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32m The Guardian view on Britain and China: it’s complicated | Editorial
The Guardian
Beijing’s might and ambitions, and the approach of Brexit, make the path ahead more difficult. It’s time for careful thoughtA few years ago, George Osborne announced that Britain’s relations with China were entering a “golden era”. On Thursday, his successor as chancellor gave a more measured assessment: they are “complex”,
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49m In a party edging closer towards the 1850s, Sajid Javid's response to Shamima Begum makes perfect sense
The Independent
Ten years ago, MPs like Jacob Rees-Mogg wouldn't have been taken seriously, but now Tories like the home secretary will have to out-do him if they want to win over the membership
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1h 22m These Tory women defectors are the Thelma and Louise of British politics | Gaby Hinsliff
The Guardian
Their charisma and exuberance is infectious, but could their leap of faith also take voters over the cliff edge?At the end of Thelma & Louise, as the net closes in on the outlaws, Geena Davis’s character turns to her friend and says she doesn’t ever remember feeling this awake. The freedom they craved may be violent and volatile compared to the steady suburban unhappiness of the lives they left behind, but at least now it feels as if there’s something to live for. There was a hint of something similar about a gleeful Heidi Allen declaring, as she left the Conservative party this week, that she was “tired of feeling numb” about politics; that she hadn’t felt this excited in years. The self-styled “
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1h 22m Shamima Begum has a right to British citizenship, whether you like it or not | Gary Younge
The Guardian
Sajid Javid makes Britain look weak by refusing to take back a groomed teenager – nationality doesn’t depend on whim When I was 16 I stopped off in Holland, during a camping holiday with a friend. We bought as much marijuana as we could and smoked it all in an afternoon. Sat behind a housing estate in the border town of Nijmegen, we giggled, rambled and lay around until the local police came. They took us back to the campsite (we found the fact that they spoke Dutch hilarious), where we were asked for our passports and train tickets. They already had our number: a couple of idiots out of their minds and out of their depth. They told us to get on the next train in the direction of the port. We’d stopped laughing by then. We went home. Adolescents do stupid things. Often they know they are stupid at the time
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1h 56m Making the moral case for abolishing long-term prison sentences
The Guardian
Prisons are soul-destroying pits of human misery that can lead to atrophy, stasis and trauma, writes
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2h Don't be complacent – Isis may have lost territory, but the battle is far from over
The Independent
As has long been the case with the 'war on terror', this is no moment for rejoicing, still less for triumphalism
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2h Gay conversion therapy proves there’s still bigotry towards LGBT people | Julie Bindel
The Guardian
Laws upholding the rights of lesbians and gay men have come far – it’s society’s attitude that now has to catch upThe results of a
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3h We've upset Japan, China and Bangladesh this week alone – post-Brexit Britain won't have any trade links at this rate
The Independent
'Global Britain' now apparently means making silly gestures and pretending to be more powerful than we are, at enormous cost to our economic well-being
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3h I served in the Met. For a diverse force, tackle the depressing discrimination | Dal Babu
The Guardian
Leaders say the police force is 100 years away from reflecting London’s multicultural diversity. I’m disgustedThe question that needs to be asked is not “are the Metropolitan police institutionally racist?”, or “why does black and minority ethnic recruitment for the police still lag so far behind the diversity of London as a whole?” It should simply be: “Why do young black and minority ethnic people reject the Metropolitan police as a career choice?” This week, marking 20 years since the landmark
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4h I enjoy airline food, but in a restaurant? Pass the sickbag | Samuel Muston
The Guardian
AirAsia is to open an eatery serving its dishes. It seems crackers – who would choose to eat plane fare on terra firma?People harrumph more at 38,000ft. It’s a sort of iron rule of air travel. Fifteen minutes in and you get triple-exclamation-mark observations and everyone’s inner magistrate. Perhaps it is the memory of those kinder days, when flights weren’t pay-per-mile torture and the cabin crew smiled as they thrust the free glass of merlot your way. Who knows? What I do know is that
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4h We cannot allow Liam Fox’s post-Brexit trade plans to go unscrutinised | Caroline Lucas
The Guardian
Deals containing clauses that threaten human rights are being debated in parliament – they must be defeated The government
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4h This new history of the Christian genocide during the Ottoman Empire sounds a dark warning for the future
The Independent
Is it possible for a people to be so inured to cruelty that they changed, that their acts of sadism could alter their humanity?
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4h The Independent Group shows UK politics isn't about left vs right, it's a battle of enablers, careerists and zealots
The Independent
There are, in reality, perhaps five main groups and at least some of our current politicians have their feet in more than one
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5h In the 25 years since Fred and Rose West, crime reporting has collapsed | Duncan Campbell
The Guardian
Not even high-profile murder trials, let alone lesser offences, receive proper coverage any more – and that is a threat to justiceIt is 25 years since the remains of the victims of Fred and Rose West were first discovered at their Gloucester home. This week an
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6h The UK should be ashamed of paving the way for Trump's inhumane treatment of Hoda Muthana
The Independent
There is something seriously wrong with a society failing its citizens to such an extent that they fall prey to this kind of extremist rhetoric and are willing to give up everything to follow it through
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7h Once Brexit is over, what’s left? A two-party system that kills optimism | Polly Toynbee
The Guardian
More power to revolting MPs in these critical weeks. But the Independent Group will likely break under first-past-the-post Brexit breaks everything it touches, scything through the country, risking the union itself. Now it bites chunks out of
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7h The Independent Group won't succeed unless it supports electoral reform – here's why
The Independent
The breakaway party may give the politically homeless something to vote for, but until we have proportional representation, no party can promise the public that their votes will matter
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8h Just three more Tory defections and Theresa May's government will finally collapse
The Independent
In the event of a vote of no confidence in the government, all the opposition parties and factions can be expected to vote together as a bloc. They are within touching distance of being able to deprive May of power
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8h Theresa May is lying to get her Brexit deal through – even if that means thousands more people losing their jobs
The Independent
Words matter when it comes to political declarations. But the prime minister is still claiming that it 'provides for the benefits' of a customs union when it does nothing of the sort
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8h I am the mother of an Isis fighter who died in Syria. This is my message to Shamima Begum and her family
The Independent
I blamed myself when Rasheed left. I didn't sleep for weeks, constantly thinking about what I could have done differently and how, as a mother, I had failed to protect him from radicalisation
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11h Yes, there’s Brexit. But the inaction on the fit-for-work scandal is shameless | Frances Ryan
The Guardian
The cold reality is there is no motivation for ministers to address the issue, and little faith that they’re up to the jobIt’s become practically a cliche of current politics to lament the way Brexit has pushed all other tasks off the agenda: leaving pressing issues like homelessness, climate change and social care to fester. What is rarely acknowledged, however, is that this is hardly a new phenomenon. While the European question has undeniably derailed Britain’s domestic agenda, the political class lost sight of the key social and economic issues of our times long ago.
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12h It’s a bit rich of bankers to criticise the spending habits of millennials | Zoe Williams
The Guardian
Infantalising financial advice from Barclays won’t wash when young people can only dream of home ownershipYesterday, I was woken with a start by a call from someone who wanted me to talk on the radio about millennials, an age bracket that tops out at 37, and starts in the early 20s: I am not in this range. They had someone who was, but he pulled out, because millennials are
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13h The breakaway MPs are like a tribute act to the failed politics of the past | Owen Jones
The Guardian
Yes, they’ll enjoy an extended honeymoon. But unlike the SDP in the 80s, this movement has misread the timesIf any breakaway “centrist” party was going to thrive, it was the Social Democratic party. Their founder members were political titans: David Owen, a former foreign secretary at the age of just 38; Shirley Williams, one of Labour’s most prominent women, an education secretary who fronted party political broadcasts; Roy Jenkins, a chancellor, deputy leader, president of the European commission and once a likely future leader. They had gravitas, intellectual heft – Jenkins was a prolific author – and a body of ideas. They received adulation in the media. At the end of 1981,
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13h OCD isn’t about being over-tidy. I had intrusive thoughts about sex | Rose Cartwright
The Guardian
Confronting and understanding the disorder has been a lifelong journey for me. My memoir, Pure, is just the latest stepDefining obsessive-compulsive disorder is tricky. Redefining it against the grain of
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13h For Pope Francis, the moment of truth on sexual abuse has arrived | Catherine Pepinster
The Guardian
The summit ordered by the pope on the scandal engulfing the Catholic church has find a way to end the cover-upsWhen I got married in 2003 it turned out that my wedding was caught up – unbeknown to me – in the abuse crisis that has engulfed the Catholic church. There were three Benedictine monk-priests there, one as celebrant, two as guests. One of the guests was later tried and acquitted of assaulting a child, although he was banned from living in his monastery. The other, David Pearce, would go on
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22h The Democrats are using the same strategy for the Green New Deal as the Republicans used for healthcare. Bad idea
The Independent
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 8.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Helvetica; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} No matter what one thinks of the policy itself, Obamacare was politically brilliant. It's time AOC and her ilk took a leaf out of that playbook before it's too late
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23h The splitting of the Tories and Labour could redefine British politics | Martin Kettle
The Guardian
Britain is split down the middle on Brexit. In response the independent MPs have made a bold breakHeidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston are not the first MPs to
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23h Steve Bell on Tory defectors to the Independent Group – cartoon
The Guardian
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2019/feb/20/steve-bell-tory-defectors-independent-group-cartoon">Continue reading...
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24h Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour is a crucial ally in the fight against antisemitism | Letter
The Guardian
Over 200 Jewish members and supporters of the Labour party sign a letter urging that anyone seeking an end to bigotry and racism should back Labour and CorbynYou report (
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24h Much to fear from post-Brexit trade deals with ISDS mechanisms | Letters
The Guardian
Investor-state dispute settlement is a threat to human rights, health and the environment, say representatives of trade unions, charities and faith groupsOn Thursday in parliament, MPs will get their
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24h Tackling sexual abuse in the Catholic church | Letters
The Guardian
The Vatican should assist the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, says
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24h The need to protect children’s privacy in the family courts | Letter
The Guardian
Until the press become more mature, children will continue to need to have their privacy protected, writes
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24h Chronicles should go back to Manx nation | Brief letters
The Guardian
Manx nation | Hitler’s declaration of war on the US | The Oldham Chronicle | Bus Stop by the Hollies | Sajid JavidIt’s not just museums that are hoarding other peoples’ historical artefacts (
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24h The Guardian view on Tory defections: hard truths for May | Editorial
The Guardian
The prime minister has been complicit in her party’s capture by a narrow, hardline factionThe pro-European wing of the Conservative party has traditionally been more loyal to its leaders and more inclined towards compromise than the Eurosceptic faction. That is one reason why Wednesday’s decision by three remain-supporting Tory MPs to
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24h The Guardian view on Shamima Begum’s citizenship: removing it is not in Britain’s interest | Editorial
The Guardian
The hasty decision to take away the rights of a high-profile Isis recruit is likely to face a legal challenge. Whether or not it was lawful, it was wrongThe shocking and shameful decision to strip
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24h Republicans are at a critical point. They need to stand against Trump now or risk the destruction of their party
The Independent
The president continues to drive out elements of the GOP which are critical to its success in the future. Those who are hanging on to the president's current strategy and behaving as though it is a recipe for future success are kidding themselves
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24h Sajid Javid's selfish ambition eclipsed his judgement – and now Shamima Begum has the moral high ground
The Independent
He wants to defend national security and impress a public understandably appalled by Begum. Yet she may be a larger threat to western security as a stateless figure at large
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25h British politics has its supergroup, but is it already McBusted?
The Independent
The Independent Group seems to want to return to a politics in which David Cameron and Ed Miliband were on the same side – it never happened
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25h By appealing to Leave voters like me, the campaign for a Final Say could very well succeed
The Independent
The campaign for a Final Say referendum needs to build up its momentum – if I can use the word – with Leave voters, not merely making passionate pro-Europeans to feel ever more aggrieved
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25h Whatever Meghan does, she’s damned. Let’s not repeat history | Zoe Williams
The Guardian
The level of scrutiny the Duchess of Sussex receives is devoid of human feeling. This vilification must end Last month
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25h Letter: Julian Pratt and GP support
The Guardian
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/feb/15/dr-julian-pratt-obituary" title="">Julian Pratt
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26h Thanks, Donald Trump, but as a gay man I'd rather you didn't go on a global campaign in my name
The Independent
The far-right has a long history of pretending to be friends with LGBT+ people — at the end of the day, this neo-colonialist effort will only serve to bolster Trump's hardline Republicans and alienate developing countries
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26h We need more people like Emma Thompson to take a stand if we're ever going to hold powerful men to account
The Independent
Without women like her taking a stand, it's likely that we'll have the sullied careers of many more men foisted upon us in the near future
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26h UK museums should be honest about being stuffed with stolen goods | Alice Procter
The Guardian
Institutions need to be transparent about their legacies of imperialism and theft – and confront the issue of repatriationMuseums are in crisis. In the past, their social role has been taken for granted – they’re spaces for preserving objects and educating the deferential public that comes to admire them. It’s a tidy, completist dream: wouldn’t it be nice to see the whole of human history, free and open to all?
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27h I'd already known Bernie Sanders for 25 years when I backed him in 2016. This time round, I actually feel like we can win
The Independent
Bernie 2020 is not a protest campaign. It is a campaign which generated $3.3m in its first 12 hours. In 2016, Bernie told me he didn't expect to become president — now everything is different
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27h Twitter is a crucial safe space for many queer people like me, which makes the 'anti-LGBT emoji' even more painful
The Independent
Members of the queer community across the world use social media as an escape from the constraints of life in a country where they are unable to live freely
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28h The latest gender pay gap data proves what women already knew – they are still at a disadvantage at work
The Independent
The government's reporting rules only require businesses to admit they have a problem. That doesn't mean they'll feel compelled to do anything about it
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28h Even Trump's America gives asylum seekers faster working rights than the UK – we must end this cruel ban
The Independent
The change we're requesting is so small as far as government policy is concerned – we're asking for the UK to catch up with the rest of the western world
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28h New York is right to ban hair discrimination. Now how about the UK? | Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff
The Guardian
Many British black people are targeted on the basis of their hair, but now there is a precedent for dealing with thisNew York City’s new legal guidance on discrimination
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28h Our broken immigration and justice systems allowed Shamima Begum to become the terrorist she now is
The Independent
How did three unaccompanied teenage girls board a plane to Turkey? Because we do not have effective border checks at our ports and airports
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29h Never mind Brexit, the real impact of rebel MPs will be on the next general election
The Independent
If party leaders keep Labour and Conservative firmly at the hard left and right of British politics, then the next election will be very interesting indeed for a newcomer
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30h The resignation of three Tory MPs is a dire warning to the party | Andrew Gimson
The Guardian
The Conservatives cannot afford to decline into a sect which drives out its moderate wingIf the resignation of
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30h My relatives were brainwashed by Osama bin Laden. I know just how dangerous Shamima Begum could be
The Independent
Egypt tried to rehabilitate returning jihadis from Afghanistan and Chechnya – and it paid a terrible price for believing their views could be changed
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30h The Independent Group will only succeed if PR is their central policy | Catherine Mayer
The Guardian
If they are serious about fixing ‘broken politics’, they should join us in backing a fairer voting system
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30h The Tory defectors strengthen the Independent Group, but will have no impact on Brexit – here's why
The Independent
The Tory breakaway is remarkably similar to the Labour one in that its cause is something that happened some time ago
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30h Listen to Muslim women about Shamima Begum – they're who Sajid Javid's decision will hurt the most
The Independent
Some have already begun reporting that they've received islamophobic abuse in public following Begum's plea to return
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31h Javid’s decision on Shamima Begum demeans his office by playing to the Tory gallery on Shamima Begum | Sonia Sodha
The Guardian
The home secretary’s political ambitions are shamefully exposed by this playing to the galleryPolitics has always, to some extent, been the art of combining doing what’s right with doing what’s in one’s own political interests. It would be naive to pretend otherwise. But in recent months – with a weak prime minister desperately trying to cling on to power, and senior Tories hungrily eyeing the top job – it feels like naked political ambition is shaping real-world outcomes more than ever before. Nowhere is that more evident than in Sajid Javid’s
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31h The clitoris is a gift, so why is there an ingrained fear of talking about it? | Lucy McCormick
The Guardian
If we want to make progress with FGM, we need to first tackle our outdated, misogynistic views on sex The
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32h Liam Fox is kidding himself if he thinks he'll have the upper hand in tomorrow's trade negotiations with the US
The Independent
We know precisely what US multinationals want because they told us last month: a range of standard-slashing policies that would undermine our rights and protections, as well as the livelihoods of many workers, farmers and citizens
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32h Honda’s closure? It’s down to government failure to champion electric cars | Rosie Rogers
The Guardian
Workers in UK plants like Swindon should be at the forefront of the global shift to building cleaner vehiclesHonda’s announcement that it is closing
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32h I looked into the sexist targetting of mothers under truancy laws – here's what I uncovered
The Independent
Despite the advances made towards gender equality, mothers are still too often seen as the primary caregivers, and their children's schooling, emotional wellbeing and behaviours still largely regarded as their jurisdiction
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32h Despite the slaughter in Yemen, Britain is still chasing arms sales | Andrew Smith
The Guardian
Defence contractors are in Abu Dhabi this week for the Middle East’s biggest arms fair – supported to the hilt by UK ministers A Khaleeji bagpipe band, a colourful aircraft display, a performance by the Armenian Military Orchestra and a big show of support from the Emirate royal families. These were some of the touches at Sunday’s
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33h The defectors were wrong to resign – but that doesn't mean Labour doesn't have problems
The Independent
I have been a Labour Party member for nearly 60 years and I have no intention of moving on anywhere else. I do, however, want to see the party shifting its focus to getting back into power
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35h How to cure the shopping addiction that’s destroying our planet | Radhika Sanghani
The Guardian
I went cold turkey on buying clothes – and learned that it will take more than taxes to slow the march of fast fashionI’ve always thought of myself as someone who cares about the environment. I’ve recycled for as long as I can remember, I’m on my way to having a plastic-free kitchen and I always try to take public transport instead of driving. But until last year I was guilty of unknowingly contributing to 1m tonnes of waste a year, more carbon emissions than the shipping and aviation industries combined, and microplastics ending up in the ocean – just by buying new clothes. A cross-party report has found that people today buy and discard clothes faster than ever, and it means we get rid of more than 1m tonnes of clothes a year, with £140m worth going to landfill every year. The implications of this are so bad that there have been
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37h Youth climate strikers can win their fight. Here’s a manifesto | George Monbiot
The Guardian
Courage and conviction may not be enough – that’s something I learned from other movements’ failuresThis one has to succeed. It is not just that the
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37h Avoiding a no-deal crash-out won’t stop Brexit wrecking our economy | Peter Mandelson
The Guardian
Leaving the EU is costing us billions – and this drain will continue until business gets some clarity on trading conditionsThe news from Honda that it will be closing its Swindon factory in 2022
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