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1h 8m By revoking Article 50 and forcing the PM out, we can save Britain from Brexit
The Independent
Theresa May has proved beyond doubt, and in the most public manner possible, that she has completely lost it
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1h 14m Theresa May has trashed our democracy and put MPs in danger | Lisa Nandy
The Guardian
Last night’s statement was poisonous. Credible threats have been made to MPs – she should not be unleashing populismThe sense of anger is hard to adequately put into words. Yesterday, in the toxic climate that now defines British politics the prime minister took to the steps of Downing Street to
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1h 36m Too many rape and abuse victims are being let down by the police | Nogah Ofer
The Guardian
Women don’t need new laws to protect them, just for the existing laws to be properly implemented
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1h 47m In Kazakhstan, the last Soviet era president has suddenly resigned – and this is what it means for my people
The Independent
Nursultan Nazarbayev stood down on Tuesday after thirty years. But his manoeuvring since already suggests he is uneasy with giving up any of his hard fought power
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2h It took New Zealand just six days to ban semi automatic weapons. America, are you listening?
The Independent
In the last 72 hours alone, 76 Americans have been killed by a gun. Six of the dead were children. How long are we going to sit here and pretend there's no way to prevent this?
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2h Jacinda Ardern's steely, effective response to Christchurch has put other world leaders to shame
The Independent
She fought from the start like a real politician, scorning the killer, attacking racism, slapping back at Erdogan's revolting election propaganda
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2h Cyclone Idai shows the deadly reality of climate change in Africa | Landry Nintereste
The Guardian
Vain promises and empty slogans have got us nowhere. Fossil-fuel extraction must end before more lives are lostAs
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3h Theresa May thinks she knows exactly what we want on Brexit. Let's tell her on Saturday's Final Say march
The Independent
May and her awful approach to this process has been the finest incentive for a Final Say we could have hoped for
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4h Cyclone Idai has wreaked havoc on the other side of the world – and yet no one in the west seems to care
The Independent
As more and more climate change-related tragedies occur across the global south, it is essential that western societies find the empathy required to deal with our global crisis
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4h This is the end for Theresa May – so who will replace her when she finally admits defeat?
The Independent
All political careers end in failure, but this prime minister has never really had any success
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4h We would now rather be ruled over by robots than politicians. What has Brexit done to us?
The Independent
We don't like the idea of robots taking our jobs, so why do we think it'd be a good idea to let them lead? Let's stop being ludicrous and consider whether we really would be prepared to sacrifice democracy for technocracy
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5h May’s attack on MPs is the dangerous act of a desperate politician | Polly Toynbee
The Guardian
The prime minister’s angry refusal to countenance any Brexit plan but her own has left her petulant, defiant and doomedAttempting to turn voters’
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5h Theresa May is irresponsible to scare people with the threat of a chaotic no-deal Brexit
The Independent
The prime minister is right: parliament – including her – has let the people down. It is time to put it back to the people for a decision
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8h The depressing truth about female creativity and the pram in the hallway | Fiona Sturges
The Guardian
Sweeping the subject of working mothers under the carpet only implies there isn’t a problemThere are times in every parent’s life when, however much they try to avoid it, the professional and the domestic messily collide. It happened to me a few years ago when, during a teachers’ training day, I took my seven-year-old with me to interview Joan Collins over lunch. Collins was delighted at her presence and ordered her a giant bowl of ice-cream. However, halfway through the conversation, she suddenly looked startled, fumbled under the table for a bit, and then pulled out a sticky, pink-spattered Chanel shoe. “I do believe dear Lily has dropped ice-cream in my shoe,” she announced, looking a little pained.
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8h We’re working like it’s 1975, but the jobs boom isn’t all it seems. Here’s why | Larry Elliott
The Guardian
Unemployment figures are at a historic low but there are also bleaker parallels with the 1970s Britain’s recent jobs record has been remarkable. The economy is chugging along but the last time
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17h People think Ivanka is complicit in Trump's presidency — but from what I've heard, she's the mastermind
The Independent
A friend of the family who worked with the Trumps told me years ago that 'Ivanka is the brains of the family and she's the one who actually runs things — he just shows up to sign stuff. If it weren't for her, Trump would be broke'
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18h I've suffered from postpartum depression myself — but when I heard the FDA approved a new wonder drug, I didn't feel relieved
The Independent
This is a medication which costs $34,000, according to its own manufacturer, and which insurers have yet to evaluate. Will anyone except the wealthy realistically get to access it?
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19h UK politicians ignore mass public protests at their peril | Martin Kettle
The Guardian
Theresa May would be wise to learn from Tony Blair’s mistake over IraqIt is still just about possible, with a sustained deployment of the imagination, to conceive of a set of circumstances in which Theresa May might still be able to regard her Brexit policy as a success. If, for instance, she agrees in Brussels on Thursday on the conditional short extension offered by Donald Tusk on Wednesday ; if she gets her third “meaningful vote” motion past the Speaker next week; if her MPs take Tusk’s offer seriously; if she proves better at persuading enough of them to back her deal than in the past, then – just possibly – it may all seem to have been worthwhile. Or at least it may do so for about 48 hours, until the leadership challenge begins and the policy conflicts of the next – and longer – phase of Brexit negotiations with the EU start to split her party yet again.
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20h The Democrats are about to hand a guaranteed 2020 election victory to Donald Trump on a plate
The Independent
When former Senator Harry Reid of Nevada chose to end the filibuster for judicial nominees in 2013, he received a warning from then-Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that Reid would regret the move he made. McConnell was right
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20h The Guardian view on Theresa May and Brexit: a prime minister gone rogue | Editorial
The Guardian
Theresa May has put no deal firmly back on the table in flagrant defiance of parliament and the dictates of responsible governmentTo achieve anything in EU diplomacy it helps to speak European. That does not require a command of continental languages. What matters, when dealing at the highest level in Brussels, is an ability to acknowledge the common political and economic interests that underpin the whole European project. Theresa May has no fluency in that idiom. She cannot even fake it. Since becoming prime minister, her relations with the EU have been marked by tin-eared diplomacy. She is bad enough at cultivating relationships in Westminster. In Brussels she has none.
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20h The Guardian view on regulating porn: wrong step, right direction | Editorial
The Guardian
Damaging both to the producers and the consumers, online pornography is finally being tackledSuccessive governments have been under pressure to control
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20h Tackling the damage done to the UK by private schools | Letters
The Guardian
Readers respond to an article by John Harris claiming Britain’s current crisis is rooted in the power of our public schoolsJohn Harris suggests that obliging elite universities to admit no more than 7% of their students from private schools would obviate the need to abolish these socially and culturally damaging institutions (
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20h Addiction to social media isn’t a disease | Letter
The Guardian
Conceptualising this disorder as a disease wrongly suggests the origin of the problem lies within people, writes
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20h The two-bike, one-car way to go for a walk | Brief letters
The Guardian
Kilimanjaro’s guides and porters | Late Junction | Female priests | Getting to and from walksSkilled, experienced and encouraging local guides and porters ensured we reached the peak of Kilimanjaro in 2017. They supported us and everyone else I know who has reached the peak through the pain, emotion and challenge, but they were nowhere in evidence in the recent BBC coverage of the celebrity ascent for Comic Relief. Is this another example of white saviours doing it alone (
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20h Britain is in a hole – Europe, we need you to dig us out | Timothy Garton Ash
The Guardian
Brexit just got serious. If parliament can somehow take control, EU leaders must take pity and offer a long delayWhen European leaders discuss Brexit on Thursday, they should have in mind a fundamental question: is the EU just a union of governments, or is it also a Europe of citizens, peoples, democracy and destiny? If it’s just the former, they should continue the current mainstream Brussels line of trying to help Theresa May to get her deal over the line, and the UK out of the European Union as soon as possible. If Europe is also the latter,
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21h As Denmark kicks an MP out of parliament for bringing her baby, it's time to reassess its progressive reputation
The Independent
Pia Kjaersgaard's message to Mette Abildgaard raises the question of how welcoming the country's political sphere can truly be for women and working mothers
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21h No wonder polling shows a second referendum would yield a Remain vote. We are in a mess
The Independent
A new Tory leader could take us all the way to 2022. That gives them time to deliver the most disastrous vision of Brexit possible
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21h Lives are ruined by shame and stigma. LGBT lessons in schools are vital | Hannah Jane Parkinson
The Guardian
Forget the parent protests. Children need to be taught that their identities are valid – and Andrea Leadsom needs to apologise One of the most dangerous and destructive things in the world is shame. Shame can burrow into you so deep that it shrinks the brain and constricts the heart.
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22h May’s latest screeching U-turn makes her utterly unfit to lead | Jonathan Freedland
The Guardian
The PM’s insistence on a short Brexit extension confirms her as a broken reed and a prisoner of the hardline ERGNo matter how bad you think Theresa May is, she always manages to get worse. Her record of insisting on one thing, only to U-turn weeks, days or even hours later is almost impressive in its scope. There would be no snap election, she vowed – and then there was one. Her Brexit deal would be subject to a
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22h Asking if we should 'sterilise' trans people shows how much discrimination we still face
The Independent
We live in an age when a slogan on the side of a bus shapes opinion. Headlines can too
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22h Elizabeth Warren thinks getting rid of the electoral college would be an easy win for the Democrats. I wouldn't be so sure
The Independent
The idea that 'national voting' would result in politicians like Warren investing more time in places like Mississippi, rather than freeing them to pour their energy into densely populated coastal cities, is laughable
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22h Updated What if the Caribbean refused royal visits until reparations were paid? | Nalini Mohabir
The Guardian
Charles and Camilla are the latest to arrive and help whitewash the injustices of slavery and empireOnce upon a time monarchs ruled by divine right, then later with
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23h We're marching on Saturday because Brexit will hit young people the hardest
The Independent
An open letter to Independent readers from supporters of For our Future's Sake
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24h The Paris of the rich is ablaze – and that image will define Macron | Pauline Bock
The Guardian
Setting fire to a brasserie frequented by the French elite symbolises the gilets jaunes’ rejection of the ‘president of the rich’It’s become a kind of ritual: every Saturday evening, there are new images of thousands of
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24h HS2 gives the game away: the plan for northern towns is managed decline | Lynsey Hanley
The Guardian
The high-speed rail network may never be built any further north than Birmingham. It is utterly nonsensicalYesterday, on the day a
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24h MPs must face it: there is no alternative to Theresa May’s deal | Vernon Bogdanor
The Guardian
No-deal Brexit, Norway, a people’s vote, a long delay – everything else on the table is bound to failBritain faces a constitutional crisis, according to many, including at least one cabinet minister. But is it a crisis simply because the rules regulating parliament make life difficult for the government? A conflict between government and parliament is almost inevitable when, as with Brexit, the government cannot command a majority of votes in the Commons. But there is a deeper crisis within parliament itself. MPs have put the
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24h Cauliflower steaks and buffalo wings: can I make a hearty, dirty meal from this assertive brassica?
The Guardian
No-carbers have brought about an unexpected renaissance for the cauliflower as a basis for flour or rice – while some claim it can be a substitute for meat You wouldn’t think there was much space to innovate with a cauliflower. It’s such an unarguable thing, unmistakeable in appearance, inimitable in texture – dense and grainy, but with an underlying softness, like a gruff prison officer who secretly teaches people to read. But cauliflower is having its own technological revolution, an unexpected renaissance driven by the people who have excluded all the regular stuff from their diet and now need something to eat. Low-carb diets – paleo, keto, Dukan, there are even some old timers still doing Atkins – have been around since the late 80s, and enjoy regular surges in popularity every time obsessions reemerge over whether carbs are bad for you. Call carbs the old-fashioned slimmers’ exclusion. Veganism, pescetarianism and everything else in between are ethical exclusions, with perfectly sound and demonstrable foundations in sustainability and animal welfare; indeed, think too hard about it and we would all have to do it. And gluten is the allergy/intolerance exclusion.
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24h Come on, UK weather forecasters – tell it like it is on climate change | Adam Corner
The Guardian
People have a right to know what’s behind their flooding or heatwave. The UK is lagging behind other countries They have a national reach that most climate campaigners would die for. They are familiar and respected experts on the science of meteorology. And they have prime-time slots at the end of almost every TV news bulletin, morning, noon and night. But the weather forecasters who guide everything from our clothing choices to our weekend plans seldom – if ever – mention the issue that is increasingly shaping our beloved British weather: climate change. This week, former BBC weatherman Bill Giles broke cover, and called for the BBC and other major broadcasters
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25h May’s way, the highway or … a Brexit delay? The view from Europe | Brigid Laffan
The Guardian
No extension to article 50, a short extension or a long one: the fog of Brexit lies too heavy to see the lie of the landOne thousand days since the referendum and nine to the UK’s formal departure date and the EU does not yet know how, when or even if the UK will leave the union. The mood in Brussels and national capitals remains focused, but there is growing impatience with Theresa May and her government. Even those member states that are traditionally friendly towards the UK have toughened their stance. The overwhelming view is that
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25h If you are uncomfortable with your child being told about LGBT+ people, then you are being homophobic
The Independent
Not talking about LGBT+ people doesn't make these people disappear. Erasing our existence from the curriculum will only serve to sigmatise LGBT+ children
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26h Nine days from ‘Brexit day’, does anyone have a clue what’s happening? | James Felton
The Guardian
We’re begging for an extension and seeking trade deals with the mighty Liechtenstein. Everything is fineAsk any country “what are you doing in nine days’ time?” and it would go something like this: Sweden? “Same old, same old.”
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26h Here's why higher employment numbers are not a sign of a benign Brexit effect
The Independent
Enduring low productivity, in an era of tight labour supply and weakened collective worker voice, is the big story here
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27h People with personal experiences with mental health are more qualified to work with patients, not less
The Independent
Patients would take comfort in health professionals who know exactly what they're going through. So why don't we embrace that more?
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27h What will Leave voters make of Donald Trump Jr's astonishingly hypocritical remarks about Brexit?
The Independent
He remains closely involved with his father's political plans and his article in the Telegraph has to be seen as an intervention by the US administration, not a disinterested private individual
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27h A foreign military intervention in Venezuela has taken place, and Prince Charles could help to stop it
The Independent
For democracy to be restored in Venezuela, Cuba should be pushed into withdrawing its forces
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29h Vince Cable’s leadership will be seen as an opportunity missed | Martha Gill
The Guardian
What the Liberal Democrats needed was a dynamic leader, but what they got was a sensible caretakerWhen Vince Cable became leader of the Liberal Democrats in 2017 – almost by default, as one of the few left standing – he deserved it. His had been a career defined by his party colleagues failing to harness his talents, and at last he had secured its top job. But last week he announced
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29h Jim Ratcliffe's takeover of Team Sky shows how big oil has taken control of cycling
The Independent
A sport that trades off its environmental credentials is getting used to a life funded by the fossil fuel industries
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32h I lead Poland’s united opposition. We will bring the country back to Europe | Grzegorz Schetyna
The Guardian
We can defeat the ruling rightwing populist party – then help Emmanuel Macron to reform the EU French president Emmanuel Macron’s
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32h Britain’s real democratic crisis? The broken link between voters and MPs | Aditya Chakrabortty
The Guardian
Politicians have little in common with the people who pay for them. It’s a national failure that they fail to reflect their views You may have heard that Britain is in crisis. Indeed, there’s a good chance that you will have heard little else. Turn on the TV, and a political reporter brings tidings of a fresh crisis for Theresa May. Flick on the radio, glance across the front pages, and one word will be splashed over and over again. Some mornings it seems the UK is under aerial bombardment from a noun. But what a funny, contained emergency it is, full of Westminster people doing Westminster maths and deploying their Westminster terms. It is as if someone has drawn a thick red line along the perimeter of the parliamentary estate and labelled it, in big and self-important letters: National Crisis. Look at the politicians and pundits cramming the studio sofas, chattering about
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32h Behind a lesbian furore over a famous palaeontologist lies a deeper truth | Tori Herridge and Becky Wragg Sykes
The Guardian
No one knows if Mary Anning had lovers. But what a new film does get right is the vital role women played in her life
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32h Why Viktor Orbán and his allies won’t win the EU elections | Ivan Krastev
The Guardian
Rightwing populists think voters obsess about immigration. But that’s not the case Democratic politics need drama. Elections are a form of therapy session in which voters are confronted with their worst fears – a new war, demographic collapse, economic crisis, environmental horror – but become convinced they have the power to avert the devastation. “As the election approaches,”
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32h Online hate threatens us all. Platforms can and must do more to eradicate it | Dan Hett
The Guardian
As a software engineer, I know extremist content can be curbed. After Christchurch, it’s more urgent than ever Like so many, I was shocked to the core by the recent
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32h Andrzej Krauze on Europe watching Britain | Andrzej Krauze
The Guardian
EU officials have started pondering the possibility of an article 50 extension
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