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Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist, formerly BBC social affairs editor. Her latest book, with David Walker, is Cameron's Coup, following on from The Verdict

Here’s nine ways to fix the electoral system - but first get out and vote

theguardian.com — Forty-five million people should be out voting today - but large numbers won't. This Super Thursday is the biggest national political expression until 2020, yet it will pass many by with a sour shrug, angry refusal or don't-care indifference. What's wrong with the people? Democracy falls into decay and decadence wherever turnouts drop.

Threats to shift Strictly are just part of the plan to sabotage the BBC

Threats to shift Strictly are just part of the plan to sabotage the BBC
theguardian.com — "BBC faces charter ban on Saturday Strictly", splashed the Mail on Sunday, with similar front pages in the Sunday Times and Telegraph. The Tory press was briefed that the BBC charter would bar the corporation from competing with ITV and others in primetime. No Strictly up against X Factor, no Night Manager up against ITV Sunday drama.

Now it’s Cameron and the unions: thus does Brexit make bizarre bedfellows

Now it’s Cameron and the unions: thus does Brexit make bizarre bedfellows
theguardian.com — What strange bedfellows this referendum makes. Pinch yourself several times at the jaw-dropping spectacle of David Cameron praising workers' rights alongside Brendan Barber in the Guardian. This is the same prime minister who put crushing trade unions into his manifesto, and tried to railroad it through until the Lords rebelled.

Jeremy Hunt could have stopped this doctors’ strike. But he wanted it

Cameron can learn a lot from Obama

Cameron can learn a lot from Obama
gulfnews.com — Here comes the most dignified, intelligent and thoughtful American president of modern times. He arrives as a reminder that amid Tea Party craziness and Trumpery, hysterical slanders, racist smears and savage politics, a man cannot just survive and thrive, but walk tall without descending into the gutter with his opponents.

The economics of Brexit - Politics Weekly podcast

The economics of Brexit - Politics Weekly podcast
theguardian.com — George Osborne launched a 200-page projection of what Britain's economy would look like outside of the European Union this week and his analysis was damning: anyone who thinks that leaving the EU would be beneficial is "economically illiterate". But how robust are his figures?

David Cameron can learn a lot from Obama. Decency and dignity for starters

David Cameron can learn a lot from Obama. Decency and dignity for starters
theguardian.com — Here comes the most dignified, intelligent and thoughtful American president of modern times. He arrives as a reminder that amidst Tea Party craziness and Trumpery, hysterical slanders, racist smears and savage politics, a man can not just survive and thrive, but walk tall without descending in to the gutter with his opponents.

Those who can’t afford a home are being abandoned

Those who can’t afford a home are being abandoned
theguardian.com — Is this the worst thing this government has done? That's a tough choice for those low-earning households written off as unlikely to vote Tory. Governments come and go, attempting to reverse each other's actions - Labour spends more, then Tories cut back, but the housing and planning bill now in the Lords will do virtually irreparable damage.

Well done, Jeremy Corbyn, for getting off the fence on Europe

Well done, Jeremy Corbyn, for getting off the fence on Europe
theguardian.com — At last, Jeremy Corbyn comes out with a whole speech calling for Labour people to vote in. Warts and all, maybe. But then not many UK politicians, right or left, will make speeches that airbrush out the EU's warty face, as each sees it.

Britain should deal with tax havens the way De Gaulle took on Monaco

Britain should deal with tax havens the way De Gaulle took on Monaco
theguardian.com — The prime minister has opened the floodgates, dragging the chancellor after him. Whatever David Cameron says, his example means all MPs will soon publish their tax returns: how dare any refuse? Feeding frenzies against politicians are not a pretty sight.
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May 05, 2016

Gary Lineker: John Whittingdale is a chump over BBC demise joke gu.com/p/4tq34/stw

May 03, 2016

RT @BHAhumanists: Why does the NHS spend £5 million a year on homeopathy, in place of other vital services? Homeopathy doesn't work. https:independent.co.uk/life-style/hea…/t.co/k3ThyH0bkM

May 03, 2016

RT @DrJackyDavis: So Cameron lied - NHS has never experienced this level of austerity over such a long period says @nedwards_1 #BMASRM httppic.twitter.com/3Hnb9xQbnK://t.co/3Hnb9xQbnK

May 03, 2016

RT @brightfest: Don't miss out on seeing outrageous & inspirational force of nature @Pen@PennyArcadeNYC2#BF2016pbrightonfestival.org/event/8101/pen…ps:/…<a title="http://twitter.com/brightfest/status/727449026094845953/photo/1" href="https://t.co/zi7hGFi6Xr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pic.twitter.com/zi7hGFi6Xr

May 03, 2016

RT @colinrtalbot: Wife & I have 5 degrees twixt us: we had no clue what a “fronted adverbial” was, which 11yo is supposed to know for #SAT#SATStitle="The World at One" href="http://twitter.com/BBCWorldatOne" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@BBCWorldatOne

May 03, 2016

RT @EmmaBurnell_: It's a year today since #edstone. Who knew that 1 year on we'd look back on that fondly as a better pre-election gambit than lots of racism.

May 03, 2016

RT @newdiorama: Our ★★★★★ DOWN AND OUT IN PARIS AND LONDON has few tickets left tonight and SOLD OUT Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. https:pic.twitter.com/jWZ9PjMLta/t.co/jWZ9PjMLta

May 03, 2016

RT @OwenJones84: Great news - but nobody get complacent. If turnout is low, @ZacGoldsmith's fear and smear campaign could win. https://t.cotwitter.com/adambienkov/st…Yfhun4lvXJ

May 03, 2016

RT @IsabelHardman: Corbyn can’t complain about his critics setting him impossible targets if he does the same himself… specc.ie/1TIjhRMkW


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