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1h 50m 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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1h 57m 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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2h 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 Brockes2h 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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3h 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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3h 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 Miliband4h 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 you6h 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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7h 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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7h 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 account8h 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 Ryan8h 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 shared8h 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 Blake9h 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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9h ‘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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10h 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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Steve Bell on the Brexit transition period – cartoon20h Steve Bell on the Brexit transition period – cartoon
The Guardian
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22h The Guardian view on eastern Ghouta: the powerful compete, Syrian civilians pay | Editorial
The Guardian
Deaths mount in the besieged opposition enclave, but there is no end to Syria’s enmeshed wars in sightBloodied children. Maimed children.
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Brexichon: A full dictionary of Brexit-related jargon22h Brexichon: A full dictionary of Brexit-related jargon
The Independent
Brexit: Portmanteau expression for British exit from the European Union, ironically devised by a pro-European
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Trump is doing something about guns – but this is only the start of an answer to a more pervasive problem22h Trump is doing something about guns – but this is only the start of an answer to a more pervasive problem
The Independent
Even if there was an immediate ban on the sale of new weapons, the stock of pistols, rifles, guns and assault weapons accumulated in the US over the past century and more would keep the mad and the evil in weaponry for many years to come
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23h The only way to beat the kamikaze Brexiters? Fight for no Brexit
The Guardian
Hard-right Tories have met every attempt to soften the blow of leaving the EU with a more extreme stance. ​Their to-do list simply reads: destroy everythingIn an ideal world, I wouldn’t be thinking about Brexit. There are other things, more interesting, more pressing, more concrete, more important: crises in the prison service, in higher education; a
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23h The world is clear-eyed about Brexit, and knows it must be reversed | Martin Kettle
The Guardian
Our exit from the EU poses a threat to the international liberal order. In the long run, it is untenableThe foreigner’s political eye can be innocent, failing to see the tangled vernacular in an unfamiliar land. But it can sometimes see the big political picture with greater clarity. Foreigners can see what Americans struggle to accept about their terrible gun culture. Foreigners can see that Italians will demean their country if they re-elect Silvio Berlusconi. What about foreigners’ views of Britain? What do their eyes see that we too often miss? Here are three examples, all garnered from just the past few days. They are widely representative.
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I’m going to keep giving to Oxfam, and so should you | Mark Haddon23h I’m going to keep giving to Oxfam, and so should you | Mark Haddon
The Guardian
I have seen the vital work the charity does around the world and I admire its willingness to examine its practices and changeIf there is one clear thing we have learned from the revelations about the behaviour of certain Oxfam staff in the
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23h As a working-class student, I know degree pricing would entrench elitism | Ellie Fry
The Guardian
The Tory plan for variable tuition fees threatens to marginalise creative subjects – and with them, disadvantaged studentsThe education secretary’s announcement on Monday that the Conservative government wants to offer less “economically valuable” university subjects
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24h It's easy for powerful men at the heads of charities to say sorry for sexual abuse. Sorry isn't what we need
The Independent
I now find I have more respect for Michael Fallon, who resigned as Defence Secretary after I reported him to Downing Street for his conduct towards me
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At PMQs, Jeremy Corbyn finally asked about Brexit25h At PMQs, Jeremy Corbyn finally asked about Brexit
The Independent
The new Corbyn quoted a former Brexit minister who said May's transition period was a 'gang plank into thin air'
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This is why we've set up Renew – the new political party that will stop Brexit26h This is why we've set up Renew – the new political party that will stop Brexit
The Independent
Neither side has all the answers when it comes to leaving the EU – we need moderate, centre politicians to fix this
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As we continue to blame single mothers for society's woes, it's no surprise their children are living in poverty26h As we continue to blame single mothers for society's woes, it's no surprise their children are living in poverty
The Independent
While single parenthood can be stigmatised, the true horror of deprivation can be downplayed. Victim-blaming policies allow responsibility to be shifted onto those who suffer most
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UK employment is up – it’s just a shame the workers are so miserable | Faiza Shaheen27h UK employment is up – it’s just a shame the workers are so miserable | Faiza Shaheen
The Guardian
Philip Hammond may celebrate the stats, but these measures simply don’t reflect the realities of life in the gig economyWe hear it again and again - politicians boasting about “more people in work than ever before”. At the same time we hear about a woman having a
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27h How international law could help victims of environmental degradation | Monica Feria-Tinta and Simon Milnes
The Guardian
Landmark court rulings could help people get redress where one state’s actions cause damage such as sea or air pollution across country bordersSomething moved in the machineries of international law earlier this month. A turn in the lock, a small latch releasing a door. How big, how wide, remains to be seen. But nonetheless a landmark in progress towards meaningful protection of the environment. On
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27h Western howls of outrage over the Ghouta siege ring hollow – we aren't likely to do anything to save civilians
The Independent
How can we complain when we will not ourselves deal with the armed Islamist opposition to Assad (I am not at this point talking about Isis) or try to arrange our own ceasefire, even with Russian help? After all, we've been arming these people for years
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The slaughter in Syria should outrage us. Yet still we just shrug | Jonathan Freedland28h The slaughter in Syria should outrage us. Yet still we just shrug | Jonathan Freedland
The Guardian
Trump, Brexit, even Strictly – we focus on anything rather than the bloodletting. That makes us complicit in these atrocitiesAlmost anything is more interesting than the massacre of civilians in Syria. Just look at today’s front pages. The Guardian leads on the
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28h Gay men are winning this year’s Winter Olympics – and making it a joy to watch
The Guardian
Eric Radford is the first out LGBT competitor to win a gold medal, while Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy have achieved other firsts on the slopes
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The outsourcing cock-up that has left KFC customers feeling peckish | Coco Khan28h The outsourcing cock-up that has left KFC customers feeling peckish | Coco Khan
The Guardian
Behind the lighthearted story lie darker suggestions of cost-cutting that puts jobs at risk and lines corporate pocketsIt’s an upset that far outstrips the
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28h It took too long for the police to take John Worboy's victims seriously
The Independent
Today's ruling means that police have a duty under the Human Rights Act to properly investigate serious crime. For the female victims of male violence this is a particular victory – we are so often disregarded and treated like scum by very people paid to protect and serve us
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Aid workers are not saints – I certainly wasn't29h Aid workers are not saints – I certainly wasn't
The Independent
During my time in Rwanda, the most stressful thing to me was not the war or the danger, it was the difference I thought I could make but was prevented from doing. It lead my decision-making process to become very poor
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29h Britain's universities are among the best in the world – Brexit will undermine this
The Independent
The loss of Horizon funding could have a devastating impact on our higher education sector's research capabilities and essential collaboration with European universities
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The Government has been lying about mental health funding increases – and now we have proof30h The Government has been lying about mental health funding increases – and now we have proof
The Independent
This rush of interest in mental health has allowed the Government to make various smoke and mirror manoeuvres to appear to be at the forefront of change, while decimating funding for those most in need
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31h Our dark political times have infected the Winter Olympics | Jack Bernhardt
The Guardian
From Russia’s drug-abusing to North Korea’s cheerleaders and way too much Mike Pence, the dystopian Games bode illI think I could watch any live sport in the world for hours on end and still be entertained. If the BBC broadcast the Annual Over 50s
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34h Find out if your local councillor is being wined and dined | Tamasin Cave
The Guardian
Councillors are elected to represent the public. But close ties to lobbyists mean they may put developers’ interests firstThe timeless practice of “gastronomic pimping”, as Nye Bevan put it, is a tool long used by commercial lobbyists to curry favour. These “meetings” are deliberately social occasions designed to create bonds, establish shared values and ultimately influence council decisions. Robert Davis, the
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The town that’s found a potent cure for illness - community | George Monbiot34h The town that’s found a potent cure for illness - community | George Monbiot
The Guardian
Frome in Somerset has seen a dramatic fall in emergency hospital admissions since it began a collective project to combat isolation. There are lessons for the rest of the countryIt could, if the results stand up, be one of the most dramatic medical breakthroughs of recent decades. It could transform treatment regimes, save lives, and save health services a fortune. Is it a drug? A device? A surgical procedure? No, it’s a newfangled intervention called community. This week the results from a trial in the Somerset town of Frome are published informally, in the magazine
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