Are we at Brexit yet? May’s indecision means we’re still in the car park | Polly Toynbee | Opinion

Theresa May lives to fight another day – then another and another. Wednesday night’s deflating slow puncture of a rebellion is a good symbol for what’s ahead: no clarity, opaque compromise, everyone claiming victory. Yet it was an important moment as parliament secured just enough say over the final deal, with the Speaker put in charge. The Mail’s renewed assault on John Bercow over bullying allegations this morning proves its significance – but it wastes its malice, since all Speakers stand up for parliament against government steamrolling, whoever succeeds him.…

‘This is how Russia could look’: World Cup fans surprised by relaxed policing | World news

One of the defining images of the World Cup has been delirious scenes of South American fans marching, chanting and drinking into the early hours on Russian streets. For many visitors expecting a police state, the laxity of the police and authorities in the last week has been a revelation. One video of Russian policemen fretting over a pair of passed-out Swedes has gone viral. Small regional cities such as Saransk have been flooded by armies of Colombians and Peruvians, marching unimpeded down main avenues with banners and flags. But…

‘Occupy Ice’: activists blockade Portland building over family separations | US news

An occupation of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) building in Portland attracted more protesters on Wednesday, growing from a rally in response to the Trump administration policy of separating parents from children at the southern border. By Wednesday morning, there were reportedly 27 tents pitched around the office building. For the most part, the occupation – promoted on social media with the hashtag #occupyICEPDX – that began on Sunday has been peaceful. Tuesday evening, though, was marked by moments of tension. Around 6.45pm, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) vehicles…

Manifesta 12 review – plant sex, puppets and a dial-a-spy booth | Art and design

There’s a rustling in the shrubbery, a glimpse of sleek, young bodies pale among the foliage. Naked young men eye up the lush foliage and stems. Soon, they are rutting away with the plant life, rooting with the roots. There’s a lot of groaning and wailing and chewing, saliva and chlorophyl. Filmed in a forest in Taiwan, Chinese artist Zheng Bo’s Pteridophilia is replete with groans and panting, the slither and crackle of leaves ripped with teeth and slathered by tongues. Shown on a small screen set up in a…

We must come together to fight the resurgent racist right | Letters | World news

The 15,000-strong violent far-right protest to “free Tommy Robinson” on Saturday 9 June has raised major questions for all those who value our diversity. The racist right are using Robinson to reorganise. Nazi salutes and Islamophobia were at the centre of the mobilisation. This is the first serious attempt since the collapse of the English Defence League (EDL) to develop a racist street movement and give it a political form. It is supported internationally by notorious figures including from the US and the Dutch Islamophobic right. It is absolutely vital…

Memo to white America: the NFL fight is about police brutality, not the flag | Sport

I was 23 years old in April 1992, when a Simi Valley jury infamously acquitted the four officers charged with the vicious, unknowingly videotaped beating of Rodney King. I was a nobody, just an editorial assistant at the Oakland Tribune attending San Francisco State University, but I had thoughts. I believed that despite the national outrage – which was followed by the worst rioting in the history of the nation – an acquittal was the only possible outcome for an America that, in the famous phrase of Martin Luther King…

Like many gay Muslim people, I have no faith in Pride | Amrou al-Kadhi | Opinion

Throughout June – London Pride month – corporations around the city will boast of their allegiance to the LGBT community. Walk into a Wagamama, and rainbow flags are intended to show solidarity with LGBT citizens. Barclays, Pride in London’s main sponsor, declares its support in the guise of a temporary rainbow filter on its website logo. What udon noodles and contactless payment have ever done to end homophobia will forever remain a mystery. On the surface, London Pride celebrates the city as a place of LGBT equality. But this external…

Tory MP’s pants are on fire over upskirting issue | John Crace | Politics

If you are forced to issue a statement over the weekend to clarify you are not a pervert, it is safe to say you’ve probably lost the argument. It was like this, the Tory backbencher Christopher Chope explained. Nobody was more opposed to the practice of upskirting than him. Except the other 649 MPs in the Commons. And everyone else in the country apart from a few perverts. So when he had effectively killed off Wera Hobhouse’s private member’s bill on Friday by standing up to shout “object”, it had…

Protester hangs knickers outside office of MP who blocked upskirting bill | Politics

Protests against the Conservative MP Christopher Chope, who blocked a bill to make upskirting a specific criminal offence, have extended to parliament, where a mystery dissenter draped a string of women’s pants across his office door. Four pairs of lacy knickers were pinned together and taped to the door like bunting on Monday; a suspender belt and another pair of pants were attached, but later fell off or were pulled down. Sir Christopher Chope. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the prank. The protest follows widespread criticism of the…

Surfers Against Sewage ride the wave of the ‘Harry and Meghan effect’ | Environment

Despite its eye-catching name, Surfers Against Sewage probably owes its existence to plastic. “The advent of panty-liners meant you could really see sewage slicks. Condoms, panty-liners and other plastic refuse made for a visceral, and visual, reminder of pollution,” Chris Hines, surfer and co-founder of this small charity in Cornwall, recalled in Alex Wade’s book, Surf Nation. Sick of ear, throat and gastric infections, he and others called a meeting in St Agnes village hall. A who’s who of the most committed, passionate surfers in Cornwall – and just about…