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Labour’s plans for democracy must begin at home | Owen Jones 19 Sep 1:22pm Labour’s plans for democracy must begin at home | Owen Jones
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Too many in the party want to deny its grassroots a say over the selection of MPs. This could hold back future starsSocialism is the democratisation of every level of society, or it is nothing. It is based on an understanding that the concentration of wealth and power leaves democracy hollowed out, and that simply trooping to a polling station every few years is an insufficient counterweight to the behemoths of global capital. Under the prevailing system, the same vested interests remain in power whoever is in office, which is why a transformative government must seek to democratise the workplace, the economy and all of society’s pivotal structures, from the media to local government. But if this is Labour’s mission, it must surely begin at home; and here, the noises are distinctly mixed. A future contest could feature no candidate aligned with the grassroots of one of the biggest parties in Europe
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19 Sep 1:02pm Why female superheroes shouldn’t hit old ladies
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The new female Captain Marvel does just that in a film trailer – Superman would never be allowed to stoop so low. What’s going on? The trailer for Captain Marvel has landed. I always find it hard to tell someone’s superpower from a trailer – it all moves so fast – but I know she can breathe fire out of her eyes, and I can see quite plainly that she is female, the first of her kind, unless you count Wonder Woman, or Lara Croft, which for reasons relating to comic franchises, we do not. Apart from the eyes, some obligatory superhero amnesia and a bit of kinetic energy, the main thing we see is the Captain punching an old lady. In the fullness of the film, it will doubtless transpire that the old lady was a well-disguised mutant, or carrying a nuclear bomb; in the thrill of the trailer, we take these things on trust. The Captain, being female, must have a sound reason. You would never see Superman do such a thing, even if the lady did have a nuclear bomb: it would be too visually uncomfortable. Some studio exec would say: “Can’t we make the old lady a hyena?” And everyone would nod and say: “That’s why he’s paid the big bucks.”
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Of course girls feel miserable. They can’t move freely in the world | Suzanne Moore 19 Sep 12:48pm Of course girls feel miserable. They can’t move freely in the world | Suzanne Moore
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Yet another survey tells us fewer girls are happy or confident. Let’s be honest – in the end, this is down to male violence Another day, another headline about the unhappiness of girls. The
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19 Sep 12:43pm The Guardian view on EU migration: a mutual advantage | Editorial
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The privileged access of British and EU citizens to each other’s countries has a value that economic statistics cannot measureIt is impossible to imagine Brexit without debate over immigration. So it is remarkable that the final report by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), established to inform post-Brexit policy, presumes that immigration will not be covered by the UK’s final deal with the EU. The report,
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Prison, riots and rehabilitation | Letters 19 Sep 12:17pm Prison, riots and rehabilitation | Letters
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We needed a serious analysis of violence and safety for staff and prisoners, say
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Let’s salute the real underground press | Letters: 19 Sep 12:17pm Let’s salute the real underground press | Letters:
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The real underground press existed in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe during the last decades of communism, says
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An environment not hostile enough | Brief letters 19 Sep 12:16pm An environment not hostile enough | Brief letters
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Hostile environment | Vince Cable’s erotic spasm | Disguising greens | Ludo/Llandudno | Article in fullAll too often, the Guardian refers to Theresa May’s “hostile environment” for immigration and Jacqueline McKenzie’s otherwise excellent article repeats the error (
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We need a royal commission to save us from this botched Brexit | Catherine Barnard 19 Sep 11:44am We need a royal commission to save us from this botched Brexit | Catherine Barnard
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Theresa May must come out from her Brexit bunker and abandon her red linesThe image of a confident
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The medicinal cannabis panel is already failing children like my daughter | Tannine Clarry 19 Sep 9:57am The medicinal cannabis panel is already failing children like my daughter | Tannine Clarry
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CBD oil is being treated as the option of last resort. This is simply no good to my four-year-old and many othersBefore I took the decision to try treating my daughter Indie with medicinal cannabis she was on a trial of a “traditional” pharmaceutical drug. My four-year-old has
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19 Sep 9:39am All those who are displaced by crisis and conflict need help and protection | Letter
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56 leaders of faith and religious organisations, groups and communities, call for national governments and their leaders to ensure that internally displaced people get the help they needWe, leaders of faith and religious organisations, groups and communities, including those supporting the
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Is it acceptable to laugh at Donald Trump’s mushroom? 19 Sep 8:43am Is it acceptable to laugh at Donald Trump’s mushroom?
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Any guilt over enjoying Stormy Daniels’s revelation should be weighed against how Trump’s policies hurt women
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The RSPCA rescues one seal – and sanctions the killing of many others | George Monbiot 19 Sep 1:00am The RSPCA rescues one seal – and sanctions the killing of many others | George Monbiot
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The animal charity’s certification of fish farms knowing that they shoot ‘pests’ indicates a tragic descent into hypocrisyAs the drive for growth and profit intrudes into all relationships, it captures even the bodies that exist to hold capital to account. Agencies of the state, newspapers and broadcasters, campaign groups and charities that claim to restrain corporate power fall under its spell. As their mission becomes confused and their purpose dissipates, substance is replaced with spectacle. Fifty years ago, in his book
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Racist rioting in Chemnitz has reopened Germany’s east-west split | Jacqueline Boysen 19 Sep 1:00am Racist rioting in Chemnitz has reopened Germany’s east-west split | Jacqueline Boysen
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Having lived in peace for 70 years we’ve turned against each other – and it’s in the rise of the AfD where that is most visibleIt’s hard to overstate the shock felt by democratic, liberal Germany as it witnessed the racist rioting in
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My manifesto could save Britain’s dying wildlife | Chris Packham 19 Sep 12:59am My manifesto could save Britain’s dying wildlife | Chris Packham
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From banning weedkiller and excluding dogs from nature reserves, there are cheap and practical ways to transform BritainEarlier this summer, I sat in my garden, admiring a small wildflower patch I’d sown. Then I realised something was missing. Not a single butterfly jinked between the flowers, no bumblebees buzzed, no hoverflies hovered. We have lots of data to prove these absences, and have become inured to them. We say that we’ve
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