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For people on low incomes, free internet access would be life-changing

When you can’t afford broadband at home, everything – from school work to Ucas or benefit applications – is more difficult Rachel Connolly Alot of the discussion about Labour’s promise to provide free fibreoptic broadband for all has revolved around economics, speculative polling and even “communism”. But it has not addressed what life without easy internet access is actually like for people across the ...

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Poverty is at crisis levels, but Boris Johnson doesn’t care

Nine years ago I watched Thiara Sanchez make a heart-stopping speech. Her struggles are still the norm for millions Polly Toynbee In the dying days of the 2010 general election, too late, far too late, one event electrified the campaign. Citizens UK, the living wage community organisers, held a leaders’ hustings under the high dome of London’s Methodist Central Hall. ...

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What is journalism for? In today’s world, here are four key purposes

Faced with huge competition from social media, here are things that, to me, remain worthwhile in a free society Paul Chadwick If, as Hilary Mantel memorably proposed, history is the way we organise our ignorance of the past, how might we tackle our ignorance of our radically changing communications present, to keep the future bright? Hope may be power, as the ...

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Boris Johnson is deluded if he thinks he can ‘get Brexit done’ in a hurry

Even if the Tories gain a majority, the UK faces a long wait for a trade deal with the EU to be negotiated Anand Menon and Catherine Barnard “Get Brexit done.” The phrase certainly has a powerful ring to it. More than that, it fulfils two obvious electoral purposes. It avoids political discussion of what “doing Brexit” might actually involve. And, more ...

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Proposed Education TV channel has drawbacks

Good education, undoubtedly, is the best investment any government can make. It is the noblest gift SIR FRANK PETERS The recent announcement of a proposed new television channel dedicated exclusively to education is no doubt awe-inspiring The forward thinking of Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni (may Allah always love her and give her the inner strength and wisdom to do ...

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Win or lose, Labour’s radicalism has redefined what’s possible in British politics

The party hasn’t even published its manifesto yet – but already it’s changed the notion of what elected politicians can achieve Andy Beckett In today’s troubled Britain, it is commonplace to say that the political parties need to come up with some fresh ideas to transform the country. But what happens if one of the big parties starts announcing radical ...

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Hold your nose – Boris Johnson is trying to meme himself

Brace yourselves, voters. When the Actual Prime Minister appears in a Vogue web knock-off video, worse is to come Joel Golby Ah, I suppose this was always doomed to happen, wasn’t it. For years we’ve been training ourselves to speak the language of the internet until it became something close to our mother tongue, and all those basic little toddler ...

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The Tories’ campaign is a mess – their ‘attack’ on Labour spending is the proof

The centrepiece of the Conservative election campaign is a flimsy dossier hastily assembled by party staffers Theo Bertram Something is wrong with the Tory campaign. It will not have helped that Jacob Rees-Mogg and Andrew Bridgen were supremely callous about Grenfell, or that a cabinet minister resigned after becoming embroiled in rape trial allegations – but it’s not these individual errors that suggest ...

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