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In Ñspel │ The Observer view on inequality in the UK

The national mood was different 20 years ago at the Queen’s golden jubilee. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA
Ɖ naśnl mūd wz difṛnt 20 yirz ago at ɖ Qīn’z goldn jūḅli. Foṭgraf: Pōl Feʈ/PA

Ɖ Obzrvr vy on iniqoḷti in ɖ YC

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Observer on Sunday 5 June 2022)

Onli p’liticl rnywl wl rībild trust n criet a fẹrr ssayti

Súnde, 5 Jūn 2022

Britn hz bcm a betr cuntri in ẃć t liv on olmst evri meźr in ɖ 70 yirz sins ɖ Qīn s’xidd t ɖ ʈron. W r a wlʈịr neśn, wɖ lowr levlz v abṣlut poṿti n hayr lîf xpctnsiz. Mni mor cn aford t inrić ɖer livz wɖ inṭnaśnl travl. In ɖ 1950z, fy ppl ǒnd teḷviźnz or frijz; tde, tecnoḷji v ẃć ɖe cd onli hv drīmd hz bcm a prṃnnt fīćr fr ɖ vast mjoṛti. Wimin’z ptiṣpeśn in ɖ wrcfors hz mor ɖn dubld n Britn z tde a far les resist cuntri ɖn it wz ɖen.

Bt ɖ naśnl mūd z difṛnt fṛm 20 yirz ago at ɖ goldn jūḅli, or īvn ɖ dîmndjūḅli in 2012. In ɖ rli 2000z, Britn apird at last t b on an upwdz tṛjectri aftr ɖ rseśn v ɖ 1990z. Ɖr wz an er v confidnt opṭmizm, fyld bî boynt groʈ acumṗnid bî mć-nīdd riinvstmnt in public srṿsz, a blūmñ crietiv inḍstri ɖt xportd Britiś culćr arnd ɖ wrld n ɖ istabliśmnt v ɖ minimm wej n a mor jenṛs welférsetlmnt, ispeṣ́li fr pnśnrz n fr faṃliz wɖ ćildṛn. Pīs wz aćivd in Norɖn Îrḷnd n pǎr dvolvd t Scotḷnd n Wêlz. Ɖ ćanslr, Gordn Brǎn, īvn dclerd ɖ end v “būm n bust”.

It hz tecn ɖ beṇfit v hîndsît t unḍstand jst hǎ preṃtyr ɖt wz. Frst, ɖr wz ɖ 2008 fînanśl crîsis ɖt rvrḅretd arnd ɖ glob n set in tren mor ɖn a deced v stagnetñ livñstanddz fr yuñ ppl n ɖoz on lo incmz; ɖen, a reḟrendm vot t līv ɖ YY ɖt suct in ol p’liticl eṇji fr fîv yirz, līvñ litl fr enʈñ els; n a pandemic ɖt clemd ɖ livz v ʈǎzndz v Brítnz n snt ɖ naśnl dét sōrñ t levlz nt sìn sins ɖ 1960z. Globl ôlśocs n ɖ wor in Ycren hv snt infleśn sōrñ t historic levlz ɖs yir.

Ć v ɖz crîsīz hz bn met wɖ a p’liticl rspons ɖt hz fōḷn far śort v ẃt ɖ cuntri dzrvz. Cnsrṿtiv ćanslrz yzd ɖ fînanśl crîsis az a justiḟceśn fr cutñ bac fînanśl s’port fr lo-incm faṃliz wɖ ćildṛn, īvn az ɖe dlivrd xpnsiv taxcuts ɖt dispṛporśṇtli beṇfitd betr-of faṃliz. Winñ ɖ Brexit reḟrendm onli dlivrd mor pǎr t îdịlogz wɖn ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti, hu spent yirz ajtetñ fr a hard ic̣nomic, az wel az p’liticl, brec wɖ ɖ YY ɖt jeṗdîzz ɖ p’liticl stbiḷti v Norɖn Îrḷnd n wl drîv p rījnl dspaṛtiz in a cuntri ɖt olrdi hz sm v ɖ wrst levlz v jịgrafic iniqoḷti amñ wlʈi neśnz. Boris Jonsn md sirịs n dedli errz in hiz hanḍlñ v ɖ pandemic, ẃl unḍmainñ public trust in dmocṛsi bî brecñ lwz h himslf intṛdyst t pṛtct lîvz jrñ a naśnl imrjnsi.

Ɖ product v ol ɖs z ɖt ɖ opṭmizm v 20 yirz ago hz bn rplest wɖ unhlʈi levlz v siṇsizm in ǎr guṿnñclas; a sns ʈñz wl cntiny t impruv hz bn éjd ǎt bî ɖ glūm v stagneśn. Ɖs z ɖ frst jeṇreśn v yuñ ppl hu lc set t b wrs of ɖn ɖer peṛnts. Britn’z hǎzñcrîsis mīnz ɖt mni ppl in ɖer 30z wl nvr ǒn a hom, līvñ ɖm cnsînd t ɖ inṣkṛti n xpns v prîṿtli rentñ. Bt ǎr adix́n t groʈ fyld bî cnsymrdét n inebld bî rîzñ hǎsprîsz mīnz no poḷtiśn hz derd implimnt ɖ ifctiv s’luśnz t ɖ hǎzñcrîsis ɖt wd rît ɖs inṭjeṇreśnl roñ.

A deced v unḍinvstmnt in public srṿsz mīnz ɖt wêtñtîmz in ɖ NHS r at record levlz, wɖ ɖoz hu cn aford it rzortñ t gwñ prîṿt in ordr t axes tîmli cer. Ɖ Royl Colij v Imrjnsimeḍsin hz wornd ɖt un’xptbl wêts fr ambyḷnsz in Ñgḷnd r ptñ lîvz at risc. A śortij v NHS dntists mīnz sm ppl r rzortñ t pŭlñ ǎt ɖer ǒn tīʈ t alīviet ɖer pen. Rets v mntl-hlʈ dsordrz hv incrist fṛm wn in nîn t wn in six ćildṛn in ɖ last fîv yirz, bt srṿsz r in crîsis, wɖ mni ćildṛn rjctd fr trītmnt bcz ɖe d nt qoḷfî az il inuf. Poḷtiśnz hv dojd ɖ dificlt qsćnz abt hǎ t fund dīsnt oldr cer in a ssayti wɖ an ejñ popyleśn n in ẃć oldr ppl r uņessṛli cept lanḡśñ in hospitlwordz fr wīcs or īvn munʈs bcz ɖr z nẃr t disćarj ɖm t.

Mnẃl, rets v ćîldpoṿti r incrisñ aftr a deced v welfércuts hv left peṛnts rlaynt on fūdbancs n ćaṛti in ordr t enśur ɖer ćildṛn r worm n wel féd. Ɖ rūl v lw hz bn unḍmaind bî cuts t fruntlîn p’līsñ n cort dlez mīn sm crîmvictimz r wêtñ mor ɖn tū yirz fr ɖer ces t rīć cort.

Ɖt lîf in Britn tde z far betr, on aṿrij, ɖn it wz in 1952 dz nt mīn sitiznz śd pt p n śut p. Ɖ last deced hz bròt ćaḷnjz v a scel nt sìn sins ɖ Secnd Wrldwor, bt ɖ YC z a wlʈi cuntri betr iqipt ɖn evr t mīt ɖm, f onli ǎr līdrśp wr īql t ɖ tasc. Britn in 2022 z a cuntri ɖt hz nvr bn mor despṛtli in nīd v p’liticl rnywl.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Clearly Britain loses more than it gains from the monarchy. Let us be brave and end it

‘The need for an elected president has become urgent now Boris Johnson’s arrival in Downing Street tests conventions, laws and civil rights beyond their limits.’ Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA
‘Ɖ nīd fr an ilectd prezidnt hz bcm rjnt nǎ Boris Jonsn’z arîvl in Dǎnñ Strīt tsts cnvnśnz, lwz n sivl rîts bynd ɖer limits.’ Foṭgraf: Victoria Jǒnz/PA

Clirli Britn luzz mor ɖn it genz fṛm ɖ moṇci. Let s b brev n end it

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 17 February 2022)

Ɖ royl jūḅli wd b a ćirfl end t a stet v aferz ɖt canot b alaud t cntiny. Tîm t rtrn sovṛnti t ɖ ppl

Polly Tornbee

Póli Tônbi, Ʈrzde 17 Febrri 2022

Ɖ  Qīn śd abdcet: ɖs z ɖ rît tîm. Nt bcz anɖr scandl hz brocn ǎt, wɖ p’līs probñ aḷgeśnz v Sǎdi caś-fr-onrz dneśnz t ɖ Prins v Wêlz’z ćaṛti. Nt bcz v Prins Andru’z dsgres.

Nr śd ś abdcet fr ɖ rīzn gvn ɖs wīc bî mî frend n colīg Sîmn Jncinz: h cōlz fr hr t wɖdrw jntli fṛm public lîf t spend hr dclînñ yirz in digṇfaid tranqiḷti, n alǎ a “pland transfr” t Ćarlz. In uɖr wrdz, let ɖr b no periḷs momnt ẃn ppl asc ɖmslvz ẃ nwn asct ɖm frst. Alǎ no poṣbl pōz fr ʈt btwn hr last breʈ n ɖ śǎt v “vivat rex”. Mc śr it’s a fait accompli wɖ hiz royl postirịr olrdi s’mentd t ɖ ʈron.

It z indd a gd tîm t bǎ ǎt gresḟli, az ɖs platinmjūḅli seḷbrets hr 70-yir rên wɖ ol ɖ pomp v a for-de banchoḷde n a ny pŭdñ. Bt let it marc an end t moṇci itslf, ɖoz fydl snć̣riz drw̃ t a pīsfl clos. Ɖ Qīn hz hld ɖ moṇci tgɖr scilḟli ʈru tmpestẏs scandlz, fṛm ɖ deʈ v Dîana, Prinsis v Wêlz, n ɖ dvorsz v ʈri v hr ćildṛn t ɖ flît v ɖ Dyc n Dućis v Susix, wns heṛldd az roylz fr ɖ Blac Livz Matr n #MiTù ira.

Ɖs jūḅli wd mc a ćirfl endñ t ol ɖ royl folḍrol. Ẃt betr tîm t rtrn ɖ sovṛnti promist in Brexit t ɖ ppl t hūm it b’loñz. Iliẓbʈ ɖ Last śd gt a historic snd-of, hr goldn coć n crǎn rtîrd n hr six paḷsz opnd az fîn ḿziymz. (No, turizm z no xks fr moṇci: Versailles gts mni mor vizitrz, n so dz Legoland dǎn ɖ rod fṛm Winzr Casl).

In deʈ or abdceśn, hr pasñ wl b an imotiv meṃrimarcr in evri faṃli, ɖ last linc t ɖ secnd wrldwor, t remnnts v empîr n t ɖt old blac-n-ẃît wrld v Paʈe nyzrīlz wɖ ɖer joli jngo vôsz. “Ʈanc God fr ɖ Qīn”, pṛclemz ɖ Sún’z fruntpej tde, absrdli. It’s dǎtfl ś rtrnz eni ʈancs t Rūṗt Mrdoc, huz lèse-majesté arîvl hir śatrd ɖt old revṛns fr royl mstīc.

Ɖ crǎn n consttyśn r no longr abstract dbets. Ɖ nīd fr an ilectd prezidnt hz bcm rjnt nǎ Boris Jonsn’z arîvl in Dǎnñ Strīt tsts cnvnśnz, lwz n sivl rîts bynd ɖer limits. Jon Mejr xprest ɖt consttyśnl ǎtrej eḷqntli on ɖz pejz, listñ Jonsn’z abysz: dlibṛtli brecñ inṭnaśnl lw; tẹrñ p ɖ miṇstirịl cod; ordenñ p’līs stop-n-srć “wɖt eni cōz fr sspiśn”; rmuvñ Britiś sitiznśp at ẃim, ẃl wejñ wor agnst ɖ sivl srvis n ɖ BBC, ɖoz naśnl sefgardz.

Ɖ Comnz Spīcr trnz ǎt t b pǎrlis agnst lîz tld t hiz fes. Ɖr z no vôs t admoniś, ćec or pṛtct agnst ilectiv dictetrśp bî a recr v a prîm̦inistr wɖ a stroñ mjoṛti. Hiz MPz r śocñli deṛlict.

Untl nǎ, moṇci wz dfndd az digṇfaid n pǎrlis, a harmlis dec̣reśn ɖt nvr inṭfirz wɖ parḷmnt. Imbaṛsñ lapsz – ɖ Gardịn’z reṿleśnz v ɖ Qīn’z cnsnt privntñ lwz ɖt me rvil hr wlʈ or Ćarlz’z “spîdrletrz” līnñ on ministrz – r reḷtivli trivịl. Ɖ consttyśnl probḷm z nt ɖ moṇc’s pǎr, bt pǎrlisnis. Prezidnts arnd Yṛp pṛtct consttyśnz n gard agnst oṿmîti poḷtiśnz brecñ besic lw. A prezidnt wd hv stopt Jonsn ilīġli pṛrogñ parḷmnt: it tecs ɖ oʈoṛti v ilex́n t tec ax́n az a vîtl bacstop in a consttyśnl imrjnsi.

Ǎr moṇci hz handd ol royl prirogtiv t ɖ prîm̦inistr wɖ no ćec or baḷns, bar a Hǎs v Lordz olmst az wìc az ɖ moṇc fr ɖ sem bad rīzn – lacñ ɖ oʈoṛti v ilex́n. Lc hǎ Jonsn ingejz in votr s’preśn: hiz pṛpozlz fr cmpulsri foto ID n aboḷśñ coḷjz rejisṭrñ ɖer stydnts wl dlibṛtli dtŕ ɖ yuñ n pur fṛm votñ. Lc hǎ h muvz t crb ɖ ilectṛl cmiśn’z pǎr t proṣkt ilīgl p’liticl dneśnz pṛtctñ hiz ǒn parti’z plf. Ɖr z no breic on an eṛnt prîm̦inistr in a cuntri wɖt a ritn consttyśn, ẃr a worpt ilectṛl sistm dnîz fer repriznteśn n ɖr z no ifctiv hed v stet t gard agnst lwbrecñ. Ɖ unilectd Qīn mst d ẃt ɖ prîm̦inistr tlz hr t.

Moṇcists spīc wɖ rvulśn v hu an ilectd prezidnt me b. Ɖ royl historịn Roḅt Lêsi, in a rīsnt dbet, asct in tonz v horr, “Prezidnt Liṇcr? Prezidnt Strīt-Portr?” Bt, rjz Greym Smiʈ, ĆXO v ɖ Rpublic preśrgrūp, lc arnd Yṛp at digṇfaid prezidnts hu unḍstand ɖer seṛmońl dytiz n ɖ p’liticl limits t ɖer rǒl, ẃl actñ az consttyśnl gaṛntorz. Formr poḷtiśnz tec on a prezidnsi wɖ az mć indipndns az ǎr Spīcrz in parḷmnt. Lc acrs ɖ Îriś Sì at Mîcl D Higinz, Mẹri Mc’līz or Mẹri Robinsn n pondr ẃ Britiś votrz r tù wîld or daft t b trustd t mc īqli snṣbl ćôsz.

S’port fr ɖs antīc dsfuñśn wenz wɖ ć jeṇreśn n it hz bcm frajîl. A mjoṛti v undr-25z xpct it t b gn in 25 yirz. Moṇci z a cast v mînd blocñ rform. Moṇci z a fyḍlizm v ɖ imaɉneśn ɖt stamps apruvl on inheritns, iniqoḷti n priṿlij, ol growñ rampntli rît nǎ.

“Tec bt dgri awe, untyn ɖt strñ, N, harc, ẃt discord foloz!” Śecspir hz Yḷsīz worn, yḷjîzñ “dgri, prîoṛti n ples” in Trôḷs n Cresida: nwn nz f ɖs dīp cnsrṿtizm alînñ ɖ planits wɖ arisṭcratic ordr wz hiz ǒn vy. Ɖ pônt z ɖs: ɖt strñ z untynd olrdi. Ɖ crǎn dec̣rets a rayt v consttyśnl dsordr. Aboḷśñ it wd opn windoz intu evri aspect v hǎ w ćūz t b guvnd n hǎ w ʈnc v ǎrslvz.

• Poli Tônbi z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Queen praises the people, if not the government, and pulls off a tough gig

John Crace
Jon Crês
Qīn prezz ɖ ppl, f nt ɖ guvnmnt, n plz of a tuf gig

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 5 April 2020)

Moṇc’s rer non-fstiv TV adres dlivrd ɖ clir moṛl līdrśp ɖt mni poḷtiśnz hv feld t pṛvîd

Jon Crês, Súnde, 5 Epril 2020

Qīn adresz ɖ YC ovr c’roṇvîṛs crîsis – woć in fl

Nǎ w nǒ jst hǎ sirịs ʈñz r. Ɖ YC hz jst ẃīld ǎt its bigist gun. Ɖ Qīn hz onli evr gvn an unscedyld TV adres t ɖ neśn on for prīvịs oceźnz, îɖr ẃn ɖ neśn or ɖ royl faṃli itslf wz undr ʈret. N az śr az hel Hr Maɉsti wz’nt abt t updet s on Prins Andru handñ himslf ovr t ɖ FBI or Hari n Megn’z ongwñ flathuntñ nîtmer; ɖs cd onli mīn ɖ cuntri wz in a c’roṇvîṛs crîsis.

Cīpñ wn hand frmli claspt arnd hr rist n hr bodi a sef distns fṛm a lon BBC camṛman drest in a hazmatsūt – ɖr’z no śortij v prsnl pṛtctiv iqipmnt in Winzr Casl – ɖ Qīn, inṭsprst wɖ ftij v NHS wrcrz n ɖ wîdr jenṛl public, spouc t ɖ cuntri fṛm hr studi. Wîzli, ś cept it śort n swīt. Ɖs wz’nt a Crisṃs mesij ẃn haf ɖ cuntri wd b pist n ɖ uɖr haf wd’nt b liṣnñ. Nǎ evri sntns wd b pict ovr n evri wrd wd cǎnt.

Ɖ Qīn bgan bî acnoḷjñ ɖ ćaḷnjz evrwn wz fesñ: deʈ; fnanśl hardśp (sm mor ɖn uɖrz, ẃn it cmz t ɖ royl faṃli); n seṗreśn, bfr gwñ on t prêz ɖ slflisnis v ɖoz in ɖ NHS n uɖr fruntlîn imrjnsisrṿsz. Ś ɖen sd hǎ mć ś hopt ppl wd mnten ɖ slf-sacṛfîs, slf-diṣplin, cmpaśn n sns v hymr nīdd t dfit ɖ ilnis.

On ɖ hotist wīc-end v ɖ yir so far, ɖs rañ a litl holo az most v ɖ cuntri apird t hv gn ǎtdorz wɖ ɖ sol prṗs v snićñ on eni ppl ɖe cem acrs hu wr’nt cīpñ ɖ aproprịt sef distns fṛm wn anɖr. B&Q hv hd a masiv run on tepmeźrz in ɖ past wīc. It w’nt b loñ bfr ɖr’z olso a blac marcit in tezrz t tec ǎt sweti jogrz.

Aftr a nod t ɖ Comnwelʈ n ɖ globl nećr v ɖ pandemic – ɖs wz’nt ɖ pluci Brits tecñ on ɖ mît v Natsi Jrṃni sngl-handd in 1940 – ɖ Qīn mnśnd a prīvịs adres ś n Prinsis Marġrit hd md t ɖ neśn in 1940. Stl, ś cd b fgivn ɖ solipsizm az ś hd dn hr bit jrñ ɖ secnd wrldwor, hvñ spent ɖ latr yirz v ɖ wor drîvñ militri trucs. Az yt ɖr wr no proṃsz t trn eni v ɖ royl paḷsz intu fīldhospitlz or imrjnsis’plî depoz, ɖo ś mt b holdñ ɖt in rzrv fr anɖr de.

Ɖ Qīn endd wɖ a promis ɖt betr dez wd wn de rtrn n ɖt in ɖ mntm w śd hold ǎr nrv n d ǎr bst t b ɖ jeṇreśn v ẃć fyćr wnz wd b prǎd. W cn bt hop. Ś īvn cem ovr a bit Vira Lin, proṃsñ s “w’l mīt agn”. Onli wɖt ɖ sññ. Smōl mrsiz. Mbi nxt tîm. Gvn ɖ srcmstansz, it hd bn mor or les a pić-prfict spīć. Aftr ol ɖr’z onli a srtn amǎnt a hed v stet cn se at tîmz lîc ɖz.

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