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The Labour Party’s Spectacular Self-Destruction
Following the Brexit referendum, one would have thought that Britain’s political class would be wary of launching unnecessary battles in which there’s no certainty of victory and divisiveness is a foregone conclusion. But apparently Labour’s parliamentarians didn’t get the memo.
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‘If there is one thing more breathtaking than Corbyn’s election as leader of the Labour party, it has been the inability of his detractors to engage with the meaning of that victory.’
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Corbyn’s critics are hellbent on destroying the party they claim to love
Say what you want about the Tories – and I have – they know how to implode with style. Their betrayals are brazen; their concessions are dramatic; their calculations are brutal. Treachery, buffoonery and incompetence on a scale few could imagine is followed by orderly transition and a leader they can live with. They may be wrecking the country, but their party has emerged intact.


How did being a mum or dad change you?
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Wiping, burping, cajoling ... how much can you learn from parenting?
I was feeding someone else’s baby with a spoon the other day, a task I last performed about 15 years ago. It’s not difficult – the child knows what it’s doing – but there are little tricks of timing to keep the food from getting all over you, which I regained pretty quickly. I also find it helpful to engage in a one-sided conversation – a rambling, moronic narration of the event – as a distraction. I think it was always me I was trying to distract.


Angela Eagle: ‘I’m not a Blairite. I’m not a Brownite. I’m not a Corbynista. I am my own woman.’
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‘Is Angela Eagle really better than Jeremy Corbyn?’ – Guardian writers on Labour’s leadership
If there was a single lesson politicians should have learned from the last few months, beyond the fact that a significant proportion of the population don’t trust them, it’s that it if you’re going to fabricate a crisis that will lead to division and rancour, you should at the very least have a plan B.


‘A fragile mind can wreak havoc on a fragile political culture’. Protesters after a sniper opened fire on police during a protest on 7 July in Dallas.
Photograph: Ashley Landis/AP
Bring the Dallas murderers to justice. And the killers of black people too
In a country where it’s easier to obtain a semi-automatic gun than to obtain healthcare, a fragile mind can wreak havoc on a fragile political culture. So it was on Thursday night when a shooter opened fire on police at a Black Lives Matter demonstration killing five officers and wounding at least seven others.


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