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Once, politicians treated voters as adults. Now they are contemptuous

A 40-year-old debate on the Common Market points up how debased UK politics has become WT24 Desk Two men go head to head in a TV debate. They wrestle with Britain’s relationship to Europe, the meaning of sovereignty, the nature of global influence, the question of job losses. They listen carefully to each other and respond to the other’s points, ...

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The secret to Trump’s success? It’s sheer existential dread

Authoritarian populist leaders thrive on the fear of death – as we’ve been able to show in carefully controlled experiments Sheldon Solomon In a recent experiment, American participants were asked: “Please describe the emotions that the thought of your own death arouses in you” and “Write down as specifically as you can what you think will happen to you physically ...

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Labour’s electrifying manifesto should jolt this election into life

The ambition is breathtaking. Now Corbyn needs to seize the time he has left to confront the politics of despair Polly Toynbee Here it is, a great cornucopia to lift this miserable election to a higher plane. Labour’s manifesto offers a vision of a country that can begin to put to rights the dilapidation and dysfunction that has been the deliberate policy ...

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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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