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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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
After the 2008 financial crisis, the Conservatives made an ideologically defining choice. Having pledged the previous year to match Labour’s public spending plans, the Tories announced that they would no longer do so. The alternative, David Cameron warned, was a “tax bombshell”. In 2009, the Tories unambiguously committed to an “age of austerity”. Once in government, they imposed the largest cuts to public services since 1945 and dramatically rolled back the state. The civil service was reduced to its smallest size since the Second World War. Central funding for local authorities was cut by 49 per cent. Child benefit was means-tested and total household benefits were capped at £20,000 (£23,000 in London). The NHS, meanwhile, endured the longest period of austerity in its 70-year history: annual spending rose by just 1.3 per cent, compared to the historic average of 3.7 per cent. Though Cameron and George Osborne presented this as … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight How Jeremy Corbyn – and Brexit – have moved British politics to the left
THEY both love gardening, hold eccentric views - and are desperately waiting to get a promotion. But you still wouldn't expect Jeremy Corbyn and Prince Charles to have much to talk about. So it may be a surprise to learn that the odd couple have just held two meetings in the past two days. And they seem to get on like a house on fire - smiling and chatting away as they greeted each other this afternoon. Mr Corbyn, 68, and the 69-year-old prince were seen talking at a service to dedicate the National Memorial to British Victims of Overseas Terrorism in Staffordshire. The service was also attended by senior Tories including Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid. It came 24 hours after Charles and Jez met in London for talks behind closed doors. The Prince of Wales has held regular meetings with the Leader of the Opposition over the years. But yesterday was the first time he has hosted Mr Corbyn. The current Labour boss is a fierce republican who wants to see the monarchy abolished. MOST READ IN … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn and Prince Charles strike bizarre friendship as they meet twice in two days (well they are both desperate for the top job)
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