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14 Dec 2017, 2:42pm The Guardian view on Rupert Murdoch: a man out of time | Editorial
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The billionaire is leaving entertainment for news. That’s a worry since he indulges in trust-only-your-prejudice journalism. The UK regulator should call him out on itIt scarcely seems possible to think that Rupert Murdoch is walking away from the film and TV factories
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Cancellation of Rita, Sue and Bob Too is a betrayal of the Royal Court’s history | Letters 14 Dec 2017, 2:27pm Cancellation of Rita, Sue and Bob Too is a betrayal of the Royal Court’s history | Letters
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Audiences can tell the difference between provocation and exploitation, writes
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Most of the Brexit rebels are lawyers. Maybe experts are useful after all | Schona Jolly 14 Dec 2017, 2:19pm Most of the Brexit rebels are lawyers. Maybe experts are useful after all | Schona Jolly
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Without the intervention of 11 highly qualified Tory MPs, the government would have almost unchecked power over Brexit
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14 Dec 2017, 2:12pm Pottering around on homemade besoms | Brief letters
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Cathedral attendances | Light in St Ives | Harry Potter gifts | 24 Hours from Tulse HillIn his defence of the UK’s state religion (
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An insurance policy underwritten by God? No thanks | Emma Brockes 14 Dec 2017, 11:29am An insurance policy underwritten by God? No thanks | Emma Brockes
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In a quest for US health cover, I found a faith-based policy funded by love offerings instead of premiums. The search goes onThis Friday is the deadline for purchasing 2018 health insurance in the US, after which the uninsured will be subject to penalty. Last week I wrote about
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14 Dec 2017, 10:49am Jerusalem – for Christians, Jews and Muslims – is both a city and an idea | Giles Fraser: Loose canon
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It’s the object of overwhelming projection, a place of dreams and longing. There can be no political peace there until Jerusalem the golden is understoodTrying to organise parish pilgrimages to the Holy Land, I have often come across church people who refuse to travel to Israel, and to Jerusalem in particular, because they do not want the reality of the place to interfere with their idea of it. “
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In Alabama, black women saved America from itself – as they’ve always tried to do | Charlene White 14 Dec 2017, 9:58am In Alabama, black women saved America from itself – as they’ve always tried to do | Charlene White
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African-American women came out in droves and voted 98% against Roy Moore, preventing what could have been a huge wrongBlack women have been trying to save America from itself for generations. So the breakdown of who voted in
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We Guantánamo Bay detainees have the right to protest our condition | Khalid Qassim 14 Dec 2017, 9:37am We Guantánamo Bay detainees have the right to protest our condition | Khalid Qassim
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I have been on hunger strike since October. The Trump administration needs to understand that it is unethical to try to coerce me off it
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14 Dec 2017, 9:10am Why the Royal Court cancelling Rita, Sue and Bob Too is a grim joke | David Barnett
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It’s precisely because of men like Max Stafford Clark that this play should be staged. Instead, Andrea Dunbar has been silenced by his actionsEarlier this year I
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14 Dec 2017, 8:36am Updated Mark Hamill – ‘I said to Carrie Fisher: I’m a good kisser – the next thing, we’re making out like teenagers!’
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Luke Skywalker is back in The Last Jedi – and it’s a triumphant return. The Star Wars actor recalls the shock of finding out about Fisher and Harrison Ford’s secret affair and the pain of losing his longtime friend Han Solo is dead and Princess Leia, heartbreakingly, died almost a year ago, when
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14 Dec 2017, 8:32am In future, leave writing about wokeness to black writers | Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff
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The Evening Standard’s ‘woke guide to Christmas’ was yet another tired exercise in consciousness-faking – a tokenistic, faux attempt at diversityOn Wednesday,
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14 Dec 2017, 6:36am Proud of themselves? The Tory Brexit rebels certainly should be | Polly Toynbee
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Parliament’s refusal to march to the extremists’ drumbeat shows that the ‘mutineers’ now better reflect the will of the people than the Brexit press does“Proud of yourselves?” splashes the Mail, with a rogues’ gallery of last night’s Tory rebels. “Yes,” should be their defiant reply. What’s more,
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Just what men need – a sex survey that kicks sand in our faces | Peter Ormerod 14 Dec 2017, 5:41am Just what men need – a sex survey that kicks sand in our faces | Peter Ormerod
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So, the scientists tell us women like chiselled abs and massive biceps. But is this really a great cultural moment to be reinforcing toxic gender stereotypes?Good news at last for strong, heterosexual men who conform to masculine stereotypes: women tend to be more attracted to you than they are to weak men. It seems those downtrodden, marginalised, overlooked alpha males may actually have something going for them after all. The wonders of science, eh? There might now follow, from a decidedly sub-Herculean specimen like me, a stream of wry self-deprecation. There might be references to bits of my body that are particularly podgy or scrawny, by way of humorous contrast with the ideal. Were this social media, I might post a picture of my hairier-than-I’d-like shoulders. I might respond to this latest confirmation of beta-male inferiority with attempts at irony or wit.
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Why a Christmas jumper isn’t just for Christmas Day | Daisy Buchanan 14 Dec 2017, 4:00am Why a Christmas jumper isn’t just for Christmas Day | Daisy Buchanan
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I understand the urge to splurge on fresh festive knitwear every year. But it’s a wasteful habit that should come with an environmental elf warningI will admit to owning three Christmas jumpers. There’s the chunky, cheery red one, featuring two penguins holding hands on an iceberg, as if they’re on a romantic festive avian break instead of trying to survive a
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No room at the refuge? Not with women like Tania around | Frances Ryan 14 Dec 2017, 3:00am No room at the refuge? Not with women like Tania around | Frances Ryan
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Every day 200 women and children fleeing domestic violence fail to find a safe place. That’s why refuges like Lambeth need the Christmas spirit all year roundThe first time women set foot in
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Think our governments can no longer control capitalism? You’ve been duped | Larry Elliott 14 Dec 2017, 1:00am Think our governments can no longer control capitalism? You’ve been duped | Larry Elliott
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In reality there has been a class war, in which the right has spent decades using the state to undermine workers. We can fight backBlue Planet 2 demonstrated the terrifyingly fragile state of nature’s ecosystem. One of the key messages from the BBC series was that a delicate balance exists in the oceans between predators and prey. If there are too many predators, the stocks of prey fall. The predators go hungry and their numbers dwindle, allowing the prey to recover. Balance is restored.
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14 Dec 2017, 1:00am Universities are bastions of privilege. They have to change | Simon Jenkins
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The astronomical course fees for these bloated institutions are no longer defensible. Two-year degrees would be a good moveThe ice mountain is cracking. The glaciers are loosening. The greatest cultural confidence trick since the medieval monastery is dissolving. This week the universities minister, Jo Johnson, said the unsayable: the British three-year university course, virtually unchanged in 100 years, is absurd and should end. That many foreign universities are equally conservative is neither here nor there. To Johnson, the overwhelming majority of courses can be done in two years. The internet has transformed – or should have transformed – both teaching methods and student research. The astronomical
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