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The Guardian view on falling birthrates: to parent or not to parent?

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There are not many things that most people agree on. But one is that it is a good thing if adults who want children are able to have them. This is the simple idea at the heart of a new report from the Social Market Fo...

The Guardian view on Angela Merkel: farewell to a bulwark of stability

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One of the most emblematic political photographs of recent times was taken during a G7 summit in Canada in 2018. Leaning forward across a narrow table with hands outstretched, a grim-faced Angela Merkel confronts Dona...

The Guardian view on vaccines for all: share them now

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For the west and other rich nations, the problem is demand: how to give more vaccines, including by persuading the hesitant. Britain and other countries are already delivering booster shots. Older children in the UK w...

The Observer view on Anglo-French relations

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France’s extraordinary decision to recall its ambassadors to the US and Australia reflects deep anger over its exclusion from the secretly negotiated Aukus defence pact and the cancellation by Canberra of a £48bn subm...

The Observer view on the government’s flawed winter plan for Covid

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A small room, with the windows shut, packed tightly with more than 30 mense, none wearing masks. This is the image the government released last week of Boris Johnson’s reshuffled cabinet at their first meeting. The p...

The Guardian view of Lib Dem strategy: bringing down the blue wall

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Electoral history is full of upsets, but few are as stunning as the Liberal Democrats’ byelection victory in Chesham and Amersham, deep in the heart of Tory Britain. In June there was a 25% swing against the ruling pa...

The Guardian view on the Aukus defence pact: taking on China

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No one – least of all Beijing – believes the denials. The new defence pact between the US, UK and Australia is unmistakably aimed at containing China. The question is how substantive it will prove to be. The initial p...

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s cabinet: new faces, not a new direction

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In Westminster it is often said that politics drives the timing of decisions. But this week’s reshuffle by Boris Johnson is just the opposite: the timing is driving the politics. The prime minister is eyeing an early ...

The Guardian view on cities: develop with care

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There are two places in London that would be the pride of any other major city in the world, yet which face an imminent threat to their survival. They are the Latin Village in Seven Sisters, and Banglatown in Spitalfi...

The Guardian view on Brexit diplomacy: thaw, not Frost

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It is usually worth paying more attention to what ministers do than what they say, especially when the subject is Europe. At the start of this week, the Brexit minister, David Frost, told the House of Lords that Brita...

The Guardian view on Johnson’s Covid plan: winter is coming, again

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As winter approaches, the good news is that we are in better shape than many people feared given the scrapping of almost all Covid restrictions over the summer. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) war...

The Guardian view on benefit cuts: the fight against poverty is on

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The government appears hellbent on inflicting immeasurable hardship. Ignoring warnings, pleas and recommendations from charities, thinktanks, opposition parties and six former Conservative welfare secretaries, Rishi S...

The Guardian view on families separated by Brexit: where’s the compassion?

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In Franz Kafka’s The Trial, a blameless citizen wakes up one day to find himself under suspicion for no good reason. Dit was, presumably, never the intention of the architects of Brexit to inflict a similar kind of psy...

The Guardian view on the SNP: deliver on public services, not just a referendum

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Since 2007, the Scottish National party has been the largest party in Holyrood, dominating politics to become a credible party of government. It has now begun its fourth term in power. Yet the SNP has had few major po...

The Guardian view on a hidden history of poetry: it depends where you look

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Think of ancient Greek verse and what often springs to mind are those great beacons of literary achievement, the epics of Homer, the odes of Pindar, the dramas of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, the lyrics of Sapp...

The Guardian view on Xi Jinping’s China: rectification, not revolution

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Fifty-five years ago, China was in turmoil. Mao had launched the Cultural Revolution to eradicate opposition in the party and cleanse the country’s political soul, using the power of the masses. It would last a decade...

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