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9h Has the time come for remainers to compromise? | Martin Kettle
The Guardian
While the focus has been on how Tory backbenchers will vote on a Brexit deal, pro-Europeans on the opposition benches will face a crucial dilemma tooFor politicians, compromise can be a surprisingly hard word. So it is today over the Brexit endgame. The talk is still of crashing out, no deals and blood red lines. But this is paradoxical. Politics, like life itself, is mostly built on compromises. That is why the Brexit sherpas are, in fact, still talking in Brussels and London. Even on Brexit, it remains likelier than not that the practical human instinct to compromise will eventually have its way. This is not, though, the certainty it ought logically to be. Brexit is not simply another political process to be settled through compromise. To many, it is also a series of absolutes. One is that Britain’s vote to leave the European Union was not just decisive but the immutable will of an entire people that cannot be questioned – or compromised. A second, never properly understood in Westminster, is that the EU sees leaving as a treaty process governed by rules that cannot be bent.
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9h The Guardian view on the Gender Recognition Act: where rights collide | Editorial
The Guardian
It should be possible to advance trans equality without harming the interests of women. But a toxic debate has made it harderSince 2004 trans people in the UK have been able to legally change their gender with a gender recognition certificate. The Gender Recognition Act became the first law in the world allowing someone to change gender without surgery. Since then countries including Ireland and Denmark have passed laws that allow people to “self-declare” their gender, rather than seeking approval from a panel of experts. Last year the Scottish government held a consultation with a view to following suit. This Friday the
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Fascists are like vampires. Let them in at your peril10h Fascists are like vampires. Let them in at your peril
The Guardian
At first, inviting them on to chatshows and the pages of tabloids seemed like mischievous fun. But now they are glorying in the limelight – and hard to destroy Fascism is interesting in its “creep” stage, where you have a hint of what you’re looking at, but you’re not quite sure, and you keep turning it over for historical marks, like the Antiques Roadshow of the Coming Apocalypse. But not in its “march” stage, when antisemitism and Islamophobia are in the open, misogyny is basking under the studio lights, and white nationalism takes its democratically mandated place in ancient parliaments. Intellectually speaking, that’s very boring; the arguments are tedious, even if emotionally it’s as epic and engrossing as watching your house burn down. Don’t beat yourself up, this is timeless: Marie Curie would not win a debate with Steve Bannon about whether she should carry on doing science or go back to the kitchen; Sigmund Freud would not win an argument against Nigel Farage over whether the psychoanalyst was exerting undue influence because HE WAS A JEW. Authoritarians delight in the weakness of their case; if they can be that wrong, and still prevail, they get to prove how strong they are and besmirch the principles of truth and respect at the same time, so it’s win-win.
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The Guardian view on the Windrush generation: the scandal isn’t over | Editorial10h The Guardian view on the Windrush generation: the scandal isn’t over | Editorial
The Guardian
Victims are still in dire financial need, having lost income when they were wrongly classified as illegal immigrants. They can wait no longerA year ago, the Guardian began investigating the scandalous treatment of members of the Windrush generation who, after decades of living and working in Britain, were
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10h Democracy is not a one-off event – if we really care about the will of the people we must support a Final Say
The Independent
Brexit might be a big deal, but it's certainly not a done deal. The momentum is with the campaign for a second referendum, and Saturday's march is crucial
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Philip Hammond will struggle to make the numbers add up if he really wants to end austerity in this budget10h Philip Hammond will struggle to make the numbers add up if he really wants to end austerity in this budget
The Independent
Taking more money from people's pay packets than at any time for the past two generations would feel pretty austere – assuming, that is, that it would be possible to raise more money in taxation
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The fracking protesters did us a public service. Jailing them was wrong | Michael Segalov10h The fracking protesters did us a public service. Jailing them was wrong | Michael Segalov
The Guardian
The court of appeal protected the right to protest. If Theresa May persists with this disastrous policy, expect far more direct actionThere were
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11h Food additives and their impact on our health | Letters
The Guardian
Responses to the government’s decision that folic acid will be added to all flour to reduce the prevalence of spina bifidaWith the happy news of the impending royal birth (
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The UK should emulate Canada and legalise cannabis – it makes sense from an economic and moral perspective12h The UK should emulate Canada and legalise cannabis – it makes sense from an economic and moral perspective
The Independent
In one developed country, the government has found a way to legislate for recreational use of cannabis. In another an extremely sick child must be made to produce evidence of life-threatening symptoms before it can be prescribed for medicinal purposes
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Canada's legalisation of cannabis will help the world to understand what the alternative to the current situation is12h Canada's legalisation of cannabis will help the world to understand what the alternative to the current situation is
The Independent
With similar moves towards liberalisation in some US states, Uruguay, Portugal and Holland, there is a sense that momentum is moving away from treating cannabis as law enforcement issue, and towards its control and regulation for adult use in a sensible way
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PMQs: Who won? I'm not sure I even know who was there13h PMQs: Who won? I'm not sure I even know who was there
The Independent
We are about to enter the Hamlet-style blood letting phase of Brexit. Corbyn does not want to fight, but to claim the kingdom at the end
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14h Any Labour MP who votes for this Brexit deal deserves to be deselected | Michael Chessum
The Guardian
There are no excuses when the party has the chance to bring down the government, or even stop Brexit For all the huffing and puffing, for all the complex games of bluff over the Irish border and the transition period, the important facts of the
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This is what I learned when I attended a wedding fair as a gay woman planning my marriage15h This is what I learned when I attended a wedding fair as a gay woman planning my marriage
The Independent
When we finally announced we were getting married to each other, the reaction was one of surprise and discomfort; it hadn't even crossed their minds that we were a couple
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MPs have forgotten the victims in the Commons bullying row | Rafael Behr15h MPs have forgotten the victims in the Commons bullying row | Rafael Behr
The Guardian
In their unseemly haste to name and shame alleged bullies, too many politicians are ignoring those who have spoken outThere are always gaps in politics between what is known and what is declared. It is not a secret, for example, that many Conservative MPs despise John Bercow, the Commons Speaker. Bercow’s views on Brexit are not a mystery either. He dislikes it. It is also known, but theoretically unrelated, that some MPs are tyrants.
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Here's what to look out for in today's Brexit talks for signs of whether we're nearing a deal16h Here's what to look out for in today's Brexit talks for signs of whether we're nearing a deal
The Independent
Clearly, we are running out of time to reach a Brexit agreement, so today's talks could be crucial
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16h Kim and Kanye's meeting with a homophobic dictator shows how far they'll betray their morals for validation
The Independent
Politics is the final arena many celebrities attempt to master in their quest for legitimacy. To celebrities accused of being vapid or 'famous for no reason', it is the bastion of constructed 'seriousness'
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This is why Margaret Thatcher deserves to be the face of the new polymer £50 note17h This is why Margaret Thatcher deserves to be the face of the new polymer £50 note
The Independent
We are quick to whitewash the 'great men' of our history, while forgetting women altogether
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Why DNA tests like Elizabeth Warren's help racists out17h Why DNA tests like Elizabeth Warren's help racists out
The Independent
When you look into the science behind DNA tests and realise that race is nothing more than a social construct, using these sorts of means to 'prove' anything becomes a problem
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17h This farcical Brexit lunacy is a like the politics of the 1970s rewritten for extra comedy value
The Independent
Manuel's at the top of the ladder, Polly's dropped the drinks tray, Basil is thrashing his Austin Countryman just like the Tories are thrashing themselves, and the Major's screaming 'Europeans - bad eggs the lot of 'em!'
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20h Making misandry a hate crime will embolden abusive men | Jessica Eaton
The Guardian
It’s already too easy for men to cry foul every time a woman says or does anything they don’t like. Don’t enshrine that in lawA campaign started by the Labour MP Stella Creasy to consider misogyny as a form of hate crime has resulted in the Law Society deciding to consider whether misandry should be categorised as a hate crime, too. It is the ultimate example of
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21h Another report on a no-deal Brexit; another excuse to ignore the damage | Anand Menon and Jonathan Portes
The Guardian
A new thinktank study says the cost of leaving the EU without a deal will be minimal. But Open Europe is looking at the destination, not the journeyThe sudden flurry of activity in Brussels over the weekend served as a salutary reminder that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” when it comes to Brexit. Indeed, that seems to be true within the UK cabinet itself, since it seems that, one way or another, events in Westminster
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22h A Kosovo-Serbia land swap is ethnic cleansing by another name. Don’t let it happen | Agron Bajrami
The Guardian
It may ease their way into the EU, but ethnically homogeneous states are a recipe for disaster. I know from my family historyThe Balkans are boiling again. This time it’s because speculation is rife that
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We once marvelled at Neil Armstrong. Now space is a playground for the rich | John Harris22h We once marvelled at Neil Armstrong. Now space is a playground for the rich | John Harris
The Guardian
Nasa’s greatest feats were a triumph for mankind. History will be less kind to today’s space pioneersThe promised journey is from Earth to the edge of space, rather than London Euston to Crewe, but the story of Richard Branson’s company Virgin Galactic still has echoes of a bad passenger experience on his trains. For the best part of a decade, his potential customers have been waiting for an experience that was
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Britain fell for a neoliberal con trick – even the IMF says so | Aditya Chakrabortty22h Britain fell for a neoliberal con trick – even the IMF says so | Aditya Chakrabortty
The Guardian
The fund reports that Britain’s finances are weaker than Portugal’s, and says privatisation is to blame Columnists usually proffer answers, but today I want to ask a question, a big one. What price is paid when a promise is broken? Because for much of my life, and probably yours, the political class has made this pledge: that the best way to run an economy is to hack back the public realm as far as possible and let the private sector run free. That way, services operate better, businesses get the resources they need, and our national finances are healthier. It’s
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