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‘One woman took out 13 of her own teeth’: the terrifying truth about Britain’s dental crisis

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It is over an hour before the emergency dental clinic is due to open, but Jodie Manning is taking no chances. She hasn’t been able to eat for four days – “I can’t physically bite down any more” – and is determined to ...

What did we learn from ‘Wagatha Christie’? No one wins in Britain’s slow and broken courts

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Like all good detective stories, the tale of Wagatha Christie ended with a twist. Coleen Rooney failed to turn up for the final day of the libel trial that has gripped the nation, choosing to go on a long-planned fami...

Why Britain’s housing market is crumbling

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Simon Jenkins largely misses the point in analysing Britain’s housing situation (Michael Gove is right about one thing: building more homes won’t solve anything, 13 May). Yes, it is true that many owners are underoccu...

A wing and a prayer: is there hope for Britain’s loneliest bat?

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In a dank, disused railway tunnel in West Sussex hangs a brown, furry parcel, the sole known representative of Britain’s rarest mammal. Scientists don’t like to apply emotive adjectives to animals, but if ever there w...

Ingrid Pollard: the Turner nominee uncovering Britain’s secret shame – review

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With detailed studies of flaking, iron-blooded rock, printed at monumental scale Ingrid Pollard directs our thoughts to the bigger picture. The title of her show, Carbon Slowly Turning, might describe the motion of th...

The US may not share Britain’s obsession with class – but it hates women every bit as much

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You have to be careful about letting women into politics, you really do. You give them a few rights and then they start clamouring for more. Worse still, they start using their womanly wiles to get their way, crossing...

Britain’s hopes of post-Brexit US trade deal ‘depend on workers’ rights’

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Britain’s hopes of a favourable post-Brexit trade deal with the US risk being undermined by the government’s lack of engagement on workers’ rights, trade unions have warned. As a second round of US-UK talks begins thi...

Britain’s Tesla hopes for big things from ‘microfactories’

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The last year has been tricky for electric vehicle startups. After a burst of investment mania in which companies raised billions on the mere promise of battery propulsion, valuations have come back down to earth. One...

Humanity must be at the core of Britain’s asylum policy

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There are many solutions to the problems in our asylum system, but they all begin with a sense of humanity apparently unknown to the present government (Priti Patel: Rwanda plan critics ‘fail to offer their own soluti...

Where Britain’s journey to insulation went wrong

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Christmas 2015 was a miserable one for the 1,000 employees of Leicester-based Mark Group who had lost their jobs with the energy efficiency company just weeks before. The business, named Britain’s fastest-growing in a...

The Guardian view on Britain’s Rwanda deal: a cruel, cynical pretence

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Priti Patel’s ambition to send asylum seekers as far away from the UK mainland as she can has a history. Two years ago, the home secretary looked at shipping Channel migrants to processing centres from north Africa to...

Art of diplomacy: 300 years of Japanese art in Britain’s royal collection

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In 1881, two young British princes serving as midshipmen in the Royal Navy visited Japan, where they had a meeting with the emperor. This encounter wasn’t the most significant between the royal families of Britain and...

Britain’s on the rocks – no wonder we’re hitting the cocktails

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It is far from an exact science, taking a nation’s pulse from what it’s drinking. Cocktail sociology tends, alas, to be looked down upon by the powers that be. The field is sadly overreliant on the datasets of second-...

The Observer view on Britain’s cruel and unfit refugee policy

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More than four million refugees have fled Ukraine since Russia began its barbaric military campaign against the Ukrainian people just over a month ago. It has been described by the UN’s refugee agency as the fastest-g...

Mutual aid was a vital safety net during Covid. Britain’s about to need it again

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Before the pandemic, Edwin, a 59-year-old retired nurse, was just about getting by. His home in Northfield, an outer suburb of Birmingham, was “in chaos”, so crowded with stuff that he could only really use one room. ...

The day I thwarted Jimmy Savile: Mark Lawson on trying to stop Britain’s worst sex offender

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My family go to a local Catholic church where, to my wild schoolboy excitement, Leeds United players regularly attend mass. Sightings of Billy Bremner, Eddie Gray, Terry Yorath – tie-knots as wide as their trouser fla...

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