Is Britain sleepwalking towards a European exit?

Is Britain sleepwalking towards a European exit? An Observer poll conducted in four countries reveals the widening gulf between Britain and the rest of the EU. And on both sides of the Channel, attitudes seem to be hardening.
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Britain can no longer afford to bankroll the rich | Nick Cohen

Not only is the ever-growing wealth of the super-rich not trickling down, it is creating ever-growing instability in a future not worth havingA generation of “opinion formers” has assured us that the rich are none of our business. If others become extremely wealthy, it is self-defeating to criticise them. We should recognise that “a rising […]
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The War on Drugs: the Observer debate – live

Join us for tonight’s panel discussion on drug laws with David Simon, writer of The Wire, documentary maker Eugene Jarecki, Rachel Seifert, British director of Cocaine Unwrapped and others at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. The debate will be chaired by Observer editor John MulhollandSaptarshi Ray    
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Ed Miliband vows to curb corporate tax avoidance

Labour leader urges David Cameron to work with G8 countries to force corporate giants to pay their fair shareEd Miliband has vowed to rip up the rule book as prime minister and go it alone if there is no international consensus to tackle multinationals engaging in massive tax avoidance.In an interview with the Observer, the […]
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Ukip donor brands women ‘hostile’ for wearing trousers

Demetri Marchessini aired controversial thoughts after publishing his book Women in Trousers: a Rear ViewNigel Farage is facing fresh embarrassment over a Ukip supporter after it emerged that one of the party’s most generous donors believes that women are guilty of “hostile behaviour” by “deliberately” wearing trousers to make themselves unattractive to men.Demetri Marchessini, a […]
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Postal union seeks unholy alliance of left and right to block Royal Mail sale

CWU seeks help of rural Tory MPs, Countryside Alliance and even Ukip as the prospect of privatisation loomsMore than 100 postboxes were painted gold to celebrate Britain’s medal haul at the 2012 Olympics, but those vivid symbols and thousands of others may not be British for much longer.Three decades after Margaret Thatcher refused to countenance […]
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Recession is a good time to exploit cheap labour, says Cameron aide

Lord Young says low-wage conditions are a bonus for business, drawing a furious response from the TUCThe prime minister’s adviser on enterprise has told the cabinet that the economic downturn is an excellent time for new businesses to boost profits and grow because labour is cheap, the Observer can reveal.Lord Young, a cabinet minister under […]
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Theresa May faces Tory backlash over retaining European arrest warrant

Deal with Liberal Democrats over controversial measure would incur wrath of Eurosceptic rightTheresa May, the home secretary, is set to feel the wrath of Tory backbenchers over a tentative agreement struck with the Liberal Democrats to retain the controversial European arrest warrant.The coalition has been in tense negotiations over the future of the measure, which […]
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Coalition split looms as David Cameron drops foreign aid pledge

Critics accuse prime minister of bowing to rightwing pressure from backbenchesDavid Cameron is risking a major fracture in the coalition after deciding to renege on his promise to enshrine foreign aid spending in law as he attempts to pacify the right wing of his party.The Observer can reveal that the flagship policy – promised in […]
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