Issue 1232

23 Apr 2018
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With his new book, Irvine Welsh is bringing back the Trainspotting characters that made his name a quarter of a century ago. But if that Edinburgh generation of working-class kids was messed up, today’s have it even harder, he tells Christian Lisseman.

The recent scandal over the Windrush generation has focused attention on how the UK can be a hostile climate for those not born here. With Brexit approaching, that includes EU nationals as well, reports Ciara Leeming.

Learning to change a tyre of an old 4×4, Saskia Murphy also discovers how an arts group is inspiring women in some of the most deprived parts of the North West.

Remainers hoping for a second referendum on Brexit should end their “idiocy”, Yanis Varoufakis tells Kevin Gopal. But the former Greek finance minister insists that a progressive British government, if elected, could still find ways to co-operate with the continent to end austerity and drive up living standards.

Plus our comprehensive arts and entertainment coverage, columnist Roger Ratcliffe finds a way to better comprehend the horror of Syria, actor Dougray Scott’s letter to his younger self, crossword, Sudoku and the chance to win tickets to music and philosophy festival How The Light Gets In.