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Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist, formerly BBC social affairs editor. Her latest book, with David Walker is The Verdict - Did Labour Change Britain?

Death at sea: Syrian migrants film their perilous voyage to Europe - video

theguardian.com — This is the story of five friends - Moaaz, Majd, Rasha, Kinan and Khalid - who fled war-torn Syria to embark on a perilous trip to reach Europe. So far this year an estimated 3,000 migrants have died attempting this same journey.

How to be a confident girl

theguardian.com — Last Saturday was International Day of the Girl, and at the Southbank Centre Jude Kelly, rare female head of a large arts institution, assembled crowds of women from all kinds of occupations to do a couple of circuits in pods on the London Eye, mentoring groups of girls.

John Lydon on Russell Brand's call for revolution: 'The most idiotic thing I've ever heard' - video

theguardian.com — Former Sex Pistol John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, tells Polly Toynbee that comedian Russell Brand's call for people not to vote is ignorant, flippant and liable to 'make you all homeless'.

Johnny Rotten and I agree: neither of us wants Russell Brand’s ‘revolution’

theguardian.com — What better antidote to Russell Brand's nonsense than the man who sang Anarchy in the UK? "Bumhole" is what John Lydon calls Brand for telling young people not to vote. "It's the most idiotic thing I've ever heard." As I was interviewing him for a Guardian video, he gave that famous Johnny Rotten glare.

The strike is a symptom of an NHS in intensive care

theguardian.com — Nurses, midwives and others striking on Monday were making only a token gesture, designed to shock, not harm. But their work to rule will push up NHS debt, meaning expensive agency temps must be hired. Though nurses finally snapped after a five-year pay freeze that has meant a 15% cut, pay is only part of the story: the nursing shortage causes intense pressure.

Start telling the hard truth, Nick Clegg - there is no free lunch

theguardian.com — Can you forgive them? At 7% in the polls, voters are not in a forgiving mood. A Glasgow taxi driver, assuming I was a delegate, vented a tirade - liars, lackeys, lily-livered lickspittles - that sort of thing, but in pithier Glaswegian. Watching the Lib Dems try to writhe out of what they have done is sadly comical.

These brutal new Tories are happy playing Ukip’s game

theguardian.com — Let's get this straight. The Conservative party or its leadership are not being reluctantly dragged rightwards. They are boldly going into the blue yonder, because that's where their yearnings take them. Out of Europe is not just a policy, it's a proxy for all they hate, from human rights to welfare.

Labour conference 2014: How easy to call for political fizz. How tough to deliver it

theguardian.com — This is unlucky timing for Labour's conference, in the hangover days of the Scottish referendum. Intoxicating political passions were stirred as rarely before, English MPs and reporters reeling back down south after drinking a deep draught of authentic political fervour. Nothing will ever be the same again, some said.

Scotland’s referendum has spurred a dash for devo - but localism is no panacea

theguardian.com — The heads of all three main parties should roll - effigies on spikes on Westminster Bridge - if Scotland breaks away on Thursday. All three parties, for very different reasons, should be abjectly contrite for the deep disconnection between people and politics.

Labour can only save the NHS by biting the tax bullet

theguardian.com — As the hundredth draft of Ed Miliband's party conference speech is scribbled over and begun again, he and his team face multitudinous dilemmas - not least the pole-axing possibility of Scotland voting yes. Can the trainloads of Labour MPs now heading north persuade the Scots a social democratic future for Britain is possible?
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Oct 22, 2014

@spellar And now the Tory/ukip fanatics want to abandon the European arrest warrant so eye can never get them back..

Oct 21, 2014

RT @ILotem: gu.com/p/42tyn/tw @pollytoynbee 's excellent col on dangerous Euro-madness and its grip over the Tories. Time for a #labour alternative

Oct 21, 2014

As Pres of CPHVA, v grateful for shocking LSE report on lack of maternal mental health care:treat mother=save the child,+£8bn cost later

Oct 21, 2014

@RupertMyers @timmontgomerie I bet you usually complain about too much political correctness in Guardian writing?

Oct 21, 2014

RT @women4erdington: David Cameron has now passed the point of no return on Europe: @pollytoynbee gu.com/p/42tyn

Oct 21, 2014

RT @lahnabee: Yikes 'Some Ebola of the brain has seized the ruling party as Cameron now “bangs on” about Europe' gu.com/p/42tyn/tw via @pollytoynbee

Oct 21, 2014

RT @pigreen: @mrooduijn @pollytoynbee Labour must not be like lemmings rushing over the cliff to emulate Tories & UKIP or they will fall to…

Oct 21, 2014

@deanofsurrey @commentisfree @NewEuropeans Yes Cameron cld gain if he went EUOut at GE but damned in history as UK wrecker for his own ends.

Oct 21, 2014

Launch of Maternal Mental Health campaign;more deaths from depression/mental illness than all causes in pregnancy, 40% areas=no services

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