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What record levels of voter turnout could mean for the US 2020 election

Turnout for the 2020 election could be the highest in a century. This week, with election day still more than a week away, Texas has already reached almost 60 per cent of its turnout from four years ago. More ballots have already been cast in Texas than were cast in that state for Donald Trump ...

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"It gave me a name": What critical race theory means to its practitioners

At the first presidential debate last month, Donald Trump lashed out at, among other things, critical race theory. Asked why his administration had instructed all federal agencies to stop anti-bias training that relies on the theory, Trump said, “I ended it because it’s racist. I ended ...

2020-10-23 21:18 open_in_new
How Joe Biden’s foreign policy would not be a total departure from that of Donald Trump

If, as polls strongly suggest, the US presidential election on 3 November produces a victory for Joe Biden, many of the country’s international allies will breathe a huge sigh of relief. As president, Donald Trump has been unpredictable, unreliable and undiplomatic. His “America first” ...

2020-10-23 20:14 open_in_new
US election debate: Donald Trump sticks to lies and conspiracy theories

"I take full responsibility. It's not my fault," said President Donald Trump on 22 October, the night of the last presidential debate.

Trump, it should be said, interrupted far less than he did in the first debate, and was calmer than he was in his town hall, which was somehow only ...

2020-10-23 10:47 open_in_new
Trump, Biden, make final case to America at last debate

"I take full responsibility. It's not my fault," said President Donald Trump on 22 October, the night of the last presidential debate.

Trump, it should be said, interrupted far less than he did in the first debate, and was calmer than he was in his town hall, which was somehow only ...

2020-10-23 06:35 open_in_new
Andy Burnham spoke the language of class struggle – Labour must follow

In another world, Boris Johnson calls an urgent cabinet meeting on 16 March and says this: “Look, this virus means our strategy is in ruins. We need a hard, fast, lockdown and I don’t care what the behavioural science says, I believe the British people will do it, and stick with it, if we ...

2020-10-22 17:59 open_in_new
Why it's so difficult to protect older people from Covid-19

In early October, three epidemiologists from the universities of Oxford, Harvard and Stanford signed a statement on the global response to Covid-19. The “Great Barrington Declaration” argued that the most vulnerable people should be isolated while the rest of the population returns to ...

2020-10-22 17:59 open_in_new
How white men still dominate British political life

Political power and influence is still largely the preserve of white men according to two new analyses by the New Statesman, one examining institutional power in government and the other assessing political influence online.

It is already well known that the upper echelons of ...

2020-10-22 17:59 open_in_new
How Joe Biden’s foreign policy would not be a total departure from that of Donald Trump

If, as polls strongly suggest, the US presidential election on 3 November produces a victory for Joe Biden, many of the country’s international allies will breathe a huge sigh of relief. As president, Donald Trump has been unpredictable, unreliable and undiplomatic. His “America first” ...

2020-10-22 12:46 open_in_new
As the presidential election approaches, the US is still haunted by the shock of 2016

Perhaps the year would have taken on a ghoulish quality even if it were not to be concluded with a presidential election. We are, after all, in the grip of a pandemic – one spectacularly mishandled in the United States, which is now experiencing its highest level of Covid-19 infections since ...

2020-10-21 17:47 open_in_new
Sanna Marin: Finland’s fearless prime minister is challenging sexism in politics

In an interview with the Finnish magazine Trendi, the country’s 34-year-old prime minister Sanna Marin described being asked by one journalist, ahead of a meeting of her centre-left Social Democratic Party (SDP), whether she had cleaned her house that day. She reflected on how female ...

2020-10-21 17:47 open_in_new
How Robert Tressell’s novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists became a sacred text for aspiring socialists

Few writers have had more modest ambition than Robert Tressell. Welcoming readers to The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, he said he hoped simply to tell an “interesting” story and offer a “faithful” picture of working-class life. He achieved rather more than that. Countless left ...

2020-10-21 16:44 open_in_new
From Richard Hambleton to Banksy: why street art has always thrived in times of crisis

Just when it was in danger of becoming bland and commodified, street art has recently rediscovered some of its original urgency – first during Brexit, and now during the coronavirus pandemic. In place of the monochrome animals, retro lettering and instagrammable portraits of David ...

2020-10-21 16:44 open_in_new
Claudia Rankine and the construction of whiteness

In the past decade, with works such as Citizen: An American Lyric, the Jamaican-born poet Claudia Rankine has reversed the way we frame and talk about race by focusing not on black victimhood, but on the construction of whiteness. Rankine’s inversion, which she teaches at Yale University, ...

2020-10-21 16:44 open_in_new
Why we should move all statues into a sculpture park and use blue plaques instead

A dear departed friend of mine who once lived there pointed out, as we went through on the train, that Newark is known to many locals as “the amusing anagram town”. For some reason this springs to mind every time the town’s MP, the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick, inveigles his way ...

2020-10-21 16:44 open_in_new
The Welsh “firebreak” is a lockdown made in Westminster

Wales will return to a nationwide lockdown for two weeks from Friday 23 October, the First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced. The measure is, in part, a wholly sensible economic decision. Under the terms of Rishi Sunak’s financial support measures, devolved governments are ...

2020-10-19 21:38 open_in_new
Why a Joe Biden win is unlikely to improve relations between the US and China

“President Xi, I want to thank you again for expanding your commitment to cooperation between our nations. I believe that it’s another reminder that as we work to narrow our differences, we can continue to advance our mutual interests for the benefit not only of our two peoples, but for ...

2020-10-19 21:38 open_in_new
BBC One's The Trump Show brilliantly reveals the US president's egotism

Omarosa Manigault Newman first met the US president when she was a contestant on The Apprentice, and thanks to this, I was at first a bit sniffy when she popped up in The Trump Show (15 October, 9pm). Tell me something I don’t know, I thought, as she revealed that even once he was installed ...

2020-10-19 13:14 open_in_new
Soumya Bhattacharya’s Diary: India after lockdown, the shock of redundancy, and watching Arsenal

Delhi has opened up after the ­lockdown. Shops and malls are in business. The laburnums are in bloom, and the monsoon rains, while they lasted, have imparted a waxy iridescence to the trees. But the ­Indian capital is a different city. There is ­little ­traffic, schools are still shut and ...

2020-10-19 13:14 open_in_new
What the left can learn from Pope Francis

What does the left stand for? Social democrats across the West seem stuck, unable to move beyond the binary option of centrist technocracy or revolutionary populism. Devoid of ideas and energy, the left suffers defeat and division while the right reinvents itself and rules. Missing from ...

2020-10-18 12:02 open_in_new
The problem with philanthropy

Charitable giving is one of the few things in the world that seems to be wholly good. Philanthropy, often characterised as private action for the public good, appears to earn the original meaning of the term: love of humanity. What could be a better example of virtue?

There’s no ...

2020-10-17 15:02 open_in_new