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If only the UK could panic-buy prime ministers who know what they’re doing

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Is the government’s fabled Nudge Unit on a paddleboard somewhere in Crete? You have to ask, after Downing Street urged people not to panic-buy petrol, a piece of behavioural science almost guaranteed to make people pa...

Covid passports: what are European countries doing?

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While the government has shelved plans for Covid passports in nightclubs and other crowded places in England, at least a dozen EU countries now operate similar schemes for access to a wide range of venues and activiti...

Hilary Mantel on staging The Mirror and the Light: ‘I should have been doing this all my life’

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As the author of 12 globally successful novels, of which Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies both won the Booker prize, Hilary Mantel seems an unlikely person to conclude that she picked the wrong business. But in a the...

Pandemic mutual aid has shown us an altogether different way of doing politics

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When Slung Low theatre in Leeds closed during the first lockdown in March last year, its five core staff decided to stay put. The publicly funded theatre had cash and a van, so the staff leafleted the theatre’s neighb...

UK workers on returning to the office: ‘No point if I end up doing video calls’

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Workers in the UK have gradually been returning to offices in recent weeks, following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions. While many firms have adopted a flexible arrangement combining remote and office work each...

Once you understand the terrible cost of doing nothing, climate action is a bargain

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Ruinous, eye-watering, crippling, stratospheric, massive. That’s the cost to the UK of beating the climate crisis, according to those who portray getting to net zero emissions as economic suicide that is being thrust ...

UK not doing enough to support those fleeing Hong Kong, advocacy group says

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The UK risks providing Hongkongers fleeing persecution in their homeland with safety and security in name only, a community leader has warned, as thousands try to flee the crackdown on civil liberties by Chinese autho...

Britain’s Covid experts Neil Ferguson Sage are under attack, but they are just doing their jobs

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It feels like open season on Professor Neil Ferguson right now. Sections of the media and several columnists delight in castigating the epidemiologist, or “Professor Lockdown”, for being “doomster in chief”, constantl...

It’s a glorious feeling when you and your singles bubble buddy just hang doing nothing

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When the singles bubble was announced, I found myself awash with what people much cooler than me call “the feels”. Relief. Excitement. Terror. I’ll be able to have a hug! I’ll be able to sit on a couch with someone an...

Why isn’t Joe Biden doing all he can to protect American democracy?

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You’d think Biden and the Democratic party leadership would do everything in their power to stop Republicans from undermining democracy. So far this year, the Republican party has passed roughly 30 laws in states acr...

Comfort food and cleaning products: no wonder Unilever’s doing so well

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A vast portfolio of food and household brands has allowed the consumer goods giant Unilever to navigate its way through the pandemic. The maker of Domestos bleach, Dove soap and Cif cleaner benefited from a surge in d...

Gina Yashere on riches, racism and US success: ‘I don’t like to boast, but I’m doing very well!’

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It is 14 years since Gina Yashere walked out on Britain. The standup comic was sick of accepting second best. It’s not that she wasn’t successful – she was. She had a recurring slot on the BBC’s Lenny Henry Show betwe...

‘Now I can look busy while doing nothing’: what Guardian readers learned from their summer jobs

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Rhianna Lindsay-Nieto, product manager, London My first summer job was to scrub dishes for a large restaurant chain in the late 1990s. It was filthy work and the smell of leftover food lingered long after my shift ha...

Covid vaccine map: how are countries around the world doing?

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Since the first Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 was injected into the arm of a British woman in December 2020, hundreds of millions of vaccine doses have been administered worldwide. Dozens of countries now have advan...

Congo’s latest killer is the climate crisis. Doing nothing is unthinkable

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For thousands of years, Lake Tanganyika was an exquisite sight that soothed and supported generations of Congolese people. Those living by its shores in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have snoozed in hammo...

Kim Leadbeater on running for her sister Jo Cox’s seat: ‘I know this is what she would want me to be doing’

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It was the most shocking day in British politics this century. On 16 June 2016, a week before the Brexit vote, brooding tensions came to a climax with one horrific act of violence: the murder of Jo Cox. It was only 13...

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