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The shameful truth about Britain’s response to Grenfell

It’s not that we don’t see injustice such as Grenfell or Windrush, it’s that we get bored by it Gary Younge Last month Peter Mason, the chair of the Barking Reach residents’ association, contacted the builder Bellway Homes, requesting an investigation into the fire risk at his block of flats, following a BBC Watchdog report that revealed fire safety problems at two other Bellway ...

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Boris Johnson may be an incompetent liar, but charm is his secret weapon

His record as London mayor is farcical. Yet disillusioned Labour voters are as mesmerised by him as punch-drunk Tories Simon Jenkins Charm is politics’ deadliest weapon. It is not charisma, the authority to lead through an electrifying presence. It is a subtler, more intangible quality, possessed by Boris Johnson. He may be blatantly unqualified as Britain’s next prime minister, but following ...

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Behold, the Tory leadership candidates: all in denial, all in dreamland

The final 10 seem oblivious of the scale of our national catastrophe, from schools to hospitals to homelessness. Wasn’t this once the ‘competent party’? Polly Toynbee Imagine that some Rip Van Winkle, in a coma since 2010, suddenly wakes to look around and see what’s happening as the Tories choose our next prime minister. He’s an acute social observer, so ...

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The CPS is failing rape victims. That’s why we’re taking legal action

Reported rapes have soared, but cases reaching court have plummeted. Our coalition of women’s groups won’t stand for it Rachel Krys This is a sad day. I belong to a national coalition of women’s organisations which have finally been forced to launch a legal challenge against the Crown Prosecution Service for its failure to prosecute rape. We believe the CPS has ...

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Why? The most difficult question for journalists to answer

From the serious to the faintly ridiculous, here’s my attempt to explain three puzzling issues Roy Greenslade Journalists learn from their first day in the trade that their articles should include the five Ws: who, what, where, when and why. The first four are straightforward enough, objective truths if you like. The fifth, however, often travels into subjective territory. It ...

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Freedom from caste and dynasties: Multiplicity of parties hurts India

If dynasties and castes are to be made irrelevant in politics, India must reject the multiplicity of political parties. SUDHANSHU RANJAN The formation of the Union council of ministers is a demonstration of the unchallenged authority that Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoys. He is not hamstrung as he does not have to appease any leaders or constituencies. So he could ...

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The government is treating the media raids as business as usual. It sends a terrible message

Scott Morrison may not be ‘troubled’ by what has happened this week. But plenty of Australians are Mark Dreyfus There are certain oft-used statements that seem trite until they are made real. “Press freedom is vital to our democracy” – of course it is. But you don’t really appreciate the meaning of that sentence until photos appear of police officers ...

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Farewell to Change UK – we hardly knew your name

The ultimate splitters have split up: let’s count the ways it all went wrong James Felton After just three months, the party that was supposed to be Britain’s answer to Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance (formerly known as En Marche!) has split after taking just 3.4% of the vote in the EU elections. Six of Change UK’s MPs, including the interim leader Heidi Allen and ...

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