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Forget a gimmicky windfall tax. Energy companies should be forced to slash bills instead

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When all politicians agree on something, it is probably a bad idea. A windfall tax on energy companies is currently in populist vogue and is superficially plausible. Thanks partly to reckless sanctions policies agains...

Johnson wants us to talk about the NHS instead of his future. Let’s do just that

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Have you noticed that this is the government’s “health week”? Sajid Javid, the health secretary, has appeared twice on Radio 4’s Today programme to try to make it fly, yet somehow it has failed to distract from other ...

Get no kick from champagne? Try a different bubbly instead …

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“I don’t know why anyone spends more on sparkling wine than that Aldi fizz – whatsitsname?” grumbled my friend. “Their crémant du Jura?” I ventured. “That’s the one,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t think most people cou...

‘I’ve learned to see beauty instead of a beast’: the house pests we’ve grown to love

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For a good while I have been indulgent of the spiders and wasps that live outside my home, but my biggest about-face has been with house centipedes, which can be horrifying to look at for many people, given their plet...

Without GPs we would be in chaos instead of a crisis

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Can I congratulate Gaby Hinsliff, as she really stood in a GP’s shoes, understood their problems, and suggested a treatment ahead (GPs have become the new fall guys for government failures, 15 October). In fact she be...

If Labour can’t beat the Tories’ polarising game, it should build bridges instead

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With two byelections coming in Conservative seats, Labour should be happy. Byelection campaigns against a government mired in scandal are normally a dream come true for the opposition: a chance to mobilise discontent ...

What if instead of a movie I got flung in jail? This lawyer who fought Chevron was

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Most people have probably heard of Chernobyl, or the BP oil spill. You may also know about my legal battle over contaminated water in California, dramatized in the movie Erin Brockovich. Yet far fewer people have hear...

Students in England to pay back loans over 40 years instead of 30

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Students in England will have to pay back university loans over 40 years instead of 30 under swingeing reforms designed to save the Treasury tens of billions of pounds. The number of students expected to pay back thei...

Friend of Francis Bacon snubs the Tate to give art works to Paris instead

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An extensive collection of Francis Bacon’s art will be given to France instead of to the Tate following a row between the gallery and one of the artist’s closest friends. Barry Joule, who was Bacon’s confidant, said h...

This Mother’s Day, I’m choosing my friends instead

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I logged into my social media feed on a cold, midwestern spring morning and was greeted with a post by a major magazine. It was a link to 30 Mother’s Day songs that, the article claimed, “will tug at her heart strings...