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Half UK budget deficit 'is down to job destruction in older industrial areas'

Half UK budget deficit 'is down to job destruction in older industrial areas'

Report finds that legacy of hollowing-out of manufacturing in 1980s is far more people claiming incapacity benefitsThe enduring impact of closing factories and shutting coalmines in the 1980s has been
The legacy of leaving old industrial Britain to rot is becoming clear | Larry Elliott

The legacy of leaving old industrial Britain to rot is becoming clear | Larry Elliott

The hollowing-out of British industry since the 1980s is the single biggest change to the UK economy in the postwar eraTime to move on. That was the message from the home secretary when she announced
Neoliberalism and other factors in the breakdown of society | Letters

Neoliberalism and other factors in the breakdown of society | Letters

George Monbiot concludes that, in response to the crisis that lies behind Brexit and Trump, what we need is “a new story of what it is to be a human in the 21st century” (The deep story beneath
Look at Fidel Castro’s legacy from a fair perspective | Letters

Look at Fidel Castro’s legacy from a fair perspective | Letters

Zoe Williams (Forget Fidel Castro’s policies. Above all, he was a dictator, 28November) bases her judgment of Castro on a frighteningly simplistic division of states into democracies, by implication
Finding solutions to the UK’s housing crisis | Letters

Finding solutions to the UK’s housing crisis | Letters

Readers respond to Britain’s chronic shortage of affordable housing with solutions of their ownLarry Elliott suggests five steps to fix the housing market (Britain’s broken housing market – and how to
The Balfour declaration and failings in Palestinian leadership | Letters

The Balfour declaration and failings in Palestinian leadership | Letters

Mark Regev, Israel’s ambassador to the UK, responds to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’s Guardian article, while Ella Marks and Karl Sabbagh add to the debate about the promises made in the
Basic income was the 1960s hippy dream | Letters

Basic income was the 1960s hippy dream | Letters

Readers react to Aditya Chakrabortty’s article on Finland’s universal basic income experimentThere is nothing particularly new about a basic income (A basic income for everyone – yes, Finland shows it
Christine Keeler obituary: the woman at the heart of the Profumo affair

Christine Keeler obituary: the woman at the heart of the Profumo affair

Model and showgirl at the centre of the scandal that rocked 1960s BritainThere were many victims of the Profumo affair, the sex and spying scandal that dominated the headlines in 1963, contributed to
'I am part of English history': Christine Keeler interview - archive, 13 March 1983

'I am part of English history': Christine Keeler interview - archive, 13 March 1983

The Observer, 13 March 1983 Simon Hoggart talks to Christine Keeler about her second autobiographyChristine Keeler is now 41, and has just published her second autobiography. She and a girlfriend
From protests to bombings, a 50-year history of US embassies

From protests to bombings, a 50-year history of US embassies

As the US embassy in London moves to new premises, we survey a history of sieges, battles and raids at US missionsWhen the US embassy moves out of Grosvenor Square, London, early next year it will be
Letter reveals John Major's nerves before Zimbabwe cricket match

Letter reveals John Major's nerves before Zimbabwe cricket match

PM persevered with plans for charity game despite adviser’s reservations and eventually felt it had been successfulBy the time he strode out to open the batting in a charity match in Robert Mugabe’s
Thatcher warned Major about exchange rate risks before ERM crisis

Thatcher warned Major about exchange rate risks before ERM crisis

National Archives: private warning came just five weeks into Major’s premiership and 20 months before Black WednesdayMargaret Thatcher privately warned John Major that he was in danger of making a
How Labour contacts in 1987 may have nudged Gerry Adams towards peace

How Labour contacts in 1987 may have nudged Gerry Adams towards peace

Documents from 1987 reveal Sinn Féin leader’s probable disapproval of some IRA atrocitiesIt was the year that ended with the Enniskillen bombing, part of a seemingly endless IRA campaign, and a time
Of course homelessness is linked to Tory policies | Letters

Of course homelessness is linked to Tory policies | Letters

Letters: Cuts have contributed significantly to a crisis of housing affordability and growing homelessnessThe homelessness minister, Heather Wheeler, told the Guardian she does not know why the number
Czechs discover hidden film record of Stalin’s antisemitic show trial

Czechs discover hidden film record of Stalin’s antisemitic show trial

Footage shows how Rudolf Slánský and other top communists were made victims of a brutal purgeIt was among the most notorious show trials of the 20th century, the prosecution and sentencing to death of
Facebook says its ‘voter button’ is good for turnout. But should the tech giant be nudging us at all?

Facebook says its ‘voter button’ is good for turnout. But should the tech giant be nudging us at all?

What do we really know about the influence of the ‘voter button’? One Icelandic media lawyer decided to find outn the morning of 28 October last year, the day of Iceland’s parliamentary elections,
In the Belhaj case, Britain set aside the rule of law and moral principles | Will Hutton

In the Belhaj case, Britain set aside the rule of law and moral principles | Will Hutton

Abdel Hakim Belhaj got his apology, but we still lost the moral high ground It was one of the most shaming, self-abasing apologies ever made in the House of Commons, indeed arguably in any western
The Guardian view on Corbynomics: more creativity please | Editorial

The Guardian view on Corbynomics: more creativity please | Editorial

The Labour party should be congratulated for its progressive economic ideas. But as Tory MPs prepare to drop austerity and start spending, the opposition needs to be bolderThe Labour party has long
Green party and Corbynomics have shared roots in Karl Polanyi | Letters

Green party and Corbynomics have shared roots in Karl Polanyi | Letters

He influenced not only Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell’s social economics but also Edward Goldsmith, the founder of the Ecology party, writes David RushtonYour editorial (28 May) on Corbyn and
The principled thinkers behind universal human rights | Letters

The principled thinkers behind universal human rights | Letters

Reactions to Afua Hirsch’s opinion piece on 2018’s anniversaries of the founding of the NHS and the Universal Declaration of Human RightsIn reminding us of the 70th anniversary yet to come on 10