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Boris Johnson is the new Winston Churchill – cartoon 11 Aug 2018, 1:00pm Boris Johnson is the new Winston Churchill – cartoon
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Chris Riddell on the former foreign secretary’s failure to apologise after his burqa comments
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Auden had it right: we seek comfort where we can, even amid calamity | Nick Cohen 11 Aug 2018, 12:59pm Auden had it right: we seek comfort where we can, even amid calamity | Nick Cohen
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The weather and the World Cup gave us blessed respite from the Brexit debacle If you could shade your eyes from the glare, the long, stupid summer of 2018 was a joy to live through. The sun shone for months on end, as if Britain was not leaving the EU but moving to southern Europe. England’s footballers tore up their history of failure and to the astonishment of the nation reached the semi-finals of the World Cup. Consumers with stagnant incomes were inspired by the heatwave to
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11 Aug 2018, 10:00am Boris Johnson is leveraging hatred and racism in his desire for power | Rupa Huq
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His calculated remarks about burqas fuel the flames at a dangerous time for ethnic minorities I remember the first time I was called “Paki”. It was 1978 at primary school in Ealing, west London, now my constituency. I was quite startled. My playground tormentor had to explain the etymology of the term to me. I retorted:“Actually, East Pakistan has been liberated into Bangladesh since 1971; it’s an independent country”, which shut him up. I was born in Hammersmith the year after Bangladeshi independence and recall the racism of old. In those days, “the host community” saw the likes of me and the two kids in our school with turbans (brothers) as “Asian” – the shorthand “Paki” overlooking different nationalities. The subtitles of religion had not reared their head.
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11 Aug 2018, 1:00am We like to mock Trump, but Britain’s Russia stance is even worse | Jonathan Freedland
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When it comes to evidence of Russian intervention in the 2016 referendum, Theresa May is unaccountably relaxed There are not many laughs to be had from international diplomacy, but US foreign policy in the age of Donald Trump provides a grim kind of comedy all the same. This week the world’s diplomats allowed themselves a chuckle at the risibly inconsistent US approach to Russia, in which the State Department whacks Moscow with sanctions even as the president murmurs sweet nothings into the ear of Vladimir Putin. When it comes to Russia, the US has become the Jekyll and Hyde superpower. Just three weeks ago, Trump
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