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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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Given Britain’s history it’s no surprise that racism still infects our politics

Our nation was built on slavery and colonialism, the legacy of which lives on in the Windrush scandal. Yet some people believe we’re a ‘beacon of tolerance’ Gary Younge As Labour foreign secretary in 1951, Herbert Morrison described independence for African colonies as comparable to giving a child of 10 “a latchkey, a bank account and a shotgun”. In 1955, Winston Churchill ...

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There’s already a class war – and it’s the Conservatives who are waging it

How can it be wrong to raise taxes on middle-class workers but acceptable to cut benefits and squeeze working-class wages? Frances Ryan “Iam not sure if it is class war exactly, but something very like it is back,” Robert Peston, ITV’s political editor, recently cautioned in the Spectator. Labour will “sting” those earning £80,000 a year, as well as introduce a “dizzying ...

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Europe needs China’s billions. But does it know the price?

From steel to railways, Beijing is spending billions in EU countries. But are there strings attached? Juliet Ferguson The Yiwu-to-London train pulls into the DB Eurohub terminus in Barking, east London, 18 days after leaving the Chinese city, a trading centre south of Shanghai. Over the course of its 7,500-mile (12,000km) journey to Europe, the train has wound its way through ...

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Even after two world wars we rebuilt Britain. We must recapture that can-do spirit

Housing crises are nothing new and have been solved before. But now we seem paralysed by fatalism David Olusoga When does healthy scepticism towards politics and politicians begin to look more like a crisis of national confidence? The reaction to Labour’s manifesto commitment to build 100,000 new council houses a year by the end of the next parliament, and empower housing associations ...

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