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Brexit: John Major tells supreme court it would be 'naive' to believe Boris Johnson on prorogation - live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the final day of the supreme court hearing to determine if Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension of parliament was lawful

In his written submission (pdf) Lavery argues that prorogation has already had “a much greater impact on the rights of people in Northern Ireland” than on the rights of people in the rest of the UK. He says victims of the Troubles have lost the chance to have their concerns debated in parliament.

He justifies this point by saying that the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Act requires regular debates to be held on certain issues. On Monday 9 September there were motions for five separate debates on the Commons order paper. But four of those debates, covering gambling, human trafficking, payments to victims and historical institutional abuse, were cancelled because prorogation meant other matters needed to be debated instead.

Lady Hale, president of the court, says the issues raised by Lavery are not relevant to this case. The court is not looking at the rights and wrongs of Brexit. It is just looking at whether the decision to prorogue was justified.

Lavery says if the decision to prorogue was taken for the wrong reasons, the court should intervene.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 10:19 am

Class A drug use among young adults at 16-year high

8% of people aged 16 to 24 had taken a class A drug in the last year – official figures

Class A drug use among young adults is at a 16-year-high, driven by increase in powder cocaine and ecstasy use, official estimates have revealed.

Around 8.7% of adults in England and Wales aged 16 to 24 had taken a class A drug in the last year, equating to around 550,000 young people, the 2018/2019 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) shows.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 10:16 am

World economy faces weakest growth since financial crisis, warns OECD - business live

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as the OECD slashes its growth forecasts

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, says Westminster politicians should heed the OECD’s warning about a no-deal Brexit.

“This report is a clear and stark warning of what we face if Johnson takes this country over the cliff edge of no deal Brexit. It confirms the absolute necessity of preventing this needless threat to our economy.”

The OECD has long warned that Brexit would be bad for the UK economy, and today it has claimed that a disorderly No Deal could trigger a long slump.

My colleague Philip Inman explains:

Today’s report estimates that losing unfettered access to EU markets after 31 October will likely plunge the UK into a recession next year. The loss of trade, investment and technical knowledge plus a further fall in the pound will prolong Britain’s low rate of growth until at least 2022.

Laurence Boone, the OECD’s chief economist, said an agreement to smooth Britain’s exit was important to protect businesses and the economy.

Related: No-deal Brexit will cut 3% off UK economic growth, warns OECD

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 10:16 am

County cricket: Yorkshire v Kent, Lancashire v Middlesex – live!

Durham lasted just half an hour until Rushworth edged Sanderson to slip and Northants are nearly up!

Notts - argh. Now six down. Joe Clarke, who started the season with a hundred and a 97 not out at Trent Bridge, may end it in similar fashion. Currently 68 not out after a first-innings century. Just a shame about the small chasm in between.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 10:06 am

Rugby World Cup shocks and routs, Solheim Cup drama and Ansu Fati | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features last-second basketball genius, Lasith Malinga the slinger and an NFL Friends tribute

1) The Rugby World Cup starts on Friday, and the group stage will give minnows the chance to shine. Wales have been susceptible to shocks down the years – in 1999, they lost 31-38 to Samoa in Cardiff. That was a painful repeat of a 1991 stunner at the Arms Park, when they lost to Western Samoa. There was also Wales 34-38 Fiji in 2007, in which the Pacific Islanders produced a devastating 80 minutes of attacking rugby.

From the same year, Argentina’s 17-12 defeat of the hosts France looked to have been a seismic shock, except that they met again in the third-place match and the Pumas won by an even greater margin. And where else to end but with this year’s hosts. Eddie Jones masterminded one of sport’s greatest shocks in 2015: South Africa 32-34 Japan.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 10:04 am

Humidity to home heroics: five things to look out for at the Rugby World Cup | Ben Ryan

The All Blacks could lose their opener and win the tournament, Fiji have a shock in them, while cancellations could play a part

The phoney war is over and on Friday there will be no more warm-yourself-up-but-nobody else games. The World Cup is upon us and, like the amazing welcome the people of Japan have already given to the teams, it’s worth taking a look at what else we might not have seen before.

1) I think we are going to finish with the All Blacks in the final, so let’s start with Steve Hansen’s men. In my opinion they have the greatest squad depth of any team. They have a two-times World Cup-winning coach. They have played more international games in the last few years in Japan then any of the other top-tier sides. I also think they will lose for the first time in their history in a World Cup pool game when they come up against Rassie Erasmus and his resurgent Springboks.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 10:00 am

Greta Thunberg: ‘We are ignoring natural climate solutions’

Film by Swedish activist and Guardian journalist George Monbiot says nature must be used to repair broken climate

The protection and restoration of living ecosystems such as forests, mangroves and seagrass meadows can repair the planet’s broken climate but are being overlooked, Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot have warned in a new short film.

Natural climate solutions could remove huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as plants grow. But these methods receive only 2% of the funding spent on cutting emissions, say the climate activists.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 10:00 am

For decadent, deficient Real Madrid the problems start in midfield | Jonathan Wilson

The team were incapable even of the basics in Paris and it is a wonder Spanish clubs have not exploited the weaknesses more

As Thomas Meunier and Juan Bernat capered through the open savannah that archaeologists believe was once populated by the Real Madrid midfield, the mind was drawn to another Parisian night two and a half years ago, when Ángel di María orchestrated an even more emphatic victory for PSG over a Spanish side. As it turned out, that 4-0 win over Barcelona didn’t turn out particularly well for PSG but, more generally, what on earth is going on with midfields in la Liga?

On a night when Atlético twice conceded goals on the break at home to Juventus, the issue seems particularly acute. Last season the big three Spanish sides leaked three or more in a game to Liverpool (Barcelona); CSKA Moscow and Ajax (Real Madrid); and Borussia Dortmund and Juventus (Atlético). In each case the major problem was the same: a ponderous midfield being shredded in transition. There had been glimmers of the issue the season before, in Real Madrid’s defeat at Tottenham and Barcelona’s embarrassing collapse in Rome, which itself had been foreshadowed by the problems they’d had against Chelsea in the previous round.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 9:45 am

The Art of Activism: buy a sustainable print and tote bag to support Friends of the Earth

The Guardian has partnered with Friends of the Earth and theprintspace to host a month-long fundraiser and art exhibition – The Art of Activism – featuring pre-eminent activists like Katharine Hamnett, Greta Thunberg and Turner prize-winning artists such as Jeremy Deller.

Fifteen artworks from the exhibition have been curated exclusively for the Guardian Print Shop. You can buy a print or a limited edition Katharine Hamnett tote bag to support the campaign, with more than half of the profits going to Friends of the Earth

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 9:44 am

As David Cameron tells all, a guide to the best political memoirs

To coincide with publication of For the Record, a round-up of the best career reckonings by politicians

Ken Clarke did it over late-night brandies and cigars. Tony Blair needed someone standing over him to make him knuckle down. David Cameron reportedly shut himself away in an excruciatingly tasteful shepherd’s hut to write For the Record. But grinding out a political memoir shouldn’t be an entirely painless process – the best involve an honest reckoning with mistakes as well as the inevitable recital of triumphs.

Some of the most interesting recent political autobiographies come from those who might have led their parties but never did, and thus are less obsessed with creating legacies. Alan Johnson’s extraordinary trilogy, starting with This Boy and ending with The Long and Winding Road, revealed a natural writer with a remarkable life story to tell (orphaned at 13, he was raised by his older sister and worked as a postman before falling into politics via the union movement). Harriet Harman’s A Woman’s Work concludes with a heartfelt admission that after years of mockery she didn’t have the confidence to run for the leadership, which raises important questions about who rises to the top of politics – regardless of whether you think her reticence was the Labour party’s loss or gain. Ken Clarke’s witty, gossipy Kind of Blue takes on a new poignancy now he has lost the whip. He never seems to doubt the Tory party was mad to keep rejecting his offer to lead it, but it gives intriguing glimpses of an alternative path for the Tories that might have unfolded had he beaten William Hague in 1997.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 9:42 am

Record number of disadvantaged pupils get university places

More than a fifth of 18-year-olds from low-participation areas of UK offered places this year

Record numbers of young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds in the UK have won places to go to university this year, according to the admissions agency Ucas.

More than a fifth of 18-year-olds (20.4%) from areas of the country with the lowest rate of participation in higher education have confirmed places at universities across the country, up from 19.4% last year.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 9:36 am

John Humphrys' last Today programme review – a too long lap of honour

After 32 years as Today’s grand inquisitor, Humphrys bowed out with Dame Edna and lots of back-slapping. At least someone brought up the ‘thrown typewriter’ incident ...

During his 32 years on the Today programme, John Humphrys has been called many things – grand inquisitor, overpaid, sexist – but never, until this morning, retiring.

The dilemma on a presenter’s farewell show is balancing the usual format with back-slapping. It must have been frustrating for the 76-year-old journalist to go out on a slow news morning, with the two biggest stories – the Supreme Court hearing on Prime Minister Johnson’s suspension of parliament, President Trump’s response to Iran – to pay off later.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 9:33 am

Lloyd’s of London boss vows to stamp out sexual harassment

Results of survey into culture at insurance market will be published next week

The Lloyd’s of London boss has said he was “devastated” by a report on sexual harassment against women working in the insurance market as he pledged decisive action to put an end to behaviour ranging from inappropriate comments to physical assault.

The world’s biggest insurance market commissioned a major survey into its culture after an investigation by Bloomberg in March detailed widespread harassment. The results of the survey will be released in a report on 24 September.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 9:26 am

Macbeth review – ferocity and techno witches in gender-switched tragedy

Royal Exchange, Manchester
Lucy Ellinson stars as a lean, mean and moody Macbeth in Christopher Haydon’s noisy, dystopian production, with Ony Uhiara as a high-spirited wife

Let’s number the qualities Lucy Ellinson brings to the role of Macbeth. Foremost among them is intelligence. Sharp and lucid, she upturns the play’s set-text familiarity, making the language – and its moral dilemmas – her own. She’s tough, too. Her hair a regulation crew cut, her attitude lean and athletic, she has the ferocious gait of a well-drilled soldier. You wouldn’t want to cross her.

For all that, she is a reflective kind of fighter, given to introspection, like a battlefield Hamlet. You’d like to know more about her same-sex marriage to Ony Uhiara’s high-spirited Lady Macbeth, because the traditional split between Macbeth as brutal military force and Lady Macbeth as the ambitious power behind the throne is ambiguous here. Surely Ellinson is too subtle a player to be so easily swayed by her wife’s crude machinations, yet she readily goes along with the murderous plan. You wonder, too, about what the couple see in each other.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 9:15 am

Netanyahu urges rival Gantz to join him in unity government

Spokeswoman for former general has no immediate response to PM’s surprise offer

The Israeli prime minister has called on his main rival, the former general Benny Gantz, to join him in a broad, governing coalition after Israel’s election ended with no clear winner.

A spokeswoman for Gantz, the leader of the Blue and White party, had no immediate response to the surprise offer from Benjamin Netanyahu. Gantz is due to speak at 2pm (1200 BST).

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 9:04 am

Poland wants its citizens to leave the UK. It should support those who call it home | Jakub Krupa

The Polish ambassador has asked his compatriots to ‘seriously consider’ returning. But it’s not his decision to make

In common with European countries – and increasingly the UK itself – Poland does not know quite what to make of Brexit.

This is evident in the Polish ambassador Arkady Rzegocki’s letter to his compatriots on Tuesday, which reveals a conflict between the consular duty of care for Polish citizens amid the uncertainties of the protracted Brexit process and the political ambition of the Polish government to tempt back some of the 900,000 Poles who have migrated to the UK.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 9:01 am

'I’m tired and desperate' – a disabled victim of domestic violence on her struggle to survive

Disabled women are at higher risk of domestic violence than others, so why are there so few accessible refuges? As Sarah’s story shows, they are faced with an impossible system

To survive in the refuge, Sarah (not her real name) stores fruit and cereal bars to eat in her room. When we first talk in March, she has been there for a month after leaving her abusive husband. She had been sofa surfing with friends and family for a week while waiting for a place.

This is standard nowadays – research by Women’s Aid in 2017 found that 60% of referrals to refuges were declined, meaning that women escape abusive homes only to be turned away due to lack of space. But because Sarah is a disabled abuse victim, with several physical illnesses that leave her struggling to walk, as well as mental health problems, she at least got high priority.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 9:00 am

David Cameron: saying Queen 'purred down line' was terrible mistake

Ex-PM tells Today programme he regrets comment made after Scottish referendum result

David Cameron has admitted it was “a terrible mistake” to announce the Queen had “purred down the line” after he phoned to tell her Scotland had voted no to independence.

In a wide-ranging interview on the Today programme as part of the veteran presenter John Humphrys’ final show, the former prime minister also accepted “a big share of responsibility” for the situation the UK faces, but said there had been growing pressure throughout Westminster for a referendum on EU membership.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 8:59 am

The Breakdown | New Zealand have been fallible in World Cup years before – and won

Struggles against South Africa and Ireland have encouraged belief All Blacks can be toppled, but write them off at your peril

South Africa have spent the week preparing for their opener against New Zealand at Tokyo Disneyland, a sprawling coastal resort in the east of Japan’s capital, in a boomerang-shaped hotel. Two years ago, when the Springboks hit rock bottom, the location would have invited comparisons with Mickey Mouse, but they are more like Tarzan again.

The All Blacks are used to going into a World Cup as favourites, and at the top of the world rankings, a position currently occupied by Ireland. Since triumphing in 2015, they have declined slightly, losing their long unbeaten home record to the 2017 Lions in a series they failed to win for only the second time, suffering a first defeat to Ireland, followed up by a second two years later, and failing to beat South Africa in their last two home matches against them.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 8:56 am

Astana sense 'great chance' of upset after their long road to Old Trafford

Kazakh side from the furthest outpost in top-level European football includes a United fan who flew to games in Manchester

By the time FC Astana touched down in Manchester on Monday, they had been in the air for more than seven hours. A quick stop in Riga had lengthened their day and it was little wonder that, whereas most teams travel to European fixtures the afternoon before the game, the serial Kazakh champions had afforded themselves three days to prepare for this one. As far as their body clocks, tuned five hours ahead of British Summer Time, were concerned it was into the early hours of the morning when they finally checked into their hotel and could begin adjusting to the task in hand.

For Astana it is hardly an unfamiliar scenario: they have faced similar challenges in the majority of the 35 away fixtures they have contested in the Europa League and Champions League since, in 2013, they took their first steps on this stage. But for everyone else there remains a sense of mystery about facing a team based 3,700 miles from Old Trafford, and three times closer to the Chinese border than to Moscow. It is the furthest outpost in top-level European football; a remote new city in a still-new country, and – in the familiar modern-day mould – a sporting project designed to deepen Kazakhstan’s imprint on the geopolitical map.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 8:56 am

John Humphrys ends Today career with swipe at Corbyn and Johnson

Top politicians shying away from scrutiny, says journalist as he bows out after 32 years on Radio 4 programme

John Humphrys has bowed out as a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme with a swipe at both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn for refusing to be interviewed on the show.

In his final programme after a 32-year stint presenting Today, Humphrys complained that top politicians were now shying away from tough scrutiny by broadcasters.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 8:53 am

Kier warns of Brexit fallout after £245m loss

Construction and services firm says political uncertainty means 2020 revenues will be flat

Kier Group, the embattled construction and services company, has warned of flat revenues this year due to Brexit uncertainty as it crashed to a £245m annual loss.

The firm, which works on large infrastructure projects including Crossrail and HS2, is battling to avoid a repeat of the financial collapses that hit rivals Carillion and Interserve. The sudden failure of Carillion in January 2018 raised fears over the health of the wider outsourcing sector.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 8:27 am

Talking Horses: are female punters discriminated against by bookies?

A trader with a well-known betting brand suggests practices could breach gender discrimination laws

Are some of Britain’s major bookmakers guilty of gender discrimination when they sign up new customers? The question arises following a conversation with a former employee at a major bookmaking firm, who suggests practices in the gambling industry could breach discrimination laws.

The source of the claim worked as a trader with a well-known betting brand for almost 10 years until earlier this year, says firms routinely discriminate between male and female punters from the moment they open an account, purely on the basis of their gender.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 8:10 am

Field of dreams: AW19 accessories as seen on scarecrows – in pictures

Make hay while the sun shines. A dream lineup of shoes, bags, hats and boots go wild in the country

Read more from the autumn/winter 2019 edition of The Fashion, our biannual fashion supplement

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 8:00 am

'He became our best friend': how we survived Larry Nassar's systematic abuse

Olympic medalist Tasha Schwikert and US national team member Jordan Schwikert reveal their experience as sisters and survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse, including an unthinkable week Tasha spent in the predator’s home

At first we found it hard to believe. Larry Nassar, the famous Olympic doctor, had been accused of sexually abusing young girls. We thought, What? Larry? No way. He was the good guy. The one who listened. The one who cared. Amid all the brutal coaching and training in gymnastics, he was our trusted friend.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 8:00 am

Bollywood film awards: Kashmiri spy thriller Raazi wins best picture

Controversial Padmaavat film also triumphs as Indian ‘Oscars’ held in country for first time

Bollywood’s equivalent of the Oscars, the International Indian Film Academy awards (IIFA), have been held in India for the first time with a glitzy event in Mumbai.

On a night of extravagant fashion that included performances from Bollywood icons, Raazi, a thriller about a Kashmiri spy, picked up awards for best picture and best actress for Alia Bhatt.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 7:42 am

Reef protection laws pass despite industry attacks on their scientific basis

Queensland’s government will limit the agricultural pollution harming the Great Barrier Reef

The Queensland government has passed new regulations to limit agricultural pollution damaging the Great Barrier Reef in the face of a hostile campaign that has sought to discredit consensus science.

On Tuesday the state made relatively minor commitments to agricultural groups, including an undertaking not to vary new limits for farm sediment and chemical runoff into reef catchments for at least five years.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 7:02 am

What do I need to make YouTube videos?

Ed wonders if you need a computer to make YouTube videos, as he doesn’t own one

I’m a newbie. When people shoot YouTube videos, do they need a computer or laptop to do so? I don’t have either. Ed

People shoot videos with all kinds of equipment, from simple smartphones to professional movie cameras. Prices range from £50 to more than £40,000. As always, it depends on the job. Some people are taking selfies for Facebook while others are shooting blockbusters for cinemas.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 7:00 am

French fancy: Parisienne chic from the city of lights – in pictures

Tweed skirts and proper blouses. Take a tip from across the pond: a little bit je ne sais quoi will make you stand out from the crowd this autumn

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 7:00 am

'It's one big earworm': readers' picks of the best albums this century

After we published our list of the greatest albums this century, we asked for your own suggestions – from dark R&B to revolutionary drum’n’bass

‘The score to the best film noir never made’: dylan37

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 7:00 am

There is no longer any justification for private schools in Britain | Frances Ryan

Labour is right to debate the future of these unjust institutions, which at last are no longer seen as untouchable

A few years back, I finished a PhD on how to tackle Britain’s unequal life chances – which, among other measures, included abolishing private schools. Dusty academia seemed the home for this sort of proposal, one that has long filled endless papers but never quite makes it off the page and into reality.

That is no longer the case. In a few days, the Labour party will debate the future of private schools. The grassroots group Labour Against Private Schools (Laps) will bring a motion to the annual party conference in Brighton calling for the full integration of state and private schools, including nationalising the endowments of the hugely wealthy public schools. It has support from six constituency parties so far and the backing of senior party figures, with the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, putting his weight behind the motion this week. A leaked memo to the Telegraph last week noted that the party is already considering making a manifesto pledge to remove tax breaks from the sector – while leaving the door open to getting rid of the schools altogether.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 7:00 am

'My dear Prime Minister': Alan Jones's apology letter to Jacinda Ardern revealed

Exclusive: Radio host says he meant ‘no violence’ toward New Zealand PM with his ‘shove a sock down throat’ comment and asks Ardern to a debate on climate change

Australian broadcaster Alan Jones’s apology letter to the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, spells out he never intended “violence” towards her, and wished no harm on her and her family.

It includes the broadcaster pitching for an interview with Ardern despite earlier saying he would “puke” if he saw her again on TV.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 7:00 am

The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray review – a rightwing diatribe

Do racism and sexism really exist, or are they just the creation of angry lefties? The bizarre fantasies of a rightwing provocateur, blind to oppression

Being stuck in a culture war is a bit like being a driver stuck in a traffic jam. From within one’s own car, the absurdity and injustice of the situation is abundantly plain. Other drivers can be seen cutting in, changing lanes excessively, and getting worked up. Roadworks appear needlessly restrictive. Why are there so many cars on the road anyway? Horns begin to honk. There is one question that few drivers ever consider: what is my own contribution to this quagmire?

Psychoanalysts refer to the process of “splitting”, where the self is unable to cope with its good and bad qualities simultaneously, and so “splits” the bad ones off and attributes them to other people. The result is an exaggerated sense of one’s own virtue and innocence, but an equally exaggerated sense of the selfishness and corruption of others. We are all guilty of this from time to time, rarely more so than on social media, where the world can appear perfectly split into goodies and baddies. Populism and culture warriors exploit this aspect of human psychology, reinforcing the comforting (but ultimately harmful) feeling that any conflict in the world is their fault not ours.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 6:30 am

Tesco fails in accident management over my car insurance claim

It’s been very difficult after it dropped a cage from a lorry on the back of my vehicle

Back in May, a Tesco lorry dropped a steel cage on my car while delivering to a Metro store. The back of my car was smashed and the interior covered in glass. If anyone had been inside they could have been killed.

Tesco has been very difficult to deal with. On the advice of the store manager, I called my insurance company, which organised a repair that took two weeks. During this time my insurer and I tried repeatedly to get Tesco’s accident management company to take action. Four weeks later it wrote saying I should use its authorised repair company. By this time the car was already repaired.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 6:00 am

Killer robots: why do so many people think they are a good idea? | Stuart Heritage

According to a recent survey, 39% of us aren’t against machines capable of destroying humanity. Surely there are some things we can all agree on

Laura Nolan is a modern hero. A former Google software engineer, Nolan resigned from her job last year after being asked to dramatically enhance the artificial intelligence used in US military drones. She is now calling for a ban on all forms of autonomous weapons on the basis that they might accidentally initiate a catastrophic global war. She said this as part of her role as a member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

Now, listen, sometimes I’m able to kid myself about the goodness of people. I might not agree with them all the time, but at least I can understand our differences. I get why they might vote for a certain political party, or why they wanted Brexit to happen. After all, aren’t we all just people muddling through the muck together? And then I realise that there is a group called Stop Killer Robots, and it actually has to convince people to stop killer robots. Killer bloody robots, for crying out loud. Its only goal is to stop robots from destroying all of humanity as we know it, and it needs to exist because it turns out that some people aren’t automatically horrified by the idea.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 6:00 am

Defending Kashmir: Anchar’s last stand against India’s control – video

People living in the suburb of Anchar are battling to keep security forces out. Since India stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status, the disputed region has been on security lockdown. Anchar, part of the main city of Srinagar, is thought to be the only major pocket of resistance


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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 6:00 am

Emmys 2019 predictions: who will win, and who should win?

Another competitive year pits old favorites against critically acclaimed upstarts. Will there be a Game of Thrones victory lap? Will Fleabag upset Veep?

The Emmys conversation is dominated, of course, by Game of Thrones, HBO’s decade-defining, lavish fantasy epic that wrapped after eight sprawling seasons this spring. Thrones is an Emmys juggernaut – it won for best drama series in its last three eligible seasons (2015, 2016, and 2018) and is nominated for 32 awards this year, the most for any single season of television, ever. (The show already won ten awards at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys). The question this year, however, is whether the majority of the 24,000 Emmy voters will still reward Game of Thrones after a divisive, narratively uneven final season. That’s likely to be the case, especially with traditional rivals such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, and The Americans no longer in the running. But younger, smaller shows could spoil the victory lap; HBO’s other entry, Succession, received five nominations for its critically acclaimed first season, and BBC America’s Killing Eve could ride a solid second season and the wave of popularity for stars Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge to a win. Other nominees Better Call Saul, Pose, Ozark, This Is Us, and Bodyguard all have sizable audiences and, for the most part, critical praise, but likely lack the momentum to topple Westerosi dominance.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 6:00 am

Extreme survivors: Greenland's hardy wildlife under threat from global heating

They may be adapted to one of the harshest environments on the planet, but Greenland’s animals and plants are increasingly vulnerable

All photographs by Carsten Egevang

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 6:00 am

Bizarre beauty: Shin Noguchi's everyday Japan – in pictures

From big-scramble zebra crossings to a man in a hedge, the award-winning street photographer revels in the life that swirls around him

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 6:00 am

Taliban car bomb kills at least 30 in southern Afghanistan

Hospital patients caught in blast intended for intelligence officials, says defence ministry

A Taliban truck bomb has killed at least 30 people and wounded 95 others when it exploded near a hospital in southern Afghanistan, officials have said.

The Taliban, who have been carrying out near-daily attacks since peace talks with the US collapsed this month, said the target was a nearby government intelligence building in Qalat, the capital of Zabul province.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:59 am

Autumn breaks in the UK: readers’ travel tips

From the Highlands to Suffolk, our tipsters’ trips feature boltholes to cosy up in, plenty of culture and autumnal walks that often end in a country pub

October is a fabulous time for a late-season walk. Take the train to Berwick-upon-Tweed, then a bus to Melrose and spend a couple of days walking the first few legs of St Cuthbert’s Way. The trail will be almost empty, and all of the pub accommodation along the way is fantastic. Special mention to the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel (doubles from around £90 B&B), who made us a packed lunch which included a delicious scotch egg, slice of traybake and a cheese and pickle sandwich on homemade bread. Even when the weather is less than hospitable the trail is beautiful, with stretches by the Tweed, along a Roman road and over rolling hills.
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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:30 am

'It’s in the DNA': New Zealand feels strain ahead of All Blacks opener in Rugby World Cup

For some, watching the game will be too much, and the only option is to drive until you lose mobile reception

When the All Blacks run out to face South Africa in their opening Rugby World Cup fixture on Saturday, Brian “Mad Dog” Morgan will drive more than 40km into the bush, switch off the ignition and sit in absolute silence for several hours until he is satisfied the game is over.

Why? Morgan, a rabid All Blacks supporter, cannot bear the thought of his team ever losing and doesn’t trust his already weak heart to cope if they don’t win.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:19 am

TV tonight: the rise and plummeting fall of David Cameron

Our former PM is in the spotlight, talking through the aftermath of the 2015 election and the threat of “chaos with Ed Miliband”. Here’s what to watch this evening

The renegade restaurateur Gary Usher has made a name for himself by opening no-frills bistros in unlikely places in the north-west: Hoole, Heswall and now Prescot. This documentary follows the straight-talking Usher as he crowdfunds the venture, to the background chorus of incredulous locals. Usher is captivating as he veers from cooking demonstrations to tense budgetary negotiations. It is a mouthwatering watch and proof that good food is a universal language. Ammar Kalia

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:00 am

The 50 best video games of the 21st century

Want to build worlds, become a crime kingpin, get lost in space, or enter the afterlife? Then our countdown of the 50 best games of the era has something for you

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:00 am

Off duty: 2019's best casual clothes for men – in pictures

Whether weekends mean walks or watching films, our menswear editor sources the items that will ensure you’re relaxing in style

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:00 am

'It just snowballed': the viral stars of Brexit Britain on what happened next

Every day, ordinary people seem to cut through political debate and speak truth to power. But what is it like to go viral and how does it change their lives?

“People have died because of austerity,” a woman told Boris Johnson, buttonholing him in Doncaster last week. “And you’ve got the cheek to come here and tell us that austerity is over and it’s all good now.” It was her words, caught on cameras and phones, that hit a nerve, because she spoke for so many. No one remembers what Johnson said, or what he was doing there. Only yesterday, a man with a sick daughter berated the PM in a London hospital over waiting times, and on years and years and years of the “NHS being destroyed”.

A couple of weeks earlier it was the Portuguese woman who hijacked a live Sky News broadcast with an emotional plea. After 20 years living and working in Britain she didn’t know whether she was still welcome. “I need a voice, I gave this country my youth,” she said. “I looked after your children, I’ve looked after the elderly.”

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:00 am

The war on (unwanted) dick pics has begun

A web developer asked men to send her pictures of their genitals in order to build a filter that ‘recognises’ a penis and blurs it. Which raises the question: why haven’t tech companies taken this on yet?

Earlier this month, after waking up to find an unwelcome dick pic in her Twitter account’s DMs, web developer Kelsey Bressler, 28, co-created an AI filter she claims is capable of preventing over 95% of sexually explicit images from reaching her inbox.

To test the filter, Bressler solicited pictures of male genitalia en masse, receiving hundreds to the trial account @ShowYoDiq, “for science”.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:00 am

Why can’t we agree on what’s true any more?

It’s not about foreign trolls, filter bubbles or fake news. Technology encourages us to believe we can all have first-hand access to the ‘real’ facts – and now we can’t stop fighting about it. By William Davies

We live in a time of political fury and hardening cultural divides. But if there is one thing on which virtually everyone is agreed, it is that the news and information we receive is biased. Every second of every day, someone is complaining about bias, in everything from the latest movie reviews to sports commentary to the BBC’s coverage of Brexit. These complaints and controversies take up a growing share of public discussion.

Much of the outrage that floods social media, occasionally leaking into opinion columns and broadcast interviews, is not simply a reaction to events themselves, but to the way in which they are reported and framed. The “mainstream media” is the principle focal point for this anger. Journalists and broadcasters who purport to be neutral are a constant object of scrutiny and derision, whenever they appear to let their personal views slip. The work of journalists involves an increasing amount of unscripted, real-time discussion, which provides an occasionally troubling window into their thinking.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:00 am

For the sake of life on Earth, we must put a limit on wealth | George Monbiot

It’s not just the megarich: increased spending power leads us all to inflict environmental damage. It’s time for a radical plan

It is not quite true that behind every great fortune lies a great crime. Musicians and novelists, for example, can become extremely rich by giving other people pleasure. But it does appear to be universally true that in front of every great fortune lies a great crime. Immense wealth translates automatically into immense environmental impacts, regardless of the intentions of those who possess it. The very wealthy, almost as a matter of definition, are committing ecocide.

Related: Greta Thunberg to Congress: ‘You’re not trying hard enough. Sorry’

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:00 am

US-China trade war imperils efforts to beat poverty, warns Bill Gates

Microsoft billionaire says economic strife undermines ‘world’s ability to work together’

The ongoing trade battle between the US and China poses a major threat to efforts to tackle inequality and poverty, according to billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates.

In an interview with the Guardian, the world’s second richest man said the economic conflict between the two superpowers could prove a “real setback” to solving some of the biggest global problems.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:00 am

How Hustlers shows the importance of female solidarity

In the acclaimed fact-based drama, the bond between women is shown with rare sensitivity and depth even as they engage in criminal acts

The marketing campaign for Hustlers, a film that opened to an unexpectedly impressive $33m at the US box office last weekend, presents the film as a fun, woke, neon-soaked update of Coyote Ugly. But behind the pink-and-blue-hued ads showcasing the stars Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B, lies powerful commentary on the nature of female intimacy, a mass market shell hiding surprisingly incisive feminism.

Related: Hustlers review – J-Lo's stealing strippers saga is a vicarious thrill

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:00 am

Unbelievable – at last, a rape drama that gives victims a voice | Fiona Sturges

Real-life inspired drama series takes a subtle, nuanced look at sexual violence and its effects – and not before time

When Cersei Lannister was raped by her brother, Jaime, next to the corpse of their dead son in the fourth season of Game of Thrones, even longstanding viewers inured to the scenes of sexual violence in the series found cause for concern.

In the book, by George RR Martin, the scene had been consensual, but in the dramatised version a weeping Cersei says no and tries to push her brother off. The episode’s director, Alex Graves, shrugged off criticism. When asked if the scene constituted rape, he said, “Yes and no … There are moments where she gives in, and moments where she pushes him away.” It’s typical of the attitude often taken by film-makers that, if it serves the plot (in this case, to remind us of Jaime’s ruthless streak), then sexual violence is justifiable.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:00 am

Channel 4 chief executive to warn about tech giants

Exclusive: Alex Mahon reveals her fears that all viewers see in the UK will be decided by the likes of Netflix and Amazon

The chief executive of Channel 4 has warned that the UK is facing a viewing future controlled by tech giants such as Netflix, Amazon and YouTube that threatens the essential role British broadcasters play in shaping the national culture.

Alex Mahon, who is overseeing a massive relocation of Channel 4’s operation out of London to better reflect the national audience that tunes into shows such as Great British Bake Off and Gogglebox, said that the Silicon Valley giants are focused on self-serving commercial goals that do not always align with the public interest.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:00 am

BBC 'ignoring its audience' over iPlayer app removal

Broadcaster criticised as replacement app restricted to newer operating systems

The BBC has been accused of “ignoring its audience” over the decision to turn off its iPlayer radio app and replace it with the BBC Sounds app, which only works on newer operating systems.

The broadcaster launched the app – intended as a digital home for all its audio content – last November in an attempt to attract younger listeners, but the software has been dogged with complaints.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:00 am

Labour student wing to fight party's decision to abolish organisation

Critics say Momentum forces are behind ‘cynical’ attempt to scrap group seen as moderate

Labour’s 40-year-old student wing has vowed to fight the party’s decision to wind the organisation down, amid speculation that a general election may be coming within weeks.

The chair of Labour Students wrote to the party’s general secretary, Jennie Formby, on Wednesday to say the decision taken by the national executive committee (NEC) has no justification and will be ignored.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:00 am

‘Okra is the most foul thing ever grown’: chefs on their most hated ingredients

From ‘horrible’ coconut to ‘stomach-turning’ turbot, top chefs reveal the foods they can’t stand

It is common to hear chefs wax lyrical about ingredients they adore. We hear far less about those that are a pain to prep, a nightmare to cook with or difficult to arrange on the plate. To put that right, G2 spoke to a variety of chefs who talked of soapy herbs, dangerous shellfish and the ingredients they have come to hate.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 4:59 am

Fans of China's own 'Loch Ness monster' deflated as beast turns out to be airbag

Pictures and video of a huge snake-like object in the Yangtze river viewed tens of millions of times online

A mysterious long, black object that was captured on video in the Yangtze river, and ended up captivating China with theories of its own Loch Ness monster, has been revealed as 20 metre-long industrial airbag.

Grainy footage showing what appeared to be a long black sea creature slithering among the waves near the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei province circulated widely on Chinese social media. On Weibo, the video and a discussion thread about it has been viewed more than 32m times since it emerged on Friday. The video was covered by most major media, including the party paper Beijing Youth Daily and state broadcaster CCTV and China Daily.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 4:46 am

Fukushima disaster: Japanese power company chiefs cleared of negligence

Three executives at Tepco acquitted, marking the end of the only criminal action over the disaster

Three former executives at the company that runs the ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been acquitted of failing to prevent the March 2011 nuclear meltdown, in the only criminal action resulting from the disaster.

Tsunehisa Katsumata, a former chairman of Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) and former vice presidents Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro, had apologised for the triple meltdown at the plant, but said they could not have foreseen the massive tsunami that triggered the disaster.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 4:36 am

The 'paradox' of John Humphrys: rottweiler, dinosaur or shy walker?

The Radio 4 Today presenter steps down after 32 years, but colleagues still struggle to define him

On the morning of what would transpire to be his last day as BBC director-general, George Entwistle found himself in the Radio 4 Today studio facing John Humphrys.

The BBC was already engulfed by the unfolding Jimmy Savile scandal. Now, a Newsnight report had led to Tory peer Lord McAlpine being wrongly implicated in a child sexual abuse case.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 4:00 am

Outcry at Indonesia draft criminal code that could see unmarried couples jailed

New draft bill, decades in the making, could also criminalise insulting the president and tightens abortion laws

Indonesia is set to pass a new criminal code that could outlaw living together outside marriage, extramarital sex and insulting the president, among a raft of changes that rights groups have decried as disastrous.

The Indonesian parliament has spent decades revising its colonial-era criminal code, creating a 628-article draft bill that could be passed in coming days.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 3:23 am

Justin Trudeau brownface: Canada PM apologises after image emerges

Canadian prime minister says he deeply regrets image from 2001 party, which emerges weeks out from election

Justin Trudeau has apologised for wearing brownface makeup to a party when he was a teacher in 2001, saying “it was a racist thing to do” – and marking a potential turning point in next month’s tightly contested general election.

A photograph of Trudeau with brown makeup on his face, neck and hands and dressed in a turban and robes was published by Time magazine on Wednesday. It appeared in a school yearbook, while Trudeau, then 29, was working as a teacher at West Point Grey Academy.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 2:29 am

Tiny penguin released back into wild after swimming from New Zealand to Australia

Fiordland penguin found 170km west of Melbourne recuperates for eight weeks after 2,500km swim

A New Zealand penguin that washed up on a beach in Victoria has been released back to the wild to complete a 2,500km swim home.

The emaciated Fiordland penguin was found struggling against rocks in the shallows at Kennett River, 170km west of Melbourne, on 10 July.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 2:28 am

Trump's promise to foreign leader prompts whistleblower complaint – report

Details are unclear, but Washington Post reports intelligence official considers complaint ‘urgent concern’

Donald Trump’s promise to a foreign leader so troubled an official in the US intelligence community that it prompted the person to file a whistleblower complaint, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

The Post, which cited two former officials familiar with the matter, said it was not immediately clear which foreign leader Trump was speaking with or what he pledged to deliver. The communication was a phone call, one former official said, according to the Post.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 2:15 am

County lines: how drugs gangs are recruiting children - podcast

Aamna Mohdin tells Rachel Humphreys how county lines gangs are stepping up their operations by using short-term holiday flats and recruiting local teens to sell drugs in small towns around Britain. Plus Owen Jones on Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘neutral’ stance on Brexit

Drug gangs in major cities such as London and Liverpool have been expanding their operations into small towns in recent years. They use teenagers as runners and have been known to take over the homes of drug addicts as bases to deal from.

The Guardian’s Aamna Mohdin has been reporting on the rise of county lines gangs and tells Rachel Humphreys that the gangs are now professionalising. They have begun using Airbnb flats and luring local teenagers into the trade with cash payments and free takeaways.

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Posted on 19 September 2019 | 2:00 am

How did oil attack breach Saudi defences and what will happen next?

Escalation is dangerous because infrastructure could be exposed to retaliation

Saudi Arabia’s state-of-the-art missile defence systems could do nothing to stop the swarm of drones and cruise missiles that struck some of its most important oil infrastructure at the weekend. They were designed to deal with different threats – and they were looking in the wrong direction.

The audacious strike against the Abqaiq petroleum processing facilities and Khurais oil field on Saturday morning – which the Saudis say was “unquestionably sponsored by Iran” – has exposed the limits of the defences of the world’s largest military spender per capita.

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 11:20 pm

Credit card spending overtakes cash for first time

Data from UK retailers suggests total card spending accounts for about 80% of sales

Credit card spending has overtaken cash for the first time, according to data from UK retailers. This means notes and coins have been demoted to the third most popular method of payment.

The figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) – whose members are responsible for £180bn of sales – come amid warnings that millions of adults would struggle to cope in a cashless society.

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 11:01 pm

David Cameron sought intervention from Queen on Scottish independence

Former PM admits he wanted ‘raised eyebrow’ from monarch in referendum campaign

David Cameron has revealed that he suggested to the Queen’s private secretary how the monarch could influence the outcome of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, before she went on to make an intervention that was widely seen as helping a faltering pro-union campaign.

Cameron, as prime minister, was on a weekend break at the Balmoral estate in the Scottish Highlands in September 2014 when a YouGov survey put the campaign for Scottish independence in the lead for the first time.

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 11:01 pm

Universal credit wait fuels poverty and food bank use, says research

Government urged to reduce five-week wait claimants must endure before first payment

Ministers have come under renewed pressure to fundamentally overhaul universal credit after fresh research claimed that the welfare benefit’s built-in five week wait for payment fuelled claimant poverty and increased food bank use.

The Trussell Trust food bank network said the minimum 35-day wait for payment endured by claimants after signing on to universal credit could have a rapid, devastating and long-lasting impact on their finances, housing security and mental health.

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 11:01 pm

84% of care home beds in England owned by private firms

For-profit companies own 381,524 of England’s care home beds, thinktank finds

More than eight out of 10 care home beds are provided by profit-driven companies, including more than 50,000 by large operators owned by private equity firms, research reveals.

Private companies now own and run 84% of beds in care homes in England used by older people, as local councils have almost totally withdrawn from a key area of social care they used to dominate.

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 11:01 pm

Scaling back: graduate invents plastic alternative from fish waste

Award-winning material looks and feels like plastic but is stronger and can be disposed of as food waste

A bio-plastic made of organic fish waste that would otherwise end up in landfill, with the potential to replace plastic in everyday packaging, has landed its UK graduate designer a James Dyson award.

Lucy Hughes, 23, a recent graduate in product design from the University of Sussex, sought to tackle the dual problems of environmentally harmful single-use plastics and inefficient waste streams by harnessing fish offcuts to create an eco-friendly plastic alternative.

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 11:01 pm

The harsh reality of underfunding at my hospital? Swept away for Johnson visit

Doctor gives anonymous account of chronic understaffing and lack of resources at Whipps Cross, the hospital visited by the PM

I was one of the doctors who met Boris Johnson today. This was a highly staged press event in a newly refurbished hospital ward at Whipps Cross hospital where the prime minister met a few select members of staff and patients. This event completely brushed over the harsh realities of this chronically underfunded, understaffed and poorly resourced hospital.

The hospital is held together only by the hard work and dedication of its healthcare workers but it cannot be sustained for much longer under these pressures.

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 8:15 pm

California family find mountain lion lounging in their bathroom

The big cat wandered into the home in the Sierra Nevada foothills and took refuge in the bathroom before being coaxed out

In the photo, the lounging mountain lion looks almost shocked, as if caught mid-exclamation while yelling, “Get out!” Given the setting – a bathroom in a northern California home – no one could blame the big cat for wanting some privacy.

But in this case, it was the lion that was the unwanted guest. On Monday night it wandered into a family home in the Sierra Nevada foothills, about 50 miles outside of Yosemite National Park.

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 8:15 pm

Saudi offers 'proof' of Iran's role in oil attack and urges US response

Defence spokesman calls on ‘international community to hold Iran responsible’

Saudi Arabia has ramped up the pressure on Donald Trump to respond to a devastating strike on two major oil installations, displaying drone and missile technology it insisted showed the attack was “unquestionably sponsored by Iran”.

At a press conference in Riyadh a Saudi defence spokesman claimed that 25 drones and cruise missiles were used in the attack on the Aramco facilities on Saturday, saying repeatedly they had been fired from the north, the direction of Iran.

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 6:42 pm

Women, looking unapproachable could be your greatest asset | Yomi Adegoke

Meeting the world with a ‘resting bitch face’ may not be what society demands, but it protects you against unsolicited male attention in public

With girls as young as 13 years old now opting for Botox, it is clear that ageing is no longer the only thing women are trying to ward off. An article in the New York Post has noted a rise in women seeking plastic surgery to “fix” their so-called “resting bitch face”. This is a women-only affliction, where, even when wearing a neutral expression, you appear perpetually standoffish. In reality, it refers to any time that a woman’s facial expression is set in anything less than a smile.

According to one doctor quoted in the piece, the number of requests for the procedure have more than doubled in the past year. This isn’t exactly shocking – women are made to feel bad about just about everything in terms of their appearance – but to me it seems many of these women are getting rid of something that is actually a great asset.

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 6:29 pm

Man jailed for stealing 7,000 books from Scottish universities

Darren Barr also faces assets seizure under legislation normally used for drug gangs

A prolific book thief has been jailed for 25 months after he stole more than 7,000 books from three universities in Edinburgh, before selling them online.

Darren Barr, 28, from Kinross in Perthshire, is believed to have made more than £30,000 by selling the textbooks through the online book markets WeBuyBooks, Ziffit and Zapper.

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 5:10 pm

Arab turnout in Israel election rises despite racist campaigns

Benjamin Netanyahu’s warnings that Arab parties would topple him may have backfired

It’s become a tired trope of Benjamin Netanyahu’s election campaigns: as the country draws closer to election day the leader ramps up his racist scaremongering suggesting Israel’s Arab minority are preparing to vote en masse.

Infamously in 2015 he said Arabs were “voting in droves”. This year the prime minister almost lost his voice on Tuesday as he shouted through a megaphone to his base. His political rivals in the Arab parties, he screamed, would gather enough parliamentary seats to topple him. “So go and vote!”

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 3:51 pm

Owen Jones meets Caroline Lucas: Lib Dems' Brexit position is 'massively dangerous' for UK

The Green MP tells Jones the Liberal Democrats are playing with fire with their ‘arrogant’ pledge to revoke article 50, describing the policy as a ‘slap in the face’ for people who voted leave

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 1:36 pm

Have you been affected by the closure of pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond?

We’d like to hear from staff and customers who have been affected by Albemarle & Bond shutting its shops. Share your experiences

Pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond has been criticised for “woefully inadequate” communication with customers after the company closed its shops and website last Friday.

The National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA), the UK trade body of which Albemarle & Bond is a member, said it was receiving hundreds of calls a day from concerned customers who had been unable to get through to a helpline set up by the pawnbroker.

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 12:51 pm

I'll kick out Iain Duncan Smith because of ​'​austerity he inflicted on my ​mum' – video

Is the chaos in Westminster breeding a new type of politician? We hit the campaign trial with Labour's Faiza Shaheen, who is trying to kick out the Tory grandee Iain Duncan Smith from his Chingford and Woodford Green seat. Shaheen grew up in the area and describes herself as the polar opposite of Duncan Smith. What are her chances of success? And could she be hindered by Labour's Brexit position? 

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 10:21 am

'Missing out is not a worry for me': the millennial foster carers

More and more people in their 20s and early 30s are becoming foster carers. Here, younger Guardian readers explain why

Growing up in a fostering family, Natalie Wainwright always planned to become a foster parent. But she didn’t think she’d be doing it in her 20s.

Wainwright, who lives in Sussex, is at 23 one of the UK’s youngest foster carers – well below the average age of 45 to 54. After working full-time as a teacher for a year, she chose to go part-time, believing she could have more of an impact as a foster carer as she felt drawn towards looking after vulnerable children.

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 8:29 am

UK's best sea view photography competition 2019

National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, has revealed the eagerly awaited results of its seventh annual photography competition, showcasing images relating to all aspects of the UK’s historic relationship with the sea.

Having reviewed more than 800 fantastic entries, the judges decided to award Laurence Hartwell the prize for overall winner for 2019, with his entry ‘Landing Mackerel’

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 7:30 am

The tiny algae at ground zero of Greenland's melting glaciers | Dan McDougall

Greenland’s ice melt has been adopted by the world as a bellwether for climate crisis, but the impact on biodiversity has been overlooked. At an ice station on a remote Arctic glacier, scientists are looking to the smallest of life forms to predict the pace of species extinction

Behind the remote research huts of Sermilik ice station, a vast sheet of ice stretches north for 1,480 miles, spanning an area three times the size of France.

It is holding 10% of the world’s freshwater, water that has been frozen solid for millions of years. It’s glacier calving season in the south-eastern reaches of Greenland, and the adjacent channel is full of the thunderous roars and cracks of a flotilla of icebergs breaking apart.

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 6:00 am

The NHS produces 5.4% of the UK’s greenhouse gases. How can hospitals cut their emissions?

Switching anaesthetic gases, using electric ambulances and ‘greening’ dialysis are reducing the NHS’s carbon footprint

On Friday, thousands of adults across the world will take part in the global climate strike to show solidarity with Greta Thunberg and the young students who have been walking out of school for months to raise awareness of the climate emergency. Among them will be many public sector workers, including some NHS staff.

Related: ‘This report will change your life’: what zero emissions means for UK

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 5:01 am

Revoke and remain: inside the Lib Dem party conference – podcast

With a new leader in Jo Swinson and the defection of six MPs to the party, Lib Dems are hoping for a resurgence. Rachel Humphreys reports from party conference. Plus Vince Beiser on the black market in sand

This week the Liberal Democrats met amid a backdrop of political chaos and a looming general election. In her first conference as Lib Dem leader, Jo Swinson has laid out a decisive Brexit position – that if her party wins an election it will revoke article 50 and stop Brexit.

Members voted to endorse Swinson’s proposed policy, though the plan has encountered some internal opposition, with one Lib Dem MP, Sir Norman Lamb, saying he was worried such a proposal could stoke divisions.

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Posted on 18 September 2019 | 2:00 am

Homeless deaths: share your tributes

As part of a new series, we would like to hear your memories and stories of people you knew who have died while homeless

In recent decades countless homeless people have died on the streets of UK cities, or while in temporary accommodation. Far too often their stories have died with them.

Not only are there no precise figures(official government estimates on homeless deaths in England and Wales were published for the first time last year, but the real numbers could be higher), but in many cases their deaths were not properly investigated, so we may never know who these people were and what happened to them.

A new series by G2 and Guardian Cities tells the stories of homeless people in cities around the UK who have died, piecing together details about their lives to commemorate them and to try to answer crucial unanswered questions: why did they die? Could their deaths have been prevented?

However, we know that far more homeless people have died without proper recognition than we can report on. So, we want tohear your stories: are there people you know, or people in your community, who have died while homeless? Who would you like to share your memories of and pay tribute to?

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Posted on 17 September 2019 | 5:00 am

How dangerous is chlorinated chicken? - podcast

Chlorine-washed chicken from the US has become a totemic issue in the post-Brexit trade deals Britain could look to secure. But is it unsafe? And what does it say about the different attitudes to food production on either side of the Atlantic? Also today: Israelis go to the polls for their second election of the year

Rearing and processing chicken for mass consumption is a messy business. It involves automated plucking, eviscerating and slicing carcasses at rapid intervals. In the US, it also involves washing the finished product in a chlorine solution. And it’s this final step that has caused an increasingly fractious debate on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Guardian’s Felicity Lawrence has investigated global food production in a series of exposés and tells Anushka Asthana what is really at stake in this debate. There are concerns about the specific health effects of consuming chicken washed in chlorine. But there are also fears that it could mask other problems with the meat – and rather than disinfecting chicken at the final stage, welfare issues should be addressed much earlier in the process. It’s a symbolic issue that cuts across much of the two countries’ attitudes to food production and one that could ultimately prevent a post-Brexit trade deal.

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Posted on 17 September 2019 | 2:00 am

Edward Snowden in exile: ‘you have to be ready to stand for something’ – video

Edward Snowden has spent the last six years living in exile in Russia and has now decided to publish his memoirs, Permanent Record. In the book he reflects on his life leading up to the biggest leak of top secret documents in history, and the impact this had on his relationship with his partner, Lindsay Mills. The Guardian's Ewen MacAskill, who helped break Snowden's story in 2013, has been given exclusive access to meet him


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Posted on 13 September 2019 | 3:47 pm

Uncle Wong, 82: protecting Hong Kong protesters with his walking stick – video

Uncle Wong is part of Protect the Children, a community group whose members put their bodies between the police and young Hongkongers protesting against the government. Waving his walking stick in the air and wearing swimming goggles to protect against teargas, he tries to reason with police and provide a distraction to allow activists to evade arrest. As tensions continue to rise between protesters and police, however, so does the emotional burden on Uncle Wong

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Posted on 13 September 2019 | 10:55 am

No-deal Brexit food shortages: tell us if you are a business owner who's stockpiling?

We’d like to hear from people in the food industry about stockpiling ahead of potential food shortages and price rises in the event of a no-deal Brexit

A no-deal Brexit could result in rising food prices and shortages of certain types of fresh food, according to secret documents the government was forced by MPs to publish on Wednesday.

Ministers have refused to disclose details about their discussions with local authorities and the food industry over possible disruptions to food supplies, arguing that the information could damage negotiations with the EU.

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Posted on 12 September 2019 | 4:03 pm

We're quitting smoking, so why is big tobacco booming? - video

Smoking rates are falling in the UK, US and much of Europe. Forty-five per cent of Brits smoked in the 60s and 70s, compared with just 15% today. You would think this was bad news for cigarette profits, but tobacco companies are making more money than ever. They claim they no longer market traditional cigarettes, but behind-the scenes tactics suggest otherwise. Leah Green explains how the most successful business enterprise in history has weathered its fall from grace

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Posted on 12 September 2019 | 10:37 am

Anywhere but Westminster | ’All this has to stop': our real Brexit crisis – video

Away from the drama in London, what's actually  going on? In Wigan, Bury, Manchester, Nuneaton and Macclesfield, John Harris and John Domokos find confusion and weariness about Brexit and fury at the so-called coup - as well as homelessness, hunger and the deep roots of the UK's current meltdown in what Anywhere but Westminster began chronicling 10 long years ago  

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Posted on 11 September 2019 | 10:20 am

Climate strikes: are you taking part in September's protests?

We would like to hear from people taking part in the Global Climate Strike on 20 September

Millions of young people around the globe are expected to protest on Friday in a bid to ask politicians take more action on the climate crisis. Climate strikes will take place in every continent, with the movement’s inspiration, environmental activist Greta Thunberg attending the rally in New York City.

In the UK, dozens of protests are set to take place in cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Leeds.

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Posted on 10 September 2019 | 3:06 pm

The 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize shortlist: the essential guide

Each year the award shortlist presents an eclectic mix of the best of British and Irish music, Nick Levine explores the influences behind each act and the scenes they represent

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Posted on 6 September 2019 | 4:50 pm

‘The love is very appreciated’: what the Hyundai Mercury Prize means to today’s musicians

For nearly three decades, the awards’ shortlisted artists and winners have defined genres and paved the way for some of the world’s most exciting artists. Tom Thorogood explores how the prize continues to elevate the freshest of British and Irish talent

Three years ago Skepta stood on the Eventim Apollo stage in Hammersmith to collect the Hyundai Mercury Prize for his landmark album Konnichiwa.

At any other music awards ceremony an unsigned rapper beating 11 other artists, including Radiohead and the late David Bowie, to the top prize would be unprecedented. But the Hyundai Mercury Prize isn’t like any other showbiz award show, where the winner is picked months in advance and the decision often has more to do with insider politics than artistry.

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Posted on 5 September 2019 | 4:44 pm

Bleeping it real: the tricks, kicks and tech behind the year’s best records

As the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize once again celebrates the most exciting and groundbreaking British and Irish talent, Leonie Cooper explores how each artist nails their sound

For the past 28 years, the Mercury Prize has been the place to find out who’s pushing things forward when it comes to the best of homegrown mainstream music. This year’s shortlist offers up a complex array of ideas, from rap as a form of therapy (Dave’s Psychodrama) and baroque deep dives into sexuality (Anna Calvi’s Hunter), to woke punk (Idles’ Joy as an Act of Resistance), spaced out astro-soul (Nao’s Saturn) and, of course, a bit of lovely hip-hop informed jazz (SEED Ensemble’s Driftglass).

In order to nail these disparate sounds, producers find themselves in a position almost as important as the artist. One such producer has sprinkled his studio magic over two of the 12 Albums of the Year. Working on debuts from both Fontaines DC and Black Midi, Dan Carey – who also runs independent record label Speedy Wunderground – used scare tactics on Dublin-based post-punks Fontaines DC’s Dogrel in order to capture the raw energy of their live shows. With the running order already decided, he broke the prospective album down into three sections of four songs. “Then I made this pact with the band that I’d record each of those parts in one take,” he says, freaking out the young group with such a stark proposition. “Usually you record multiple takes, but with this I said no matter where it went wrong we’d just wipe it and start again. So there was only ever one version in existence. It puts this amazing pressure on the band.” It paid off. The result is a frenetic, visceral thing that practically bounces off the walls.

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Posted on 5 September 2019 | 4:42 pm

Quiz: Can you tell these Hyundai Mercury Prize shortlisted albums by their covers?

Great albums and memorable sleeve designs tend to go hand in hand. Test your knowledge of the best of British and Irish music of the last few years by matching these album cover snippets with their artist

Which album is this?

Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1

The xx – I See You

Fontaines DC – Dogrel

Which album is this?

Anna Calvi – Hunter

SEED Ensemble – Driftglass

Fontaines DC – Dogrel

Which album is this?

Florence + the Machine – High as Hope

Wolf Alice – Visions of Life

Sons of Kemet – Your Queen is a Reptile

Which album is this?

Slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain

Little Simz – Grey Area

Dave – Psychodrama

Which album is this?

Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone

Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos

Dinosaur – Together, As One

Which album is this?

alt-J – Relaxer

The Big Moon – Love in the 4th Dimension

Ed Sheeran – Divide

Which album is this?

Anohni – Hopelessness

Skepta – Konnichiwa

Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

Which album is this?

Blossoms – Blossoms

The xx – I See You

Bat For Lashes – The Bride

Which album is this?

The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

The Big Moon – Love in the 4th Dimension

David Bowie – Blackstar

Which album is this?

Jamie Woon – Making Time

The Comet Is Coming – Channel the Spirits

Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

Which album is this?

Idles – Joy as an Act of Resistance

Cate Le Bon – Reward

Nao – Saturn

Which album is this?

J Hus – Common Sense

Black Midi – Schlagenheim

Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

9 and above.

Your music geekery knows no bounds.

5 and above.

You appreciate great artwork, but you usually only see it on tube posters.

0 and above.

Have you even seen an album cover recently?

Watch the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize live on Thursday 19th September, BBC Four - 9pm. Discover more: mercuryprize.hyundai.co.uk

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Posted on 5 September 2019 | 4:41 pm

YouTube kids: how unboxing, gaming and toy reviews took over - video

Being a YouTuber is now the most popular aspiration for children today, according to a recent survey. In 2018, the site’s highest earner was a seven-year-old American toy reviewer. But the video platform has been mired in controversy over its failure to protect children. Richard Sprenger meets some of the children plying their trade on YouTube, viral sensation Rebecca Black, and visits a Los Angeles summer camp where kids as young as six learn the tricks of the trade

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Posted on 5 September 2019 | 10:00 am

'If all men got pregnant, it'd be taken more seriously': behind the scenes of Seahorse – video

The documentary Seahorse tells the story of trans man Freddy McConnell, whose attempt to conceive and give birth was filmed from start to finish. In this exclusive video for the Guardian, McConnell and Seahorse's director, Jeanie Finlay, discuss the filming process and the challenges of portraying an emotional and unpredictable situation

Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth, is presented by BBC Two and produced by Andrea Cornwell, Jeanie Finlay, Grain Media and Glimmer films

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Posted on 3 September 2019 | 9:04 am

Plastic pollution: ‘I’m giving up. You probably should too’ – video

After four years of leading volunteer beach cleans in the west of Wales, Alan Cookson is quitting because of the insurmountable plastic problem around Britain’s coastlines. We join him as he leads his last beach clean to find out why he believes we need to change our approach in the fight against plastic pollution

'Like mopping up a flood': throwing in the towel over beach plastic pollution

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Posted on 29 August 2019 | 11:00 am

'You don't have to look black to be black': The complex racial identity of a tiny Ohio town - video

In the remote Ohio town of East Jackson, which sits in the Appalachian foothills, residents have for decades identified as black – despite the fact they appear white. Tom Silverstone and Francisco Navas visit a place where residents' racial lines have been blurred to invisibility

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Posted on 25 July 2019 | 4:42 pm