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Sunak’s sneaky budget can’t hide the cost of living crisis about to hit voters

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What a tightrope the chancellor will walk on Wednesday, with contradictory messages to satisfy opposing audiences. His party, who will chose its next leader, wants austerity so he keeps a photo of Margaret Thatcher’s ...

The NHS leads the world in green healthcare. But it faces a political roadblock

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If news reflected the magnitude of the planet’s crisis, one story would splash the headlines every day, filling every column inch, airtime minute and swipe of TikTok. Writing about anything else often seems trivial. C...

The Tories are sacrificing Northern Irish businesses on the altar of Brexit purity

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Here comes the destroyer, as David Frost, the Brexit minister, stomps into talks on the Northern Ireland protocol this week with European commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič. His mission from Boris Johnson is to ...

Tory austerity caused misery – and now they want to make it worse

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Deaths are what can be counted most easily – bodies can’t be hidden from the statisticians or denied by those responsible for the figures. It was predictable, and predicted, that many more would die when the governmen...

Is Priti Patel the only person in Britain who doesn’t want to let asylum seekers work?

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In this government’s realm of sham politics, nothing is what it seems, nothing does what it claims and the public are taken for idiots. Yet synthetic policies don’t always fool the public, especially the ever more dra...

Sajid Javid’s threat to sack NHS chiefs is doomed to fail

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A long, low groan echoes around the NHS. Not again, please? The new health secretary, Sajid Javid, pledges far-reaching reforms and the most comprehensive review since the 1980s. Too many new health secretaries start ...

The Conservative conference shows a party in denial while all around is crisis

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The Tory party conference seems to be floating along in a sea of delusion. Outside their cocooned security zone, in the real world of petrol shortages and soaring energy prices, a cost of living crisis is “flashing re...

Why do children in Britain always bear the brunt of Tory cuts?

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This is no country for babies. It’s no surprise the birthrate keeps falling when would-be parents face impossible obstacles. As in the 1930s, it happens in hard times. It’s no snowflake generation whim, but the result...

Labour should be approaching its party conference with hope, not despair

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Ahead of the Labour party conference this weekend, many are hoping for a magic leader’s speech to turn the tide overnight. Orthodoxy decrees that a midterm opposition should be polling far ahead, not in Labour’s curre...

We’ve had a reshuffle, but no change of direction for this hapless government

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Will this reshuffle make a scrap of difference? Of course not. The most damaged of the prime minister’s dented shields of inadequates are out, to be replaced mainly with other willing obedients. This noisy grinding of...

If Johnson is serious about ‘levelling up’, he needs to look at what Labour got right

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No one knows what “levelling up” is, but now Boris Johnson wants 10 more years to do it. A white paper on the grand strategy is promised but, in the meantime, take a good look at this week’s report from Onward – a cen...

Boris Johnson’s care victory shows he can get away with sham policies – for now

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He does it again, he pulls it off. The figure David Cameron once called the “greased piglet” has slipped from the grasp of his angry party and the Tory press, all incensed by this new levy. Boris Johnson trounced them...

The Tories are in revolt about social care – and Boris Johnson’s ‘clear plan’ won’t work

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The spectacle of the Tory party in a frothing fury is a stirring sight. Cabinet members brief freely – Jacob Rees-Mogg’s head high above the parapet – while every WhatsApp groupuscule of Conservative MPs rampages agai...

Generation Covid has been hit hard. Thank goodness they’re not resentful – yet

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The pandemic’s next effect might be a wave of political conflict. A rising tide of anger among young people at what they have willingly sacrificed for older people emerges in a major survey across 12 European countrie...

After Afghanistan, Britain can no longer pretend to punch above its weight

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After humiliation, here ends hubris and surely the “global Britain” delusion. No more fatuous boasting, no more “world-beating” and “world-leading”, but time for an honest audit of who we are, what we can do, and what...

End-of-life care should not simply be about prolonging a painful death

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Of all life’s seven ages, which do people value most? Surely no one puts their final few months at the top, when all that’s left is the hope of avoiding departure through a torture chamber. Yet the UK spends most on t...

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