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Keir Starmer’s party seems to have lost confidence in what it is, what it wants and for whom it speaks.
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The Chancellor’s hope is that the country may now have an appetite to reduce debt, leaving Labour in a potentially disastrous position.
With no pubs or restaurants, it’s as if we’ve returned to Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, where awkward young farmhands called on beloveds to go walking after church...
The disastrous move is as close to snatching food from the mouths of babes as politics ever gets.
Researchers have discovered that heavy use of social media, for adolescent girls, is correlated more strongly with anxiety and depression than is the use of heroin.
We will soon see the UK is better out of the EU than in it.
Social media entices public figures with its promises of stardom – but there too lies its danger.
I had visions of book burnings and scarlet letters, but then I remembered: parents are adults, too...
Private trauma has been overshadowed by the public health emergency, leading many to feel their individual troubles count for less.
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After 36 years of working in the NHS, the surgeon warns that his colleagues on Covid-19 wards need more support.
After Greenslade’s declaration of support for the IRA, his high-minded media columns for the Guardian now look shabby.
Evolution has always been indifferent to the myth of inevitable human progress. Now, in the age of Covid-19, it has turned against us.
Winter is about stasis, but spring brings change and progress – and dear God, never have we all needed to move forward more than now.
The creativity and technological development seen by many as essential to economic growth come with hidden costs to society.
Channon was a snobbish, sexually voracious Tory who revered Hitler – and a new edition of his journals shines a startling light on interwar Britain.
The Nobel winner’s cryptic new novel is the result of a decades-long rejection of “well-formed” fiction.
By focusing on fairy tales, Dyhouse gives a sense of narrative cohesion to the fitful, complex, uneven revolution in postwar family life.
A new poem by Tamsin Hopkins.
This detailed, academic book argues flawed leadership led to military disaster in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Assault on Truth by Oborne, Aftershocks by Owusu, Mouthpieces by McBride, and Bolt from the Blue by Cooper.
From their plush "Digital Concert Hall" you can listen to Thomas Søndergård conduct the magnificent orchestra.
Despite his immense success as an illustrator of children’s classics, the artist longed for respect as a painter.
Set in the 1950s, the movie is a lesson in the suffocating domesticity that women of that time faced.
Though I felt physically ill after the first episode, Peter Moffat’s new legal drama is a mesmerising, albeit gory, watch.
Although it covers important and sensitive issues, Chloe Combi’s “You Don’t Know Me” can feel exploitative in its approach.
Sadly, I realised that these unintended sanctuaries were temporary and would soon fall to the developers.
After me only two people have ever been inside my home, largely because it is rarely in a fit state to be seen.
As we battle with lockdown fatigue, I remember that those who live with disability or chronic illness always operate within such restrictions.
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