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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Truth About Parenting

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BAHFest is tomorrow! See you tonight, Boston. Most of our tickets are gone, but we still have some available. It's going to be a packed house, so if you want a really good seat, please arrive early! See you there!

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Too true
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Tory ministers milking the system are the real shirkers | Marina Hyde

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Lose one form, and you lose cancer treatment and your liberty – lose a generation’s forms, and you’re the effing PM

If I were editing a tabloid newspaper this week – and I’m always open to guest stints – I would have had advertising vans out since Monday. They would have been crawling v-e-r-y slowly back and forth past the houses of Theresa May, Amber Rudd, Nick Timothy and David Cameron – and those just for starters. Instead of the repulsive GO HOME message that adorned the infamous vans May’s Home Office sent out, which resulted in the eventual deportation of precisely 11 migrants, I would have something along the lines of STAY HOME. Stay home, permanently.

Whether they would get the message is uncertain. Collectively, Britain did its very best to provide a hostile environment for May with the election result. The message was very clear: take a hike. Not a hiking holiday, but the full hike.

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"You lose one form and you lose your job, your cancer treatment, your benefits, your liberty; you lose a generation’s forms and you’re the effing prime minister."
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In this golden age of political arrogance, David Cameron is king | Rafael Behr

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Politicians not taking responsibility for their actions is nothing new, but Cameron’s breezy ‘no regrets’ over Brexit is a classic of the genre

It has never been difficult to distinguish between David Cameron and a humble man plagued by self-doubt.

The former prime minister’s most prominent trait in power – and probably the reason he lost it – was his combination of blithe confidence with peevishness when challenged by people he judged to be his social inferiors, which covers most people. So it is not surprising to learn now, in a TV interview, that Cameron is satisfied with the decision he made to call an EU referendum (“I believe I was right”), while also believing the outcome was a bad one (“we’ve taken the wrong course”).

Related: Brexit bill: May under pressure after two big defeats in Lords

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How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

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High Court judge put boot into ad tech firm

Comment  Google's efforts to claim that it should be exempt from EU data protection laws because its search engine is "journalistic" really did not impress the judge in the Right To Be Forgotten trial.…

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Google trying to have their cake and eat it again.
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McConnell says he will not allow vote on bill protecting Mueller from firing

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Republican Senate majority leader says bill is ‘not necessary’ because Trump will not fire special counsel, despite bipartisan fears

The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has said he will not allow a vote on a bill that would protect the special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by Donald Trump, despite bipartisan concern that the president will act on an impulse to end the Russia investigation.

McConnell said on Tuesday that he did not believe legislative action was necessary because Trump would not fire Mueller, who is overseeing the FBI investigation into possible collusion between Trump associates and Russia.

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"McConnell said on Tuesday that he did not believe legislative action was necessary because Trump would not fire Mueller"

I had no idea that Mitch McConnell was such a comedian.
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How To Train Your Dragon 3: new details at last

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After a couple of delays, How To Train Your Dragon 3 is nearly with us, and new details have been revealed...

Apr 18, 2018
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expatpaul
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The first two How To Train Your Dragon films were good. Here's hoping they close the trilogy strongly.
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