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Jeremy Corbyn to hold crisis talks as Labour MPs try to force him out
Supporters rally round party leader after mass resignations from shadow cabinet in wake of UK vote to leave EUJeremy Corbyn will attempt to confront the crisis facing his leadership on Monday morning as he enters emergency talks with the deputy Labour leader, Tom Watson, amid a series of further shadow cabinet walkouts and a likely vote of no confidence from his MPs.The Labour leader, who was left reeling after his decision to sack the shadow foreign secretary, Hilary Benn, was followed by the resignations of 11 senior shadow cabinet members, said he would not “betray the trust” of the people who voted for him by stepping down. He vowed to stand against anyone challenging him for the leadership. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:52:48 GMT)

Firms plan to quit UK as City braces for more post-Brexit losses
Chancellor to make morning statement to reassure markets as survey reveals negative business impact of EU voteBritish businesses have warned that Brexit will trigger investment cuts, hiring freezes and redundancies as the consequences of leaving the European Union threaten to destabilise markets further this week. The survey by the Institute of Directors (IoD), which found that the majority of businesses believed Brexit was bad for them, comes amid fears that investors will wipe billions more pounds off share values on Monday morning, and signs that the pound, which hit a 30-year low on Friday, was coming under further pressure from trading in Asia. Sterling was down more than 1% as the Asian markets opened late on Sunday. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:40:25 GMT)

Boris Johnson breaks silence to set out leadership platform
Speaking for the first time since Friday’s result, Johnson pledges points-based immigration system and continued UK-EU trade Boris Johnson has broken cover for the first time since reacting to the vote for Brexit to set out how the country may look if he wins the race to succeed David Cameron as prime minister.Amid clamour for the leave campaign’s leaders to set out what happens next, Johnson claimed Britain will be able to introduce a points-based immigration system while maintaining access to the European single market. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 22:26:27 GMT)

Petition for second EU referendum may have been manipulated
Data shows people from countries including Iceland and Tunisia backed petition that should be signed only by Britons and UK residentsA petition calling for a second EU referendum which has gained more than 3 million signatures is under investigation by parliamentary authorities. The House of Commons petitions committee has confirmed that 77,000 signatures, which were added fraudulently, have been removed. A tweet by the committee said that it would continue to monitor the petition for suspicious activity. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:18:10 GMT)

EU may refuse informal Brexit talks until UK triggers article 50
Brussels has given up hope that exit process will be formally launched at summit this week but wants it to begin soonLondon and Brussels appear headed for stalemate two days before a European Union summit to discuss Britain’s vote to leave.With Europe’s leaders divided over how to negotiate Brexit and Britain apparently reluctant to initiate formal talks on leaving, an EU source said lawyers had concluded that a member state could not be forced to launch the process. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 18:25:02 GMT)

The Guardian view on post-Brexit politics: perilous times for progressives | Editorial
Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership is in crisis. But his travails are only the start of it. This is the most frightening period for the left in generationsBritain’s 27 erstwhile European partners will meet next week to discuss the UK’s future with the country itself locked outside the room. The constitutional ground-rules of our democracy are in contention as never before, with arguments raging about whether or not Westminster can block Nicola Sturgeon’s mooted Scottish referendum, or Ms Sturgeon can deploy procedural weaponry at Holyrood to frustrate the UK-wide referendum decision. Meanwhile the grave economic consequences are coming into view, with the Institute of Directors suggesting that a quarter of companies will cease hiring and a fifth may shift operations overseas.What is so damaging for the orderly conduct of business is not only the prospect of a messy divorce from the continent, but an immediate political crisis. After David Cameron’s post-dated resignation, nobody knows who is in charge, still less what happens next. The Brexit brigade stormed to victory without a manifesto, or even agreement on what “leaving the EU” involves. Some, including Michael Gove, would cut loose from the single market, and damn the vast economic cost; others now concede the UK will have to stay in the market, even though that would betray the campaign promise to “take control” of regulation and migration. Wider pre-election promises have turned to dust at great speed. At sunrise on Friday, while the final few votes were still being counted, Nigel Farage conceded that it had been “a mistake” for Vote Leave to pretend that there would be an extra £350m a week for the NHS; at sundown, leading leaver Daniel Hannan MEP killed the other central campaign promise by conceding free movement of labour might continue. Lesser gimmicks, such as Boris Johnson and Michael Gove’s promise to scrap VAT on energy bills, were always going to be hard to honour with an economy that is set to slow; they seem entirely irrelevant when we don’t know who will be presenting the next budget. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:12:03 GMT)

Jeremy Corbyn has made his point. Now it’s time for Labour to move on | Zoe Williams
He has been a principled and decent leader, but the party needs new blood to channel the remain side’s anger into election victoryAs manoeuvres against Jeremy Corbyn develop into a full-blown ambush, it is possible to imagine scenarios in which he survives as leader, but hard to conceive why he’d want to. I don’t agree with the analysis that he lost the referendum with incompetence, a lack of leadership, and an inability to keep his mind on the matter when distracted by his hatred of his conservative allies. I think he lost the argument because he is not in favour of the EU.Corbyn is leftwing aristocracy as surely as Boris Johnson is a toff: the bicycle and the beard, the honesty and the lack of personal ambition, the unblemished history of support for the underdog, the travels in South America like a socialist finishing school. His leftie bloodline is unimaginably pure. It is ironic that a man so horrified by elitism should never miss a chance to mention where his parents met – in London’s Conway Hall, on a committee about the Spanish civil war. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:36:03 GMT)

We need a second referendum. The consequences of Brexit are too grave | David Lammy
Economic disaster and the destruction of the union with Scotland loom. At the very least we need another voteFollow all the Brexit developments with our live updates Leadership is about tough choices. Politics is about standing up for what you believe in, and as a member of parliament it is about standing up for your constituents – three-quarters of mine voted to remain in the European Union and they will be the first to suffer when the post-Brexit recession hits. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:09:01 GMT)

Brexit crisis won't end for years – and no one is taking responsibility
We hired Cameron to make decisions on our behalf but by passing the buck back to us he has created a dangerous political vacuum Forget about the humiliating Suez invasion of 1956 or fallout from the 2003 Iraq war. Forget about the IMF crisis of 1976, sterling’s Black Friday in 1992 and Margaret Thatcher’s fight with Irish terrorism, let alone with the miners. I was born at the end of the second world war and this is now the greatest British political crisis of my lifetime.Why? Because it is self-inflicted, hydra-headed and increasingly beyond our control, both politically and economically, at a time when Britain is losing friends fast by peeing on their chips. It may calm down – it will calm down – but this is a rolling crisis which will not end for years. No one can say with any confidence how it will end. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:57:39 GMT)

Corbyn sabotaged Labour’s remain campaign. He must resign | Phil Wilson
The opposition leader’s wilfully abysmal performance during the EU campaign is the final straw. He is incapable of fulfilling his roleEvents of the past few days underline just how serious the consequences of the decisions made by our political leaders are. David Cameron’s decision to gamble with Britain’s future in the referendum has proved his own undoing. It was an exercise in Conservative party management that has put the long-term prosperity of the UK under threat and undermined our place in the world. The responsibility lies firmly on his shoulders and he rightly took the decision to resign.However, just as the prime minister has resigned, so too should Jeremy Corbyn. It is with great regret but also resolve that I – and many other colleagues – have come to that conclusion. Being leader of the opposition and leader of the Labour party brings with it huge responsibility. Yes, you get to provide direction. But you also must bring people with you and lead from the front by example. In the referendum campaign it became clear that Corbyn was neither capable nor willing to do either. The inescapable conclusion is that he is incapable of meeting the challenges of the position he holds – either today or in the future. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:52:37 GMT)

'I want to see unity, we're in scary times': readers on Labour in crisis
As Brexit triggers political turmoil in the Labour party, we speak to its supporters about what they want to happen next When news of Britain’s decision to leave the EU hit, Alice Marples, 27, from Northumberland rushed to sign up to the Labour party. The main reason? Jeremy Corbyn. Marples believes in the values he stands for and also wanted to show her support for the main opposition party in the coming months.But just two days later, Corbyn’s role looks uncertain, with widespread concern among Labour MPs and the shadow cabinet about his ability to lead the party. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:45:54 GMT)

Get ready for more market reaction to Brexit
Sterling and the stock market are only likely to settle once the UK’s new relationship with Europe has taken shapeA lame-duck prime minister; a (so far) silent chancellor; an opposition party in turmoil; a possible general election in the autumn that could produce a hung parliament; and the threat of a second referendum in Scotland. Do not be surprised if financial markets take a second look at Brexit and decide that Friday’s initial response was too tame.The $2tn (£1.5tn) of stockmarket value removed around the world is a large figure, of course. But the reaction wasn’t as dramatic as some had feared – the FTSE 100 index ended the week higher than it started, for example. Investors may think again. They already knew that the old image of the UK political landscape – basically stable and predictable, at least by comparison with most of Europe – had suffered a jolt. But they may not have been prepared for the size of the earthquake. Expect aftershocks. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:04:10 GMT)

Labour mutineers are betraying our national interest | Len McCluskey
Jeremy Corbyn is a brave and principled man, better placed to address this crisis in Labour’s heartlands than any of his criticsThose Labour MPs plunging their party into an unwanted crisis are betraying not only the party itself but also our national interest at one of the most critical moments any of us can recall.The Tories are reaping what they have sown and are going to be consumed with divisions for the rest of the year and beyond. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:00:16 GMT)

Brexit is a rejection of globalisation
The EU has failed to protect its population from a global economic model that many believe is not working for themThe age of globalisation began on the day the Berlin Wall came down. From that moment in 1989, the trends evident in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s accelerated: the free movement of capital, people and goods; trickle-down economics; a much diminished role for nation states; and a belief that market forces, now unleashed, were unstoppable.There has been push back against globalisation over the years. The violent protests seen in Seattle during the World Trade Organisation meeting in December 1999 were the first sign that not everyone saw the move towards untrammelled freedom in a positive light. One conclusion from the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington in September 2001 was that it was not only trade and financial markets that had gone global. The collapse of the investment bank Lehman Brothers seven years later put paid to the idea that the best thing governments could do when confronted with the power of global capital was to get out of the way and let the banks supervise themselves. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:41:12 GMT)

‘The SNP currently looks like the most credible political force in the UK’ | Joyce McMillan
Nicola Sturgeon is in a strong position as she surveys the post-Brexit landAt my kitchen window, I stand and look down over Edinburgh North and Leith. It’s a jumble of handsome, expensive, sandstone tenements, new executive developments, a fashionable waterfront, and – down Leith Walk – narrower streets that still retain some of their old sense of working-class community. But these days, they are also full of students of all nations, of recent arrivals from southern Europe or Sudan and of young, cash-strapped creatives.Perhaps not surprisingly, 78% of the people of this area voted on Thursday to remain in the European Union; they were part of a huge 74.4% majority in Edinburgh as a whole, and a 62% majority across Scotland, which included a clear Remain vote in every single local authority area. Yet on Friday morning, the people of Scotland woke to find that they were to leave the EU because of a furious act of rebellion, in large part by English working-class voters who have been ignored, silenced, scapegoated and neglected for too long and have now lashed out in an ill-directed but passionate act of defiance. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:03:10 GMT)

Corbyn delivered the Labour vote for remain – so let’s get behind him | Paul Mason
If rebels want to form a new centrist party, they should be open and get on with it. But stop sabotaging the one we haveWe’re living through a massive, complex and historic moment. Brexit signals, at the very least, the high watermark of globalisation. I didn’t vote for it and I don’t relish dealing with it.But this is not Labour’s defeat. We did not call the referendum; even those who chose to take part in the government-led campaign were not its leaders. This is the Tories’ catastrophe. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:57:18 GMT)

There are liars and then there’s Boris Johnson and Michael Gove | Nick Cohen
The Brexit figureheads had no plan besides exploiting populist fears and dismissing experts who rubbished their thinkingWhere was the champagne at the Vote Leave headquarters? The happy tears and whoops of joy? If you believed Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, the Brexit vote was a moment of national liberation, a day that Nigel Farage said our grateful children would celebrate with an annual bank holiday.Johnson and Gove had every reason to celebrate. The referendum campaign showed the only arguments that matter now in England are on the right. With the Labour leadership absent without leave and the Liberal Democrats and Greens struggling to be heard, the debate was between David Cameron and George Osborne, defending the status quo, and the radical right, demanding its destruction. Johnson and Gove won a dizzying victory with the potential to change every aspect of national life, from workers’ rights to environmental protection. Continue reading...
(Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:05:03 GMT)

Where do we go from here? Six voices on Britain’s post-EU future
From the greatest ever vote of confidence in the UK, to a new generation of voters, to … fish. The debate has startedFraser Nelson: Editor of the SpectatorWe have just seen perhaps the greatest act of defiance against the British establishment since universal suffrage. We had the IMF, BoE, OECD, NIESR and every prestigious acronym in the world of economics saying no: vote to stay. We had former spy chiefs, generals, historians, national treasures saying that Brexit would mean Armageddon. A Conservative prime minister, the Labour leader, the nationalists, the trade unions and employers’ unions were telling us they’d done the thinking for us. The chancellor threatening punishment budgets or empty pensioners’ purses. And set against that: a refusal to believe that the world’s third-largest military power and fifth-biggest economy was somehow not big enough to make it on our own. It’s an act of hope, a national self-belief, an act of faith – and perhaps the greatest-ever vote of confidence in the project of the United Kingdom. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:00:08 GMT)

Will article 50 ever be triggered?
The PM has said he will hand the task of starting the Brexit process to his successor, giving hope to remain supportersWhen David Cameron delivered his resignation speech outside No 10 on Friday, he said he would leave the task of triggering article 50 of the Lisbon treaty – the untested procedure governing how an EU member state leaves the bloc – to his successor.This has prompted much speculation – and a glimmer of hope for those who want Britain to remain in the European Union. Cameron, they argue, had repeatedly said during the campaign that article 50 would be triggered immediately if Vote Leave were to win the Brexit referendum. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:04:25 GMT)

In the Left Field, a glimmer of hope behind the Brexit doom
One subject dominated political debate in Glastonbury’s activist area – but all is not lostOn Friday morning, I stood ankle-deep in the mud, held out a microphone, and asked the people walking away from the Pyramid stage to sum up their feelings about the EU referendum result in one word. I was after gut feelings rather than eloquence, and out they came: “Crap”, “Bollocks”, “Shocking”. Only one passerby went the other way: “Great – I’ve woke up English,” he said, and with a look of deep joy, went on his way.Glasto was self-evidently a majority-for-remain kind of place, and there was one place people’s post-referendum feelings were soothed and shared: the Left Field, the big top curated by that great English institution, Billy Bragg. It has been part of the festival furniture since 2002. During the day, it hosts debates and discussions – chaired by me, for the past couple of years. At night, there is music, usually with a political tilt. And this year, just about everything that happened under the canvas was inevitably coloured by what had happened in the real world just as the festival had got going. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:07:40 GMT)

Labour crisis: how the coup against Jeremy Corbyn gathered pace
Small group of Labour MPs had been briefing for months to expect movement but Brexit changed the calculationsThe fireworks began at 9.59pm on Saturday when an article outing Hilary Benn as the chief plotter against Jeremy Corbyn was published by the Observer.The Labour leader’s aides scrambled on to a conference call to work out a plan to deal with the rebellion. It did not take long for Benn to be bombarded with a stream of messages from Katy Clark, Corbyn’s political secretary, asking him about the truth of the story. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:20:36 GMT)

Cornwall fears loss of funding after backing Brexit
Region was on course to benefit from £2.5bn of funding between 2000 and 2020 but voted 56% in favour of leaving EUNewsagent Nick Carey is one of the 182,665 Cornish people who voted to leave the EU even though Brussels has ploughed many millions of pounds into the area where he lives and works.His arguments are familiar ones: “I want our sovereignty back. I want control. And, yes, I’m worried about immigration. It’s fine to share what we’ve got with others, but let’s make sure we’re OK first. Since the result and all the fuss, I must admit I’ve got a bit worried the economy may suffer, but we’ll get through – the British stiff upper lip and all that.” Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:11:33 GMT)

IDS goes off-message on Brexit plan while Labour tears itself apart
It was one of those mornings when there were so many car crashes at the same time it was hard to know where to lookWhere’s Boris? Where’s Mikey? You’d have thought the two Brexit architects would have been only too keen to share their cunning plans with a divided nation, but the merry pranksters had other things on their mind. Lunch. Cricket. Lunch. That sort of thing. So in their absence, the Sunday morning TV politics shows had to make do with decidedly B-list guests from the two main parties.First up on the Marr show was the business secretary, Sajid Javid, whose sole achievement in government so far has been to be on holiday when Tata announced it was going to close down the British steel industry. “So when is the brutal punishment budget coming?” demanded Andrew Marr. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:38:46 GMT)

How will Brexit affect Britain's trade with Europe?
From the possibility of a new trade deal to higher tariffs and quotas, here are the key issues that will impact British businessesBritain will have to reach a new trade agreement with the European Union following its decision to sever links with Brussels. The task will be complex and will have to be carried out under the pressure of a two-year deadline. Here are some of the key issues. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:29:01 GMT)

View from Wales: town showered with EU cash votes to leave EU
In Ebbw Vale, with little immigration and perhaps more EU investment than any other UK small town, the sense of injustice is greater than the sum of the facts“What’s the EU ever done for us?” Zak Kelly, 21, asks me this standing next to a brand new complex of buildings and facilities that wouldn’t look out of place in Canary Wharf. It’s not Canary Wharf, though, it’s Ebbw Vale, a former steel town of 18,000 people in the heart of the Welsh valleys, where 62% of the population – the highest proportion in Wales – voted Leave. Related: View from Hampstead: the bonus-rich are immune to politics Continue reading...
(Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:49:32 GMT)

View from Hartlepool: ‘The main reason I voted to leave was immigration’
A staunchly Labour town in the north-east, one of the most deprived areas of Britain, delivered a massive majority for the leave campaignIt’s not only the Scots who want to review their constitutional arrangements with the UK after the EU referendum. The day after it had helped to make UK political history, Hartlepool, perhaps emboldened by its role in the referendum, was also seeking more autonomy.In the early hours of Friday it was revealed that Hartlepool residents had cast 32,071 ballots in favour of leaving the EU while only 14,029 voted to remain, a majority of 69.6% to 30.4%. As such, Hartlepool became Brexit’s poster boy in the north-east, recording the biggest margin of victory in the region for the Leave campaign. Continue reading...
(Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:05:11 GMT)

View from Hampstead: cosmopolitan enclave feels insulated from Brexit turmoil
The Hampstead tribe invoked by Andy Burnham is now a Tory-voting global elite, inflected with French, American and Russian accentsThe 210 bus winds up the hill to Hampstead Heath in north London, passing Harry Styles’s house on one side, a 17th-century highwayman’s inn on the other, under the overhanging branches of the ancient oaks and sycamores. At 6.45 on a Saturday morning, both decks of the bus were surprisingly packed, standing room only. Related: View from Wales: town showered with EU cash votes to leave EU Continue reading...
(Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:47:53 GMT)

Dissident Republicans in Northern Ireland seize moment to fight partition
A new border between north and south could yet destabilise the Good Friday agreement, say activistsIn the city where the Troubles erupted in the 1960s, hardline Irish republicans opposed to the political settlement in the region are delighted about Britain’s exit from the European Union.Brexit for them signals a chance to break up another union – the one linking the six counties of Northern Ireland with the rest of Britain. Continue reading...
(Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:33:23 GMT)

Singapore Airlines plane catches fire while making emergency landing
Flight SQ368 from Changi to Milan turned back to Singapore two hours into journey after reported engine problemA plane carrying 241 people has caught fire as it made an emergency landing at Singapore’s Changi Airport.Passenger on Singapore Airlines Flight SQ368 from Changi Airport to Milan said they clapped as the jet made what appeared to be a smooth emergency landing. But seconds later, the right engine and wing were ablaze, with flames engulfing the right side of the jet. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:43:03 GMT)

Racist incidents feared to be linked to Brexit result
Suspected racist graffiti at Polish cultural centre in London among incidents thought to be fuelled by vote to leave the EUPeople have been reporting incidents of racism believed to be fuelled by the result of the EU referendum, including alleged racist graffiti and cards reading “no more Polish vermin” posted through letterboxes.Suspected racist graffiti was found on the front entrance of the Polish Social and Cultural Association (POSK) in Hammersmith, west London, early on Sunday morning. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:29:54 GMT)

Spanish elections: initial results say renewed deadlock beckons
People’s party wins largest share of vote but falls way short of majority, according to initial indicationsSpain is facing further political deadlock after the country’s second general election in six months proved a near rerun of the December vote, leaving the conservative Partido Popular (PP) with the most votes but once again short of an overall majority.Exit polls, which had suggested that the far-left Unidos Podemos coalition was on course to stage a historic breakthrough by pushing the socialist PSOE into third place, were thoroughly confounded as it became clear that the anticipated surge would not materialise. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:50:46 GMT)

Rollercoaster crash at Scottish theme park leaves 10 injured
Police say emergency services are at the scene of the incident at M&D’s amusement park in MotherwellTen people have been injured in a rollercoaster crash at a theme park in Scotland.Visitors to M&D’s amusement park in Motherwell, near Glasgow, posted images on social media appearing to show a carriage on a pathway surrounded by dozens of people. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 18:02:31 GMT)

Edward Snowden lawyer vows new push for pardon from Obama
Ben Wizner: NSA whistleblower case one ‘for which pardon power exists’New York magazine details use of ‘Snowbot' to reach US audiencesLawyers working with Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower who received sanctuary in Russia after fleeing the US, have vowed to step up pressure on Barack Obama’s administration for a presidential pardon. Related: Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed 'public service' with NSA leak Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Jun 2016 01:00:30 GMT)

Global air pollution crisis 'must not be left to private sector'
Energy authority says governments must take responsibility, and investment would pay for itself in health benefitsThe global air pollution crisis killing more than 6 million people a year must be tackled by governments as a matter of urgency and not just left to the private sector, a report from the world’s leading energy authority says.An increase of investment in energy of about 7% a year could tackle the problem, and would pay for itself through health benefits and better social conditions, the International Energy Agency estimates. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:01:27 GMT)

Multiple people stabbed at Sacramento white nationalist rally
Seven people taken to hospitals including one white nationalistPolice break up chaotic fight between group and anti-fascistsMultiple people were stabbed and beaten in a brutal clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters just outside the California capitol building in Sacramento on Sunday.Seven people were taken to hospitals with injuries, some with “critical trauma stab wounds”, the fire department said, after what it called a “mass casualty incident”. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:39:21 GMT)

Pope Francis says Christians should apologise to gay people
The pontiff says Church teachings dictate that gay people should not be discriminated against, but respectedPope Francis said on Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from gay people for the way they had treated them. In an hour-long conversation with reporters on the plane taking him back to Rome from Armenia,the pontiff was asked if he agreed with recent comments by a German Roman Catholic cardinal that the Church should apologise to gay people. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:55:36 GMT)

Coldplay headline Sunday at Glastonbury 2016 – review
After three tumultous and sodden days, something familiar and comforting is all too welcome – especially if it comes with surprises tooSee all our Glastonbury coverage hereIt might be pushing it a bit to say those left at Glastonbury as proceedings on the main stage draw to a close this year are, as Chris Martin puts it, “brave and wonderful people”, but they’re certainly an impressively dogged and hearty lot. Related: Glastonbury 2016: Sunday night as it happened – Coldplay, a Bee Gee and Michael Eavis does Sinatra Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 22:58:10 GMT)

Glastonbury: what they wore and how they voted
Cut-off denim shorts and flower garlands out. Swimsuits and borrowed dungarees in. We take the festival’s fashion – and political – temperature Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:01:21 GMT)

From Julia Gillard to Hillary Clinton: online abuse of politicians around the world
Analysis of abuse of politicians in the US, UK and Australia sheds light on a problem often dismissed as par for the courseby Elle Hunt, Nick Evershed and Ri Liu Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:16:12 GMT)

Obviously you know what I’m about to say …
The knee-jerk accusation that it’s just typical of you to hold the opinions that you do is a hard one to answerMark Tanzer, chief executive of the Association of British Travel Agents, has my sympathy. For the last few days, he will have been deafened by cries of “Well, you would say that, wouldn’t you!?” Not literally deafened, I don’t suppose. He may already be deaf for all I know. I certainly haven’t checked – but it’s statistically unlikely.Maybe I should have said “swamped”. But then you can’t be swamped by cries, even in a metaphor. I suppose you could be swamped by tears. Theoretically. Though I doubt it’s ever happened to a human. Some of those tiny hopping flies have probably come a cropper to a tsunami of grief or sadness that coincided with a meal they were attempting to share. Mealtimes can be stressful. Particularly at Christmas. But then there aren’t many of those hopping flies around at Christmas. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:59:10 GMT)

The man accused of starting the 2011 riots – and what he did next
Marcus Knox-Hooke was at the heart of the 2011 riots sparked by the death of his friend Mark Duggan in a police shooting. A new documentary examines what happened and follows him as he struggles to rebuild his lifeDid you start the Tottenham riots? Marcus Knox-Hooke thinks about this for a moment. “I suppose. You could say so. But if they hadn’t shot Mark, there would have been no riots.” He pauses. And then: “It’s not something I’m proud of.” Mark was Mark Duggan, the 29-year-old who was shot dead by police on 4 August 2011 – the spark that lit the flame of the Tottenham riots, which became the London riots and then the 2011 British riots as the violence spread first around the capital and then to cities across the country. Five people ended up dead and more than £200m of damage was done to businesses and property. And when the police studied the CCTV footage and pieced together the sequence of events, they alleged that it ultimately led all the way back to one man: Marcus Knox-Hooke. They accused him of instigating the first act of violence – violence that then spread nationwide – and charged him with eight counts of violent disorder, burglary and robbery. “It’s not something I’m proud of,” he repeats. The accusation of starting the riot was eventually dropped – though he was found guilty of four other charges, including burglary and robbery, and sentenced to 32 months in jail – but he doesn’t deny it. “There were a lot of innocent lives that got lost. A lot of innocent businesses got harmed. A lot of people’s homes got destroyed. I’d like to say sorry. It wasn’t my intention, you hear me? I had no idea it was going to escalate in such a way.”But then no one could have known it would escalate in such a way. It was the worst civil disturbance in a generation. And the second time a major riot had kicked off, not just in Tottenham, but involving the inhabitants of the Broadwater Farm estate. This August marks the fifth anniversary of that last riot, and while the burnt-out shops have been rebuilt and half a dozen reports, inquests and special inquiries have published their findings, arguably not a whole lot has changed. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:30:09 GMT)

Blind date goes to Glastonbury: ‘There was a lot of snogging’
Did strategy manager Andrew, 26, and urology nurse Katie, 31, find love in a muddy place?What were you hoping for?Fun with a nice girl. I figured Glastonbury would be a pretty magical setting for a blind date, so why not? Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:11:38 GMT)

My royal family memorabilia: ‘I think the Queen is wonderful’
Liz, 69 and a Women’s Institute member, has been collecting china and crystal royal family memorabilia for 35 years. She made the Queen cardboard cut-out for a celebratory WI meeting“It says I think the Queen is wonderful. I’m proud the royal family are part of our tradition; I won’t have anything said against them. It runs in my family: my nan cooked for the Queen Mother – who tapped me on the head once, and my mum didn’t wash my hair for ages.” Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:00:05 GMT)

The real reason you still shop at Ikea - and probably always will
‘Home’ feels too uncertain a notion to invest in these days – decoratively and emotionally – and sometimes decor becomes an afterthoughtI’ve spent much of my adult life amid other people’s decor, housesitting or renting places furnished with the things they left behind. I have left things behind myself – Ikea nightstands and dollar store mirrors – and seen subsequent tenants happily scoop them up.For the most part, my comfort with impermanence has outweighed the discomfort of sleeping on someone’s used couch. For better or worse, I think of myself as an explorer of domestic spaces, rather than a true inhabitant. And I’m not alone. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:12:18 GMT)

Burger King’s Mac n' Cheetos: a logical step in America's quest for innovation
Fast food chain shock foods follow what America has always done – from colonization, to privatization of public utilities to the dawn of the gig economyWith crispy skin of an obviously artificial hue, the KFC Double Down was initially launched as an April Fool’s prank in 2010. But the allure of the sandwich, a piece of fried chicken topped with melted cheese and special sauce slapped between two pieces of fried chicken (in the place of a bun), proved so ineluctable, the valence of absurdity was dissolved. The Double Down quickly became a legitimate meal-choice for millions of consumers. Over 10m were sold in the US in its first month alone, and after being taken off the menu in late 2010, it returned to the market in 2014. If that storyline sounds familiar – a joke candidate mutated into a nightmare reality – it isn’t just because of the US election cycle. Across the world, as food has transitioned from fuel into spectacle and its production from individuals to profit-driven corporations, we have edged toward the extremes of what we can be convinced we want to eat. Good taste was once a virtue. Now it is a sign of weakness. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:00:12 GMT)

David Baddiel: ‘I have no gene for shame. I just want to tell people the truth’
With his show, My Family, due for a West End transfer, the comedian tells us why he has no regrets about sharing his parents’ intimate secrets on stageDavid Baddiel’s one-man show includes both stories about his mother and stories about masturbation, but although it would be customary at this point to add the phrase “of course, not together”, that is not in this case possible. There is, indeed, a quite extraordinary “anecdote” – we’ll come on to mystifying quotation marks in due course – about his mother masturbating; we also hear about her belief that her father used to sally into Soho looking for prostitutes, her ability to terrify the teenage Baddiel’s friends with her loud enjoyment of the pleasures of the marriage bed, and – crucially – her lengthy and barely concealed affair with David White, a trader in golfing memorabilia.But over the course of a couple of hours in an intimate south London studio theatre, in which he flits from swipes at the madness of Twitter to clips from the genealogical TV programme Who Do You Think You Are?, he also tells us about his mother’s sudden death, 18 months ago, and its shattering aftermath; about her escape from Nazi Germany, at the age of five months; about how, when he was around 12, she explained to him that she had another name apart from Sarah. It was Frommet, and it was imposed on her by the Third Reich as part of their naming laws for Jews. She always hated it. My Family: Not the Sitcom is, in various ways, a show about resisting the identity others seek to force on you – and about how Sarah Baddiel did that by living a life of exuberant and unfettered idiosyncrasy. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:00:09 GMT)

Flank at the Cow, Brighton: restaurant review
A lustily written menu can’t deliver on all its promises – but enough well-executed dishes signal good things to come…Flank at the Cow, 97 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3JE (01273 772370). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £50-£70A TV executive told me recently that the competition for new commissions has become so fierce that the people charged with developing ideas are, out of desperation, writing proposals for factual shows which are un-makeable. Oh sure, they look plausible. They even make sense when read out loud. But they are full of unrealisable promises of jeopardy, of emotional storylines that could not be guaranteed. What’s on the piece of paper could never appear on screen. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:00:05 GMT)

The art on your sleeve: visual artists on album covers
The best record covers are often as much a part of the whole work as the songs themselves. We asked six artists to choose the designs that inspire themUsually rock bands try to show how cool they are, how tough they are, how arch they are. But Sparks are full-on weird. The band was formed by two brothers and their covers are all pretty off the hook – like the one where they’re tied up at the back of a speedboat or getting married to each other on Angst in My Pants. Indiscreet is the best though. There’s been a plane crash and at first I thought that the lead singer’s leg was really badly shattered, but I remember noticing that he’d just faked it. I’ve made work in the past about a minibus accident in which five international artists-in-residence die and I’m the only survivor. I love that sort of imagery: out of the wreckage of a disaster... Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:00:11 GMT)

Chile beat Argentina on penalties to win Copa América – as it happened
Lionel Messi misses penalty as Chile win shoot-out 4-2Chile win second Copa América title in two yearsGame ends scoreless after 120 minutes 4.02am BST Alejandro Kozak has the last word as he writes in with the scene in Santiago:“Santiago, and the whole of Chile, has just gone crazy. And tomorrow’s a pubic holiday: the celebration will be long and very well lubricated, all accompanied by the best Latin music – and a lot of very happy dancing chilenos.” 4.01am BST Chile salute their fans, who chant We Are The Champions (the Queen version). Then the players huddle in the middle and sing and scream among themselves. The camera cuts to Biglia weeping, alone and unconsolable. Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Jun 2016 03:02:46 GMT)

Eden Hazard sparkles as Belgium crush Hungary to set up Wales quarter-final
Eden Hazard knew the question was coming and he did not miss a beat. Had this been his best match for Belgium? “Yes,” was the characteristically precise response from a man of few words. Hungary had been torn apart from the opening minutes and, while Belgium should have been out of sight well before the closing stages, the element of doubt allowed their captain to apply two flourishes that may have far-reaching consequences.The first came 12 minutes from time, more than an hour after Toby Alderweireld’s early goal and with a previously bedraggled Hungary beginning to ask serious questions. Hazard’s dribble down the left flank, effectively passing to himself as team-mates came back from offside positions, opened up space and an inch-perfect centre allowed the substitute Michy Batshuayi to score with his first touch. It only took a minute for better to follow; he had earlier been thwarted by Gabor Kiraly after cutting in from the left but this time a low, accurate shot across the goalkeeper from a similar spot bore no opposition and the plaudits could be lined up. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:58:21 GMT)

England recall Raheem Sterling in six changes against Iceland
• Sterling expected to replace Adam Lallana on left of front three• Harry Kane to be centre-forward with Daniel Sturridge on rightRoy Hodgson is set to recall Raheem Sterling to his starting lineup against Iceland as England attempt to secure a first victory overseas in the knockout phase of a European Championship.The winger is expected to replace Adam Lallana on the left side of an attacking three, with Harry Kane the central forward and Daniel Sturridge operating nominally off the right. Dele Alli and the captain, Wayne Rooney, will return to central midfield, with the Tottenham Hotspur full-backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker also restored meaning, for the second game in succession, Hodgson will make six changes to his starting lineup. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:48:00 GMT)

Serena Williams set on catching Steffi Graf at Wimbledon after painful defeats
The world No1 needs one major title to equal Steffi Graf’s 22 and, after coming up short in her last three attempts, believes she can match it this fortnightSerena Williams left Wimbledon a year ago heading for New York and history: the first calendar grand slam since Steffi Graf’s in 1988 was one win away. Yet there was an unmistakable nervousness about the American, who steadfastly refused to talk about the prospect of adding her own country’s Open title to those she had collected in Melbourne, Paris and London that year.That she fell short might be traced to that very trepidation. For months she was consumed by the prospect of matching, then overtaking, Graf’s 22 majors. The subject was off-limits in interviews – and the finest player the women’s game has ever seen crumbled in New York, lost to Angelique Kerber in the final in Melbourne and gave way to Garbine Muguruza at Roland Garros. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:41:08 GMT)

Liam Plunkett gets 50th ODI wicket in England washout with Sri Lanka
• Sri Lanka 248-9, England 16-1 (4.0 overs): no result• Plunkett reaches landmark 11 years after his debutFifty-four overs and no result was the gloomy outcome of another Bristol one‑day international. In 2014 against India not a ball was bowled when the circus arrived here. on Sunday England had restricted Sri Lanka to 248 for nine and they fancied knocking off those runs despite the first-ball dismissal of Alex Hales. After four overs England’s reply was halted by dismal drizzle. All the cheerful, hard graft of Will Brown, Gloucestershire’s young chief executive, and his staff deserved better.England impressed in the field again and as a result the Sri Lankan innings spluttered along on an old-fashioned Bristol surface where the ball seemed to stick for a millisecond after bouncing. There was not much carefree, effortless strokeplay once Eoin Morgan had opted to bowl first. Afterwards Dinesh Chandimal, who hit 62, acknowledged that his team were “20 or 30 short”. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 18:34:25 GMT)

The Garadona Possibility: can Wales’s Bale do a Diego at Euro 2016?
Chris Coleman has given his star man freedom and no other country, with the possible exception of Portugal, has an attacking talent to match himIn the end nobody was on fire at the Parc des Princes. No one seemed that terrified either, except perhaps those spectators haunted by the possibility this gruelling last-16 match might stretch on into extra time. Not that the afternoon was a complete loss. There was certainly a great deal of na-na na na-na na from the stands as Northern Ireland’s travelling support confirmed the sense of lightness, fun and delight in the tournament experience that has marked their travels here.Wales move on to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, where they will play Belgium on Friday. For Michael O’Neill’s adaptable team, the ride is at an end after a match in which Northern Ireland had the better of the opening hour – these things are relative – before being undone by the game’s only real moment of incision. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:25:03 GMT)

Argentina v Chile: la final de la Copa América – como pasó
Chile bicampeón de Copa América 4.03am BST Wow. Mira.#ARGvCHI Este fue el penal fallado de Messi https://t.co/0ADOiy7BnI 3.55am BST ¡¡Chile gana 4-2 en penales!! Continue reading...
(Mon, 27 Jun 2016 03:03:08 GMT)

Iceland commentator whose Euro 2016 euphoria went viral loses day job
• Gudmundur Benediktsson loses post as assistant manager of KR Reykjavik• Commentator had become famous for delight during Iceland v AustriaThe Icelandic football commentator Gudmundur Benediktsson has gone from the high of delivering one of the most memorable passages of commentary at Euro 2016 to the low of losing his day job within four days. Related: Sigur Ros’s Georg Holm on Iceland at Euro 2016: ‘It’s kind of beautiful to watch’ Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:35:04 GMT)

Liverpool close in on signing £30m Sadio Mané from Southampton
• Senegal forward to have medical on Monday• Mané the man after Jürgen Klopp fails to land Mario GötzeSadio Mané will have a medical on Merseyside on Monday as Liverpool close in on the signing of the Southampton forward. Liverpool have been in negotiations over the 24-year-old for several weeks and hope to complete a deal for around £30m, with officials at St Mary’s Stadium initially holding out for closer to £40m.The clubs are understood to have agreed a fee in principle for the Senegal forward and Mané will travel to Liverpool for a medical and to finalise personal terms. The transfer should be completed within the next few days. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:30:25 GMT)

James Ward greets Novak Djokovic draw with mixture of joy and trepidation
Unseeded Briton has never played the world No1 but now meets him in the full glare of Centre Court during the first round of WimbledonWhen James Ward heard he was to play Novak Djokovic on Centre Court in the first round at Wimbledon on Monday, he reacted as any son of a London taxi driver might. “Oh fuck,” he said, when Pierre‑Hugues Herbert showed him the draw on his mobile phone at the All England Club.“I was in the gym doing some yoga with my physio,” Ward said. “Herbert came in and he was like: ‘Are you trying to copy what [Sergiy Stakhovsky] does?’ I thought, ‘What is he talking about?’ He said: ‘Stakhovsky just told me: Ward plays Djokovic.’” Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:22:00 GMT)

Adam Blythe overtakes Mark Cavendish to win British road race title
• Tinkoff rider passes 2013 winner in last 20 metres to clinch jersey • Stockton-on-Tees race missed by reigning champion Peter KennaughAdam Blythe is the men’s British road race champion after beating Mark Cavendish in a sprint finish in Stockton-on-Tees. The Tinkoff rider passed the 2013 winner Cavendish in the last 20 metres to take the national championship jersey. Related: Chris Froome to be supported by Geraint Thomas at Tour de France Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:05:02 GMT)

Tyson Fury baffled at reports he failed drug test for banned nandrolone
• Heavyweight champion and his cousin each deny any wrongdoing• Nandrolone is male sex hormone can be created naturally by the bodyThe world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he is “baffled” by reports that he has failed a drug test for the banned substance nandrolone – and denies any allegation of doping.The Sunday Mirror reported that the 27-year-old, who holds the WBA Super, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts, had been found with “unacceptable levels of nandrolone” in a sample taken before he won the world title against Wladimir Klitschko last November. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:02:51 GMT)

Antoine Griezmann leads French fightback to end Ireland’s Euro 2016
Martin O’Neill offered congratulations and made to leave but Didier Deschamps did not let go. The France coach had predicted a fight to the last eight and, while others cavorted around the technical area, he held his beaten opponent’s hand with the respect the Republic of Ireland deserved. The host nation faced a test of nerve, ability and managerial vision under extreme pressure, yet endured all the same.For one script-tearing half, Ireland held a worthy lead and France faced the ignominy of elimination from their own tournament. “We were not only winning well at half-time but feeling we could win the match,” O’Neill said. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:05:07 GMT)

Warren Gatland says Wales will learn from Test series defeat by All Blacks
• New Zealand 46-6 Wales• Wales coach says team missed too many tackles in final Test in DunedinWarren Gatland, the Wales coach, has said that, despite suffering a 3-0 Test series defeat at the hands of the All Blacks, the tour to New Zealand had been a good experience for his players and important lessons had been learned for the team’s development.Wales had pushed the world champions in the first two Tests, losing them 39-21 and 36-22 respectively, but were soundly beaten 46-6 in the third in Dunedin on Saturday, conceding 16 tries to five over the three matches. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:21:18 GMT)

Jessica Ennis-Hill hits her stride as preparations for Rio gather pace
• Olympic champion claims personal best at IAAF event in Germany• Denise Lewis: ‘She is definitely the favourite for Rio’Jessica Ennis-Hill believes she is fitter now than at any time since winning heptathlon gold at London 2012 and she showed her Olympic defence is on track by scoring an impressive 6,733 points to win the IAAF Combined Events Challenge in Ratingen, Germany.Not only was the tally 64 points higher than her score of 6,669 to win the world championships in Beijing last year but Ennis-Hill was also able to set a personal best of 6.63m in the long jump. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:05:00 GMT)

England v Sri Lanka: third one-day international – as it happened
England were 16 for one chasing 249 when rain forced the match to be abandoned in Bristol 5.28pm BST The game has been put out of its misery by the umpires. It was an inevitable decision. So England lead 1-0 with two matches to play, the next of which is on Wednesday. Thanks for your company and emails; I’ll leave you with this summary of the last seven days. 5.02pm BST There must be some play by 18:11 or the match will be declared no result #ENGvSL pic.twitter.com/Wloj9TlFqO Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:28:51 GMT)

Eddie Jones’s wit and ruthlessness key to England whitewash of Australia | Eddie Butler
Coach’s scene-stealing performances against his old mate and rival Michael Cheika were one of five reasons for the memorable series victoryThe legacy of 2003 hung over England. As in, there wasn’t one. A great team reached the end of its time and slipped into retirement or, in the case of Jonny Wilkinson, into injury. Having dared ask what came next, Sir Clive Woodward, a veritable bubble-making machine when it came to ideas, shook his head in despair and left rugby to make tea for Harry Redknapp. Continue reading...
(Sat, 25 Jun 2016 21:00:08 GMT)

Open thread: was Croatia v Portugal the worst match at a major tournament?
After 120 minutes of stultifying play, Portugal beat Croatia to reach the last eight at Euro 2016. Has there been a bigger snorefest on the international stage?Anyone who sat through the full 120 minutes of “action” that masqueraded as the last-16 meeting between Croatia and Portugal may be asking a simple question: was it the worst game in history at a major tournament? Related: Iceland commentator whose Euro 2016 euphoria went viral loses day job Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:37:17 GMT)

Schalke seal £20m deal for Switzerland striker Breel Embolo
• Front man signs five-year contract with Bundesliga side after leaving Basel• Barcelona and Arsenal among clubs who were purportedly interested in strikerLess than 24 hours after Switzerland were eliminated from the European Championship, Swiss forward Breel Embolo has completed a move from Basel to Bundesliga side Schalke.The two clubs confirmed the transfer on Sunday. Embolo, 19, has signed a five-year contract with Schalke, who finished fifth in the Bundesliga last season. Swiss champions Basel said the fee will not be disclosed, though it is reportedly €25m (£20m). Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:38:31 GMT)

Italy v Spain: a blood-stained rivalry that may be about to spill over again | Sid Lowe
Described by one Spanish paper as ‘talent v catenaccio’, the two countries, who meet in Paris on Monday, have not seen eye to eye since Mauro Tassotti’s assault on Luis Enrique at the 1994 World CupThe blood poured from Luis Enrique’s nose, a red stain reaching across the white towel pressed against his face. In Foxborough, Massachusetts, Spain had just been knocked out of the World Cup by Italy, thanks to Roberto Baggio’s 88th-minute goal and referee Sándor Puhl not seeing Mauro Tassotti elbowing the Real Madrid forward in the penalty area. Not seeing or not wanting to see, according to Javier Clemente, Spain’s manager that day in July 1994.“The referee made a mistake,” he says, “well, not a mistake, exactly. He didn’t want to give that penalty. He saw it. He was close enough. He could see the blood everywhere. But it was an uncomfortable decision to give. It was Italy: they were powerful, they filled stadiums. Apart from the US, no one packed grounds like them. There were a lot of Italian immigrants in the US, 50,000 Italians there that day. He was scared. That was a ‘home’ game, and refs aren’t so brave against home teams.” Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:00:10 GMT)

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic appointed to ATP player council
• Andy Murray to serve two-year term on players’ representation body• Jamie Murray and world No1 Novak Djokovic also become membersAndy Murray has long set the standard in British tennis and now the Scot is keen to have more of an influence on the wider game. The 29-year-old was on Sunday announced as one of the new members of the ATP player council and will serve a two-year term.Murray has been one of the most outspoken players on a number of issues, including drugs and equality. The player council meets several times a year and makes recommendations to the ATP board on the direction they feel tennis should take. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:54:02 GMT)

Why the shameful silence from the Catholic church on LGBT issues? | Kevin McKenna
The Orlando killings would have been a perfect opportunity for the church to condemn the deep-rooted prejudice in our midstIn Scotland, as in many other countries around the world, the response of ordinary people to the Florida gun attack was an uplifting one. In Glasgow last Monday evening, more than 600 people gathered in the city’s George Square to mourn the 49 who were killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando. A few days later in Edinburgh, a similar number huddled under umbrellas in St Andrew’s Square to remember the Florida fallen.Many of those who attended these vigils were not only grieving for the dead but showing solidarity with the Scottish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. This was entirely appropriate as few of us who have LGBT friends have not had our lives enriched and made more vibrant by their friendship. They have offered us forgiveness and compassion when they were entitled to be resentful and bitter at the way they have been treated in this country for generations. Continue reading...
(Sat, 18 Jun 2016 23:04:24 GMT)

Martin Rowson on the attempted coup against Jeremy Corbyn – cartoon
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(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:51:57 GMT)

Ireland faces partition again. Preserving the peace is critical | Emer O’Toole
After Brexit, one of the biggest challenges is the likely reinstitution of a physical border – now all parties must work together to prevent destabilisationNo sooner was the Brexit out of the bag than Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, deputy first minister for Northern Ireland, declared the need for a poll on Irish reunification. Northern Ireland voted decisively to remain in the EU. By McGuinness’s logic, this means that the “British government has forfeited any mandate to represent the economic or political interests of the people”.Opportunistic? Of course. Disingenuous? Maybe. The Good Friday agreement, which created peace in the north, allows the secretary of state to call a border poll when there’s clear indication that public opinion has swung towards a united Ireland. Currently, there’s no such indication – the people of Northern Ireland voted against leaving the EU, which is markedly different from voting to leave the UK. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:00:15 GMT)

When you wish upon a bra… | Victoria Coren Mitchell
Women shop for lingerie they never wear because they are actually buying a dreamFor the past week I have been thinking, like most people, about the big issue of our time: bras.Among all the surveys and polls and statistics of the last few days, I found one that really delighted me. Nearly 30% of women, despite owning several bras, wear only two of them. Or, as the Sun put it: BRAVO TWO WEAR-O! WOMEN STICK TO THEIR FAVOURITE PAIR. Continue reading...
(Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:03:11 GMT)

At a time of such crisis, a coup against Corbyn is the last thing we need | Rachel Shabi
Amid Brexit turmoil, Labour should be reaching out to voters – a power struggle will solve nothingThe country has been plunged into chaos and turmoil, the pound is plummeting, we’re in a political power vacuum, the people are divided and the Conservatives are in disarray – so what better time to try to tear the Labour party apart too? It’s no great surprise that the Labour MPs who have been sniping and undermining Jeremy Corbyn ever since he became party leader are now trying to oust him. But what is astounding is that they have chosen this moment – a time for unity and clear-headedness – to launch such an attempt.What is it that they think will happen? If they force another leadership contest, he will win again – and they will have wasted months on an irrelevant internal battle at a crucial time. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:07:29 GMT)

The other side to the UK's housing crisis
Eva Wiseman’s search for a home opened her eyes to a world that we don’t often hear about: the UK’s ‘hidden homeless’Visiting houses with estate agents, you get a sense of the place the second the door opens. You breathe it in. This particular house smelled of the woods. It was a hot day but it was cold inside and as the door shut behind us our daughter reached up quickly to be carried. The first odd thing was how the rooms were seemingly interchangeable: a bath, a chair, an empty glass. “There’s nobody actually… living here, is there?” we asked. “Doesn’t look like it!” the agent chuckled. The wires were exposed. Damp climbed the paint. The second odd thing was that all the doors were locked. It was only when one opened that we realised why: every silent room was occupied by a different tenant. People were living here, but barely.It was when we turned to go up to the first floor (another unplugged oven, a broken window) that I saw the man’s legs. I realised immediately I was waiting for a corpse – the house was dying, it expected a corpse. So it was almost worse when I saw that he wasn’t dead; he was terrified. Fiftyish, crouched, cowering behind the bannisters, he was scared to see strangers in his house, and he was blindly pissed, or high, or ill, and he was shaking. It wasn’t until my partner quietly told him we’d leave that I realised we could. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:00:05 GMT)

The people have spoken on Brexit. But did the media tell them the truth?
The failure to challenge campaign myths over the last month mirrors a failure to report on and explain the EU correctly that goes back 40 yearsThere’s no point, and perhaps no justice, in shooting the messenger. It’s easy enough for the remains of Remain to blame the Eurosceptic press for what’s happened and what may happen. But remember that Trump, Le Pen, Austria’s nearly president or – from the other end of the spectrum – Podemos in Spain have come so far and done so well without any big media battalions trumpeting their cause.Naturally the Mail, Express and Telegraph can celebrate. “Take a bow Britain.” They picked the referendum winners. But they also reflected what the majority of their readers thought to begin with: and, in the Telegraph’s case, only veered back to the Leave camp when a poll of subscribers showed 69% of them wanted out. Of course the Sun can pun ritually away about “Brexsplits” – but its great cry to “BeLEAVE in Britain” didn’t make it as far as Belfast or Glasgow. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:00:09 GMT)

Our gun debate is topsy-turvy. Like quitting donuts to stop lung cancer | Rebecca Solnit
We know everything we need to about the epidemic of violence in this country – except how to overcome the opposition to diagnosing it accurately Related: The gun control sit-in is a symbolic victory – and there's still power in that | Lucia Graves Imagine a chainsmoker comes in to see you who has lung cancer. You tell him to stop smoking, and he starts bargaining. He’s willing to give up donuts. You say donuts don’t cause lung cancer, so he offers to stop watching Game of Thrones. What’s clear is that he doesn’t intend to stop smoking, and he doesn’t want to hear about any correlation to lung cancer. That’s about where this country is on gun violence. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:30:15 GMT)

‘I run home with Trump on my heels and Farage has moved in’ | Hari Kunzru
The British-Indian novelist on how a so-called new dawn for ‘decent people’ is actually a grim salute to PowellismMy family’s future is tied up in not one but two votes happening this year. I left London for New York eight years ago, meaning to be away nine months. Even as that nine months turned into two years, then five, I was certain I wanted to return. But I got married to a Japanese-American novelist. We had a son. A couple of weeks ago, we had a daughter.These things concentrate the mind about questions of risk, particularly when I see so many other dads carrying their kids across borders, sleeping out in the open. I always thought I’d take everyone back to London and we would feed the ducks in the park and swim in the lido. Lately, I’ve not been so sure. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:04:11 GMT)

The disabled community still waits for our 1960s sexual revolution
Disabled people are stereotyped as passive and asexual - part of our dehumanisation. It’s time for our own sexual revolutionBorn with a debilitating spinal disability, 53-year- old Frenchman Marcel Nuss, met his first wife, Gaby, in hospital as he battled for his life at the age of 22. Now divorced, he lives with his partner, Marie, and his two children in the leafy suburbs of Strasbourg.“I often had comments like ‘Oh, he’s a bit ugly’,” Marie reveals in Disability and Sexuality: Exploring the Intimacy Option, a documentary exploring the interplay between disability and sexual liberation. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:00:10 GMT)

Give a big cheer for our political correctness | Barbara Ellen
For the most part, far from stunting the national conversation, it enhances usIt seems as good a time as any to muse on political correctness in Britain – the rules, laws and pervading culture of what is and isn’t “allowed”.All those restrictions, blocks and checks, covering an array of issues, such as racism, sexism and disability – it’s a complicated business indeed. And one that seems to drive some people into terrible rages, fuming at the shackles that are placed on their liberties. Continue reading...
(Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:09:11 GMT)

Has Brexit put a downer on Glastonbury? Reaction from festival-goers – video
Reactions range from ‘it’s fucked my life’ to ‘fantastic – I woke up English’. John Harris talks to Glastonbury revellers waking up to a damp day on Friday and the news that Britain had voted for Brexit. The age gap is apparent: many youngsters say they feel they feel disconnected to half the UK population who voted Leave, while some older Welsh steel workers break into a celebratory song. But one thing they agree on, Coldplay’s performance is unlikely to lift their spirits. Photograph: Jonathan Short/InvisionWARNING: this video contains explicit languageIf you’re young and angry about the EU referendum, you’re right to beEU referendum: welcome to the divided, angry Kingdom – video Continue reading...
(Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:33:20 GMT)

'I cried': London's Europeans react to Brexit — video
Following the EU referendum result, European immigrants in London’s Soho give their reactions to Brexit. As well as shock, upset and confusion, there is also fear for the future and disappointment in the UK’s decisionUK’s EU workers react to Brexit: ‘Britain is a poorer, crueller country’If you’re young and angry about the EU referendum, you’re right to be Continue reading...
(Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:04:22 GMT)

Police officer proposes to boyfriend at London's Pride parade – video
A police officer taking part in London’s Pride parade stops to propose to his boyfriend in the street on Saturday, as the crowds cheer in support. In footage posted on YouTube, the police officer’s colleagues halt their march before turning to face the crowd, as he gets down on one knee to proposeJustine Greening announces she is gay on London’s Pride dayPride in London 2016 - in pictures Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:25:17 GMT)

David Cameron: a political obituary – video
As UK prime minister David Cameron steps down from his post after defeat in the EU referendum, the Guardian charts the highs and lows of his political career, from fresh-faced upstart to European failure. Cameron’s legacy includes legislation on gay marriage, ideals of the ‘big society’ and post-2008 austerity and cutsEU referendum live: Johnson says no rush for Brexit as Cameron quitsHomes, holidays and jobs: what does Brexit mean for you? Continue reading...
(Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:07:58 GMT)

EU referendum: how Britain voted for Brexit – video
A look back at how events unfolded on EU referendum night. From the moment polls closed at 10pm to David Cameron’s resignation speech, watch to see how Britain voted to leave the European Union EU referendum results: Britain votes for Brexit – live updatesBritain has voted to leave the EU – what happens next? Continue reading...
(Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:50:24 GMT)

Stanley Spencer's art: ‘what is rubbish to some people is not to me’ – video
As a child, Stanley Spencer was always rummaging in dustbins – a broken tea pot, jam tin and cabbage stalk seemed to him a wondrous holy trinity. In this short film, made for the opening of the Hepworth Wakefield’s major new exhibition of his art, Spencer’s paintings are brought vividly to life with words from the artist’s notebooksStanley Spencer: Of Angels and Dirt is at the Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire from 25 June to 5 October Continue reading...
(Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:00:04 GMT)

'Donald Trump does not want to be president' – video
Trump’s candidacy was a protest, with his team hoping for just 12% of the Republican vote, argues New Yorker writer Mark Singer. Even Trump himself believed his undisciplined and impulsive rhetoric would keep him out of reach of the White House. But, says Singer, the monster rose from the laboratory table and walkedTrump and Me by Mark Singer is published by Penguin Continue reading...
(Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:00:28 GMT)

EU referendum: welcome to the divided, angry Kingdom – video
As the big vote approaches and many voices say the EU referendum has whipped up the politics of hate, John Harris and John Domokos go on a five-day road trip from post-industrial Labour towns to rural Tory heartlands. In Birmingham, Leave voters cross racial and cultural divides; in Manchester, students uniformly back Remain; while people in the city’s neglected edgelands want out. And one fact burns through: whatever the result, the UK’s grave social problems look set to deepenEU referendum live: remain and leave make final push in last day of campaign Continue reading...
(Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:31:16 GMT)

Gun owners on why they oppose background checks – video
The US Senate failed to pass new restrictions aimed at curtailing gun violence on Monday, voting down four separate measures including basic amendments to background checks. So why is there such opposition to expanded checks? The Guardian spoke to several gun owners about that very issue in May during the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Louisville, KentuckyThe Guardian asks gun owners what liberals get wrong on guns Continue reading...
(Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:00:35 GMT)

The weight of light: how gravity is illuminating sub-Saharan Africa – video
Off-grid communities such as those in sub-Saharan Africa can pay thousands of times as much as the rest of us for their energy. Designer Jim Reeves has developed a simple, low-cost gear-train and generator that uses a descending weight to power a perpetual light source. Children can do their homework and study, families and friends can eat together and interact after dark adding new dimensions and possibilities to their lives Continue reading...
(Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:33:00 GMT)

Anne-Marie Duff is Miranda's mother in a rewritten Tempest – video
The words of a treasured letter ring in Miranda’s ears as she explores her island home in this re-imagining of The Tempest, written and directed by Teresa Griffiths and narrated by Anne-Marie Duff. Miranda’s Letter is the fifth in the British Council’s series Shakespeare Lives 2016, a global programme celebrating William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. Continue reading...
(Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:12:03 GMT)

Alcohol adverts seen 'almost once a minute' during Euro 2016 games
TV viewers frequently saw slogan of tournament sponsor Carlsberg throughout England and Wales matches, says charityFootball supporters watching the England and Wales matches during the group stages of Euro 2016 saw alcohol marketing almost once a minute during game play, a charity has said.With French laws banning alcohol sponsorship of sporting events and alcohol advertising on television, the Euro 2016 sponsor Carlsberg replaced its brand name on pitch-side digital boards with one of its well-known slogans, in the brand’s font, Alcohol Concern said. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:01:27 GMT)

Analysing the sound of thunderstorms
Weatherwatch: Meteorologists are counting ‘thunder days’ – and checking they’re not hearing jet planes or fireworksRumbles of thunder have been performing multiple symphonies in the skies recently. Already the UK has clocked up more than its average quota of thunderstorms for a whole year. Normally, the most thunder-prone region – London and the south-east – would expect to have 15 to 19 days when thunder is heard, but by mid-June that number had already been exceeded. However, recognising the sound of thunder isn’t always easy.For more than 100 years, meteorologists across the UK have noted the days on which they hear a rumble of thunder. These “thunder days” make an invaluable contribution to understanding global warming and changes in the weather. But sometimes observers can be conned into thinking they heard thunder, when in fact the rumble was a jet plane passing over, or a firework exploding. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:30:24 GMT)

Finding Dory crushes Independence Day: Resurgence at US box office
Finding Nemo sequel remains on top in second week as alien invasion film sans Will Smith underwhelms with $41.6m opening weekendFinding Dory overwhelmed the sputtering sequel Independence Day: Resurgence at the US box office, on its second weekend in theaters.In its second week, the sequel to Finding Nemo easily remained on top with an estimated $73.2m, according to studio estimates on Sunday. That far surpassed the $41.6m opening of Resurgence, well off the pace of its 1996 original. The first Independence Day opened with $50.2m, or about $77m in inflation-adjusted figures. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19:54:57 GMT)

Someone like you: the Adele eyeliner challenge
Six music fans attempt the singer’s ‘cat eyes’ without a mirrorAdele’s 60s-style eyeliner is one of the most coveted looks in pop, with hundreds of video tutorials dedicated to helping fans perfect her signature technique. In April, the singer’s own makeup artist, Michael Ashton, released a YouTube video that is the definitive guide to copying her “cat-eyes”, which has been watched more than 2m times. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:03:49 GMT)

Nigel Slater’s hazelnut dukkah and beetroot garlic hummus recipes
This heady mix of seeds, nuts and spices is worth having to hand to sprinkle over everything from hummus to couscousThere are coriander and cumin seeds toasting in a dry, shallow pan on the hob. Once they are deep walnut brown, I toss in sesame seeds and continue to toast till they’re golden. Once they darken to a deep brown-gold and their smell, warm and aromatic, filters through the kitchen, I put them in the mortar and crush them, with a sort of twisting, pounding action – the very same push and twist action with which I make pesto if I’m not using the food processor.I continue until they resemble rough crumbs, after which they are joined by toasted, skinned hazelnuts and almonds, flakes of sea salt and dried thyme. It is not often I use dried herbs, but bear with me. I carry on bashing at the mix till I have a deeply fragrant, crunchy mix, neither paste nor powder, but somewhere in between, and deeply, headily scented. This seed-spice mixture then gets put into a glass jar, tightly lidded and placed within arm’s reach till needed. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:00:13 GMT)

Oldest, youngest or middle child? How sibling birth order affects you
Discover if there is any correlation between the birth order of you and your siblings and how sociable or neurotic you and they areHere’s the simplest personality test you’ll ever take. It consists of a single question: Of your siblings, are you the oldest child, second oldest, third oldest… or perhaps the youngest? Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 05:00:05 GMT)

Justine Greening announces she is gay on London’s Pride day
International development secretary tweets that she is in a ‘happy same-sex relationship’, becoming the first openly gay female in Tory cabinet Justine Greening, the international development secretary, has revealed she is in a same-sex relationship, making her the first openly gay woman in the Conservative cabinet. Greening, the MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, chose the day of London’s Pride parade to make her announcement.Making her announcement on Twitter, the politician, who campaigned for the UK to remain part of the European Union, quipped: “Sometimes you’re better off out.” She immediately received a flurry of support from Twitter users, including more than 600 retweets and a thousand likes in just half an hour. Continue reading...
(Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:16:53 GMT)

Inside Glastonbury's NYC Downlow – 80s warehouses, drag queens and 'gay butchers'
The festival’s gay nightclub designed by Block9 is a recreation of a Meatpacking District warehouse, featuring a disco, sauna and sides of (fake) beef The NYC Downlow, Glastonbury festival’s first gay nightclub, opened in 2007. It’s the brainchild of set designers Steve Gallagher and Gideon Berger. They run Block9 – both a field in Glastonbury’s late-night party corner in the south-east of the site and the name of their company, which produces stages and sets for performers such as Skrillex and Banksy. They also built the Dismaland Castle – the centrepiece of Banksy’s 2015 show in Weston-super-Mare.The original NYC Downlow was set as a crumbling tenement block in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the late 70s – where many of the original NYC gay clubs were. As that area gentrified in the early 80s, the gay community and club scene moved across Manhattan to the rundown empty warehouses of the city’s Meatpacking District. This year, Gallagher and Berger decided to “move” the NYC Downlow, although the present-day Meatpacking District is now one of the swishest areas of New York – home of Soho House and Diane von Furstenberg boutiques. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:27:24 GMT)

Elton John review – peerless pomp and a pinch of politics
Meadowbank Stadium, EdinburghIt’s party time as pop’s elder statesman piles on the hits and tries to help disappointed Scots forget“We haven’t seen blue skies anywhere else in Britain,” muses Sir Elton, as Edinburgh glows in the low evening sun. “That’s because you voted to stay in Europe. You’re the only fucking sensible people in Britain.” He subsequently sums up the political mood of roughly half of the UK, Scots in particular, by playing I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues.Dressing in what looks like diamante-encrusted loungewear need not deny a man the right to talk seriously. But when not mincing his words on Brexit, the piano-tickling elder statesman of flamboyant rock’n’roll and his redoubtable backing band are on a mission to help people party and forget. A dowdy old athletics stadium becomes the scene of what feels like a giant open-air wedding reception, as fans of all ages and levels of mobility and even a few high-vis-jacketed stewards dance inexpertly in the aisles. Continue reading...
(Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:36:25 GMT)

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