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The Guardian view on reopening the arts: behind the scenes, all is not well

Posted on Apr 27, 2021

O n 17 May, arts and cultural venues may reopen; indeed commercial galleries, by virtue of their status as shops, were able to open on 12 April. T


The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s donors: what is the quid pro quo?

Posted on Apr 27, 2021

C orruption is defined as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. This term cannot – yet – be applied to describe what has gone on with


If getting lost is the best way to explore somewhere new, I’m playing a blinder

Posted on Apr 27, 2021

I am lost. This is not figurative or existential: I am physically unable to get my bearings. I thought I knew York inside out, having grown up he


Robyn: how her banana-eating stage antics redefined my concept of punk

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

T he sun was setting when I heard it: the sound of a party in the distance. It was 2011 and I was working at Bestival as an Oxfam steward. I had j


Loophole in ministers’ code allows lobbying to remain secret, says ex-civil servant

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

A loophole in the ministers’ code of conduct has allowed officials to keep the lobbying of companies like Greensill Capital off of public records, according to an ex


Nadal v Nadal on horizon as Auger-Aliassime gets famous new coach

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

I n professional tennis, comebacks are as present as the air we breathe. Players return to competition on a whim, coaches inevitably find their wa


Shirley Williams was an inspiration to all liberals

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

I was at St Paul’s girls’ school with Shirley Williams, two years her junior (Obituary, 12 April). I remember, as a 13-year-old, hearing her passionately decrying ineq


Nigel Slater’s recipe for sprouted seeds, chickpeas and beans

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

The recipe Cook 200g of peas in a deep pan of boiling, lightly salted water, remove them with a draining spoon and transfer to a bowl. Add 200g broad beans to the bo


Back in the mix: cocktails for outdoor meet-ups

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

What cocktails are good to make for a gathering outside? Jess, Bath The key to park-time drinking (in moderation, of course) is keeping thin


Hunt for Toronto serial killer hampered by police prejudice, report says

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

The hunt for a serial killer who preyed on gay men in Toronto was hampered by “serious flaws” in the police investigation – including the stereotyping of LGBTQ people


England’s Ben Stokes faces spell on sidelines after breaking finger in IPL

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

Ben Stokes faces a spell on the sidelines before England’s international summer after being ruled out of the Indian Premier League with a broken finger. The all-ro


Gambling firms will never take responsibility for addiction

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

Your report (Tax gambling firms to fund addiction treatment, says NHS director, 7 April) is deja vu and depressing in equal measure. From 2004 to 2006, I was the CEO o


The Guardian view on the Cameron inquiry: democracy versus chumocracy

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

J onathan Evans, the chair of the government’s committee on standards in public life, recently reflected on suggestions that Britain had entered a


Britain believes it’s free of corruption. But there’s still the stench of decay

Posted on Apr 14, 2021

I f you are pulled over for a traffic offence in Britain, the fine is not usually settled with a wink and a roll of banknotes for the police offic


My mum loves me, but doesn’t know me. Can I change our relationship?

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

The dilemma I am a 50-year-old gay man. When I was young I was cast in the role of the “good” child – my mother’s antidote to my rebellious siblings. I be


My rock’n’roll friendship with Lindy Morrison

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

O n 31 March 1983, she burst into my dressing room, asking at the top of her voice, “Has anyone here got a lipstick I can borrow?” I looked up


Far right puts brakes on a new law that aims to stamp out homophobia in Italy

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

Daniela Lourdes Falanga has had her fair share of battles. The first was to survive a brutal upbringing as the firstborn son of a mafia boss in Naples. Falanga, 43, ha


School moves are adding to children’s trauma, psychotherapist warns

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

Children who moved from primary to secondary school last September need extra care and attention to prevent a decline in their mental health, according to a leading ch


Schools abuse site Everyone's Invited seeks ideas for ‘positive change’

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

Survivors of sexual abuse in schools are being urged to share their suggestions on how harassment and violence against students could be tackled. Soma Sara, the 22-y


Forget about irony, witty writing is all it takes to capture a child's imagination

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

T here’s a child who exists only in fiction, specifically modern fiction aimed at six-year-old girls. Her name, invariably, ends in a “y”. Her ton


While the Tories don’t rate Starmer yet, many don’t fancy their own boss either

Posted on Apr 04, 2021

K eir Starmer has spent most of his first year as Labour leader giving speeches to empty rooms. He has had to gauge whether his leadership is tran