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Empty benches at PMQs amid fury at Johnson’s inability to do one job

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It was yet again the gaps on the Tory benches that most caught the eye. During the good times it’s standing room only for prime minister’s questions, but these days the three rows behind the government frontbench are ...

Empty seats and scandals: It appears no one wants to be a Washington fan

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The ageless Tom Brady was in town on Sunday, and it was a nice day to watch football even at a dull stadium stuck in the suburbs. The Washington Football Team were 9.5-point underdogs against Tampa Bay, but, still, on...

Tax hikes, empty shelves and fuel shortages – why do the Tories look so invincible?

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As Conservatives return home from their annual conference, they have good reasons to feel cheerful. Their national insurance increase on workers, empty shelves and involuntary conga lines at garage forecourts have bar...

There’s Someone Inside Your House review – empty Netflix cancel culture slasher

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There’s obvious business sense behind the cyclical resurgence of the teen slasher, age-old formula cheaply reproduced by barely-paid no-names aimed at an easily devalued and underestimated younger audience. What’s les...

Tory triumphalism will anger voters facing empty shelves and a fuel famine

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If a week is a long time in politics, 24 months is an eternity. Tories are gathering in Manchester highly conscious that their party last met for an in-person conference two tumultuous years ago. Since he last strutte...

Danish artist delivers empty frames for $84k as low pay protest

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In an unexpected reinterpretation of an earlier work, a Danish artist has left a museum with empty frames, a depleted bank account and red faces all round. Rather than applauding Jens Haaning’s artistic commentary on ...

‘I was empty, I’m not panic-buying’: in the petrol queue on the North Circular

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A kilometre of one of the UK’s most congested roads was on Sunday taking on a new, unwanted role: the queue for a BP garage still managing to sell petrol. Julian Dunbar estimated he had waited an hour and a half on th...

The empty shelves crisis isn’t just down to Covid and Brexit – it’s been decades in the making

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The retail phenomenon of 2021 is not a new fashion craze, electronic gadget or children’s toy. The most discussed items in today’s shops are “empty shelves”. And as the problems have grown, the arguments have raged: w...

Empty campgrounds, burned ski lifts: will Lake Tahoe be a tourist destination once again?

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For weeks, thick smoke filled the skies above Lake Tahoe, emptying the normally bustling towns that surround its alpine blue waters during the waning summer weekends. Eateries were closed, campgrounds cleared, and boa...

Gyms eye empty shops for extra space as UK returns to the treadmill

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Britons are heading back to the gym in big numbers as they look to get back into shape after the lockdowns of the past year and seek out the extra space to exercise away from home. The Gym Group has said its membershi...

Empty shelves are the only way Britain’s underpaid workers can grab national attention

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In the mid-noughties, I was economics producer at the BBC, working with the then economics editor, Evan Davis. He had just begun presenting a new programme called Dragons’ Den, and had noticed something odd about the ...

The Guardian view on empty shelves: a crisis made in government

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Most of the system that puts food on the 21st-century table is a mystery to the consumer, who is usually happy in ignorance. If the complex logistics – picking, processing, packing, and distributing – make headlines i...

For a doctor, the Tories’ empty promises on hospitals are soul-destroying

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In my first year as a doctor, I witnessed the fetid reality of crumbling NHS real estate. Arriving at work one morning on the emergency assessment unit – the frenetic hub through which most of the hospital’s acutely u...

Desperate crowds, empty flights and rage in Afghanistan at governments who failed to plan

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The Kabul airport gates were a path not to escape but to hospital for one Afghan human rights activist this week. A relative was shot in the head in the melee of people trying to leave, and so she spent the evening tr...

Tokyo 2020 played out in empty arenas but bound eight billion people together

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So how was it for you? Whether you loved or hated them, you have to admit these Olympic Games were a crazy proposition. With 206 competing teams, they were bigger and more diverse than the United Nations and – with an...

Green, empty promises? The truth behind corporate climate pledges

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For climate campaigners, 26 May seemed like the start of a long-awaited reckoning for oil and gas companies. Over a single 24-hour period, a Dutch court ordered Shell to dramatically cut emissions, shareholders voted ...

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