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Lawbreaking, rich lists and yet another ‘shakeup’: it’s a normal week at Tory HQ

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News that the Partygate investigation has concluded with no further fines for Boris Johnson is arguably a setback for long-game prime ministerial assassin Dominic Cummings. The stop-Boris movement’s trackie-bummed ant...

At ease, Martin Lewis – a queue of Tory MPs is here to solve the cost of living crisis

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Given the employee calibre and attrition rate of this government, it’s always a heart-in-mouth moment when they unleash a previously unheard-of minister on the airwaves. Much like the bit in the Simpsons where Mr Burn...

‘Goddesses, I yield to you!’ Marina Warner on the volcanic power of witches, she-devils and divinities

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The British Museum is filled with objects that were once sacred to one culture or another. Until recently, the move into a museum setting disenchanted such artefacts. Their new surroundings effectively deadened the my...

Who’s winning the Beergate battle? In this excruciating instalment, it’s hard to tell

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Last night, Keir Starmer performed as The Gambler in a tiny space with cheap scenery and three journalists. The Labour leader’s promise to resign if Durham police issue him with a fixed penalty notice looked like an o...

Arse-kickings? Snap elections? Roll up for all the local results drama

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Local election results mean three flagships have now been sunk in the past month: Westminster, Wandsworth, and the Moskva. Along with Barnet, the loss of those first two councils has contributed to the Conservatives’ ...

Through the Trumpian looking glass, forcing women to die from illegal abortions is ‘pro-life’

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An American girl born this week will have fewer rights than an American girl born in 1973. This is the likely import of the leaked US supreme court draft opinion on abortion rights – and cause for a huge thank-you-ver...

For this NSFW government, it’s the last days of Rome. Do they really still think voters don’t care?

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How long were the last days of Rome? By some estimates, about 200 years, so I hope you’re sitting comfortably after a week in which: a female MP was baselessly branded an exhibitionist; a male MP was accused of watchi...

What better owner for Twitter than Elon Musk, master of the ill-advised tweet?

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Speaking a few hours ago about Twitter purchaser Elon Musk, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey declared: “I trust his mission to extend the light of consciousness.” Bless. This feels like the first flashback scene we see ...

Everyone knows the Queen hates a fuss – except, strangely, her most loyal defenders

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Like all truly patriotic Britons, I hugely enjoy how mad Prince Harry makes some people. Mad in both the British and American senses of the word. More than two years after he stepped back from royal duties to become y...

Sexual assault: regrettable, but no impediment to a parliamentary career

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According to Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, the conviction of fellow MP Imran Ahmad Khan for child sexual assault was just based on “lazy tropes about LGBT+ people”. Amazing, really, that it was the chairman of the al...

You have to admit The Rishi Sunak Show is hilarious. The non-dom episode is the best yet

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A debilitating week for Treasury-based luxury casualwear influencer Rishi Sunak. He used to seem invincible; now he’s the pocket Samson who’s just taken a massive haircut courtesy of his wife. I know Rishi wants to be...

Marina Ovsyannikova, Russian TV protester, decries Putin propaganda

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The Russian TV editor who interrupted a news broadcast to protest the Ukraine war said on Sunday she acted out of dissatisfaction at propaganda disseminated by Vladimir Putin’s government, and said she had turned down...

Who pays the P&O ferryman? The 800 staff thrown overboard, of course

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Mesmerising work by P&O Ferries, whose decision to sack 800 seafaring staff over a Microsoft Teams meeting makes them slightly more distasteful boat owners than several people on the international sanctions list. ...

Marina Ovsyannikova broke the state propaganda machine – others will follow

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Marina Ovsyannikova, a Russian state television Channel One employee, was detained on Monday after interrupting a live news broadcast on Monday with an anti-war message. She appeared in court later, where she was fine...

Marina Ovsyannikova: Russian journalist fined after live broadcast protest

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A Russian court has fined Marina Ovsyannikova 30,000 roubles (£215) for violating protest laws after she broke onto a live news broadcast on Channel One in an extraordinary demonstration against Russia’s invasion of U...

Never a police officer around when you want one – unless you’re an oligarch

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Didn’t you love the pictures of a column of Metropolitan police officers running towards Oleg Deripaska’s house like it was a five-storey Greggs? Here they come, trotting with intent, a phalanx of shirt-sleeved, riot-...

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