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Mark Drakeford attacks Westminster ‘failure’ over fuel crisis

Posted on Oct 01, 2021

The Welsh first minister has launched a strong attack on the UK government, claiming that a combination of ideology, incompetence and malevolence had resulted in the f


What the government has to do to get the economy moving again

Posted on Oct 01, 2021

The events of the past week have shown the fragility of the UK’s economic recovery. The issue of labour shortages is nothing new. Three years ago, the British Chambe


Covid cases rise as UK schools return and furlough scheme ends

Posted on Oct 01, 2021

Covid infections rise after schools and businesses return The number of daily new Covid infections in the UK has risen in the past month af


Indigenous Amazon singers and sacred cacao … the UK festival that’s wild in a different way

Posted on Oct 01, 2021

On a stage in a yurt in the Berkshire countryside, the leader of the Huni Kuin tribe from the Brazilian Amazon is talking about indigenous culture. In 2000, Ninawa P


‘I’d like to find a Roman fibula brooch’: watching the detectorists – a photo essay

Posted on Oct 01, 2021

I n July 2009, Terry Herbert of the Bloxwich Research and Metal Detecting club picked up a signal with his metal detector; the signal for what we


Reform UK tones down culture war rhetoric and targets Tory voters

Posted on Oct 01, 2021

Reform UK, the rebranded Brexit party, plans to focus less on culture war issues and instead try to attract disenchanted Conservatives with more weighty policy offerin


Black History Month launches in UK with ‘proud to be’ campaign

Posted on Oct 01, 2021

Black History Month launches with hundreds of events across the country this October, amid a new campaign encouraging people of all ages to share what they are proud t


Human rights lawyers call on UK government to ban ‘conversion therapy’

Posted on Oct 01, 2021

Leading human rights lawyers and experts have called for swift action to outlaw so-called conversion therapy, which they say is degrading and harmful, and should not b


UK joins calls on Mali to end alleged deal with Russian mercenaries

Posted on Oct 01, 2021

The UK has joined a mounting international campaign of pressure on Mali’s military leaders to step back from a suspected deal with a Russian mercenary company, amid fe


Home Office resisting calls to allow asylum seekers work in the UK

Posted on Sep 30, 2021

Priti Patel’s department is resisting growing demands to allow asylum seekers to work following a public intervention from her cabinet colleague Dominic Raab to say th


Tell us: have you decided not to have children for financial reasons?

Posted on Sep 30, 2021

With the costs of living rising in the UK and millennials increasingly feeling the squeeze, a senior Labour minister has recently said that people are putting off havi


Tell us: how will you or your business be affected by the ending of the UK furlough scheme?

Posted on Sep 30, 2021

The government’s furlough scheme, introduced in April 2020, will end on 30 September. We’re interested to hear from employees still currently on furlough how they m


Plight of the pickled onion: how pub snacks went from simple nosh to properly posh

Posted on Sep 30, 2021

In the past seven years, the snack menu at Sheffield micropub the Beer House has been on quite a journey. If you like a bag of peanuts with your pint, it’s one you’ll


The 20 best recipes for the weekend

Posted on Sep 30, 2021

N igella Lawson’s American pancakes or Florence Knight’s ’nduja tortilla? Perhaps add in a side of Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley’s brilliant green s


Sailing adventure: how young cancer patients can rebuild confidence at sea

Posted on Sep 30, 2021

The word cancer should never be associated with children but, very sadly, around 4,400 young people in the UK, aged 24 and under, are diagnosed with cancer every year,


Calling all keen craftspeople: enter our competition to win a Guardian Masterclass and a bottle of whisky

Posted on Sep 30, 2021

Do you embroider or illustrate? Carve wood or crochet? Are you a dressmaker or a DJ? A mixologist or ceramicist? Now’s your time to shine. Whether you’re one of the UK


UK growth revised up to 5.5% amid higher NHS spending and exports rise

Posted on Sep 30, 2021

Higher NHS spending, stronger investment and a bounce back in exports helped the UK economy to recover more quickly from the lockdown at the start of the year, officia


UK’s new £500m winter hardship fund branded as ‘sticking plaster’

Posted on Sep 30, 2021

Charities and the Labour party have criticised the government’s planned £500m winter hardship fund as a “temporary sticking plaster” that will not help struggli


Heeding working-class voices on Brexit and labour shortages

Posted on Sep 30, 2021

Reading Christopher John’s account of the working conditions of HGV drivers in the UK (‘Getting into Europe is a relief every time’: an HGV driver reflects on UK crisi


The happiness and health of children must come first

Posted on Sep 30, 2021

On the state of children’s mental health, your correspondent Mel Wood last week asked why so many children in the UK are deeply unhappy (Letters, 23 September). It’s a


The Guardian view on silence about Brexit: time to talk turkey

Posted on Sep 30, 2021

S ince the 2019 general election, there has been a mutually convenient conspiracy of silence between Britain’s two main parties about Brexit. Bori


Free flights and $1,000 vouchers: Australian hospitality sector lures UK workers

Posted on Sep 30, 2021

Chelsee Whitehead has worked in the hospitality industry since she left high school four years ago. Before Covid-19, she always thought her industry was secure. “I p


Nearly half of UK’s independent petrol stations still lack fuel

Posted on Sep 30, 2021

Nearly half of all independently owned petrol stations in the UK were still dry or out of one type of fuel on Thursday, as motorists continued to panic buy and soldier


Jacinda Ardern needs to speak out on Aukus – her tacit approval allows a dangerous military buildup

Posted on Sep 29, 2021

N ew Zealand defence hawks reacted to the announcement of the anglophone security pact Aukus this month by complaining this country had been sidel