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21m Healthcare professionals in the UK have a moral duty to get the Covid jab | Frances Ryan
The Guardian
It is wrong that vulnerable people can be reliant on potentially infected nurses and care workers when a vaccine is available
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29m Updated We are now seeing the impact of Brexit – it is time for an apology from all the people who dismissed us as ‘Remoaners’
The Independent
We watch as businesses and lives are being ruined by Brexit – and yet not a single apology from those who championed the cause
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1h 44m Updated Rwanda joins the Giants Club
The Independent
Space for Giants’ CEO, Dr Max Graham, explains why Rwanda’s joining the Giants Club is an important moment in conservation
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2h Jamaica is finally being held to account for the violence suffered by LGBTQ+ peoplee | Gareth Henry
The Guardian
I took my country to an international commission and won. Now it must scrap the homophobic laws that fuel hate Finally the Jamaican state has been held to account for its complicity in the violence and discrimination I have faced for being gay. An international tribunal has ruled that Jamaica should scrap its homophobic laws immediately. The hatred that LGBTQ+ people routinely face in Jamaica, and the colonial-hangover laws that criminalise gay relationships, are well documented. But, for the first time,
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4h Ireland’s asylum system needs a complete overhaul. This plan does not go far enough | Bulelani Mfaco
The Guardian
The abhorrent ‘direct provision’ will end, but there is still no guarantee that people such as me will be treated as fully human In 2000 the Irish government introduced a policy for asylum seekers called
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7h Updated I used to self-harm and relapsed during lockdown – to tackle it, first we need to understand why people hurt themselves
The Independent
I self-harmed for years. Why? It was the only way I knew, then, to deal with my emotional distress
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14h Football’s most innocuous incidents are now upstaging the moments that really matter
The Independent
VAR and an ever more complicated rulebook meant Callum Hudson-Odoi’s handball took the spotlight in the match between Chelsea and Manchester United at the weekend, writes Lawrence Ostlere
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16h The hunt for the missing Brazilian variant patient says a lot about the government’s Covid response
The Independent
Editorial: Most poignantly, hotel quarantine was brought in too late to stop this incident from potentially damaging the UK’s ability to control the virus
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16h Glasses are seen as taboo, especially for young women – but this specs-hating culture is sadly shortsighted
The Independent
People who refuse to wear specs or overly rely on contact lenses may go on to regret it later in life, says Jenny Eclair. I know I did
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18h Updated I took the government to court over its Covid restrictions on pubs – this is why
The Independent
We have wound up our court case following the judgement that the substantial meal restriction imposed on wet-led pubs was arguably discriminatory towards certain sections of society
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18h Updated Rishi Sunak has made a jaw-dropping prat of himself with this David Brent-style video
The Independent
The hyper-extended self-promotional video of the chancellor is a once-in-a-generation type disaster
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19h The Guardian view on Covid-19 variants: lax rules create needless risk | Editorial
The Guardian
Yet again, the UK’s defences against the virus have been exposed as faulty. Despite the vaccines, there are still dangers It was a weekend of bright sunshine, with daffodils blooming alongside snowdrops in southern areas and a spectacular full moon, as families with children in England began readying themselves to return to school, with just one more week to spend at home (most pupils in Scotland and Wales must wait a while longer). The sense of eagerness for a return to something closer to life before the pandemic was palpable, with parks full and the longer afternoons holding out the promise of better times ahead. Then, on Sunday, came the announcement that six cases of the Brazilian coronavirus variant known as P1 have been identified, three each in England and Scotland, with the whereabouts of
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19h The Guardian view on the return of Donald Trump: plotting a hostile takeover | Editorial
The Guardian
Nationally, the former president is a vote loser. The trouble for Republicans is his grip over the party rank and file In the United States, the Republican party has been unmistakably corrupted by power. Its leadership did not call out Donald Trump for his “
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19h Updated Trump’s speech at CPAC was enough to haunt your most surreal fever dreams
The Independent
Highlights included ‘I’m more popular than Ronald Reagan’ and conspiracy theories about windmills
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19h Updated People who know Trump personally think they know why Republicans really can’t let him go
The Independent
‘Because they didn’t take the off-ramp, they put themselves in a position to keep being victims of Donald’s blackmail’
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20h ‘They don’t value us’ – Labour’s problem with anti-Black racism
The Independent
An inquiry into racism in the Labour Party has been shelved indefinitely – another blow for its already marginalised Bame community
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20h Thanks for the #selfcare posts, influencers – unfortunately, most of us have to work, though
The Independent
Chirpy reminders to take some time off are all well and good but try telling that to my boss or landlord
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21h Updated Labour’s Black members are disillusioned by the party’s attempts to tackle racism – it’s not hard to see why
The Independent
An inquiry into racism in the Labour Party has been shelved indefinitely – another blow for its already marginalised Bame community
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21h When Matt Hancock lives up to his name | Brief letters
The Guardian
Impatience | Sperm counts | Boris Johnson | Spring weather | Covid correspondence Please ban guests from using “impatience” as the innocuous trait they most deplore in themselves in the
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21h Donald Trump is back – let me explain why that’s good news
The Independent
Trump alienates more people than he attracts, and he scares the hell out of the rest
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23h Updated Donald Trump is planning a sequel for 2024 – but will anyone want to see it?
The Independent
The bad news is it looks like Trump might be running again. But the good news is he’s about the worst candidate the Republicans could be lumbered with
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23h What can we take with us from lockdown to make life better than before? | Gaby Hinsliff
The Guardian
From flexible working to live-streamed shows, tricks learned in recent months could be used to build a brighter future Spring has sprung, albeit a little early. The weekend brought blue skies, daffodils bursting into flower, the drone of lawnmowers coming back to life. The natural world is waking up fast, in uncanny synchronicity with a nation now readying itself to emerge from Covid hibernation. Like all jaded hacks, I rolled my eyes when the prime minister started waxing lyrical last week about the
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24h Updated Stop with the #selfcare posts – taking a day off isn’t an option for most people
The Independent
Thanks for the chirpy reminders to take some time off. Try telling that to my boss or my landlord
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24h Updated Leaving the EU without a trade deal is better than staying within the bloc
The Independent
I believe all the hypocrisy over the so-called level playing field is breathtaking
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25h I live with an eating disorder – and isolation has made that so much harder | Sam Dalling
The Guardian
I had slowly pieced together a support system, but lockdown left me alone with a disease that thrives on solitude Every day, after every meal, my food finished, I sit feeling full. Except it is more, much more than that. I feel self-loathing. I feel fat, I feel gluttonous, and my mind equates that to worthlessness, to failure … again. Mostly, I sit with the sensation until it passes, experience telling me that it will eventually. Despite my internal monologue screaming otherwise, I have not instantly ballooned, and my value is not tied to my last plate of food. But sometimes, in a desperate attempt to cope with the situation we all find ourselves in, I bow to my eating disorder (ED).
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25h ‘Generation Covid’ – the pandemic has made young people like me more political
The Independent
My community is at the heart of one of the worst-hit areas in the country for Covid-19 – and it’s been hard on us. The pandemic has even made me want to fight for devolution for Yorkshire
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28h Yes, NHS staff are exhausted. But is ‘burnout’ the whole picture? | Mariam Alexander
The Guardian
There’s a risk that individuals blame themselves, when it’s the system that has left all of us exposed
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30h Updated Promises to stop the decline of nature mean nothing unless action is taken
The Independent
A ‘state of nature’ target enshrined in law would go a long way to showing the government is committed to saving our planet
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30h Keir Starmer is right to oppose the corporation tax increase | Alan Johnson
The Guardian
With enterprises struggling, the Conservatives have lost their trust. Labour can now be the party of business
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32h Why is the government trying to undermine its anti-terror programme? | Sadakat Kadri
The Guardian
Appointing a man with notorious hard-right views to head its Prevent review will alienate those it’s meant to support Terrorism ain’t what it used to be. Not precisely, anyway. Instead of suicidal jihadists, it’s white supremacists and neo-Nazis who are making the running. Over the last three years,
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