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4h No move is a good move for the Guardian columnist 63 years in post | Paul Chadwick
The Guardian
Leonard Barden is enjoying quadrupled readership thanks to rising global interest in chess onlineIf chess column-writing were ranked, Leonard Barden would surely be grandest of grandmasters. He has written the Guardian’s column every week since September 1955. As well as this, he has supplied a daily chess column to the Evening Standard since 1956 “without a day missed except for Easter Fri/Mon, 25-26 Dec, Aug Bank Holiday”. Intending to explore reasons for the strong international interest in the Guardian’s coverage of the recent chess world championship held in London, I emailed Barden partly to tap his knowledge. He courteously postponed – “I’ll reply late this evening, am rushed with deadlines right now.”
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4h The Guardian view on Donald Trump: the net closes | Editorial
The Guardian
Contempt and indignation, however deserved, won’t end the presidency of Donald Trump. What’s needed is the operation of the law. That may be coming closerThat President Trump is an almost compulsive liar, a man who is incurious about the world except to the extent that it can satisfy his crude immediate desires, has been obvious since he
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5h What's the difference between the withdrawal agreement and future trade deal – and do the terms of one affect the other?
The Independent
The original intention was that the divorce agreement and new marriage contract were to be a single robust package. Now they have to be two separate documents and processes
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5h What could Labour do next?
The Independent
Jeremy Corbyn has pursued a strategy of 'constructive ambiguity' to avoid alienating voters. Events now look set to finally force him off the fence
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5h Do most people still want to leave the EU?
The Independent
A key feature of the Brexit debate is how fluid everything is. The more extreme the political climate, the more polarised people become
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5h The other options: What is the Norway model and is it really a decent fit for the UK?
The Independent
Supporters say the plan would win EU approval. But the UK might not fit easily into European Free Trade Association, or be welcomed with open arms
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5h Will we have a general election and, if so, who will win?
The Independent
Much, as ever, would depend on which major party was able to assemble a working majority
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5h How could we end up with a second referendum?
The Independent
The most likely outcome would be a choice between May's deal and Remain
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5h If May's Brexit deal is voted down tomorrow, events will begin to unfold quickly
The Independent
A no-deal Brexit could result in months of chaos at British borders, with official warnings of the need to stockpile food and vital medicines
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5h Will Theresa May have to quit if she loses the vote?
The Independent
Our chief political commentator assesses the prime minister's chances of survival if she is defeated on Tuesday
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5h The Guardian view on the EU: come together | Editorial
The Guardian
Europe does not have a robust plan for effective, legitimate decision-making mechanisms to deal with inequality. It is welcome that some are being suggestedEuropean leaders will gather in Brussels this week and face questions about how responsive the continent’s political systems can be to the voters’ concerns. No one is likely to be pleased with the response. Instead of accelerating plans to meet the challenge of
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5h What is Tuesday's vote about and why is it so divisive?
The Independent
Everyone expects Theresa May to lose the big Brexit vote this week: what is it, and why is her deal so unpopular?
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5h Our manifesto to save Europe from itself | Thomas Piketty
The Guardian
We need to reduce inequality within countries, not between them, and invest in the future of all EuropeansSince the election of anti-European governments across the EU, and with Brexit looming, it is no longer possible to continue as before. We cannot simply wait for the next departures, or further dismantling without making fundamental changes to present-day Europe.Our continent is caught between political movements whose programme is confined to
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5h Can MPs really be given a vote on whether to enter the backstop?
The Independent
Theresa May's offer to give her Brexit rebels a say over the guarantee of an open border in Ireland is not what it seems
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5h Ben Jennings on a PM in search of missing parliamentary votes – cartoon
The Guardian
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5h Tackling fuel poverty would cut winter deaths and costs to the NHS | Letters
The Guardian
Readers discuss ways to ease the pressures on the NHS, including the role played by volunteersThe appalling statistics on excess winter deaths in England and Wales (
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5h Act now to prevent an environmental catastrophe | Letter
The Guardian
100 academics, authors, politicians and campaigners from across the world call for action to address climate changeIn our complex, interdependent global ecosystem, life is dying, with species extinction accelerating. The climate crisis is worsening much faster than previously predicted. Every single day 200 species are becoming extinct. This desperate situation can’t continue. Political leaders worldwide are failing to address the environmental crisis. If global corporate capitalism continues to drive the international economy, global catastrophe is inevitable.
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5h Brexit: the road to Norway is a dead end | Letters
The Guardian
Joining the EEA and Efta is no solution, says
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5h Asylum seekers must be allowed to work | Letter
The Guardian
Banning asylum seekers from working doesn’t make economic sense, says
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5h Don’t give up – lefties are not such a rarity | Brief letters
The Guardian
Technical education | Hope for lefties | First woman to host Question Time | David Szalay | Monarchy referendumThere is a direct correlation between immigration and the loss of places in technical education (
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6h Brexit has been a load of nonsense so far – and it's about to get a whole lot worse
The Independent
Buckle up in preparation for a week of unprecedentedly feverish mayhem that will end, as it will begin, in a haze of weary mystification
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6h Letters: Monica Sims obituary
The Guardian
was wonderfully receptive to programme ideas outside the usual formats. I was keen to bring John Gielgud’s great fund of theatrical stories to a national audience, and proposed taking him into the radio studio every day for a fortnight to get them all down on the record. When my producer colleague John Powell took the proposal to her, Monica accepted it immediately, and the 11-part series was so popular that we had publishers queueing up to turn the broadcasts into a book. That led to my new career as a theatrical biographer. So I will always be enormously grateful to Monica for her faith in that unusual idea.
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7h They’re chasing May’s leadership – but statesmanship is what we need now | Matthew d’Ancona
The Guardian
Our politicians are failing to rise to the challenge of finding a calm solution to the Brexit crisis in these populist timesIncredible though it seems, the most important political question facing the nation this week is not the fate of the prime minister. Indeed, the prospect of her resignation, or a vote of confidence in her leadership, is a distraction – albeit a compelling one – from the main event. True enough, the race to succeed Theresa May as Conservative leader is now most definitely up and running. Pressed by the BBC’s Andrew Marr on his leadership ambitions,
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7h With next week's Brexit showdown on the horizon, now is the time to seek clarity about Britain's future
The Independent
The most frustrating aspect of the process is that parliament has been unable to set a path forward for the nation – and the next few days will merely confirm that fact
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7h Norway plus would unite Britain: leavers and remainers both hate it | Jonathan Lis
The Guardian
Even if we manage to achieve the deal, we would be out of the EU yet accepting EU law without a say. It won’t please anyoneSpare a thought this Christmas for the Norwegian tourist board. In the halcyon days before the EU referendum, British minds would have associated the country most with the northern lights, midnight sun and saltwater fjords. Now all anyone can think about is its membership of the single market. If we assume the government does go ahead with the vote on its Brexit deal this week – and loses it – the
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9h Press freedom Film investigating Loughinisland massacre must get a wider audience
The Guardian
BBC demands re-edit of documentary No Stone Unturned as reporters are arrested This is a story about journalists and a threat to press freedom. It is also a story about journalistic courage and, perversely, one about journalistic failure. Before we get there, however, it is necessary to provide a giant slab of context. We are in Northern Ireland, where farce and tragedy have so often been intertwined, and this latest manifestation centres on the aftermath of six murders committed in 1994. Here is the tragedy. On a June evening, men were gathered in a small bar in a County Down village to watch Ireland play Italy in a World Cup match when two men wearing boiler suits and balaclavas burst through the door.
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11h If RuPaul's Drag Race is going to work in the UK, it needs to abandon its boys' club format
The Independent
Many people outside the industry believe drag is only good when gay cis men do it. But queer women, non-binary people, and other trans people deserve access to the art of satire
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12h Republicans are undermining democracy state by state | Russ Feingold
The Guardian
As Michigan and Wisconsin pass bills stripping newly elected Democrats of power, we need legislative solutions to show the country it’s not business as usual What Republican legislators just did in Wisconsin – passing bills to
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12h Treating an issue the size of mental health shouldn't be trial and error – but it's going that way for GPs
The Independent
We see such a focus on mental health in the public eye, but GPs do not feel the options available for treatment are enough
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12h Britain was just given the world's highest score for its efforts against corrupt money – but does it really deserve it?
The Independent
There is a real danger that if we give the government too much credit before the job of combating financial corruption is even nearly finished, it won't get done at all
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13h My beef with vegans says more about me than them | David Mitchell
The Guardian
Veganism suddenly seems to be everywhere. Here’s why I’m finding it so vexing… Speaking as a meat-eater, I find it annoying how many vegans there suddenly are. I suspect a few other meat-eaters feel the same. Do you, some meat-eaters, if you’re really honest with yourselves? It’s not a good look, I realise, to appear annoyed with groups of people living their lives in the way they choose without harming others – and, in the case of vegans, taking the not-harming-others to considerable lengths. Nevertheless I’m going to stick my neck out (also not a good look) because it’s true. I’m not asking you other meat-eaters to do the same. You never have to seem annoyed, just to privately ask yourselves whether you find all these vegans slightly annoying.
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13h Oxbridge is not the gold standard for graduate talent and ability – employers need to start looking elsewhere
The Independent
Why are Oxbridge students so dominant in the upper reaches of certain professions? Many will say it's because so many smart children tend to go there. And that may well be true to a certain extent. But it's not the whole story
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14h ‘Bringing home the bacon’ offensive? It’s more of an offence to make a farce of English | Catherine Bennett
The Guardian
Peta’s alternatives to ‘speciesist’ phrases trivialise more harmful terminology As a career reptile – the late Denis Thatcher’s word for the class that also includes Paul Dacre and James Delingpole – I can see some merit in Peta’s plan to make people speak more
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14h Mrs May has no choice but to charge into the valley of parliamentary death | Andrew Rawnsley
The Guardian
The prime minister has little chance of winning Tuesday’s vote on her Brexit deal. But at least defeat will open up possible escape routes from this nightmare
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15h We all fell for Facebook’s utopianism, but the mask is at last being torn away | Jamie Bartlett
The Guardian
Mark Zuckerberg might truly believe that it’s not a normal corporation but emails about its ruthless business practices tell the real story to its users The spell has been weakening for a while, but last week it finally broke: Facebook is just a company, like the rest. We’ve suspected it for a while, thanks in part to the reporting of
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17h A fear of cultural loss is fuelling anger with elites across Europe | Kenan Malik
The Guardian
The gilets jaunes protests are not only about economics but political disaffection “Can we borrow him?”
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17h The Observer view on the gilets jaunes protests | Observer editorial
The Guardian
Macron’s failure to listen is fuelling the fury of the protesters The French are unhappy with their lot. What’s new? France has a tradition of noisy public protest dating back 50 years to the
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17h As Churchill saw, Britain’s glory is not found in isolation | David Lammy
The Guardian
After a barnstorming speech in the Brexit debate, the MP makes a patriotic case for EuropeThe European Union was once just an audacious dream. A fragile hope built out of the ashes of two world wars. European integration was not just a project led by the French and the Germans; from its birth, the UK had been an active parent. It was built on the values we sacrificed so much to protect: democracy, equality, human rights and freedom. Many of the Britain’s leaders in the 20th century – Clement Atlee, Harold Macmillan, Roy Jenkins, Harold Wilson – understood this first hand. And it was Winston Churchill who, in Zurich in 1946, first showed the courage and vision to
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17h May I have a word about… Christmassy cascades on the railways | Jonathan Bouquet
The Guardian
Readers will forgive me if I’m more than a little boily-hotty about the daily commuteI find little more cheering than a heartfelt plea from a fellow grump, and stepping boldly forward this week is John Williams, who wrote deploring the adding of “y” to nouns to make adjectives. He lays the blame at the door of EH Shepard and his illustration of the
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17h The Observer view on May’s Brexit deal | Observer editorial
The Guardian
With the exit deal set for a resounding rejection and an abject lack of leadership, it’s finally time to give the voters a sayThe choice facing MPs on Tuesday – whether to approve the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU negotiated by the prime minister – is the most important postwar decision parliament has confronted. It will irrevocably shape our nation’s future, Britain’s status and influence in the world, our economic competitiveness and the rights of future generations to live, study and work across a continent. Theresa
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17h EU obsession with migration is shameful, racist and fatal | Kenan Malik
The Guardian
Italy’s harassment of MSF’s efforts to rescue migrants at sea is a stain on EuropeIt was the most shameful piece of news from the past week. Yet it was
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17h The dramatic arrest that threatens to ramp up trade tensions between the US and China | Will Hutton
The Guardian
Trump might have a point in his anxiety about Xi’s ambitions on the technology frontThe arrest and request for extradition of a top executive of one of the world’s biggest tech companies is scarcely business as usual. But that is what happened to Huawei’s chief financial officer,
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17h Heard the one about the Tory who walked into a Scottish food bank? | Kevin McKenna
The Guardian
How a leaked ‘guide’ on entering such places could show how far compassion can truly stretch A leaked letter from Conservative campaign headquarters has found its way into the hands of the
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17h Stressed teachers need more support | Letters
The Guardian
Teachers aren’t averse to carrying out parental duties in principle – but only if they are given training and resourcesAmanda Spielman states that teachers “shouldn’t have to carry out parental duties” (“
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25h My reasons why MPs should back Theresa May’s Brexit deal | David Gauke
The Guardian
After examining the alternatives, remain-voting Tory MP David Gauke believes parliament has to support the prime ministerThis Tuesday, the House of Commons votes on the deal agreed by the government with the European Union on the terms of our departure. For some of my colleagues, they are concerned that the deal is not sufficiently pure a Brexit to satisfy them. For others, the deal takes us too far away from EU membership.
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28h Farage finds Ukip awful. So what about his more sinister friends? | Nick Cohen
The Guardian
His association with extremist Ted Malloch is more disturbing than the newfound distaste for his partyNigel Farage clutched his pearls and
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29h Britannia contemplates a bleak future – cartoon
The Guardian
Ghosts past and present haunt the Commons vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal
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31h If only logic was the driving force of the vote on the Brexit deal, we could guess the result on Tuesday
The Independent
The interlocking preferences, wishful thinking and tribal loyalties of 650 MPs make the vote, and what follows, impossible to predict
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32h Jodie Comer: a Golden Globe snub, but her deadly talents will out | Rebecca Nicholson
The Guardian
It’s a travesty that her sympathetic psychopath Villanelle was overlooked for a nominationThe announcement of this year’s
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35h Even for young, socially aware readers, there is such a thing as too woke
The Independent
When platforms try too hard to cater to what they think their audiences want, they'll inevitably overstep the invisible line
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36h Boris Johnson is engaged in the long con to be PM, and he's counting on us staying in the EU
The Independent
The choice is May's deal, no deal, or no Brexit (after a referendum). I suspect that Johnson knows that the last of those options represents much the best option for him
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37h Why we can't let Tommy Robinson be the voice of Brexit
The Independent
To conflate fascism with Leave voters not only provides him with what he wants – leadership – but negates all legitimate criticism of the EU and reasons for voting to leave
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37h Everything that is wrong with the prime minister's proposed Brexit deal is also wrong with Norway Plus
The Independent
I voted for it in the Lords when it looked like a port in the storm. But the ship has now sailed on and there is no turning back
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37h This year's Spotify and YouTube stats reveal how little we value female work
The Independent
As long as the people choosing where to invest the money are men, the industry will be shaped by the male gaze, which has been proven to denigrate the work of women
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37h The Top 10: Worst Deals in History
The Independent
Nigel Farage described Theresa May's Brexit deal as the worst in history. Not so fast...
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40h ‘Mind-blowingly gorgeous Georgia’
The Guardian
A mix of traditional, Soviet and modern styles, Georgia is a tricky place to pin down. But that’s half the fun of it for Suzanne Moore and her friend We are on the midnight plane to Georgia. In various stages of inebriation, me and Dave WhatsApp this to our grown-up children. It’s not our fault. Nothing ever is. Our Georgian Airways flight, the last one out of Gatwick, is delayed. What else is there to do but dutiful duty free? Dave is my compadre, the finest travelling companion a woman could wish for. The best thing about her is that she will go absolutely anywhere but also has no idea where anywhere is. Except France – which she has taken against to such an extent that even French people speaking French near her makes her extremely annoyed. She can sniff out pretension at 100km, not that she knows what a kilometre is. And God help anyone she calls “piss-elegant”.
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40h Fit in my 40s: ‘Touch rugby is like tag for grownups – so why did I find it so hard?’
The Guardian
Anyone who can’t throw, catch, or touch someone without crashing into them like a concussed bull can derail the whole thing. I was that person There is an elbow of the Thames that is so full of sporty types – towpath riddled with joggers, hockey clubs to the left of you, rowers to the right – that by the time I reached the rugby club, I was sort of done with fitness. It’s 8pm on a Wednesday, I thought; when I was the age of these rugby players, I’d have been out drinking for at least three hours by now. But the O2
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40h Norway-plus would be a disaster for Labour’s radical vision | Luke Cooper
The Guardian
The latest mooted Brexit plan won’t do. To achieve Europe-wide social change, Labour must find a way to remain in the EUIn Britain’s unfolding constitutional crisis, Theresa May is living with the consequences of a series of decisions calculated to keep hold of the keys to No 10. By establishing “red lines” she knew were unrealistic, the prime minister presented herself as the custodian of the interests of the 52%, promising to deliver on the
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41h Our age lacks gravitas. That’s why we cannot deal with crisis | Ian Jack
The Guardian
The Brexit coverage has become entertainment – but a sense of formality would dignify the public’s apprehension What is a national crisis? Eighty years ago the social researchers Charles Madge and Tom Harrisson decided it was “one of those things, like epidemics and earthquakes, which suddenly arrive to threaten the security of ordinary lives. In the ordinary way, the interest of private people in public events is fitful and vague: at times of crisis it extends and increases.” As the founders of the
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