruce Keogh describes in Panglossian terms but does not name (
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The middle class who got rich on Peps and Isas | Letters 2 Jan 1:36pm The middle class who got rich on Peps and Isas | Letters
Anyone who has taken up the Pep and then the Isa every year from 1988 will have accumulated a completely tax-free investment portfolio of £508,000, writes
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Don’t neglect Angolan mine clearance pledge | Letters 2 Jan 1:36pm Don’t neglect Angolan mine clearance pledge | Letters
More countries should follow Britain’s example and honour funding pledges to clear minefields in Angola and elsewhere, writes
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Is anti-Zionism really a new antisemitism? | Letters 2 Jan 1:36pm Is anti-Zionism really a new antisemitism? | Letters
The rights and wrongs of equating antisemitism and anti-Zionism are examined by
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Mata may be a very good boy, but does he pay his taxes? | Brief letters 2 Jan 1:35pm Mata may be a very good boy, but does he pay his taxes? | Brief letters
Freemasons in the police | Footballer of the Year | Drunk tanks | Storm DylanUrgent action is needed if the national spokesman for the Freemasons says they are a parallel organisation who “fit into” the police (
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Trump’s ‘clown fascism’ and the US constitution | Letters 1 Jan 12:28pm Trump’s ‘clown fascism’ and the US constitution | Letters
Readers’ thoughts on the constitutional threats exposed by Donald Trump’s presidencyFor transatlantic admirers of Jonathan Freedland’s
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Would Wetherspoons sponsor a drunk tank? | Brief letters 1 Jan 12:27pm Would Wetherspoons sponsor a drunk tank? | Brief letters
Matthew d’Ancona | Border Force volunteers | Drunk tanks | John Banville | StarwatchIn the past Matthew d’Ancona’s columns irritated me no end (although at no point did I ever wish he was not a Guardian writer). Now, however, I find myself agreeing almost every week with everything he says. Worse, I look forward to his columns. Who or what has changed: is it him, is it me or is it just the world?
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When Lady Macbeth was good for a laugh | Letters 31 Dec 2017, 1:48pm When Lady Macbeth was good for a laugh | Letters
Trevor Nunn’s Macbeth | Pensions | Prison suicides | Storm Dylan | Milk moneyMichael Billington may well believe that Trevor Nunn’s 1976 production of Macbeth was the best (
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Why anti-Zionism is seen as antisemitism | Letters 31 Dec 2017, 1:48pm Why anti-Zionism is seen as antisemitism | Letters
Most Jews in the UK would challenge the idea that there is much difference between antisemitism and anti-Zionism, says
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