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The Guardian view on tackling sexual exploitation: listening to victims is not enough | Editorial57m The Guardian view on tackling sexual exploitation: listening to victims is not enough | Editorial
The Guardian
A review of authorities’ response to men grooming women and children in Newcastle shows what can and must be doneThe 700 children and vulnerable women groomed and abused by gangs in north-east England were “harmed beyond imagination”, in the words of one victim. Some showed remarkable courage in giving evidence despite years of manipulation, threats and violence. Their bravery led to the conviction of 17 men and one woman last August; Northumbria police’s
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1h Young people can’t change US gun law alone – but they could tip the balance | Gary Younge
The Guardian
From the civil rights movement to the Florida schoolchildren’s protest, youthful energy has proved a powerful forceIn May 1963 a white police officer in Birmingham, Alabama, tried to scare some black children as they went to protest against segregation. As fellow policemen turned hoses and dogs on black youngsters nearby, the kids made it plain they knew what they were doing and continued marching towards the demonstrations. A reporter asked one of them her age. “Six,” she said, as she climbed into the paddy wagon. Events in Birmingham proved
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1h 13m May cannot lead on Brexit. Here’s Corbyn’s chance to seize the day | Jonathan Freedland
The Guardian
The Tory cabinet awayday produced only meaningless jargon. On Monday, the Labour leader must act like a prime ministerYou’re not being fired. Heavens, no. You and the company are merely going through what we call an “ambitious managed divergence”. The torture Brexit inflicts on the English language escalates daily, the latest indignity being the euphemism coined after the tellingly named Brexit war cabinet had an eight-hour session among the whiteboards
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1h 40m The Brexit summit at Chequers was, essentially, an exercise in cherry-picking
The Independent
The British have always sought a Europe made or remade in their own image, and the Europeans have always had to try to appease them, and rarely succeeded for long
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2h Hopefully a woman at the head of the Farmers' Union will stop our countryside from becoming a theme park for pheasant shooters and designer farmers
The Independent
I've nothing against shooting for food, and enjoy the meat, but the waste is repellent. Many shooters don't walk, don't explore, don't connect with the beautiful environment except down the barrel of a gun
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2h What makes young people carry knives? It’s not drill music for sure | Ciaran Thapar
The Guardian
If disenfranchised teenagers feel compelled to arm themselves, we have failed as a society. Their musical taste is not to blameIt is not unusual for teenagers in London to be excluded from school for possession of a knife. In cases I know of, boys have armed themselves after receiving what is known in playground whispers as “the drop”: a threat from a rival group, communicated over social media. When a young person’s education is interrupted like this, it raises difficult questions. Could it have been prevented? How are knives becoming normalised among children? What role is social media playing?
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2h Finally, Corbyn is about to bare Labour's teeth over Brexit – and he could put May's Government in jeopardy as he does
The Independent
With just over a year to go before we leave the EU, and with many months passed since the referendum, the Government's failure to elucidate a negotiating position is no longer a point of frustration – it is a scandal
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3h The overreaction to Oxfam's failings is part of a deeper and more damaging malaise
The Independent
Senior Oxfam figures tried briefly to defend themselves on the rational grounds that they had done little wrong and much right, but such a defence is not acceptable when the public mood is one of undiluted self-righteousness. It was, ultimately, Oxfam's own report that led to most of its troubles
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4h How men can show solidarity with the #MeToo movement | Emily Reynolds
The Guardian
Here’s some advice: call each other out, ask women questions and listen. If you do nothing now, you’re complicit Even if you’re a fan of celebrity culture, you probably won’t have predicted that the red carpet was about to become one of 2018’s most visible and widely-reported protests. But it has. It all kicked off at the Golden Globes, with
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4h The armed sheriff outside Stoneman Douglas High School did absolutely nothing, proving what we knew about the NRA's arguments all along
The Independent
As a nation, we collectively enabled the deaths of 17 kids in Florida. We know how we can stop this happening again. And we now know for sure that the NRA's 'solutions' aren't solutions at all
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5h Don’t knock kids for rereading books. Encourage them to read, full stop | Andrew McCallum
The Guardian
A report that claims returning to old favourites such as Jeff Kinney stalls ‘progress’ misunderstands what reading is aboutI get as frustrated as the next parent when my children appear unable to move on to reading pastures new.
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6h Mea Culpa: How to read the writing on the wall – you need a Daniel
The Independent
Ancient stories, arbitrary spelling rules and an inverted inference in this week's Independent
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The British people still haven't said which of the four different versions of Brexit they want6h The British people still haven't said which of the four different versions of Brexit they want
The Independent
If Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Jacob Rees-Mogg can't agree with Philip Hammond, Amber Rudd and Justine Greening on what type of Brexit, and so they're in a fight to the finish or a fudge, how can we say the British people have mandated either the finish or the fudge?
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No, Mr Trump, video games do not cause mass shootings6h No, Mr Trump, video games do not cause mass shootings
The Guardian
After the Florida school shooting, attempts to deflect the blame on to video games rather than guns are a jarring hypocrisy With Donald Trump, everything old is new again, it seems. His latest effort to grapple with the
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Tories may face abuse on social media. But try being a feminist6h Tories may face abuse on social media. But try being a feminist
The Guardian
Conservative chair Brandon Lewis believes the right is uniquely victimised online. He’s clearly never seen the alt-right in action Just how tough is it to be a Tory these days? It must be difficult, if you care about the party, to watch it find new and ingenious ways to chew itself to pieces over Brexit every week, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I mean the social stigma. The dinner-party buzzkill. The first-date disbelief. The fact that “It’s harder to come out as being a Conservative than being gay,”
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7h Blockchain could reshape the world – and the far right is one step ahead | Josh Hall
The Guardian
Crypto technology is coming to a crossroads. Those who want to use it to radically redistribute wealth must take urgent action
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7h Negotiations continue between rebels and the Syrian Army, but the bombardment of Ghouta won't stop any time soon
The Independent
Ghouta will fall. That is the message. And when it falls, Idlib must surely be next. And then the Syrians must decide how to break the US-Kurdish hold on Raqqa
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7h I became a university teacher because I care about my students but now I'm taking strike action – here's why
The Independent
Students are right to demand refunds and I would rather my unpaid wages went to them, rather than being banked by management
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8h Why The Post should win the 2018 best picture Oscar
The Guardian
Ahead of the Academy Awards, Jonathan Freedland celebrates Steven Spielberg’s timely tale of press freedom For a man who is the world’s most successful film-maker, Steven Spielberg has a remarkably thin record at the Oscars. Of course, this points to the perennial Spielberg debate: is his accomplishment chiefly commercial, measured in box-office receipts, rather than artistic? Are his films bankable and crowdpleasing rather than great? Among those who take the former view, the fact that a director first nominated by the Academy 40 years ago – for
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8h May is a bystander rather than a player in Brexit’s dramatic collision | Rafael Behr
The Guardian
Abandoning the customs union is uniquely tricky, but delaying the trade bill shows the prime minister is a bystander rather than a playerPolitics is like comedy in two ways: most of the people who think they would be good at it are wrong, and success depends on timing. With that in mind, the decisions by Theresa May last year to trigger article 50 and call a general election, in that order, look like a bad joke. Instead of choosing a destination and organising a strategy to get there, the prime minister went on a clown-car diversion, jettisoning her parliamentary majority and incinerating her reputation as a dependable leader. She didn’t mean to do it, of course. She pursued what looked like political wisdom at the time. And it now hardly matters how the cards might have been played better. May’s most precious commodity was time, and she misspent it.
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12h Wine and dine democracy is now on trial – and about time | Simon Jenkins
The Guardian
The Westminster affair shows the potential power of the lobbying industry. Oversight is crucial for all Each time a US gunman goes berserk, the British media erupts in fury at the money the gun lobby can devote to its lethal interest. To be sure, big time lobbying is the occupational disease of American politics. In the US, it can have murderous consequences. Still, on matters of principle, Britons would do well to watch their hypocrisy. The sums spent by property companies on lobbying Westminster city council’s planning committee –
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22h Inside Chequers: Grown men and women howling about regulatory divergence and imagining they are making history
The Independent
Hard Brexit, soft Brexit, no Brexit, Canada plus plus plus, Norway minus with a double front pike somersault: none of these options offer an escape from the chaotic inferno of hate which Brexit has heaped upon the land
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23h The Guardian view on US gun laws: listen to teenagers, not Trump | Editorial
The Guardian
The impassioned campaign by survivors of the Florida high school massacre and their peers is in stark contrast to the US president’s crass proposalsMass shootings occur
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This drop in EU nationals proves Brexit will make the UK poorer24h This drop in EU nationals proves Brexit will make the UK poorer
The Independent
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} Even if Brexit delivers everything its proponents argue – a far-fetched prospect – it will take many years to arrive, and in the meantime we will simply become poorer relative to our European neighbours
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24h Westminster council hospitality revelations beg further questions | Letters
The Guardian
Readers respond to the story that Robert Davis, Westminster city council’s deputy leader, received gifts and hospitality 514 times in three yearsYour article (
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25h Jo Marney has denied she is a 'private racist' and quite right too. She is arguably the leading public racist of her generation
The Independent
Henry Bolton sat on the This Morning sofa speaking in an air of bewilderment about the 'communication subculture' of the 'younger generation', until Philip Schofield reminded him he was going out with one of them, and she was sitting next to him
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25h I was like a numb zombie on antidepressants – pills should only be one part of the solution
The Independent
No other treatment paths had been suggested to me and it was only after I had gained two stone in weight, without changing my diet, and was throwing up a few times a week that I realised that maybe my antidepressants weren't working for me
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The UK could use Brexit to get its internal affairs in order. These are my suggestions25h The UK could use Brexit to get its internal affairs in order. These are my suggestions
The Independent
A real national discussion about how to make the best of Brexit is well overdue
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26h The outpouring of grief for evangelist Billy Graham is disturbing given his homophobic views
The Independent
Far from being 'an exemplar to generation upon generation', Graham is an example of how religion is so often successfully leveraged as a means of making bigotry appear somehow acceptable, even something to aspire to
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26h The Greens’ best hope is to sign up with Labour | Owen Jones
The Guardian
The party’s electoral prospects are poor. It should join Jeremy Corbyn and fight together for social justice and for the planetIt is surely time for the Green party to formally join forces with Labour. Sounds like an absurd proposition? It would unite the British left under one banner, bring one of the country’s most inspiring politicians into the spotlight, and reinvigorate the cause to save the planet from environmental destruction. It’s exactly the arrangement that has existed between Labour and the Co-operative party for nine decades: indeed, there are
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Corbyn can cope with press attacks. He should focus on those who can’t | Gaby Hinsliff26h Corbyn can cope with press attacks. He should focus on those who can’t | Gaby Hinsliff
The Guardian
The Czechoslovakian smear proves the media is unhealthy, but Labour was unwise to make its response so partisanTinker tailor, soldier – oh come on, this is ridiculous. If
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Of course anti-depressants work, they've saved my life several times27h Of course anti-depressants work, they've saved my life several times
The Independent
I have had a complicated relationship with these white, pink, turquoise and bright red pills but I remain a staunch advocate of the medication
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27h Jeremy 'Stalin' Corbyn really does have some explaining to do now it's clear he gave Czech spies information about Margaret Thatcher's breakfast
The Independent
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica; min-height: 13.0px} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} The Conservative strategy for winning back support is to try and convince people the Labour leader supports a regime which he always opposed and which no longer exists, which I for one think is admirable
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27h Team Brexit go to Chequers: who will survive Theresa’s away-day from hell? | Polly Toynbee
The Guardian
With a cabinet that detests each other this much, the Tories’ crunch talks could throw up anything – except agreementOh to be a fly on the wall at Chequers at
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28h Corbyn and Milne know exactly what they are doing by demanding damages from Ben Bradley
The Independent
Though Milne's tactics are rather different to the Blairites approach of abasement and appeasement to the likes of Rupert Murdoch, he is emulating New Labour's success in media management. Don't get me wrong – Labour would wreck the economy, but credit where it is due
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Begging your kids to eat doesn’t make a a shred of difference | Emma Brockes28h Begging your kids to eat doesn’t make a a shred of difference | Emma Brockes
The Guardian
Now shaming, bribing and guilt are off the table, parents must resort to increasingly implausible dinnertime tacticsWhen I was a child, it was received parental wisdom that the
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29h Exercise is more precious than ever. So let’s stop scaring kids off PE | Anna Kessel
The Guardian
Cutting PE lessons to boost exam results is madness – especially as we now know physical activity aids academic performanceWhen I was growing up I routinely bunked PE lessons. I saw PE as optional – it was on the timetable, but no one seemed to care if you didn’t attend. PE was for sporty kids anyway, and I wasn’t one of them. Times have changed. We now know so much more about the
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29h There's a reason why anti-Muslim ideology hasn't found a home in Portugal
The Independent
It's no wonder that less than two years ago, the Portuguese prime minister, Antonio Costa, said that his country would receive 10,000 Syrian refugees
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The Centrica job losses are painful but show that capitalism in the UK is finally working properly — thanks to Ed Miliband30h The Centrica job losses are painful but show that capitalism in the UK is finally working properly — thanks to Ed Miliband
The Independent
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} When they privatised the domestic energy market, the Conservatives claimed we would all benefit through the injection of the fire of competition. But what we ultimately ended up with was the illusion of it
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Arming teachers in schools is a great idea, President Trump, and because I'm looking forward to it I've worked out all the practicalities for you32h Arming teachers in schools is a great idea, President Trump, and because I'm looking forward to it I've worked out all the practicalities for you
The Independent
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} A teacher who is trained to be a good shot should have no problem whatsoever sensing the presence of an active shooter while in the middle of teaching a lesson on photosynthesis, unlocking the closet where the pistol is kept, getting off a clean shot, and taking out a shooter armed with an assault weapon
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32h This immigration law has exposed the brutal limits of Macron’s liberalism | Gabriel Bristow
The Guardian
His assertion that ‘France is back’ rings hollow: you can’t lead the world into a liberal era while punishing refugees at homeOn Wednesday, the French minister of the interior,
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33h I understand the fears. But vaccinating children should be compulsory | Suzanne Moore
The Guardian
Engaging the emotional intelligence of the public is the way to sell the scientific fact that immunisation prevents deathsWhen Roald Dahl’s daughter Olivia was seven, she fell ill. He thought she was on the way to recovery and often read to her. “I was sitting on her bed, showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything,” he said. An hour later, she was unconscious. Twelve hours later, she was dead. Olivia died of a disease that we can now prevent, but which some choose not to: measles. Measles cases are soaring in Europe again; last year, there were
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Now that the digital tech industry is growing up it should not be shy of being held to account33h Now that the digital tech industry is growing up it should not be shy of being held to account
The Independent
Two-thirds of people feel government has a role to play in making sure technology companies treat us fairly
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Disadvantaged children need a break – not a system stacked against them | Frances Ryan34h Disadvantaged children need a break – not a system stacked against them | Frances Ryan
The Guardian
Education should be the way out of poverty to a better life, but ministers are making it the preserve of the wealthy“It’s like giving some people a head start in a race and it’s your job to catch up,” says 13-year-old Kian in Generation Gifted. This month’s BBC’s series
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Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb review – how risk should be shared34h Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb review – how risk should be shared
The Guardian
Hawkish politicians and reckless bankers never face the consequences of their actions – but they should, according to this arresting but flawed book
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I’m striking with university colleagues as our pensions are being destroyed | Vicky Blake35h I’m striking with university colleagues as our pensions are being destroyed | Vicky Blake
The Guardian
Staff are already struggling with poor working conditions. Now our employers’ plans will lead to zero security in old ageI will be striking alongside thousands of colleagues at universities across the UK today. Unless Universities UK, which represents university employers, comes back to the negotiating table, we will be on strike for 14 days over a four-week period.
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35h ‘We lose 1,400 girls a year. Who will our boys marry?’: Armenia’s quandary | Suzanne Moore
The Guardian
Sex selection may have been outlawed, but a shortage of women threatens the very survival of a country where boys are traditionally seen as an investment and girls as a loss Sometimes it seems there are so many ways to destroy women that the methods become invisible to us. There are some women you will never see because they will never be born. Amartya Sen talked of “missing women” in his famous
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36h Why is no one exposing our failing firms in advance? | Prem Sikka
The Guardian
As MPs hear evidence on the collapse of Carillion, it’s time for auditors to be held to accountSince the collapse of the construction giant Carillion last month, the focus has been on its directors and senior employees, particularly those whose pay packets
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