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3h John McCain will win his feud with Donald Trump from beyond the grave
The Independent
For nearly two decades the president has bad-mouthed his Republican rival — but his criticism is based on fear of a better man
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4h America should allow other countries to vote in the 2020 election
The Independent
This is a country which calls itself 'leader of the Free World' and has huge global influence in terms of foreign policy and economics. Now that Trump won't acknowledge basic things like climate change, it's time other countries had a say
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4h The Guardian view on the People’s Vote march: a force for good | Editorial
The Guardian
The protest on the streets of London will show that the prime minister cannot define the public. They have a will and opinions of their ownSixteen years ago, Tony Blair watched a million people march past Downing Street, imploring him not to join US president George W Bush in invading Iraq. Mr Blair, in the words of one writer this week, “
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4h The Guardian view on history: don’t take its name in vain | Editorial
The Guardian
Politicians claiming to know how the present will be judged should be treated with scepticism. The truth is, nobody doesIt would hardly now be surprising if the ranks of those mustered round the clock at Westminster to air their views about Brexit were to be joined next week by one of those who has the most right to feel aggrieved about these proceedings: History. Throughout the process, poor History has been having words roughly crammed into its mouth by all and sundry. Angela Merkel is said to have done this on Thursday, warning Emmanuel Macron that history would judge the EU harshly if it failed to handle things sympathetically. Yet Mrs Merkel is at least a great world figure. The same can hardly be said for the backbench Conservative member Peter Bone, of whom History’s team of advisers (Herodotus, Jules Michelet and AJP Taylor) have said they have no knowledge. Mr Bone, others may remember, assured the prime minister in the Commons this week that
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4h Martin Rowson on what lies ahead for Theresa May – cartoon
The Guardian
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4h I was groomed as a child – 'jokes' about Adam Johnson show that people don't understand the lasting impact of abuse
The Independent
I know first-hand that grooming is among the coldest, most deliberate and most damaging things that you can do to a vulnerable adolescent
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4h Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes succeeded because of toxic millennial 'fake it til you make it' culture
The Independent
She put on a black turtleneck and arranged a bunch of power lunches with fellow CEOs — and investors failed to ask for basic documents like audited financial statements. There's a psychological reason why they fell for it
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5h For Theresa May, ‘I’m a tin-eared lunatic’ seems to be the hardest word | Marina Hyde
The Guardian
Shame the soon to be outgoing prime minister couldn’t apologise when she realised she needed the MPs she’d insultedArriving at the EU summit this week, Theresa May had that purposeful air of a school superintendent walking up the drive to the Addams family mansion, determined that Wednesday and Pugsley should be enrolled in a conventional educational establishment without delay. Some long hours later, May staggered back down the drive much as that school superintendent might, short of having no shoes and an actual bat in her electrocuted hair. And so to the latest scenes in the Brexit farce. The formula for successful farce-writing, as laid down in the 19th century, is to get your character up a tree in the first act, throw stones at them in the second, then get them down in the third. As far as Brexit goes, the UK went up the tree voluntarily, and has now been throwing human waste at itself for two and a half years. Does anyone want to come and get us down? Sorry, it’s quite … disgusting up here now.
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5h There’s nothing inevitable about water shortages | Letters
The Guardian
Readers respond to the news that England could run short of water within 25 years, and offer solutionsYour report on looming water shortages (
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5h UK asylum system compounds trauma of torture victims | Letter
The Guardian
Vulnerable people are being wrongly detained and without adequate safeguards, says
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5h Chess, the Clangers and calorie-cutting | Brief letters
The Guardian
Brexit-chess metaphors | Chlorinated chicken | Wordsearch | Breakup songs | The Clangers | Obesity battleJackie Eales (
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5h Think no-deal Brexit has been taken off the table? Think again | Jonathan Freedland
The Guardian
Theresa May now appears to believe that crashing out might be acceptable. MPs have to work together to stop herThe cliff-edge has moved a tiny bit further away, but it’s still there. Britain will not crash out of the European Union
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6h I was diagnosed with cervical cancer at 24, now I use stand up comedy to raise awareness
The Independent
I've always taken joy in finding the funny side of awful things. You can't control the sad, scary and upsetting stuff, but you can turn it into a hilarious learning opportunity
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6h We need to talk about why New Zealand shooting suspect Brenton Tarrant praised China in his manifesto
The Independent
China has also been accused of using the incident in domestic propaganda against New Zealand, with which it has tensions
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6h Parents are exploiting their children on YouTube for fame and easy money | Emma Brockes
The Guardian
A mother was arrested this week for allegedly abusing her kids for ‘hilarious’ videos. Why are people watching this stuff?When my twins were babies, I caught a short episode of them on video in which one leaned over and snatched the pacifier from the other one’s mouth and, for a second, I dreamed of putting it on YouTube and scoring one of those baby-does-hilarious-thing hits, in which the ad revenue rolls in while you sleep and you are rewarded simply for being alive.
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6h How the media let malicious idiots take over | George Monbiot
The Guardian
Be it Jacob Rees-Mogg or Nigel Farage, blusterers and braggarts are rewarded with platforms that distort our political debateIf our politics is becoming less rational, crueller and more divisive, this rule of public life is partly to blame: the more disgracefully you behave, the bigger the platform the media will give you. If you are caught lying, cheating, boasting or behaving like an idiot, you’ll be flooded with invitations to appear on current affairs programmes. If you play straight, don’t expect the phone to ring.
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7h Theresa May's Brexit has been a farce – I will join the 'Put it to the People' march to signal Scotland's anger
The Independent
This will be a huge, visible demonstration of public opposition to the Tories' mishandling of the biggest issue of our time
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8h Mary Warnock embodied the best of Britain’s ruling class before Thatcher | Andrew Brown
The Guardian
Her ambition was harnessed to a kind of patriotism and an ideal of serving society that is much less widely believed in todayIn many ways Mary Warnock, whose
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8h Teaching assistants are invaluable to learning – so why are we being axed? | Darell J Philip
The Guardian
Schools are broke, but without teaching assistants, children’s education will suffer. We must lobby the government Next month I could lose my job. My 11 years as a teaching assistant is coming to an end due to government cuts in education. Across the London of borough of Hackney, where I work, 66 schools have had government cuts to per-pupil funding since 2015. Headteachers have been left with the unenviable task of cutting back on subjects and staff to balance the books. Often, teaching assistants are the first to go. Our role is to support pupils in the classroom through assisting teachers in the delivery of the national curriculum to all children. For some of us, this could involve working as a full classroom assistant, while for many it is the one-to-one or small group interventions that are considered of greatest need.
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9h Ministers are terrified Theresa May will lead us to a no-deal Brexit – but who is left to stop her?
The Independent
The responsibility will have to fall to backbench MPs to take control of the process and steer the UK away from a 12 April crash-out
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9h As someone with cystic fibrosis I’m not sure I want to see Five Feet Apart – but you should | Pippa Kent
The Guardian
My illness is often misunderstood but Hollywood’s take on a romance between two teenagers will hopefully open eyesThe film
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9h Theresa May can’t shut out the world – and neither can Britain | Suzanne Moore
The Guardian
There are many reasons the prime minister’s authority has collapsed but she is not the only one who failed to listenDeranged, deluded, desperate. And that’s just me watching the endgame of this Brexit debacle. Deluded, I guess, in that I still think Brexit does not mean Brexit at all, it means something else altogether and always has done. To have properly opposed it people need to have understood that. Deranged in hoping that a petition that I signed – oh why not? – is more than some foot-stomping remainery thing. And I am desperate that a
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9h Brexit was built on false promises – let's walk away from this impending disaster
The Independent
As a nation we face huge global and domestic challenges. To tackle these problems, we must be stronger together – but Brexit risks destroying that forever
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10h Three million have now signed the Article 50 petition – this is the roar to drive the 'Put it to the People' march
The Independent
A prime minister, devoid of emotional intelligence, unwilling to recognise the public mood or work cross party, is failing this nation
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11h Are we not all Lorraine Kelly, playing versions of ourselves? | Richard Godwin
The Guardian
The queen of light entertainment has opened an existential can of worms by convincing HMRC there isn’t just one ‘Lorraine Kelly’
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11h Theresa May is stoking hate by unfairly blaming MPs for her Brexit failure
The Independent
It is nearly three years since the murder of Jo Cox. The PM needs to show real leadership to calm rising tensions
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11h It’s not too late to stop Brexit. Saturday’s march will force politicians to hear us | Lara Spirit
The Guardian
Brexit is a disaster, but it’s not yet a done deal. The Put it to the People March is our chance to demand a sayLast weekend, Tim Shipman, the political editor of the Sunday Times, tweeted: “The urge to march for things and against things is one I have never understood. Why not write a letter instead?” He may have been referring to the start of the March to Leave,
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11h Hate crime and religious persecution are on the rise - this is how we can stop it
The Independent
It is only when people of different faiths, or of no faith, and from different backgrounds work together that we can truly overcome the prejudices arising from not knowing the "other"
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11h As a musician I’m shocked there’s opposition to a new EU copyright law | Debbie Harry
The Guardian
This directive will help artists’ futures with protection from video-streaming services like YouTube. Why lobby against it?
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12h As Mayor of London, I'm clear we need to revoke Article 50 and end this Brexit disaster
The Independent
Nobody voted for the division that has torn through our country as a result of Theresa May's wrong-headed approach, which is why thousands will be marching in protest tomorrow
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13h Let's make the 'Put it to the People' march a positive story about how Britain can be renewed
The Independent
Those who voted for Brexit because they wanted change were right. Those who campaigned for Remain to keep the status quo were wrong. A Final Say will give us a chance to do things differently
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13h The EU knows it, so do our own MPs – Theresa May is finished | Rafael Behr
The Guardian
European leaders have known for some time that the prime minister wasn’t up to the Brexit job. This week she’s proved it The EU has no time for Theresa May, which doesn’t mean there is no flexibility in the Brexit timetable. Continental leaders have granted an
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13h In my last months as Lib Dem leader I'm determined to do one thing – force another Brexit referendum
The Independent
The cause of Remain is not lost. Join us on Saturday to bring the country back from the brink
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13h This is why women must march for a vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal – the PM is not on our side
The Independent
We need to turn out on in such numbers that even our wilfully blind PM can no longer continue to claim that she is acting out the 'will of the people'
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13h Erasmus gave me an opportunity I would never otherwise have had | Eloise Millard
The Guardian
The loss of the scheme would be a devastating blow for the social mobility of students from disadvantaged backgrounds Joining the tremendously long list of downsides to the UK’s imminent departure from the European Union is the possible
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16h We still can’t take LGBT equality for granted | Gaby Hinsliff
The Guardian
The outcry over primary school sex education is a reminder that we haven’t moved as far from Section 28 as we thoughtAre you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. So opens a Jackanory-style film uploaded to social media this week by one Birmingham mother, featuring her reading aloud from a picture book called Mommy, Mama and Me. It’s a cosy, toddler-friendly bedtime story about two mothers doing what mothers do the world over: pouring juice, tucking children up in bed, playing hide and seek. Your children’s primary school or your local library might well have a copy. Although they might have plumped instead for And Tango Makes Three, the tale of two daddy penguins adopting a chick.
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16h Deciding how to end one’s life should be the ultimate human right | Simon Jenkins
The Guardian
The debate on assisted dying has been nudged towards common sense by the Royal College of Physicians’ vote What is the principal cause of death in Britain? The answer is premeditated killing. And who are the killers? The answer is doctors. It’s said that over half of all deaths result from a specific medical decision, either to administer a knowingly lethal drug dose or to withdraw life-saving treatment. The better we get at keeping ourselves alive, the more cunning we must be in getting to die. So a modest cheer for the Royal College of Physicians’ vote on Thursday to
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19h Theresa May fights on, by using her own uselessness as a weapon
The Independent
She has turned the country into North Korea, frightening the world into line with our own suicidal madness
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27h Being a gay Christian can be hurtful and gruelling. But I refuse to lose faith | Lucy Knight
The Guardian
I can face discrimination from both sides, but the church and the LGBT+ community have more in common than they think
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27h 2020 Election: Stacey Abrams would be a great choice for Joe Biden's VP — but a better one for president
The Independent
There's no doubting that Biden is beloved to many Americans. Rumours today suggest he may be considering running alongside Stacey Abrams, with her as VP. But another old white dude at the helm isn't what the country needs after Trump
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28h Here's the Brexit speech Theresa May should have given last night
The Independent
If the prime minister was being truthful, these are the words she would have spoken to the nation
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28h The Guardian view on Theresa May’s broadcast: a form of national sabotage | Editorial
The Guardian
The prime minister’s inflexibility and tactical ineptitude have just hit a new low, at the very time that Britain faces a grave national emergencyWhen she put herself forward to lead the Conservative party in 2016,
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28h The Guardian view on rewilding Scotland: an immodest proposal | Editorial
The Guardian
If undertaken in the right spirit, the restoration of huge tracts of the Highlands could be a hugely beneficial enterpriseWhat exactly is meant by rewilding depends on who is talking about it. The term was coined by Dave Foreman, a leading figure in the 1980s wave of environmental direct action in the US, to describe the kind of large-scale wilderness restoration he and others advocated. Their idea was that conservationists should move beyond trying to protect particular beauty spots or species, and focus on rebuilding ecosystems that could sustain themselves with minimal human interference. Since then,
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28h Theresa May’s shameful response to Brexit mess | Letters
The Guardian
Readers have their say on the prime minister’s assertion that it is MPs who are to blame for the Brexit impasse, and not herTimothy Garton Ash is right (
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28h Leaders in the north: HS2 is vital for our growth | Letters
The Guardian
Northern council leaders say that HS2 will add billions to their economies and create half a million jobs; while
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28h The Sun acts responsibly in reporting terror | Letter
The Guardian
Our news organisation recognises its responsibilities with regards to reporting terror, says the Sun’s
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28h Let’s see more of the Bristol stool chart | Brief letters
The Guardian
NHS | Unemployment | Jilted John | Breakup songsIt’s good to see the Bristol stool chart being mentioned in the national press (
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28h Apocalypse it is, then. Not now, but probably next week | Marina Hyde
The Guardian
Fresh from turning on MPs, May spent today not convincing foreign leaders that Meaningful Vote 3 will save the franchiseForced to summarise Theresa May’s Downing Street
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29h There is a way to topple Theresa May and stop a no-deal Brexit – this is how it could be done
The Independent
If the Kennedy Bill passed it would enable MPs to resolve Brexit without the Sword of Damocles hanging over them. With Article 50 revoked and no deal off the table, MPs can concentrate on what happens next
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29h Labour’s been mocked for calling for an election. Now it’s the only way out | Owen Jones
The Guardian
The Tories’ partisan games have killed so many potential solutions that an election is the best option leftWe are being trolled by a prime minister who is prepared to drive a nation into the abyss to preserve the cohesion of the Conservative party. Like a partner who perennially hints at a romantic three-course meal and a possible popping of the question, only to serve up beans on toast, Theresa May’s latest
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29h Our Brexit mess is down to an utterly broken party system – now is the time for a political revolution
The Independent
It is hard to imagine a time when the Brexit shambles will be over. If and when it is, however, this humiliating experience surely demands that we take a new look at how the UK is governed
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30h I was caged, beaten and warehoused by Republicans at a 'concentration camp for throwaway teens' in the 1980s
The Independent
Straight Inc. was founded by Trump Victory co-chair and major Republican fundraiser Mel Sembler, a man who started out selling dresses. He still considers it his 'greatest achievement'
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30h I haven't marched in almost 50 years – but for my grandchildren's future, I'll fight for a Final Say on Brexit
The Independent
I feel the urge once more to act, in that grand old tradition of taking to the streets to protest. Finally, there's a chance for us to do right by the country, even if our prime minister won't
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30h Islamophobic attacks in the UK leave Muslims feeling increasingly anxious | Shaista Aziz
The Guardian
The authorities must act now – following the Christchurch shooting minorities are at real risk from the far right Friday marks one week since the
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30h He'll meet with Hamas and the IRA – but a coffee with Chuka Umunna is a step too far for Jeremy Corbyn
The Independent
High principles that go unchallenged when you're cycling round a few far-left meeting halls are not fit for purpose when you intend to run the country
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31h Theresa May has completely lost touch with reality – her time is up
The Independent
It hasn't worked for her. The whiff of decay is unmistakeable. Britain probably will still be in the EU in 10 days' time; but Theresa May might no longer be prime minister
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31h Brexit is not the cause of Britain’s political breakdown. It’s the symptom | Gary Younge
The Guardian
We are an international laughing stock at the moment. But something like this has been coming for decadesThe French EU minister, Nathalie Loiseau, has called her
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32h Instagram's disturbing 'thinspiration' pictures fueled my anorexia – but there's no point trying to regulate it
The Independent
It is easy to shout for tighter controls. But what we really need is for adults to stop condemning social media sites, and start trying to understand them
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32h Five million EU citizens have spent 1,000 days in limbo. It has to end | Tanja Bueltmann
The Guardian
I have seen the impact Brexit’s uncertainty is having. The EU must protect citizens’ rights – it is a question of basic humanityWhat does it feel like to live in limbo for 1,000 days? Millions of
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33h 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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33h 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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33h 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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33h 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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34h 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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34h 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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34h 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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35h 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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36h 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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36h 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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37h 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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37h 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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38h 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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40h 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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40h 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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