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The Observer view on a united approach by the EU and UK to the refugee crisis

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Imagine being trapped at night in a freezing forest between Poland and Belarus. There is no shelter, no food, no warmth. If you try to head west, the Polish army pushes you back. If you try to return the way you came,...

The Observer view on the killing of Sir David Amess

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When he was fatally stabbed while holding a constituency surgery, Sir David Amess became the second MP to have been killed in the line of duty in just five years. A veteran parliamentarian who commanded immense respec...

The Observer view on benefit cuts

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The government enacted the biggest ever overnight benefit cut last week. In one fell swoop, low-paid parents and unpaid carers of disabled people have lost more than £1,000 a year from their annual budgets, at a time ...

The Observer view on institutional misogyny in the Metropolitan police

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The arrest, then kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard by a serving Metropolitan police officer have irrevocably shaken public confidence in the police. Last week, as her murderer was sentenced, her family read...

The Observer view on Keir Starmer’s Labour conference speech

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Labour has a mountain to climb to get back into government. In 2019, the party suffered its worst election defeat since 1935, the product of the deep unpopularity of its leader, its difficulty in producing a credible ...

The Observer view on shortages and rationing

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Queues at the pumps, shortages in supermarkets, energy companies going bust and chemotherapy being cancelled due to staff shortages. Welcome to Britain in 2021. Some of this disruption has clearly been caused by a pan...

The Observer view on the fight to succeed Angela Merkel

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Angela Merkel’s long goodbye as Germany’s chancellor finally draws to a close this weekend as votes in the federal election are tallied – at least in theory. If the latest opinion polls are to be believed, there will ...

The Observer view on Anglo-French relations

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France’s extraordinary decision to recall its ambassadors to the US and Australia reflects deep anger over its exclusion from the secretly negotiated Aukus defence pact and the cancellation by Canberra of a £48bn subm...

The Observer view on the government’s flawed winter plan for Covid

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A small room, with the windows shut, packed tightly with more than 30 people, none wearing masks. This is the image the government released last week of Boris Johnson’s reshuffled cabinet at their first meeting. The p...

The Observer view on the Taliban and how they underestimate ordinary Afghans

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The fall of Kabul in November 2001 was celebrated by rightwing British newspapers and commentators as something akin to Victorian imperial payback. Northern Alliance forces, backed by US and UK air strikes, swept the ...

The Observer view on the weaknesses of Boris Johnson’s social care levy

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Boris Johnson’s plan to “fix the crisis in social care” has arrived after 18 months of procrastination and decades of heartbreaking complaints from dementia sufferers and disabled people denied the care they need. A h...

The Observer view on the urgent need for extra social care funding

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The social care system for older people and disabled adults in England is in severe crisis. People are going without the professional care they need to maintain basic dignity and live fulfilled and flourishing lives, ...

The Observer view on the pros and cons of deep-sea mining

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Deep-sea mining has become one of our planet’s most divisive problems. By stripping the ocean floor of its vast mineral wealth, proponents say we can obtain the cobalt, manganese, nickel and copper we urgently need fo...

The Observer view on the resurgence of the Taliban

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Afghanistan is a tragedy, a parable and a cautionary tale for our age. As the last, desperate evacuees scramble aboard planes in Kabul, as suicide bombers threaten to kill yet more blameless people, as a vast tide of ...

The Observer view on the unfolding tragedy in Afghanistan

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Incompetence. Poor judgment. Lack of preparedness. Untruths. Confusion. Complacency. Delay. All the characteristics that have come to define Boris Johnson’s government over the past two years are on unedifying display...

The Observer view on the fall of Afghanistan

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The fall of Afghanistan to fundamentalist Taliban forces is a disaster foretold. Although the capital, Kabul, remains in government hands, the scale and speed of the insurgents’ advance has left no doubt who now holds...

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