Polls and the people

Surging support makes Jair Bolsonaro the favourite to win Brazil’s presidency in the run-off, rancour spreads ahead of US midterms and a second Brexit vote moves into the realms of the possible. Here’s the best of this week’s opinion and analysis

Brazil threatens to become part of a global political turn away from liberalism

The rancour of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation is echoed in congressional races

Those campaigning for a People’s Vote should be careful what they wish for

The left must learn from the Republican majority leader’s tactical successes

Country’s deep problems call for coalition-building rather than confrontation

Bold international action is needed to halt civil war in Cameroon

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Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation will test constitutional guardrails

Conservatives are increasingly confident of winning the ‘meaningful vote’ next month

Rightwing former army captain is almost certain to win presidency

Letter from Lenny Gengrinovich, Oradell, NJ, US

Letter from Philip G Cerny, York, UK

Letter from David J Critchley, Winslow, Bucks, UK

Letter from Ben Bradshaw MP, House of Commons, UK