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Universal credit? If Iain Duncan Smith is an architect of anything, it’s misery | Marina Hyde 12 Oct 1:11pm Universal credit? If Iain Duncan Smith is an architect of anything, it’s misery | Marina Hyde
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Only a dangerous politician favours simple fixes to complex problems – they have a way of causing hardship to millionsIf you were looking for the most wantonly sarcastic epithet in British politics, you might well alight on “Iain Duncan Smith, the architect of universal credit”. It’s basically impossible to say out loud without putting “architect” in air quotes. I know we shouldn’t underestimate the determination of a
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The Guardian view on universal credit: human cost and political price | Editorial 12 Oct 1:07pm The Guardian view on universal credit: human cost and political price | Editorial
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The benefits reform was savaged by the public spending watchdog this summer for failing to deliver savings and leaving thousands in hardship. Now political opposition is growingWarnings on successive days this week by two former prime ministers,
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The Guardian view on fresh air: a public good | Editorial 12 Oct 12:55pm The Guardian view on fresh air: a public good | Editorial
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The mental and spiritual benefits of time spent in nature go far beyond exercise. More doctors should prescribe itSuffering from a profound depression in the year 1730, the young Samuel Johnson would
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Grieving families deserve legal aid | Letters 12 Oct 11:40am Grieving families deserve legal aid | Letters
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There remains an obscene power imbalance between bereaved relatives who fight for legal aid and state bodies granted automatic funding, say signatories including
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12 Oct 11:39am My 80th birthday present? A cigarette | Brief letters
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Delayed gratification | Patisserie Valerie | Oxford University | Recognising faces | Brexit cheeseHelena Newton, Henrietta Cubitt and I must be kindred spirits and certainly of the same generation of delayed gratification (
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Here’s what the people’s vote campaign needs to do | John Harris 12 Oct 11:29am Here’s what the people’s vote campaign needs to do | John Harris
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Ditch the celebs and faded politicians. Instead visit areas that voted for Brexit – and listen to what’s being said The music, apparently swelling towards a climax that never arrives, sounds like a Coldplay outtake, and most of the faces suggest an entertaining Saturday night in front of the TV. On and on they go: the singer Jamelia, the actor Dominic West, Philip Pullman, Stephen Mangan, Josh Widdicombe, Tracey Ullman, Natascha McElhone, the musician Nitin Sawhney, Gary Lineker, Matt Lucas and good old Dan Snow. Non-famous people seem to be few and far between, with the exception of an unnamed man in front of a football crowd and someone whose caption merely says “a farmer from Scotland”. This is the latest, somewhat rough-edged,
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Why the secrecy around babies being taken into care? | Louise Tickle 12 Oct 10:31am Why the secrecy around babies being taken into care? | Louise Tickle
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The number of newborns being removed from their families in England has shot up and there’s a worrying lack of transparency When a
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Congrats to Princess Eugenie – but it’s time to cut the royal perks | David McClure 12 Oct 9:52am Congrats to Princess Eugenie – but it’s time to cut the royal perks | David McClure
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In grim times we all enjoy a bit of monarchy magic. But a £2m bill for the ninth in line to the throne is stretching it a bit“As a father, my wish for my daughters is for them to be modern working young women,” is how
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12 Oct 9:33am Theresa May faces her party as a desperate gambler in hope of a break | Jonathan Lis
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To reach agreement on a Brexit deal, the prime minister must somehow win over some wildly disparate factionsBrexit is unusual as a game of poker, in that one side folded long ago but has still not revealed its losing hand. For months, the EU has insisted that Theresa May’s only options for a deal would lead to either a soft Brexit for the whole UK, or a
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12 Oct 9:08am Quoting The Great Gatsby at the royal wedding? It’s no love story | Sam Leith
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Princess Eugenie must know F Scott Fitzgerald’s tragic hero is broken like a butterfly on the wheel of old money and inherited privilege“Um. This quite strongly suggests that they don’t know what
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My family died in a tsunami. The Indonesian survivors can recover too – with help | Sonali Deraniyagala 12 Oct 8:14am My family died in a tsunami. The Indonesian survivors can recover too – with help | Sonali Deraniyagala
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There is no blueprint for healing and rebuilding. But there are common challenges that we can understand, and imagine“I cannot imagine what happened to you” – people would often remark to me.
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With ‘food deserts’ everywhere, it’s no wonder so many Brits are obese | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett 12 Oct 7:17am With ‘food deserts’ everywhere, it’s no wonder so many Brits are obese | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
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Too many people live too far from shops selling fresh food. There are steps the government could take, but don’t hold your breathIn the past decade there has been a revolution in the British food industry. If you are a comfortably-off urban dweller, it has never been easier to procure a healthy snack. Gone are the days where a soggy sandwich and a packet of crisps were the best you could hope for: now your options include protein pots, prepared mango, chia seed yoghurt, salads containing quinoa. Large supermarkets, too, have cottoned on: if it’s fajita night, a wholemeal wrap is an option. So is reduced-fat cheese. And, if you’re happy to overlook the food miles involved, a larger selection of fresh vegetables than our grandparents could have ever imagined. Yet the food revolution does not benefit everyone. A new study from the Social Market Foundation in collaboration with Kellogg’s has found that more than
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Corbyn’s right. It’s not as simple as having ‘pride’ or ‘shame’ in our history | David Wearing 12 Oct 5:24am Corbyn’s right. It’s not as simple as having ‘pride’ or ‘shame’ in our history | David Wearing
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From Brexit to military interventions, Britain’s empire casts a long shadow. It’s past time for a grownup conversation about itAt the root of so much that is poisonous in British politics and society lies a simple, common theme. Behind racism and xenophobia, the resurgence of the far right, the
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12 Oct 3:00am Britain’s black activists – you are not alone, not in the present or the past | Zahra Dalilah
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Black History Month is needed now as much as ever, as it connects us to previous generations who have fought the same fightBetween Martin Luther King quotes and Nina Simone lyrics, searching for evidence of the black British legacy can feel like a fruitless task. While key players from the US civil rights struggle are household names, challenge the person sitting next to you to name a member of the
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This commitment to race pay gap reporting is a landmark moment | Simon Woolley 12 Oct 2:00am This commitment to race pay gap reporting is a landmark moment | Simon Woolley
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I hope Britain has finally opened up leadership positions to black and ethnic-minority talent It is now 50 years since the
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We stand with Cécile Kashetu Kyenge | Letter 12 Oct 2:00am We stand with Cécile Kashetu Kyenge | Letter
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Black elected representatives and community leaders from across Europe voice their support for the Italian MEP, who is sued for defamation for calling the Italian League party racistAs black elected representatives and community leaders from across Europe, we are deeply troubled that a court in Piacenza, Italy, has allowed the Italian League party to
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12 Oct 1:00am In increasingly liberal Britain, we Tories have an age problem | Andrew Cooper
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I worked for David Cameron, and it’s become clear the party is increasingly out of step with those who grew up in an age of openness and liberalismIt was Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the prickly and unorthodox writer, diplomat and US senator, who coined what has surely become
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The brilliant Pret a Manger marketing con we want to fall for | Felicity Lawrence 12 Oct 1:00am The brilliant Pret a Manger marketing con we want to fall for | Felicity Lawrence
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The sandwich chain relies on complex factory supply lines to keep prices downNo one can deny the genius of the marketing behind Pret a Manger. Tapping into our fears about health and junk food, the sandwich chain claims to offer handmade, natural products prepared in a real kitchen not a factory; food that shuns obscure chemicals, additives and preservatives; baguettes “baked throughout the day, the fresher the better”, from “wonderful baker’s ovens” you can see in all its shops. Pret’s claims conjure up a vision of someone else making food for you, almost in the way you would in your own kitchen at home, at a reasonable cost too, and conveniently available on the street corner. It’s everything you could hope for when you grab a sandwich or a salad on the go.
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A Met chief stayed in his car during an attack. That’s not leadership | Gaby Hinsliff 12 Oct 1:00am A Met chief stayed in his car during an attack. That’s not leadership | Gaby Hinsliff
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Craig Mackey’s decision not to help a colleague attacked in Westminster might be rational. But his officers run towards danger Would you have got out of the car? The car, that is, inside which then-acting Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Craig Mackey locked himself, as a man armed with a butcher’s knife
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