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I AM DYING: the modern arms race of online emotions

On the internet, no one can hear you scream. This is just as well, as most of the time people online say they’re screaming, they are totally not. “Screaming”, “crying”, “sobbing”, and “dying” are popular reactions to online jokes that rarely, if ever, reflect real-life ...

yesterday 17:53 open_in_new
Home Office confirms it won't adopt controversial proposals on EU citizens' rights

There hasn't been much good news for the three million EU citizens living in the UK since the referendum. After a year of complete uncertainty over their rights, Theresa May offered in June to create a “settled status” for EU citizens after Brexit, but the proposition was judged “too ...

yesterday 17:53 open_in_new
Angry left-wing activists accuse Labour of being “massive wimps” on free movement

Freedom of movement, one of the EU’s key pillars, is precarious as the UK heads for Brexit. Thousands of Labour activists are in favour of protecting the principle, and are calling on their party to defend migrants’ rights.

A group gathered at Labour party conference to call on ...

yesterday 16:47 open_in_new
Sadiq Khan shows Labour's transformation as he hails Jeremy Corbyn's leadership

A year is a very long time in politics. At the 2016 Labour conference, Sadiq Khan delivered an audacious speech in which he warned "Labour out of power will never ever be good enough" (using the word "power" 38 times) and referenced Jeremy Corbyn just once. 

His address at this ...

yesterday 16:47 open_in_new
Romola Garai: “Most people in this country would be proud to be considered intolerant”

A bloodstained bandage and grey smock are heaped outside the door of Dressing Room 10 at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket. Tucked between two warren-like floors, this room is famed in theatreland for its size and grandeur. A sofa-lined anteroom leads to the high-ceilinged dressing room, ...

yesterday 15:37 open_in_new
David Attenborough: Brexiteers "probably don't understand" facts

Brexiteers who dismissed expert warnings "probably don't understand" the facts and have reacted in a knee-jerk fashion, David Attenborough has said. 

In an interview with Greenpeace, the 91-year-old broadcaster and naturalist compared Brexit to "spitting in each other's faces" and ...

yesterday 15:37 open_in_new
John McDonnell vows to end PFI as he prepares Labour for government

John McDonnell was one of the few Labour MPs who never doubted that the party would exceed expectations at the general election. As he delivered his third conference speech as shadow chancellor, McDonnell basked in this success (with Jeremy Corbyn still photographing him like a proud father). ...

yesterday 14:31 open_in_new
Why the West should support an independent but democratic Kurdish state

More than a century ago, a single suggestion made by an Oxford-educated British woman changed the fate of a nation. Gertrude Bell, an officer in Britain’s post-First World War Arab Bureau, proposed annexing a number of Ottoman provinces to the newly established Iraq, in order to keep the ...

yesterday 14:31 open_in_new
Something was missing from Theresa May's Brexit speech

Theresa May’s big speech in Florence last week was intended to do two things: to quell the growing divisions in Conservative ranks over Brexit and to restart the stalled talks with the European Union.

As far as the first objective goes, even a generous marker would struggle to give ...

yesterday 13:23 open_in_new
Attica Locke Q&A: “I want to be one of the people who names lipstick colours”

Attica Locke is an American crime writer, author of “Black Water Rising”, “Pleasantville” and “The Cutting Season”. She is also a screenwriter and producer, and worked on the US TV series “Empire”. What’s your earliest memory?

Being in my pyjamas and meeting my ...

yesterday 13:23 open_in_new
“This Tory government has been teleported from the 18th century”: John McDonnell

Only a few months ago we were 24 points behind in the polls. Our opponents and virtually every political commentator – those two groups are often interchangeable by the way – they predicted that we would be wiped out in the general election.

I said then in interview after ...

yesterday 13:23 open_in_new
Karl Ove Knausgaard's Autumn has gorgeous, poetic observations on almost every page

A Norwegian friend to whom I’d raved about Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Boyhood Island recently returned home after an absence. At a party, he ran into a man he felt sure he recognised. “Don’t I know you?” he asked. The man’s face remained unmoved. “I’m the brother,” he said. Such ...

yesterday 12:17 open_in_new
Germany's AfD: how to understand the rise of the right-wing populists

The Alternative for Germany (AfD), the right-wing upstart of German politics, will enter the national parliament for the first time after taking 12.6 per cent of the vote in Sunday's election.

The party is barely five years old and was but a newborn when the last election took place ...

yesterday 11:11 open_in_new
“This is bigger than football”: why NFL players are kneeling in defiance of Trump

The personal joy Donald Trump seems to take in going to war with American institutions is already legendary. He has taken aim at celebrities, politicians, and nationally revered institutions.

During the campaign, he hit out at senator John McCain for having been captured and tortured ...

yesterday 11:11 open_in_new
Jeremy Corbyn’s rock star’s welcome showed his strength – but something was missing

It’s 7pm and a crowd of a thousand people are queuing around the corner of a street on Brighton’s seafront. Some have been waiting for two-and-a-half hours. They’re here to see Jeremy Corbyn introduce an event called “Winning Power”, put on not by the Labour Party’s annual ...

yesterday 11:11 open_in_new
What Angela Merkel's election victory means for Brexit talks

I’m in Brighton for Labour conference but the big story today is in Germany, where Angela Merkel has won a fourth term in office. Scores on the door:

CDU/CSU: (246 seats) 34.7 per cent ...

yesterday 11:11 open_in_new
The New Urban Crisis charts the problem with “winner-takes-all” superstar cities

The city, the late political theorist Benjamin Barber argued in his 2013 book If Mayors Ruled The World, would be our salvation: while nations concerned themselves with sovereignty, wars, and other forms of political dick-waving, it would be cities that would have to address global problems ...

yesterday 10:05 open_in_new
“Luxury communism now!” The rise of the pro-Corbyn media

One afternoon in early August, Michael Walker was perched on a fake tree stump in a corner of YouTube Space, a studio in King’s Cross, north London, which is adorned with artificial foliage, carpeted in astroturf and lit luminous green. Electric guitars line the wall opposite, beside an Xbox ...

yesterday 08:59 open_in_new
Labour's decision not to debate Brexit shows Momentum's power

Brexit was expected by many to be the greatest flashpoint of the Labour conference. In defiance of the leadership, constituency parties submitted motions backing EU single market membership and free movement. 

But in the members' ballot, not one of the eight motions chosen for debate ...

yesterday 01:17 open_in_new
The quarryman who got weaker and weaker – and the registrar who cured him

Mary, my registrar, had been consulted by Jake, a quarryman in his mid-thirties, who was complaining of feeling unaccountably weak. As presenting symptoms go that’s pretty non-specific, and could have been a feature of innumerable conditions. His vague tummy aches, occasional nausea, and ...

2017-09-24 16:17 open_in_new
Theresa May's new Brexit strategy is already falling apart

Well, that didn’t take long. Theresa May’s big Brexit speech is already coming under pressure from Conservative Brexiteers who are worried over the length and manner of her planned transition period from the European Union.

Boris Johnson is insisting that there be no payments made ...

2017-09-24 15:11 open_in_new