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How do we ever escape our digital addiction when we’re checking our phones 150 times a day?

I am not afraid of dying in a plane crash. I like flying for the same reason many people hate it: everything is out of my control. If my plane started plummeting to the earth, there is nothing I could do. In the same way, I love flying because the demands of daily life – answering emails, ...

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Philip May: the Prime Minister’s closest political adviser

When people wonder how the Prime Minister finds the strength to endure repeated tribulations, they usually overlook the indispensable role played by her husband, Philip May. That is exactly how he would wish it. The 61-year-old City veteran epitomises the preference for understatement, to the ...

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Crumbling Britain: How English schools are paying the price for austerity

On a misty morning in Sittingbourne, Kent, seagulls waddled across a damp rugby pitch while some school pupils smoked, laughed and yelled to their friends. In this one area of Swale borough, where a strip of sea separates mainland Kent from the Isle of Sheppey, there are three schools within ...

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Who is really in control of Brexit?

Constitutions are written by the winners. That is no less true for a country such as the United Kingdom, whose constitution is largely unwritten, than it is for those founded after wars of independence or unification. It’s just that, throughout history, the winners in Britain’s case have ...

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Our perpetual contemporary: the digressive, prescient brilliance of DH Lawrence’s essays

I can remember quite clearly how I first encountered DH Lawrence as a writer of something other than fiction. We were studying Hamlet at school, reading the expected lit-crit by AC Bradley, G Wilson Knight and, more fashionably, Jan Kott (Shakespeare Our Contemporary). But my teacher also ...

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Letter of the week: The EU’s socialist credentials

Grace Blakeley (“Why the left should champion Brexit”, 18 January) has the commendable aim of wanting to build a new democratic socialist international order, but strangely thinks this would be best achieved by cutting ourselves off from other socialists in the EU.

The UK imports ...

yesterday 17:38 open_in_new
Leader: Ill fares the land

The Brexiteers’ promise during the 2016 EU referendum was that the United Kingdom would “take back control”. The ensuing two and a half years have shown how unfit Britain is to do so. As well as demonstrating that the UK has no coherent strategy for leaving the EU, the Brexit debacle has ...

yesterday 15:32 open_in_new
Why one missing Labour tribe is setting the party’s tone on Brexit

What political tribe was hugely influential in Labour politics from 2005 until 2017 but has now vanished without trace? Answer: Labour MPs who feared that their seats would be lost to the Liberal Democrats.

Even during the Coalition years, when the Liberal Democrats plunged in the ...

yesterday 15:32 open_in_new
If faced with a snap election, Labour must pledge to stop Brexit and rebuild Britain

While MPs seem mesmerised by their new-found power, the rival party machines are frantically preparing behind the scenes for a snap general election. It could play out like this: Yvette Cooper’s amendment, delaying Brexit until Christmas and forbidding the no-deal option, is passed by MPs on ...

yesterday 14:29 open_in_new
People like Nick Timothy don’t get fired: they just fail into great new jobs
The last three spots on the Commonwealth Games Organising committee went to a Paralympic gold medallist, the deputy CEO of the Edinburgh Fringe, and the man who managed to lose Theresa May her majority. ...
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The writers of Star Trek: Discovery seem to have concluded it’s a show about Star Trek

While the first season of Star Trek: Discovery was being filmed, the studio (CBS) and original showrunner Bryan Fuller parted ways. The twist was that, while CBS wanted a new direction for the show, it felt that so much time and money had been already been spent that Fuller’s episodes had to ...

yesterday 14:29 open_in_new
Why one missing Labour tribe is setting the party's tone on Brexit

What political tribe was hugely influential in Labour politics from 2005 until 2017 but has now vanished without trace? Answer: Labour MPs who feared that their seats would be lost to the Liberal Democrats.

Even during the Coalition years, when the Liberal Democrats plunged in the ...

yesterday 14:29 open_in_new
Four things we learned from this week’s Prime Minister's Questions

1. Jeremy Corbyn should have met Theresa May...

Today’s exchanges between the Labour leader and prime minister were as circular and unilluminating as ever. Corbyn repeatedly challenged May to rule out both a no-deal scenario adopting a customs union of the sort provided for by ...

yesterday 14:29 open_in_new
Class, justice and media frenzy: humanising the boys who killed James Bulger

When I was thirteen, I happened across a news story about the release of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, the two child killers of toddler James Bulger. I was consuming a huge amount of true crime at that age, captivated by trashy serial killer books and their accounts of near-parodic levels ...

yesterday 14:29 open_in_new
Why Emmanuel Macron’s “Great National Debate” won’t stop the Gilets Jaunes

Yesterday, in the midst of a social crisis in France and shortly after launching a “great national debate” to engage with the gilets jaunes, Emmanuel Macron welcomed 120 millionaires to the Palace of Versailles.

At the “Choose France” summit, CEOs from Microsoft, JPMorgan, ...

yesterday 14:29 open_in_new
For 60 years, women on the pill have had periods just to please the Pope. Why am I not surprised?

People ask you the strangest questions when you’re suffering from a life-threatening eating disorder. Such as: “How can I get it, but only for a bit?” and “Why don’t you just have a sandwich?”

The strangest for me, though, was this: “Don’t you miss having periods?” ...

yesterday 11:20 open_in_new
Why Macron’s “Great National Debate” won’t stop the Gilets Jaunes

Yesterday, in the midst of a social crisis in France and shortly after launching a “great national debate” to engage with the gilets jaunes, Emmanuel Macron welcomed 120 millionaires to the Palace of Versailles.

At the “Choose France” summit, CEOs from Microsoft, JPMorgan, ...

yesterday 11:20 open_in_new
Sophie Walker: You can't build a movement of people who look and sound the same

It’s odd to quit a vital job with the aim of demonstrating what a vital job it is. Announcing that I am resigning from the Women's Equality Party (WEP) in order for our feminist political party to thrive might look like putting the brakes on a car that is just picking up speed. But actually, ...

yesterday 11:20 open_in_new
Family Guy doesn’t need to “phase out” gay jokes – it just needs to end

Later this month, Family Guy, Fox’s cartoon-for-adults, celebrates its 20th anniversary. Historically, the show has operated from the default position that no subject is off-limits – even rape, paedophilia and domestic violence – and where minority groups have claimed to have been ...

yesterday 11:20 open_in_new
On the backstop, May has two options to avoid no deal: win Labour votes or call an election

Is there life in Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement yet? The possibility that parliament could vote to extend Article 50 (or rather vote to ask for an extension, as an extension, unlike revocation, is not in the gift of the United Kingdom but can only be done with the consent of all 27 other ...

yesterday 11:20 open_in_new
Will a £6m Facebook grant compromise the independence of a pioneering new AI ethics institute?

Over the weekend, Facebook revealed it had struck a partnership with the Technical University of Munich – one of the world’s leading centres for artificial intelligence research – to establish a new AI ethics institute.

Facebook has pledged to give the centre $7.5m (£5.8m) over ...

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