From ‘Bremain’ and ‘Bregret’ to ‘Euro-Fudge’, Christine Ro takes a look at the new phrases and expressions coined by a referendum. By Christine Ro 14 March 2019 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on WhatsApp Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Share on Google+ Share by Email Earlier in March, the British poet Brian Bilston published a new piece on Twitter. Entitled Meaningful Vote, it ends with the lines “How foolish, it seems/How senseless, absurd/To redefine a nation/In pursuit of a word”. ‘Brexit’ has quickly shot into everyday use – as inevitable in British conversations as ‘sorry’ or commentary on the weather. For those who aren’t yet Brexhausted, there are … [Read more...] about How Brexit changed the English language
A series of hugely influential Facebook advertising campaigns that appear to be separate grassroots movements for a no-deal Brexit are secretly overseen by employees of Sir Lynton Crosby’s lobbying company and a former adviser to Boris Johnson, documents seen by the Guardian reveal. The mysterious groups, which have names such as Mainstream Network and Britain’s Future, appear to be run independently by members of the public and give no hint that they are connected. But in reality they share an administrator who works for Crosby’s CTF Partners and have spent as much as £1m promoting sophisticated targeted adverts aimed at heaping pressure on individual MPs to vote for a hard Brexit. Repeated questions have been raised about who is backing at least a dozen high-spending groups that have flooded MPs’ inboxes with calls to reject Theresa May’s deal, but until now they were thought to be independent entities. But according to the documents, almost all the … [Read more...] about Facebook Brexit ads secretly run by staff of Lynton Crosby firm
Advertisers will be required to provide verifiable public contact details before they can run political campaigns on Facebook, the company has announced, in the latest attempt by the social network to increase accountability for so-called dark adverts. The move is part of a raft of changes in the buildup to the European elections in May, when citizens from across the EU will vote in new MEPs. Facebook’s political advertising restrictions will launch in the EU27 on Friday, following partial rollouts in six countries including the UK, US and India. The restrictions require advertisers on “political” topics – defined differently in each nation – to prove that they live in the country they are targeting, and to store all their adverts in a public database for seven years, along with information about targeting, spend and reach. The rules require advertisers to disclose who “paid for” the advert, a requirement that has earned Facebook criticism in … [Read more...] about Facebook tightens up rules for political advertisers
Top story: PM accused of repeating ‘all the same lines’ Good morning readers, this is Alison Rourke bringing you the top stories to start your week. Confused by the weekend Brexit events? Does May still have control? Will there be a cabinet/Brexiter coup? Will parliament take control? All reasonable questions, but hard to answer in any definitive way as we start this week of Brexit brink(wo)manship. One thing that is looking less likely this morning is the PM’s twice-rejected deal getting through parliament, after a high-stakes meeting with Boris Johnson and other hardliners broke up at Chequers without agreement yesterday. Tory rebels said she repeated “all the same lines” about her deal and that nothing new emerged during the three-hour meeting. Cabinet will meet this morning and some are speculating that May might announce her own version of possible Brexit options beyond her deal. This would pre-empt parliament doing the same – MPs are due to … [Read more...] about Monday briefing: Chequers mate – is May out of moves?
PUBLISHED: 01:17 09 February 2019 | UPDATED: 01:26 09 February 2019 Steve Russell Jumbo Long during sea trials with Boston Sea Cobra in the 1970s Picture: LONG FAMILY Archant Records broken. History made. A pioneer of new fishing techniques that saved tons of fuel. Yes, Jumbo Long has truly earned his place in the story of Lowestoft’s fishing industry On national service: Jumbo Long resplendent in uniform in 1958 Picture: LONG FAMILY“When he was about 12 years old and I was about nine and a half, we knew we wanted to go to sea. My dad went to sea, my granddad went to sea. That was in us, really.”Billy Long’s talking about the brother he’s lost. A skilled fishing-boat skipper, a family man, a “true gentleman”, someone with a smile always on his face – the list of tributes is endless.A war baby, “Jumbo” (as he was known) was born late in 1939. His family lived in Lowestoft’s Beach Village … [Read more...] about Tributes: Lowestoft trawlerman Jumbo Long