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14 Jun 1:25pm The Guardian view on loneliness: speak up, reach out | Editorial
The Guardian
An initiative to get people talking on public transport is aimed at a serious problemFriday was “Chatty Bus day”
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14 Jun 1:10pm Martin Rowson on Boris Johnson and the Tory leadership race – cartoon
The Guardian
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14 Jun 1:03pm Trump’s fanned the flames in Iran, now the fire risks getting out of control | Peter Beaumont
The Guardian
If Iran was behind the oil tanker attack, that is serious. What happens next depends on who has most to lose between Tehran and the USThe growing confrontation in the Gulf between the US and its Saudi-led allies on one side and Iran and its proxies on the other is now focused on the spate of recent
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14 Jun 12:54pm Brexit Britain is wallowing in dangerous talk of national humiliation | Fintan O’Toole
The Guardian
The UK can only feel humiliated by the EU if it expects to be superior. This poisonous idea should be banished Launching his bid for the Tory leadership this week, Dominic Raab announced, histrionically: “We’ve been humiliated as a country.” For those of us who do not live on planet Brexit, this might have been mistaken for a belated reaction to the genuinely demeaning spectacle of
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14 Jun 12:39pm Don't ask why Chuka ​Umunna joined the Lib Dems – ask how many will follow him
The Independent
It is easy to laugh, but people say they want politicians to be honest, right up until they actually are
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14 Jun 12:39pm Boris Johnson is the Howard Hughes of this Tory leadership race | Marina Hyde
The Guardian
Courtiers are keeping Johnson from his subjects like a porphyric king they daren’t parade in public
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14 Jun 12:35pm Wake up, England: Boris Johnson’s ‘charm’ is just the arrogance of those born to rule | Suzanne Moore
The Guardian
The Tory leadership contest shows we’ll keep running back to the posh boys, no matter how much they use and abuse usI recognise this feeling and I hate it. A friend is going out with a guy who humiliates her, spends her money, has affairs and is abusive. Yet she feels lost and is somehow dependent and when he promises he will make it all OK somehow, that he will change, and the future will be wonderful, she decides to give it another whirl. Anyway, she says, “what else is there?”. Half-broken, she has lost the ability to even imagine a better life for herself.
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14 Jun 12:05pm Oxfam failed horribly on abuse. But I pledge to deliver radical change | Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah
The Guardian
There must be no more shameful mistakes, no more abuses of power. That’s why we’re placing new emphasis on safeguarding
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14 Jun 11:40am You saw me covered in blood on a bus. But do you get outraged about all homophobia? | Chris
The Guardian
The photo of me and my date went viral after our attack – but only as we’re white, feminine and cisgender. Sympathy and action must be for all
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14 Jun 11:38am Fools and fabulations in Boris’s bid for leadership | Letters
The Guardian
Readers discuss Johnson’s political legacy, and the implications of his becoming PMIs it not curious that Conservative MPs, with their passionate attachment to the present voting system for electing them to Westminster, are not using first past the post to elect their leader? With even more candidates at the Peterborough byelection than are standing for the Conservative leadership, it was apparently acceptable to have an MP elected with less than a third of the votes cast, whereas the Conservative MPs have to produce a final vote of over 50% for the winning candidate. Why are the two elections different?
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14 Jun 11:38am Reflections on regionalism | Letters
The Guardian
Guardian readers with accents write on the past prejudices that they have facedI was delighted to read that according to Katie Edwards, her Yorkshire dialect is “alive, kicking and bloody gorgeous” (
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14 Jun 11:37am Thanks for bigging up Welsh speaking | Letters
The Guardian
Guardian readers respond to Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett’s article on the Welsh languageMay I begin by saying how, as a Welsh speaker (albeit a vernacular one) I was delighted by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett’s article (
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14 Jun 11:36am Battery benefits questioned | Letter
The Guardian
Scottish Power claims it is making a ‘significant step’ forward with renewable energy, but
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14 Jun 11:36am Suspensions and the Catalan parliament | Letter
The Guardian
The suspensions were not based on political grounds, as a Guardian article claims, but follow the strict application of Spanish law, writes
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14 Jun 11:35am Birkins and benefits reveal two Britains | Brief letters
The Guardian
Chuka Umunna | Schools | Social inequality | Mindfulness | Sex robotsYou
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14 Jun 11:30am After the trial of the century, reconciliation between Spain and Catalan's separatists still feels like a distant dream
The Independent
There had been speculation that the trial itself could have led to a breakthrough in the face-off between Madrid and Catalonia. But after 400 witnesses and four months, nothing is resolved
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14 Jun 10:36am All over the country ethnic minorities are victims of more violence than ever – and it's all because of Brexit
The Independent
The Brexit vote promoted English national identity and questions about who is and who is not English – increasingly distinguished from being British – to the top of the political agenda and this is not going away
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14 Jun 10:35am Britain has a duty to help Hong Kong out of this dark moment | Chris Patten
The Guardian
China’s power grab via a new extradition bill must be opposed by governments around the world, especially Britain’sIt took something out of the ordinary to provoke a million people in
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14 Jun 9:51am Will the real Ruth Davidson please stand up?
The Independent
Please send your letters to letters@independent.co.uk
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14 Jun 9:45am Updated Tory leadership: Boris Johnson to take part in BBC debate – live news
The Guardian
Plus the latest on the Tory party leadership race and all the rest of the political news
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14 Jun 9:18am These TV leadership debates highlight how undemocratic the process of choosing our next PM is
The Independent
In the end, the winner will be chosen by a Conservative Party membership that is 71 per cent male, 97 per cent white and 44 per cent over the age of 65
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14 Jun 8:14am Two years on from Grenfell, politicians care less about the welfare of British people than ever
The Independent
Before that terrible fire, before the Brexit referendum and the demise of David Cameron's botched attempt at liberal Conservatism, the housing crisis a hot political issue. So what happened?
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14 Jun 8:09am Why I joined the Liberal Democrats – and learned from the political mistakes we both made
The Independent
I thought that Britain needed a new party. I thought that was what the millions of politically homeless people in Britain wanted. I was wrong
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14 Jun 8:03am Boris Johnson to take part in BBC leadership debate – live news
The Guardian
Plus the latest on the Tory party leadership race and all the rest of the political news
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14 Jun 7:54am Chuka Umunna unveiled as new Lib Dem MP – live news
The Guardian
Plus the latest on the Tory party leadership race and all the rest of the political news
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14 Jun 7:42am Chuka Umunna’s self-serving hypocrisy is emblematic of our broken politics | Owen Jones
The Guardian
The ex-Labour MP’s vanity has collided with political reality – he now embraces a party he once planned to destroy
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14 Jun 7:12am Mea Culpa: 'If you're going to irritate readers, do it on purpose'
The Independent
Questions of style and usage in this week's Independent, as measured against a new guide
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14 Jun 7:05am Help to buy has helped the well-off – and made the housing crisis worse | Vicky Spratt
The Guardian
More than half of those using the scheme could already afford a home. The government must stop propping up a broken marketConservative politicians have long professed their infallible belief that Britain should be a “property-owning democracy”. From
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14 Jun 6:16am I miscarried a baby not a 'foetus', but I now support women's right to abortion access more than ever
The Independent
Since my miscarriage I've encountered people who assume that I will now view abortion differently, as if my loss would transform my world view overnight
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14 Jun 5:57am How do you solve a problem like Boris Johnson? By backing him for prime minister
The Independent
The Tory leadership frontrunner's mission to deliver Brexit and bully Ireland into submission over the border issue will crash and burn, leaving no one to blame but himself. He may make it to No 10, but he'll be gone by Christmas
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14 Jun 5:40am Grenfell Tower, two years on: community members discuss what’s changed
The Guardian
Those who know the Grenfell story say firefighters are still being blamed, and the area is bouncing back thanks to local residents
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14 Jun 5:16am On the Irish backstop, leadership contenders are Tories in Wonderland | Bobby McDonagh
The Guardian
Almost all of the would-be Tory leaders have cooked up fantastical schemes for Ireland – but reality is closing in“Why, sometimes,” the Queen said to Alice, “I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” The
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14 Jun 4:33am British people have been denied a voice in choosing their own prime minister – the least we deserve is a Final Say
The Independent
While Westminster descends further into chaos, narcissism and acrimony the people must be heard. We only have this summer and autumn to force our way back into the conversation on Brexit
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14 Jun 4:00am The mainstream loves to fly our Pride flag. But queer people deserve more in return | Amrou Al-Kadhi
The Guardian
Paris Is Burning shows how seductive the promise of inclusion is – and how it can leave LGBTQ+ people open to exploitation “
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14 Jun 3:00am Good grief: Desmond Morris shows how a clearout can help you cope with death | Anouchka Grose
The Guardian
The renowned zoologist is selling his worldly possessions after the death of his wife of 66 years. It makes perfect senseAfter the death of his wife of 66 years, the zoologist Desmond Morris
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14 Jun 2:44am In 2019, British people's wealth and happiness is still a postcode lottery – and that's not good enough
The Independent
It's not clear whether the Treasury really understands how the country's economic policies affect its different regions. I'm going to change that
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14 Jun 1:00am The shameful truth about Britain’s response to Grenfell | Gary Younge
The Guardian
It’s not that we don’t see injustice such as Grenfell or Windrush, it’s that we get bored by itLast month Peter Mason, the chair of the Barking Reach residents’ association, contacted the builder Bellway Homes,
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14 Jun 1:00am Another Etonian leader? Time for Labour to challenge the might of private schools | Robert Verkaik
The Guardian
As the Tories edge towards anointing Boris Johnson as prime minister, Corbyn should commit to checking this elitist systemNot since Harold Wilson’s government set up a commission to deal with the “public school problem” has the Palace of Westminster hosted an event that could bring about the dismantling of Britain’s educational apartheid. But MPs this week held a debate on a programme for radical reform of a two-tier system that provides an elite education for a tiny minority of the population, and divides Britain into winners and losers. It could not come at a more propitious moment. Britain is on the brink of falling out of Europe; our mainstream political parties are tearing themselves apart; and populism is on the rise as people seek alternatives to the Westminster model of government. And yet, at this most critical moment in our nation’s history, we are reduced to spectators, watching in helpless horror as the Tory party goes through the motions of (in all likelihood)
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14 Jun 1:00am First avocado toast was feckless, now it’s coffee. Maybe they have a point? | Emma Brockes
The Guardian
The preaching of finance experts may be tiresome, but perhaps we should take another look at our constant consumptionI get notifications on my phone whenever I use my bank card and this week, while undertaking a mini-audit, I noted that I was doing something that apparently leads to financial ruin. The other morning, in a bakery on Broadway, I spent $8.70 on non-essential pastries. A few hours later, in spite of the loaf of bread in my house, I threw down $8.25 at Pick A Bagel. And scattered throughout the day, like small distress flares sent up from my current account, was a notification trail of $3.77 coffees. Suze Orman, a personal finance expert with her own show on CNBC, said something in March that
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