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It's tempting to blame politicians, but they instinctively follow public opinion rather than shape it. The uncomfortable truth might be that we, the electorate, are ultimately responsible
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Fresh calls for Metropolitan police to investigate Cummings' Durham trip
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These were Britain's beaches today as UK basks in 36C temperatures
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