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The Guardian view on delaying lockdown easing: sadly unavoidable

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Since February, when Boris Johnson unveiled a four-step roadmap to ending all Covid restrictions in England, progress has been steady and at times relatively serene compared with the periods of abject confusion and ch...

The Guardian view on lobbying: say yes to tougher rules

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Ministers will wait until the final version of a report on lobbying is published before announcing which of its recommendations they plan to accept. Given the damage caused by the close involvement of a former prime m...

The Guardian view on Go Big: Ed Miliband on transforming Britain

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If any Labour leader can claim to have won the argument and lost the election, it is surely Ed Miliband. In 2015, the Conservatives mocked “Red Ed” for proposing crazy socialist policies, such as nationalising railway...

The Guardian view on Catalonia’s jailed separatists: time for magnanimity

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Madrid’s Plaza de Colón is home to the largest Spanish flag in the world, making it a natural focal point for demonstrations of rightwing patriotic fervour, particularly on matters related to Catalonia. On Sunday, it ...

The Observer view on Boris Johnson’s stance over Ireland at the G7 summit

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This weekend’s G7 summit is the first time the leaders of some of the world’s most powerful democracies have met in person since the start of the pandemic. There should have been a laser focus on coordinating global a...

The Observer view on Iran’s rigged presidential election

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Iran’s beleaguered voters do not have much of a choice in this Friday’s presidential election. The regime, dominated by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a fiercely anti-western conservative, has cynically m...

The Guardian view on national identity: bravo Gareth Southgate

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In some ways, Nancy Mitford’s novel The Pursuit of Love ought not to be as beloved by readers as it is. Its mise-en-scène is so antithetical to the experiences of those growing up today that it should be utterly alien...

The Guardian view on hosting the G7: to Biden, Britain is still Europe

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It is a stroke of good luck for Boris Johnson that Britain is hosting this year’s G7 summit. As chair of the club for rich democracies, the prime minister’s centrality to the proceedings is guaranteed. He is first in ...

The Guardian view on the internet outage: we need resilience, not just efficiency

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In Rumaan Alam’s apocalyptic novel Leave the World Behind, a protagonist notices a news alert warning of a major blackout: “She jabbed at it, but the application did not open, just the white screen of the thinking mac...

The Guardian view on migrant deaths: safe routes must be created

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The identification of the body of Artin Iran Nezhad in Norway brings a tragic migration story to an end. Artin, aged 15 months when his Iranian Kurdish parents tried to cross the Channel in a small boat, was reported ...

The Guardian view on footballers taking the knee: don’t boo, cheer

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The decision by the England football squad to “take the knee” was a landmark in recognising that racism is a pernicious blight on the game. This has been a slow process spanning decades, but it has gained momentum sin...

The Guardian view on foreign aid cuts: conservatism without compassion

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Boris Johnson does not share the liberal belief in progress. “I think that history – societies and civilizations and nations – can rise and fall, and I think that things can go backwards,” he said recently in an inter...

The Guardian view on the G7 global tax deal: genuine progress

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Last week the Guardian reported that an Irish subsidiary of the US tech giant Microsoft paid no corporation tax at all last year, on profits of $315bn (£222bn). This is because Microsoft Round Island One, which collec...

The Guardian view on the god of science: a divine but rational disagreement

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Do the laws of science and mathematics explain everything, without any need to bring God into it? The pious once believed that wrathful deities could unleash plagues. As reason emerged in the temple of thinking, there...

The Observer view on the G7 summit

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The G7, an exclusive club comprising the world’s largest “advanced economies”, began life in 1975 as the Group of Six, was renamed the Group of Seven when Canada joined in 1976, became the Group of Eight when Russia w...

The Guardian view on the Portugal travel U-turn: red, amber and grey

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The UK government’s decision to move Portugal from the green to the amber foreign travel list is messy, dubious and disturbingly characteristic of Boris Johnson at his worst. Most immediately, in human terms, it is an...

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