The Queen above politics? Not when Cameron and Johnson come calling | Nick Cohen | Opinion

The Queen above politics? Not when Cameron and Johnson come calling | Nick Cohen | Opinion

The Queen is a sham head of state. She cannot act as a constitutional president and force rival politicians to look for ways out of a national emergency. She cannot insist that the prime minister obeys the rules, because there are too few rules in Britain and too many woozy, unenforceable conventions. Elizabeth II’s strength […]

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Justin Trudeau – not so much racist as shallow and ineffectual | Leah McLaren | Opinion

Justin Trudeau – not so much racist as shallow and ineffectual | Leah McLaren | Opinion

As a Canadian living in Britain, I’m pretty sure nobody on either side of the Atlantic really believes Justin Trudeau is a racist. Certainly not an afro-wig wearing, Banana Boat-singing, face-blacking one. Though, admittedly, he did do all those racist things and possibly more – it’s hard to know because he says he can’t remember. […]

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The Mean Girls have had their day. Welcome to the new Machiavellians | Barbara Ellen | Opinion

The Mean Girls have had their day. Welcome to the new Machiavellians | Barbara Ellen | Opinion

Fifteen years after the release of Tina Fey’s cult film Mean Girls, where Lindsay Lohan’s central character battled her peers, the all-powerful Plastics, is it time to move on from the Mean Girls caricature? Researchers at Florida Atlantic University found that, far from being ostracised, Mean Girl types are the most popular social group. FAU […]

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Daughter of Boris Johnson hospital heckler 'very much better' | Politics

Daughter of Boris Johnson hospital heckler ‘very much better’ | Politics

A father who confronted Boris Johnson over the state of the NHS after years of austerity has said that his daughter is doing better. Omar Salem confronted the prime minister during a visit to a children’s ward at Whipps Cross University hospital in north-east London, where his seven-day-old daughter was being treated. Salem took the […]

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Turn that down! Neighbours revolt over party houses | Society

Turn that down! Neighbours revolt over party houses | Society

Everyone loves a good party, apart from the neighbours. The rise of dedicated party houses, from Edinburgh to Sandbanks, is being met with a growing backlash and now MPs and influential residents’ groups are calling for ministers to step in. A large and apparently growing number of ordinary residential houses are being let out for […]

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We MPs know that Boris Johnson’s rhetoric is dangerous and divisive | Tracy Brabin and Jack Dromey | Opinion

We MPs know that Boris Johnson’s rhetoric is dangerous and divisive | Tracy Brabin and Jack Dromey | Opinion

As members of parliament, we have borne witness to a change in the way in which politics is conducted in this country that deeply concerns us. Of course, politics can involve heated debate and there is no doubt that we have both been involved in fiery and impassioned exchanges over the course of our political […]

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Heritage healing: why historic houses improve wellbeing | Culture

Heritage healing: why historic houses improve wellbeing | Culture

With its low gables and sunny verandahs, the empty former cottage hospital of Winsford is a building like no other in the world. The result of a philanthropic dream shared by a rich widow and a leading Victorian architect, in the 119 years since the ailing people of north Devon were first welcomed under its […]

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The history of art … according to Steve Martin | Culture

The history of art … according to Steve Martin | Culture

Steve Martin, the comedian and film star, is using the force of his colourful personality this autumn to champion a vivid but little-known art movement founded by two young American artists who met in Paris in the early years of the 20th century. Martin, 74, a fan of modern art, has joined forces with BBC […]

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Sea of pink flowers left for 'beautiful' Keeley Bunker as man, 19, appears in court

Sea of pink flowers left for ‘beautiful’ Keeley Bunker as man, 19, appears in court

A sea of flowers and teddies have been laid at the scene where a ‘beautiful’ young woman’s body was found after she went missing following a concert. The heartbreaking tributes appeared overnight in Tamworth after the body was confirmed to be that of 20-year-old Keeley Bunker. The tragic discovery has sent the whole town into […]

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Tom Watson: plan to remove me as deputy leader is 'drive-by shooting' | Politics

Tom Watson: plan to remove me as deputy leader is ‘drive-by shooting’ | Politics

Tom Watson has described the move to abolish his post as deputy leader of the Labour party as a “drive-by shooting”. Watson said he learned of the vote, which threatens to plunge the Labour party into a fresh civil war on the eve of its annual conference, while sitting in a Chinese restaurant in Manchester. […]

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