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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...

Ukraine destruction: how the Guardian documented Russia’s use of illegal weapons

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At about midnight on 1 March 2022, a Russian air force jet dropped a series of 250kg Soviet-era explosives over Borodyanka, north of Kyiv. They were powerful FAB-250 bombs, designed to hit military targets such as ene...

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...

Guardian Australia readers: who do you think is going to win the federal election?

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With the polls tightening in the final days of the campaign, Saturday’s election is expected to be a close match. Labor is desperately hoping the widespread anti-Morrison sentiment will be enough to deliver victory 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 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 Maeve Gilmore’s art: out from the shadows

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Thirty-nine years after her death, the artist Maeve Gilmore is finally having her first institutional solo show. A display of 20 paintings, selected in consultation with her family and on show at Studio Voltaire in Lo...

The Guardian view on Shireen Abu Aqleh: press freedom under attack

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The shooting of Al Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Aqleh – one of the Arab world’s best-known journalists – is not only a sad and devastating blow to friends and admirers, but a deadly reminder that press freedoms in the Holy L...

US secretly issued subpoena to access Guardian reporter’s phone records

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The US justice department secretly issued a subpoena to gain access to details of the phone account of a Guardian reporter as part of an aggressive leak investigation into media stories about an official inquiry into ...

The Guardian view on carbon bombs: governments must say no

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These are frightening times. It is shocking to learn that just a few months after the show of international common purpose at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, countries including the US, Canada and Australia are a...

The Guardian view on expanding Nato: Putin has only himself to blame

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In 2019, Emmanuel Macron declared that Nato was becoming “braindead”. The French president’s warning was prompted by fears that the US, under Donald Trump, could no longer be relied upon to come to the defence of Nato...

The Guardian view on Afghan women: the Taliban turn the screws

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Two decades ago, photographs of blue burqas became perhaps the totemic image of life under the Taliban, as Afghan women’s rights were invoked and exploited to justify the country’s invasion. On Saturday, the Taliban o...

The Guardian view on Putin’s Victory Day speech: justifying the unjustifiable

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When Vladimir Putin launched what was intended as a blitzkrieg attack on Kyiv in February, he would have assumed that annual May celebrations of the Soviet victory over nazism would merge with a more contemporary triu...

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