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What Philip Hammond’s resignation means for Boris Johnson

Theresa May won’t be alone in leaving government next Wednesday: David Gauke and Philip Hammond, two of the most outspoken opponents of a no-deal Brexit in the outgoing Cabinet, have said they will quit on the afternoon before Boris Johnson takes office. 

Both the Justice ...

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The new race for space
As China lands an uncrewed craft on the far side of the moon, humanity continues to look to space for salvation. But 50 years after the moon landing, we still have not found the answers we were looking for.  ...
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The Moon landing reminds us of the importance of good news

If you feel you could do with some good news to break the seemingly never-ending roll call of troubling affairs, imagine what it was like for Americans at the end of the 1960s. The country seethed amid assassinations of civil rights leaders and politicians, protests against the Vietnam War and ...

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How mindfulness privatised a social problem

In December 2008, while forcibly evicting tenants from a concrete high-rise in south London, Southwark Council pulled off a remarkable feat of complacency. Though residents didn’t know it at the time, every flat in the development that replaced the Heygate Estate would be sold to foreign ...

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ITV showed us how a political debate should be done

Social media, which usually agrees about nothing, was close to united in one thing about the televised Conservative leadership debate: the real winner was Julie Etchingham, the moderator of the event. She was adept in the way she enabled Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to set out their stalls ...

today 06:41 open_in_new
The Moon landing – fifty years ago today – reminds us of the importance of good news

If you feel you could do with some good news to break the seemingly never-ending roll call of troubling affairs, imagine what it was like for Americans at the end of the 1960s. The country seethed amid assassinations of civil rights leaders and politicians, protests against the Vietnam War and ...

yesterday 10:44 open_in_new
Cronuts, croiffles and cragels: the many forms of experimentation with the croissant

“An abomination,” snaps a Parisian friend when I mention the croiffle, the latest croissant hybrid to hit our Instagram feeds courtesy, if that’s the right word, of Belgian chocolatier Godiva – filled with everything from chocolate to tuna and now available in its shop at St Pancras ...

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Instagram is testing a hidden like-count. Could that be a good thing?

After months of rumours, quiet testing, and whispers among the tech community, Instagram is now testing a feature that hides likes on individual photos – making them entirely invisible across the platform.  We’re currently running a test that hides the total number of likes and video ...

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Jeremy Hunt appeals for calm as Iran seizes two British oil tankers

Iranian forces have seized two British oil tankers in the Gulf amid rising tensions over between the regime, UK and US.

Two ships - the British-registered Stena Impero and the Liberian-registered but British owned Mesdar - were suddenly diverted from their courses in international ...

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Both Ed Davey and Jo Swinson could support a Labour prime minister

The first question put to both contenders was one that keeps some of their parliamentary colleagues awake at night: just how does the party of Bollocks to Brexit win support from the 52 per cent? 

Neither Swinson nor Davey showed any appetite to deviate from the full-throttle Remain ...

2019-07-19 23:05 open_in_new
To escape the next recession, we need to move beyond boom and bust

On 14 July the Resolution Foundation released a report warning that the UK is on the cusp of another recession. Uncertainty about both the domestic and international economy is driving the kind of pessimism that tends to deliver economic downturns. Add to this that the UK tends to experience a ...

2019-07-19 23:05 open_in_new
Ed Davey or Jo Swinson could support a Labour prime minister

The first question put to both contenders was one that keeps some of their parliamentary colleagues awake at night: just how does the party of Bollocks to Brexit win support from the 52 per cent? 

Neither Swinson nor Davey showed any appetite to deviate from the full-throttle Remain ...

2019-07-19 22:02 open_in_new
The next prime minister must oppose UK involvement in torture

Would a Government Minister ever authorise action they knew was likely to result in someone being tortured? This is not something we need to worry about, according to Theresa May’s deputy David Lidington, who yesterday presented the House of Commons with the Government’s new torture policy ...

2019-07-19 20:59 open_in_new
The rise of the lesbian period drama

Tipping the Velvet starts with a woman dropping an oyster between her lover’s pillowy pink lips. It’s not long before the two of them are under the sheets together, one hand gripping onto the bed bannister. The 2002 BBC screen adaptation of the Sarah Waters's novel follows naive ...

2019-07-19 16:47 open_in_new
The German European: how Ursula von der Leyen rose to become EU president

When Ursula von der Leyen narrowly won her confirmation vote to become the next president of the European Commission (the first woman to hold the post), the incumbent took to Twitter to congratulate her. “ Willkommen zu Hause” (welcome home), tweeted Jean-Claude Juncker.

Brussels ...

2019-07-19 15:44 open_in_new
How Sadiq Khan is turning away from Johnsonian vanity projects

In November 2018, when the architectural practice Foster + Partners first revealed images of The Tulip, I could barely muster a flicker of the outrage it deserved. A towering lift shaft with a bulbous viewing platform at the top, the proposed building was an ingloriously tacky product of one ...

2019-07-19 14:41 open_in_new
Fifty years on, is there any point in returning to the moon?

Going to the Moon is a bit like going south with Ernest Shackleton to the Pole, or rowing across the Atlantic in a dinghy. Such endeavours may take a great deal of courage, effort and dedication, but the reasons we undertake these dangerous feats remain unclear. Doing them twice is even harder ...

2019-07-19 14:41 open_in_new
For Boris Johnson, all roads likely lead to a general election

Have MPs dashed Boris Johnson's hopes of forcing a no-deal Brexit through parliament? That's the conclusion some of his opponents have drawn from the successful passage of amendments that will require the Commons to sit through October, blocking any attempt at suspension.

Some 47 ...

2019-07-19 13:38 open_in_new
Jo Swinson: “We can’t pretend we didn’t get things wrong”

Jo Swinson is running for the Liberal Democrat leadership, and if the bookmakers are right, she is on course to win: but she’s not enjoying it very much.

“There is something that is inherently a bit more uncomfortable being up against somebody [her leadership rival Ed Davey] ...

2019-07-19 13:38 open_in_new
Five things you need to know today: May set to announce £2bn public sector pay rise

Two million public sector workers, including teachers and police officers, are to reportedly receive a £2bn pay rise. The Treasury will unveil the largest public sector pay rise in six years on Monday as one of the final acts of Theresa May’s premiership, according to the Times. Police ...

2019-07-19 10:29 open_in_new
No, we should not feel sympathy for Theresa May. Her policies have ruined lives

Watching it live, the speech had the quality of one of those nightmares in which you find yourself retaking your A-levels aged 34, or about to go on stage to play Hamlet without a clue about the lines. Except it wasn’t you it was happening to, it was Theresa May. And worse for her, if not ...

2019-07-18 18:44 open_in_new