Did Barack Obama cause Donald Trump’s presidency? The question is raised in Dan Pfeiffer’s memoir of his time as Obama’s press secretary, called Yes We (Still) Can. It is a wonderful book, energetic, honest and self-mocking. As a connoisseur of footnotes, I enjoyed the way Pfeiffer uses them to heckle himself. For example, he tells a story of his childhood about how he cheated at Trivial Pursuit. “I would take the cards with the questions from the box and go into my room and memorise the answers.” Thus at the age of 10 or 11 he was able to answer all the questions, including which movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1944. At this point a footnote interjects: “It’s not that hard. The answer is Casablanca, the only movie that old that anyone has heard of.” Ultimately, the book is upbeat – hence the title. “The good news,” he says, about the way the Republican Party “weaponised racial anxiety” to motivate … [Read more...] about Do we have Obama and Blair to thank for Trump and Brexit?
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Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, was pushed to the brink of resignation early this year after Jeremy Corbyn and his allies tried to kick his customs union plan into the long grass, the Guardian can reveal. Labour’s Brexit policy has evolved over the past 18 months through a series of painstaking negotiations between key players at the top of the party, the most fraught of which came at a stormy meeting of the “Brexit subcommittee” early this year. Corbyn’s close allies ambushed Starmer with a paper which shelved the decision on joining a customs union, a policy he had been pushing privately for weeks. Several people present at the meeting told the Guardian the general feeling in the room was that Starmer was willing to resign rather than accept the proposals, numbered copies of which were handed out at the start of the meeting and retrieved at the end. “He looked close to telling them to shove it – and I think that did count for … [Read more...] about Keir Starmer clashed with Corbyn on Brexit to brink of resignation
Labour's ruling body is meeting on Tuesday to decide whether to fully adopt an international definition of anti-Semitism. The gathering of the National Executive Committee (NEC) comes after months of increasing acrimony in the party, during which Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of being an anti-Semite and senior figures have warned of a deep rift with Britain's Jewish community. Here is everything you need to know about the controversy. Anti-Semitism definition At the heart of the debate this summer has been the Labour Party's refusal to fully adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, including all 11 examples of anti-Semitism. Labour's code of... Register or log in to view this and other Politics articles. It's free and easy to do. Join regular debates with our journalists by commenting on articles Sign up to exclusive newsletters that give you the inside track on Westminster and Brexit Register … [Read more...] about Labour’s anti-Semitism row: Everything you need to know about storm engulfing Corbyn and the NEC
Facebook has removed fake pro-Corbyn and anti-Brexit accounts linked to Iran amid a purge of hundreds of pages falsely posing as news organisations or grassroots activists in Britain. Fake accounts called “The British Left” and “Free Scotland 2014” were among a list of 652 pages, groups and accounts shut down by the social media company, which found they were “distinct campaigns” for “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”. On Wednesday, Facebook published extracts from the accounts which included praise for Jeremy Corbyn and satirical images mocking Brexit, adding that the network appeared to be part of an entity known as "Liberty Front Press" which was linked with “Iranian state media”. One image... Register or log in to view this and other Politics articles. It's free and easy to do. Join regular debates with our journalists by commenting on articles Sign up to exclusive newsletters that give you the inside track on … [Read more...] about Facebook shuts down fake pro-Corbyn and anti-Brexit accounts linked to Iran
A LABOUR MP was today targeted by heartless trolls who said his grandson falling ill was "karma". John Mann received a stream of abuse because of his views on Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn, after opening up about the unwell boy. Even after he appealing for calm, hardcore lefties continued to send him vile messages - claiming he'd deliberately turned his grandson's illness into a political football. Mr Mann, the MP for Bassetlaw, has been an outspoken critic of Mr Corbyn over his handling of Labour's anti-Semitism scandal. He's also one of the party's leading Brexiteers and has consistently defied his leader to vote for a clean break with the EU. Last night Mr Mann wrote on Twitter that he'd had to drive his grandson to hospital because there was no ambulance available. But many other web users responded by scoring political points and claiming he was partly responsible. One wrote: "Maybe it’s time you stopped propping up the toxic Tories that are responsible for this. Oh, and the … [Read more...] about Labour MP trolled over sick grandson by lefties who hate him because of his views on Corbyn and Brexit