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Children’s prisons inflict unspeakable damage on inmates. Close them now

There is no nurturing or rehabilitation in these institutions – just a shameful litany of death and abuse Eric Allison and Simon Hattenstone The 15th anniversary of Gareth Myett’s death in a children’s prison is being commemorated by a campaign to end child imprisonment in the UK. It is hugely appropriate – because in the intervening years, those responsible for running children’s prisons have ...

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Our schools are beyond breaking point – where is the outrage?

Bone-headed reforms and deep cuts have left our education system is a scandalous state of disrepair John Harris Last summer, as the politics of Britain’s exit from the EU staggered on and England’s World Cup run offered some kind of respite, I spent an afternoon in Brownhills, near the West Midlands town of Walsall. I was there to try to get ...

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Mueller’s account of Trump’s world acts as a cautionary tale for UK politics

Senior figures in both countries behave as if they are above the law. Enough is enough Will Hutton Trump was right. His presidency was “fucked” the moment the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 US presidential election, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, was announced. It’s tantamount to treasonous to work so closely with the Russian secret services during the campaign, with ...

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Lyra McKee: a letter to my 14-year-old self

In 2014, aged 24, McKee wrote to her teenage self about being gay, her future in journalism, and being happy Kid, It’s going to be OK. I know you’re not feeling that way right now. You’re sitting in school. The other kids are making fun of you. You told the wrong person you had a crush and soon, they all ...

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UK universities must break their silence around harassment and bullying

The £87m spent on ‘gagging orders’ is part of a wider lack of transparency in the way universities handle staff misconduct David Batty The revelation that UK universities have spent around £87m on payoffs to staff that come with “gagging orders” in the past two years has again highlighted concerns that such secretive clauses are being used to conceal the extent of ...

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The financial sector must be at the heart of tackling climate change

A new report from the Network for Greening the Financial System shows the industry is key to achieving a low-carbon economy Mark Carney, François Villeroy de Galhau and Frank Elderson The catastrophic effects of climate change are already visible around the world. From blistering heatwaves in North America to typhoons in south-east Asia and droughts in Africa and Australia, no country or community ...

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Who is really responsible for Brexit? The Queen

If Brexiters want true sovereignty, then the monarchy will have to be abolished Suzanne Moore Activate the Queen. She is the only person who can sort out this chaos. Politicians can’t, and the “people” certainly can’t because the will of the people is a floating buffet at which all stuff their faces, but still yearn for a proper dinner. So, ...

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Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse

No one is coming to save us. Mass civil disobedience is essential to force a political response George Monbiot Had we put as much effort into preventing environmental catastrophe as we’ve spent on making excuses for inaction, we would have solved it by now. Everywhere I look, I see people engaged in furious attempts to fend off the moral challenge ...

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