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16 Jun 2:00pm The urgency of climate crisis needed robust new language to describe it | Paul Chadwick
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Changes to how the Guardian writes about climate announced by Katharine Viner prompted a discussion with readersInitial reader response was positive to the Guardian’s recent changes to the way it will refer to climate. “This is an epic struggle of ideas, crucial to our future,” wrote one aye-sayer. The announcement by editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner, of five changes to the style guide generated reaction in
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16 Jun 1:30pm The Guardian view on impoverished schools: charity is not the answer | Editorial
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Headteachers are being forced to beg for donations. It makes a mockery of ministers’ talk of fair fundingThe contraction of school budgets over the past three years is one of many grave errors of judgment by this government, and has compounded the mistakes of the previous one. That departing prime minister Theresa May now appears to recognise this, and is reportedly seeking a three-year,
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16 Jun 1:27pm Ben Jennings on the inevitability of PM Boris Johnson – cartoon
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16 Jun 1:25pm The Guardian view on the latest crackdown in Turkey: investigate real violence against women, not fiction | Editorial
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The Turkish authorities are investigating Elif Shafak’s novels for ‘crimes of obscenity’. It’s another twist in Turkey’s tale of paranoia and repressionAs she sat on the train to the Hay festival late last month, the London-based Turkish novelist Elif Shafak received a chilling telephone call from her editor in Istanbul. She was told that police officers had entered the publishing house and taken copies of her books to a prosecutor, who planned to scour them for evidence of her having committed a “crime of obscenity” by writing about, for example, sexual harassment or child abuse. At the same time, the writer witnessed an avalanche of abusive and misogynist messages directed at her on social media – digital intimidation to accompany harassment by the authorities. The targeting of novelists in this way marks a new nadir in the Turkish government’s persecution of journalists, intellectuals, writers and academics. As Shafak has pointed out, the supreme irony is that real-life violence against women and girls is a desperately serious problem in Turkey.
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16 Jun 12:46pm Mindfulness can be an active force for change in the world | Letters
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Readers debate Robin Purser’s dismissal of ‘a tool of self-discipline, disguised as self-help’Ronald Purser’s article on mindfulness (
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16 Jun 12:45pm Republicanism and the royal family | Letters
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Readers respond to Larry Elliott’s stance on the republican cause in Britain and debate the possibility of radical changeI was a little surprised by Larry Elliott’s suggestion that the republican movement has rarely been weaker (
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16 Jun 12:42pm Remember the first transatlantic flight | Letters
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It’s 100 years since Alcock and Brown flew from Canada to Ireland, writes
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16 Jun 12:41pm Cuba’s generosity after Chernobyl | Letters
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Havana treated victims of the catastrophe for free, writes
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16 Jun 12:40pm Shocking suffering in drought-hit India | Brief letters
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India’s water crisis | Self-catering kitchens | Years and Years | Voting remain | Messy homesPlease will you give urgent, more prominent coverage to the appalling suffering described alongside your Eyewitness photo (
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16 Jun 11:47am If you want to help Sudan, amplify the voices of those suffering its horrors | Nesrine Malik
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The Sudanese people need to get the message out that the killing and rape have not quashed their revolutionIt has been two weeks since the Janjaweed, Sudan’s infamous militia,
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16 Jun 10:46am Why the threat of an early election makes Tories double down on Boris Johnson | Katy Balls
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Johnson is seen as the person to take on Nigel Farage and Jeremy Corbyn if his Brexit gamble leads to a new pollWill Britain’s next prime minister have one of the shortest premierships in recent history? Theresa May’s successor is yet to be selected but already talk has turned to whether an
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16 Jun 9:00am Boris Johnson: the posh populist who’s tuning in to the ‘Brexit blues’ | Jane Martinson
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As the Tories pick a new leader, a Reuters survey finds the public fed up with biased, angry news Boris Johnson is used to the sort of media coverage in which he is given a platform to promote himself and paid £275,000 for the privilege – how else to explain his reaction to the first tough questioning he has faced since launching his prime ministerial bid? At last week’s leadership launch, the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg and then Sky’s Beth Rigby asked him about accusations that his campaign was a “chaotic mess” and then about his character. Johnson’s response was not to provide a riposte to the concerns among his former colleagues about whether he is “fit to be prime minister”; it was to laugh at Rigby’s accent. Viewers, most of whom will get no say in who will next run the country, were treated to the very English spectacle of an Old Etonian classicist, who likes to litter his speech with Latin, belittling a state-school educated woman from Essex for the way she said “character”. “Parrot?,” he mocked and his party supporters guffawed as though he were Monty Python.
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16 Jun 8:06am If you think Rory Stewart is the grownup choice, think again | Ash Sarkar
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He may appear to be a centrists’ dream, but take a closer look at his voting recordThese politically correct times make it difficult to keep up with the right nouns for thin-skinned online activists. Terms that attempt to pithily describe identities and behaviours are now slurs. You can’t even harass transgender women out of public life any more without
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16 Jun 4:00am How to follow the Maybot? A droid PM | David Mitchell
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It could just work – particularly if the big policy decisions continue to be pre-ordained by referendumPerhaps we should have a robot prime minister. What do you think? It might be worth a go. Has technology advanced to the extent that some computer-centred entity could fail to do all the things Theresa May has failed to do almost as comprehensively? It’s possible. It might even fail to do them more quickly and efficiently – by which I mean succeed in accomplishing that failure more quickly and efficiently. Then again, to give May a bit of credit, the comparatively slow rate at which she failed to achieve any of her goals was the most commendable aspect of her premiership. Her order of preference was probably: succeed quickly; succeed slowly; fail slowly; fail quickly. She got her third choice – like so much of the electorate – and hence she’s been prime minister for a reasonably long time. So it wouldn’t be fair to conclude that her robot equivalent was better merely because it managed to reach her current nadir of non-success in, say, 0.37 seconds rather than two years and 11 months.
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16 Jun 4:00am Hong Kong is not China yet, but that feared day is coming ever nearer | Louisa Lim
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The extradition law was delayed after a million people took to the streets, but the fight for the territory’s values is far from overHong Kong has become a place whose present is unresolved and whose future is unimaginable. After the unexpected violence of the last week, no one can predict how the events of this afternoon, tomorrow, this week will play out. The only certainty is that Hong Kong’s way of life is under immediate threat and its
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16 Jun 3:00am The dirty secrets of Boris Johnson’s seduction of Conservative MPs | Andrew Rawnsley
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Outsiders are looking at the leadership race with incredulity but desperate Tories believe they have to gambleSay what you like about Boris Johnson, he can always be relied on to let you down. He is a serial liar who is trusted least by those who know him best. He is also an industrial-strength incompetent whose parliamentary supporters include just one of the ministers who served with him during his rackety two years as foreign secretary. Then there is the hefty back catalogue of offensive remarks and a private life that would stagger David Lloyd George or the Duke of Wellington. Rory Stewart, one of the other competitors in the
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16 Jun 2:00am Adding Boris Johnson to Brexit is pouring fuel on to the fire | William Keegan
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As investment nears collapse, the last thing Britain needs is a PM so contemptuous of business and so fiscally heedlessI have been critical, I hope with good reason, of Jeremy Corbyn’s equivocation over what is rapidly becoming a pressing need to call another referendum. But credit where credit is due: at least the Labour leader attempted in the Commons last week to block the possibility of a no-deal Brexit –
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16 Jun 2:00am Blunt knives to stop domestic violence? What next – stab vests in the kitchen? | Catherine Bennett
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Nottingham police’s initiative is inoperable, ill-considered and will gaslight victimsNottinghamshire police have been defending a
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16 Jun 2:00am We cannot be the party that sticks two fingers up to the rest of the world
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The foreign secretary pledges to deliver Brexit, bolster the UK’s diplomatic reach and fight climate crisis if elected Tory leaderTo govern is to choose, and the election of the next Conservative party leader presents a series of important questions: what is Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with the rest of the world? How do we enhance it? Are we still a party of internationalists? For me – foreign secretary for a little under a year but proud to have visited 29 countries and to have met 49 of my counterparts – the answers are clear. We cannot become the party that pulls up the drawbridge or sticks two fingers up to the rest of world. It has never been more important to re-engage.
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16 Jun 1:00am New York Times cartoon ban leads to a world where we say nothing at all | Kenan Malik
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In a world where political cartoonists are routinely jailed, the paper should show more courageWhat does a newspaper do if it publishes an antisemitic cartoon? Determine that it won’t do so again? Or stop publishing cartoons? The
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16 Jun 1:00am You can’t believe a word any of these people is saying – that’s the ‘deep fake’ era for you | Jamie Bartlett
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How to judge the truth if faced with credible film of figures saying made-up things?We are entering an age in which you can no longer trust your ears or eyes. Bots, trolls and fake news merchants have demolished the idea that you can believe what you read online. But audio and video always felt like truth’s life raft, offering an accurate portrayal of reality we could cling to. Not for much longer. Forget post-truth, this is the era of post-reality, where “
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16 Jun 1:00am May I have a word about… the intriguing profession of cryptozoology | Jonathan Bouquet
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Why didn’t my careers adviser suggest that I take up the study of Nessie, the chupacabra or the Mokele-mbembe? I well remember my school careers adviser shaking his head and saying that I was fit only for the armed forces or the police, which rather demeans these noble professions. Shame he didn’t show more imagination and suggest that I become a cryptozoologist, a calling I only came across last week. Dr Darren Naish, a cryptozoology expert, made the bold claim that
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16 Jun 1:00am Jo Brand’s joke: are we all now disgusted of Tunbridge Wells? | Hephzibah Anderson
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An off-colour joke was met with confected outrage, a sign of our timesI don’t know about you, but I’m aghast. Thunderstruck, flabbergasted, jaw on the ground, fists in the air, full body-a-tremble outraged... In case you didn’t hear, in the past few days,
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16 Jun 1:00am Don’t mess with the Scots or we’ll send in the patrol boats | Kevin McKenna
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As the Irish discovered over Rockall, you play fast and loose with this proud nation at your perilPerhaps it will come to be known as the Rockall Rammy and feature occasionally in future modern studies Higher papers. “Discuss Scotland’s seven-day period of imperial aggression towards Ireland in 2019 with reference to the island of Rockall.” You could fill your boots and make it up as you go along, just as the SNP did. When the Scottish government announced a few weeks ago that we were
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16 Jun 12:59am It’s time to embrace electoral reform | Letters
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The first-past-the-post system is unfair and undemocraticOf course the first-past-the-post system is “unfit for a multi-party age” and has itself suppressed any possibility of multi-party representation (
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16 Jun 12:59am The Observer view on the Conservative leadership campaign | Observer editorial
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Those hoping to succeed May are offering nothing but foolish promises and even greater inequality For three years now, one imperative above all else has shaped the government’s approach to Brexit. Not the essential task of healing a divided nation, or the critical need to negotiate in the nation’s long-term strategic interest, but Theresa May’s increasingly desperate attempts to keep her party’s hardline Eurosceptics onside. The
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16 Jun 12:59am The Observer view on the Tory vendetta against the BBC | Observer editorial
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Rather than attacking the broadcaster, they should take responsibility for pensioners’ licences The Conservative right has become the enemy within, a force bent on destroying not only our relationship with Europe but with much else that this country holds dear. The shredding of collective bargaining and the ambition to excuse our privatised utilities from their public-interest obligations were early objectives. Now there is
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