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16 May 1:52pm Carillion is no one-off scandal. Neoliberalism will bring many more | Owen Jones
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‘Recklessness, hubris and greed’ describes the entire system of delivering public services through profit-driven companiesCarillion is no isolated failure, no fluke, no aberration. It is another symptom of a decaying social order that is anti-democratic, inefficient and places profit ahead of people’s needs, aspirations and even lives. That social order is neoliberalism, a term which I accept is probably not bandied around your local pub, and is invariably met with “hur hur” sniggers of performative ignorance among the commentariat. Being deprived of a term to describe how our society is structured and run is convenient for our masters. It stops us joining the dots, of understanding that Carillion is just one manifestation of a failing system: one which rolls back the public sphere everywhere in favour of the private sector, which slashes taxes on big corporations and wealthy people, and one which obsessively deregulates.
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16 May 1:30pm The Guardian view on renationalising rail: give it a chance | Editorial
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Corporate bungling means the state will run the east coast mainline. It should be left in government hands to better observe the relative merits of public and private ownershipThe U-turn is a difficult manoeuvre to perform on rails, but Chris Grayling has managed it. The transport secretary did not look comfortable on Wednesday,
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Grief and the importance of listening to one another | Letters 16 May 12:08pm Grief and the importance of listening to one another | Letters
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Readers respond to Owen Jones’s moving piece about the death of his fatherMy heart goes out to Owen Jones on the death of his father (
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16 May 12:06pm An unlikely idea for Middle East peace? | Letters
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A one-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict may seem a laughable idea, says
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16 May 11:58am Grubby trade deals with strongmen now shape our foreign policy
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Crowds gathered at Downing Street to object to President Erdoğan’s visit. This is what happens when you walk away from the world’s largest civilised trading blocThere is usually a protest somewhere near Downing Street, and if I really get into the nitty gritty of reading the banners, I always agree with them. I, too, think that pigs should be treated humanely, vivisection should be banned, territorial disputes should be solved without violence and, in the main, when people are demonstrating about someone in prison, that person probably shouldn’t be in prison. The demo against the visit of President Erdoğan, a man who has
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The Bank of England’s view of menopausal women is demeaning | Ros Altmann 16 May 11:21am The Bank of England’s view of menopausal women is demeaning | Ros Altmann
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The Bank’s deputy governor described the UK economy as ‘menopausal’. This type of bias has no place in modern thinking
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16 May 9:44am New Look’s ‘fat tax’ is wrong – where’s the loyalty to plus-size women? | Phoebe-Jane Boyd
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The fashion chain used to be a haven for us, but we’ll go elsewhere if we can’t shop there without paying extraPro-tip for those of you who have never been shopping as a
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A glossy Vogue shoot won’t save Georgina Chapman from the Weinstein fallout 16 May 7:54am A glossy Vogue shoot won’t save Georgina Chapman from the Weinstein fallout
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The disgraced film producer’s ex-wife is attempting to cleanse herself and her clothes brand Marchesa – but that won’t help the women who say he crushed their careers and self-esteem
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If Labour is to truly end the ‘hostile environment’, policy is just the start | Ellie Mae O’Hagan 16 May 7:52am If Labour is to truly end the ‘hostile environment’, policy is just the start | Ellie Mae O’Hagan
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Diane Abbott’s pledge is fantastic, but as much as anything it’s the toxic language around immigration that needs to changeIn 2013, I interviewed a
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16 May 7:47am Scotland had to reject the EU withdrawal bill. It was a power grab | Ruth Wishart
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Holyrood’s vote was not another independence bid, but a move to ensure Brexit does not undermine Scotland’s existing devolved powersTwenty years ago the often lugubrious face of the late Donald Dewar broke into a satisfied grin as he read out the first line of the Scotland Act at the Commons dispatch box: “There shall be a Scottish parliament.” “I like that,” he added. And eight months later he gave an impassioned speech to the inaugural meeting of that parliament in Edinburgh in which he referred to the restoration of a national legislature as “the day when democracy was renewed in Scotland”. This morning, the day after that parliament overwhelmingly
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Like Tessa Jowell, I have a brain tumour. I hope her death inspires new research | Jessica Morris 16 May 7:31am Like Tessa Jowell, I have a brain tumour. I hope her death inspires new research | Jessica Morris
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It’s hard to attract research funding for this complex disease, with a mountain of patient experience going undocumented Many people are grieving the untimely
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The spice epidemic in UK prisons is putting nurses at risk | Brian Morton 16 May 6:01am The spice epidemic in UK prisons is putting nurses at risk | Brian Morton
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The explosion of psychoactive drugs in UK jails is putting prison staff, including nurses and healthcare workers, at risk
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Facial recognition is not just useless. In police hands, it is dangerous | Martha Spurrier 16 May 5:00am Facial recognition is not just useless. In police hands, it is dangerous | Martha Spurrier
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In one trial by the Met, the results were 98% inaccurate. People must be protected from being falsely identified as criminals
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Universities need to tackle racism head-on, not deny it exists | Shakira Martin 16 May 4:00am Universities need to tackle racism head-on, not deny it exists | Shakira Martin
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For too long, institutions have swept racist incidents under the carpet for fear of bad PR. Now black students are speaking out
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Why does alcohol make us drunk? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Pete Brown 16 May 3:00am Why does alcohol make us drunk? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Pete Brown
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Every day millions of people ask Google life’s most difficult questions. Our writers answer some of the commonest queriesAh, alcohol. As Homer once said, this
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The royal wedding fulfils a human need: that’s why so many of us are celebrating | Afua Hirsch 16 May 1:00am The royal wedding fulfils a human need: that’s why so many of us are celebrating | Afua Hirsch
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I’m no royalist, but I’ve seen how people across the world cling to the same culture, tradition and ceremony that will be on display in Windsor Prince Harry is marrying Meghan Markle this week. Royal weddings are of diverse significance to different people. To me, they represent a dilemma. In fact, any large display of British royal pomp and pageantry brings two of my most important beliefs into sharp and awkward conflict. On the one hand, I am no royalist. The British royal family has been synonymous with empire – the devastating effects of which we have barely begun to process – and the slave trade, in which monarchs all the way back to
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Why are we living in an age of anger – is it because of the 50-year rage cycle? 16 May 1:00am Why are we living in an age of anger – is it because of the 50-year rage cycle?
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From passive-aggressive notes on ambulance windscreens to bilious political discourse, it feels as though society is suddenly consumed by fury. What is to blame for this outpouring of aggression? A neighbour
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People want fat cats stopped. Labour must prove it’s up to the job | Polly Toynbee 16 May 1:00am People want fat cats stopped. Labour must prove it’s up to the job | Polly Toynbee
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Corbyn’s party should be benefiting from anger over executive pay, but it is struggling to capitaliseNo press,” said the PR barring my way. That’s the first time I’ve been turned away from a company AGM, but why am I not surprised? This is Melrose, the great predator
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They want a wolf-free Denmark. Will migrants be next? | Dorthe Nors 16 May 1:00am They want a wolf-free Denmark. Will migrants be next? | Dorthe Nors
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The recent shooting of an animal has shocked many Danes. But where I live, the pack mentality is on the riseA
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Trump is wrong over Iran, but Europe can’t afford to divorce the US 16 May 12:59am Trump is wrong over Iran, but Europe can’t afford to divorce the US
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No other US president has been as antagonistic to European principles. But there’s no alternative to a strong transatlantic partnershipIn 2003 a
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The Guardian view on Carillion’s collapse: a question of when not if | Editorial 15 May 7:01pm The Guardian view on Carillion’s collapse: a question of when not if | Editorial
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A corporate strategy based on greed and deception was running large parts of the state. This was a scandalCarillion’s sudden rise and its spectacular collapse is a story of greedy recklessness shrouded in corporate deception. As two select committees point out in a
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