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Whoever wins this election needs to show some humility

New prime ministers invariably reach for unifying words – but few live up to them Gaby Hinsliff You lost. Get over it. Nothing sums up the sour mood of post-Brexit politics like that nasty little mantra, which erupted online immediately after the 2016 referendum and has lingered ever since. When leavers won their surprise victory they had a chance to ...

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How will millennial leaders change the world? Finland will give us a clue

Finns have elected the world’s youngest prime minister, 34-year-old Sanna Marin. But she enters a culture war that runs deep Tulikukka de Fresnes Needless to say, Sanna Marin’s Twitter account has been on fire. On Sunday the Social Democrats in Finland elected her prime minister, so congratulations have poured in from all over the world. That’s no surprise, as Marin is ...

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Can Any of the Democratic Candidates Save the Party From Itself?

Not to mention beat Trump. Gail Collins and Bret Stephens Gail Collins: Bret, how do you feel about billionaires? Not personally — I’m sure some of your best friends are billionaires — but as presidential candidates. Ever since Michael Bloomberg started running, there’s been a lot of complaining about rich guys trying to buy the race. Does that worry you, or do you ...

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‘Get Brexit done’ is this election’s biggest lie

Leaving the EU will be only the start of a long and tortuous process. For Johnson to claim anything else is pure fantasy Simon Jenkins Vote Tory to “get Brexit done’’ says an increasingly manic Boris Johnson. Yes, a Tory victory at this week’s election would confirm the UK’s departure from the councils of the EU. But it would not ...

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Tactical voting helped rescue Britain in 1997. We can do it again

A hung parliament represents our best chance of halting Britain’s steep decline Will Hutton The British electoral system is both cruel and crude. In a winner-takes-all, first-past-the-post setup, many votes are wasted, the main parties are overrepresented in the House of Commons and if people want to make a difference, they often have to ignore their first preference and vote ...

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The Corbyn and Johnson TV debate: our writers’ verdicts

With less than a week until polling day, Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson made a late pitch to voters. What did we learn? Martin Kettle, Katy Balls, Owen Jones, Gaby Hinsliff Martin Kettle: A better Labour leader could have destroyed Johnson The question that matters about the second TV debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn is not who “won”. This isn’t Strictly Come Debating. ...

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Christian Doomsayers Have Lost It

Leading social indicators are trending their way, but somehow it is only Trump who stands between us and the apocalypse Peter Wehner We are facing an existential moral crisis. That at least is the view of many Christians who have given their full-throated support to President Trump. Some of them will privately admit that he is deeply corrupt, but the ...

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From Johnson’s lies to Corbyn’s promises – this election is about trust

Labour needs to start tying Johnson’s untrustworthiness to Brexit. And stop promising new things Gary Younge The appeal of any presidential candidate, said Richard Nixon’s speechwriter, Raymond Price, is based on a “gut reaction, unarticulated, non-analytical, a product of the particular chemistry between the voter and the image of the candidate … [It’s] not what’s there that counts, it’s what’s projected.” That ...

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Denial, obfuscation, apathy: why it’s so hard to get Islamophobia on the political agenda

I’ve been trying to hold Boris Johnson’s Tories accountable for their anti-Muslim members. Here’s what I’ve learned Miqdaad Versi Islamophobia is apparently a “natural reaction” to Islam, with the faith being “the most viciously sectarian of all religions in its heartlessness towards unbelievers”. So wrote Boris Johnson in the Spectator in 2005. It’s far from the only item on the charge ...

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How Boris Johnson and Brexit are Berlusconifying Britain

The divisions between politics, the media and business have dissolved, eroding integrity. It’s not bad news for everyone William Davies If this election campaign has a distinctive mood, it is a mix of bewilderment, outrage and exhaustion. The public sphere has been engulfed by a war of attrition in which every poll number, media statement or policy announcement must be ...

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