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51m Updated Dominic Cummings’s disclosures are as embarrassing for Boris Johnson as they are for Matt Hancock
The Independent
Cummings’s claim that the prime minister considered sacking Hancock in the pandemic’s early stages now looks increasingly plausible
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2h Updated Chrissy Teigen is right to apologise for trolling – but is sorry ever enough for bullying?
The Independent
I am sick to death of the excuses for bullying. This week in Westminster, Daniel Kawczynski blamed his poor behaviour on the pressures of being a local MP. He should try being a woman politician for a day
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2h Updated Please let Cristiano Ronaldo’s dismissal of Coca-Cola be the end of product placement
The Independent
It was a great joy this week to witness the Portuguese footballer not so much endorse a product, as contribute to wiping $4bn off its market value
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3h Playing politics with football is a new low for this Tory government
The Independent
Boris Johnson is quite happy for his party to wage a divisive culture war, making a nonsense of his repeated pledges – and his duty – to bring the UK together
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4h Updated No-one actually cares what students think – we should just ignore them
The Independent
Some students at Magdalen College, Oxford, have decided to take a picture down – so what?
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5h Joe Biden should be wary when meeting Vladimir Putin – the Russian leader is not playing the same game
The Independent
Do not expect much to come from the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders
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5h Care work is not easy – why are workers still not getting paid fairly?
The Independent
In the middle of a recruitment crisis, one in ten care workers have said their pay rate for sleep-in shifts has been cut
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5h An Inside job: lockdown has finally been turned into the stuff of irresistible art | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
The Guardian
This strange time needs to be described and explored – and US comedian Bo Burnham has produced something special In the spring, I wrote about a wariness surrounding
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7h Iran’s next president will ride a wave of voter apathy into power | Holly Dagres
The Guardian
After years of government corruption, repression and violence, many Iranians are expected to boycott Friday’s elections Rap and K-pop aren’t music genres you’d expect an Iranian presidential hopeful to be familiar with. And yet, during the second televised debate ahead of the countrywide poll on 18 June, one of the candidates displayed an impressive knowledge of the contemporary musical landscape. “They play rap on their own programmes, but they have banned rap. Our teens have
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9h British politics is still drunk on Brexit spirit, and Boris Johnson won’t call time | Rafael Behr
The Guardian
The prime minister seeks to game and inflame a state of mind that rejects complex reality in favour of symbols and fantasy There is a simple reason why Boris Johnson and European leaders
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17h Updated George Floyd, Darnella Frazier and why videos of police wrongdoing hardly ever change the world
The Independent
Even when police cameras are turned on or cellphone footage is available, moments that change the world — or even moments that lead to justice being served — are vanishingly rare
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19h Ben Jennings on Boris Johnson postponing the end of restrictions — cartoon
The Guardian
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20h If you liked Ted Cruz’s Twitter pledge of allegiance, you’ll love what he’s planning next
The Independent
The senator from Texas is about to weigh in on some of the most consequential issues facing our democracy
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20h The Guardian view on Biden, China and Europe: the US is back – for now | Editorial
The Guardian
Democratic unity is welcome against authoritarian might. That doesn’t mean signing up to everything on the US agenda It is 50 years next month since Henry Kissinger embarked on
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20h The Guardian view on Daniel Morgan’s murder: calling out the Met | Editorial
The Guardian
The squalid tale uncovered by the inquiry is bad enough. The police’s efforts to obstruct it make it worse The killing of 37-year-old private detective Daniel Morgan in south London in 1987, and the failure to bring anyone to justice, is one of the
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20h Children neglected by a profit-making system | Letters
The Guardian
Cuts to councils and a lack of suitable homes mean that nearly half of children in care live in unregulated accommodation, writes
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20h Updated The strategy behind Marjorie Taylor Greene’s apology
The Independent
Saying sorry allows Greene to position herself as a politician who listens, who doesn’t mind owning up to mistakes, and who cares about accountability and responsibility
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21h Battle for tranquillity amid the shooting | Letter
The Guardian
UK governments must find a means of protecting the peace of religious sites under threat from hunters, says
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21h John Boorman: how a belligerent Ned Beatty won me over | Letter
The Guardian
The director of Deliverance recalls how the late actor landed the part of Bobby Trippe,
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21h The Welsh-speaking pigeons of Languedoc | Brief letter
The Guardian
Lithium extraction | Bird chirping | Over-70s | Cricket and snow | Oxford bags Thea Riofrancos writes about the environmental costs of lithium extraction from the Atacama salt flats in Chile (
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21h Updated In the end, there will be an appalling price paid for the war on the BBC
The Independent
The Watt footage isn’t shocking at all. It is the inevitable consequence of sustained attack – a deadly alliance of mad conspiracy theorists and the mainstream, everyday voices who legitimise them
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22h Updated England’s players are performing a valuable service in taking the knee
The Independent
They are reminding us that the problems of prejudice and discrimination have not gone away – and won’t without action
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24h Updated My kids don’t see families that look like ours in books or on TV – this needs to change
The Independent
I wanted to write a book that would help to shore up my girls’ identity, reflect their wonderful, loving family, and demonstrate that stories can – and do – star people just like them
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24h The UK’s obsession with trade deals means disaster for the environment | Nick Dearden
The Guardian
From food standards to fossil fuel exports, Britain’s agreement with Australia could stop us dealing with the climate crisis Over the weekend, Boris Johnson told the world we need to “create a healthy planet for our children and grandchildren”. Today he launches
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25h Journalists like Nicholas Watt shouldn’t have to face abuse in the street – it’s not part of the job
The Independent
There is nothing wrong with people feeling strongly on a topic, that can lead to important change – but if the default position is anger, we all lose
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25h Even with the delay in England’s lockdown lifting, Covid cases and deaths will still rise | Charlotte Summers
The Guardian
Boris Johnson announced a pause in England, but restrictions that have been eased have already created a surge in infections The prime minister
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27h Updated The power of coexistence
The Independent
The pioneering and sustainable initiatives to not only protect elephants but boost the livelihoods of communities that live near them
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28h With the extension of lockdown, Labour has one more chance to get match-ready | Zoe Williams
The Guardian
Keir Starmer could use this opportunity to reveal who he really is and not be afraid to win enemies as well as friends On the rights and wrongs of extending the lockdown in England, I plead the Alan Sugar case – for anyone who missed it, which is surely almost everyone, the
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29h Updated I survived Grenfell – that horrific night will forever be ingrained in my memory
The Independent
Four years on and we, the survivors and bereaved families, have been repeatedly disappointed by the lack of progress towards preventing another avoidable tragedy
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29h Boris Johnson’s regressive policies are leaving refugee children vulnerable
The Independent
The policies of our governments do a disservice to the post-war generation who came together to offer refuge to those most in need
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29h Updated The film industry needs to open its arms to learning disabled and autistic talent
The Independent
It’s well-known that film is difficult to break into at the best of times, but I have seen the barriers that people with learning disabilities face first-hand
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30h LGBTQ-inclusive children’s books pave the way for a more accepting world
The Independent
I wanted to write a book that would help to shore up my girls’ identity, reflect their wonderful, loving family, and demonstrate that stories can – and do – star people just like them
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30h Updated Chrissy Teigen deserves credit for doing what most trolls will never do
The Independent
The TV star has done something rarely seen in the gladiatorial arena of the internet – she has apologised
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30h Whether Covid escaped from a lab or not, it’s time to talk about biosecurity | Gregory D Koblenz and Filippa Lentzos
The Guardian
We studied safety at the world’s most sophisticated laboratories, and found their policies often left much to be desired
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31h China and the west must now cooperate to achieve global Covid vaccine coverage | Sophie Zinser
The Guardian
Given the G7’s underwhelming pledge, WHO approval for two Chinese jabs is a welcome boost “Vaccine diplomacy” has evolved into a dirty phrase, not least in relation to China and the notion that its government could be exchanging ineffective jabs for geopolitical capital. At the weekend
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32h How the 2001 northern riots boosted the far right – and reshaped British politics | Daniel Trilling
The Guardian
The BNP’s explicitly racist politics only had limited appeal – but more adept politicians have seized on the myths they exploited Twenty years ago this summer, a series of riots broke out in parts of northern England that would have a profound effect on British politics. They began in Oldham in late May 2001, spreading to Burnley in June, and Bradford in July. All had their own specific local triggers, but all involved clashes between men of white and of south Asian background. This racialised dimension ensured that they became a matter of national concern, prompting warnings that some of the country’s diverse communities were,
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33h How can women trust British police when so many have been accused of abuse? | Joan Smith
The Guardian
It’s not just ‘bad apples’: a toxic system allows too many serious crimes to go unpunished. We urgently need an inquiry
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