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The Guardian view on public order: criminalising protest is bad for democracy

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This government’s public order bill would not be out of place in the statute books of Russia or Belarus. Yet the bill passed its second reading in parliament this week. Why does Boris Johnson criticise repressive poli...

The Guardian view on the Afghan evacuation: a governmental disaster and human tragedy

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The excoriating parliamentary report on Britain’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan is such a lengthy catalogue of failure that it is far quicker to say what was done well: there were heroic efforts by indiv...

The Guardian view on children’s social care: a heartbreaking market

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There are 80,000 children in the care of local authorities in England. At the current rate of growth of 2% a year, the figure will be 100,000 in a decade. If removing more and more children from their families was pro...

The Guardian view on Viktor Orbán’s Brussels bashing: a reckoning must come

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In recent years, as Viktor Orbán has consolidated his hold over Hungary’s body politic, he has acquired a cult following on America’s Republican right. That status was confirmed last week when US conservatives staged ...

The Guardian view on swallows and swifts: nature’s messengers

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Swifts are back in UK skies, putting an end to the annual hiatus when nature seems to hold its breath, awaiting successive waves of migrant birds whose twittering is the soundscape of summer. But these are worrying ti...

The Observer view on the growing crisis in Sri Lanka

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There is not a country that has escaped the combined economic shocks of Covid-19 and the global spike in oil and food prices triggered by Russia’s continuing invasion of Ukraine. Painful for wealthy countries, for low...

The Observer view on the investigation into Covid lawbreaking in Downing St

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Political analysts discount the predictions parties spin out about their election performance as expectation management. The idea is to represent what is in reality a poor result as better than expected. But it is an ...

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson: not in control of his own premiership

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Has Boris Johnson wriggled free of Partygate? The news that the prime minister will not receive any further fines over the scandal suggests he might. But Mr Johnson is not out of danger. The Metropolitan police’s inve...

The Guardian view on low Covid vaccination rates: not just North Korea

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When Covid-19 first emerged, the “Hermit Kingdom” lived up to its nickname – shutting its borders in January 2020, long before most of the world had taken real heed of the disease spreading in China. With healthcare a...

The Guardian view on fixing inflation: a reckoning with free markets is needed

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The Bank of England this week joined the ranks of the “enemies of the people”. Damned for the governor’s gloomy but accurate assessment that UK consumers face an “apocalyptic” spike in food prices, the Bank found itse...

The Guardian view on abusive MPs: beware the arrogance of power

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There are two traditional means by which MPs are held responsible for their actions. They face the judgment of voters in elections, and they are subject to discipline by party whips. Those are mostly political evaluat...

The Guardian view on the Marcos family’s return: bad news for the Philippines

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Thirty-six years after the people of the Philippines swept the Marcos family from power in a peaceful popular uprising, they have returned it to the presidency via the ballot box. Last week’s electoral landslide for F...

The Guardian view on the Northern Ireland protocol bill: provocative and needless

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At the recent Stormont elections, a majority of voters supported parties that broadly back the Northern Ireland protocol. Local business leaders have urged Boris Johnson to abandon the threat to unilaterally tear part...

The Guardian view on the school divide: Zahawi fails a test

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The stark division between British private and state schools is widely recognised by many of those in the centre, as well as on the left of politics, as perpetuating a centuries-old class system. Over recent decades, ...

The Guardian view on the Buffalo shooting: a wake-up call for the Republican right

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According to a poll published in the United States earlier this month, one in three adults believes that an attempt is being made “to replace native-born Americans with immigrants in order to achieve electoral gains”....

The Guardian view on the newly united French left: beyond the fragments

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In 1936, during the first heady months of France’s new Popular Front government, a Parisian schoolteacher coined the phrase that symbolised the hopes invested in it. “Tout est possible!” (Everything is possible) wrote...

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