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How the Italian left defied the far right in Emilia-Romagna

“At least it was a contest – I’m happy even if I lost.” Matteo Salvini put a brave face on last night’s election result, after his far-right League failed to capture the historic red fortress of Emilia-Romagna. In recent weeks, Salvini had tried to turn the regional contest into a ...

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Ed Davey ahead in Liberal Democrat leadership race

Ed Davey is on course to win the looming Liberal Democrat leadership election, a YouGov poll for the Economic and Social Research Council-funded Party Members Project, run out of the University of Sussex and Queen Mary University has found.

YouGov asked members to choose between a ...

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What will happen in phase two of the Grenfell Tower inquiry?

Today marks the beginning of phase two of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. The inquiry was commissioned by the UK government in 2017 to examine the circumstances surrounding the fire in Grenfell Tower that year.

How does the inquiry work, and what has it discovered so far? The New ...

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In order to write, I have to make sacrifices and I'm learning to accept those losses

I am lucky that, despite Catholic schooling and the standard slut-shaming discourse in the playground, I have felt no shame about the fact that I have enjoyed sex with many different people. It was not a consequence of low self-esteem or loneliness; it was intentional. I wasn’t just after ...

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A World Without Work: technology and the future of unemployment

The challenge posed to humanity by artificial intelligence (AI) will be much harder to solve than global warming. Powerful economic and political interests are increasingly aligned to tackle the climate crisis, albeit at two minutes to midnight, whereas AI is being driven on and on blindly ...

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Boris Johnson's economic policy is all slogans, no reality

The Conservatives have clearly settled on their economic policy straplines and are drilling them out relentlessly. After an alleged "decade of recovery", they want to launch a "decade of renewal". But claims of "renewal" paper over three glaring contradictions at the heart of the ...

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Boris Johnson is shirking responsibility on Huawei and Stormont – but how long can he do so?

The poor old Prime Minister seems to be having frightful trouble exerting any agency in key policy decisions, if we are to believe the Sunday papers. As the row over Huawei gathers pace, it was briefed over the weekend that Mark Sedwill, the head of the Civil Service, has “manipulated” ...

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How internal divisions are threatening the SNP’s drive towards independence

A key reason behind the SNP’s enduring success has been its unparalleled unity. For years, the party has observed an extraordinary discipline among its elected members – no public rows, no divergence from the official line, no criticism of the leadership. With Labour and the Conservatives ...

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“Every day is Holocaust Day to me”: concentration camp survivor Ed Mosberg on reliving trauma

A 92-year-old man is sitting at a café terrace on London’s Southbank, munching resolutely on sugar lumps. Bright morning sunshine bounces off the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, whose bells you can hear across the river where he sits.

As he sips black coffee, his checked blazer ...

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Sepsis: the rise of a global killer

When I qualified as a doctor in 1990, no one died of sepsis. Derived from the Greek verb “to make rotten”, back then it simply meant the presence of pus-forming bacteria such as one might find in an abscess. Pneumonia or peritonitis were infections that people died from – but sepsis ...

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Why do the Grammys have so many categories?

If you tune into the Grammys awards ceremony on Sunday evening, be grateful to learn – as you sit through endless “Here are the nominees…” videos and dramatic pauses following “And the winner is…” – that only a fraction of the available awards are actually televised. The event, ...

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The rise of a global killer

When I qualified as a doctor in 1990, no one died of sepsis. Derived from the Greek verb “to make rotten”, back then it simply meant the presence of pus-forming bacteria such as one might find in an abscess. Pneumonia or peritonitis were infections that people died from – but sepsis ...

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Unite's nomination is a reminder that no-one in the Labour party has unlimited power

Unite the Union, Labour’s largest affiliate, has endorsed Rebecca Long-Bailey and Richard Burgon to be leader and deputy leader of the Labour party. It means that, thanks to Unite’s size and the support of smaller, pro-Corbyn trades unions like the Bakers’ Union, Long-Bailey and Burgon ...

2020-01-24 21:17 open_in_new
The BBC’s cancellation of The Victoria Derbyshire Show ends a lifeline for ordinary people

I shall declare my interest early on; the soon-to-be-Mrs Jack was the editor of The Victoria Derbyshire Show, and it’s where we met. I was running late, the morning after a very whisky-soaked night before, having won a landmark libel judgement against Katie Hopkins and stayed out with my ...

2020-01-24 20:14 open_in_new
Can the Italian left halt the far right’s advance in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region?

Matteo Salvini has described the upcoming regional election in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, on 26 January as a cultural clash against left-wing hegemony. The leader of the far-right League promises to “liberate” the former social-democratic stronghold from the centre left, which has ...

2020-01-24 18:08 open_in_new
Can the Italian left halt the far right’s advance in Emilia-Romagna?

Matteo Salvini has described the upcoming regional election in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, on 26 January as a cultural clash against left-wing hegemony. The leader of the far-right League promises to “liberate” the former social-democratic stronghold from the centre left, which has ...

2020-01-24 14:59 open_in_new
The downfall of an ogre: Gabriel Matzneff and the myth of male seduction

As France reels from nearly two months of strikes over President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed pension reforms, another story is rocking the cultural and intellectual life of the nation.

The controversy centres on the 83-year-old writer Gabriel Matzneff, whose essays and novels ...

2020-01-24 13:56 open_in_new
Will Britain follow France’s lead in delaying the introduction of a digital services tax?

France has agreed to delay the introduction of its digital services tax to the end of the year following diplomatic and economic pressure from the United States – will the British government go the same way?

The risk of going ahead with the tax on global tech giants such as Facebook ...

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Government underestimated HS2 “complexity and risk”, says National Audit Office

The Department for Transport (DfT) has “not adequately managed risks to taxpayer money” on HS2, according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) released on Friday The report says the DfT “underestimated the complexity of the programme.”

The NAO report comes in the ...

2020-01-24 12:53 open_in_new
The free trade delusion

Like stand-up comedy and boxing, trade negotiations are all about timing. It is not surprising, then, that the debate between the European Union and United States over UK trade began even before Boris Johnson had returned from his Christmas holiday in January 2020.

For the Foreign ...

2020-01-24 11:50 open_in_new
Disunited fandom: how the royal split created turmoil online

On the morning of 9 January, Reese was leaving her boyfriend's house in Philadelphia when her phone buzzed with a notification. It was an alert from @sussexroyal, the Instagram account of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announcing the couple’s split from the royal family, which would push ...

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