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Should Labour go big on radical change?

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Ed Miliband clearly understands how the Conservative party, despite claiming to have “changed”, is a “long way from grasping the political direction or scale” of the changes needed (Forget incremental change: the left...

Two leaders of very different Catholic values

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I suspect that many left-leaning Roman Catholics regard the fact that Boris Johnson is Britain’s first Catholic prime minister as more a matter of regret than pride, and certainly not “a watershed moment” for the nati...

How Guardian-reading over-70s are staying active

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Re Christian Wolmar’s letter (8 June), at 84 my daily activity both during and after lockdown has been an hour’s walk with my dog. I am able to enjoy this partly because of knee replacements 15 years ago and partly be...

Cynical, shameful and disastrous: Johnson’s handling of Northern Ireland

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If you make an agreement with someone, you have to honour it (Boris Johnson to face pressure from EU on Northern Ireland, 12 June). If you unilaterally decide to change the terms, you have broken the agreement and the...

How your medical data can save lives

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Kenan Malik entered an argument with many facets (“Tell me how you’ll use my medical data. Only then might I sign up”, Comment). The truth is that smaller, but substantial, de-identified health datasets have existed i...

Are school trips a threat to the security of Britain’s borders?

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Regarding the point of your article (School trips to UK from EU could halve as Brexit hits cultural exchanges, 4 June), we have a very significant paradox. The UK government talks about “global Britain”, but it seems ...

The adoption system isn’t perfect, but it has evolved to protect children

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I read Nina Lopez’s letter (1 June) on adoption with sadness, both because of the example she gave and also because she doesn’t tell the whole story around adoption today. “Forced” is an emotive term and that applies ...

Boundary tinkering won’t fix a broken electoral system

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Electoral demographics are changing dramatically and yet the Boundary Commission is busily shuffling deckchairs while the ship of democracy lies becalmed (UK electoral officials announce biggest shake-up of boundaries...

Parallels in personal and national histories

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I spent much of my working life as a psychologist and psychotherapist, helping people come to terms with the uncomfortable and often painful realities of their lives and personal histories. I was therefore struck by p...

Racism casts shadow over English sport once again

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In the space of a few days, we have the England football team being booed for making an anti-racist gesture (Report, June 3) and the prime minister, a man famed for racist slurs against Muslim women, jumping to the de...

The NHS data grab: why we should be concerned about plans for GPs’ records

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Thank you for your report highlighting the government’s grab of GPs’ data (GPs warn over plans to share patient data with third parties in England, 30 May) and the accompanying editorial (The Guardian view on medical ...

Tear down every statue? Here’s what to do instead

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Gary Younge argues that no statues should be erected because perspectives of people’s achievements change over time, and so those celebrated in one age may be derided in another (Why every single statue should come do...

Sadly, it seems that food banks are here to stay

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Sam Wollaston’s article (Food bank supremo Emma Revie: ‘This is the best job in the world – and it shouldn’t have to exist’, 31 May) was a timely and depressing reminder of the increasing dependence on food banks acro...

My husband knew all about the waterworks

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Regular readers will know that Barbara Ewing (Letters, 3 June) is far from alone in appearing prematurely in the obituary pages and subsequently in corrections. Might it not be an idea to arrange an occasional “resurr...

The Chagos Islands: a millstone around the neck of British diplomacy

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Your editorial (The Guardian view on Britain and the Chagos Islands: time for justice, 1 June) made a powerful case for bringing an end to a relic of the cold war and 56 years of colonial rule. The Chagos dispute has ...

Naomi Osaka shames those who ignored her pleas for help

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In taking a stand on her mental health by refusing to attend post-match press conferences, Naomi Osaka stands for all of us (Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open amid row over press conferences, 31 May). We all have...

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