Last call for the Championship flight. Sup your 5am airport pint and climb aboard for another season of in-flight entertainment, no doubt interrupted by a spot of turbulence as we go. Of course, it is the silly season yet again, and there are clear lines of demarcation between what comes out of the club and some of the noises being made by some of the fans.If the first line on their CV isn’t “pestering Sharpey and Alan Nixon on Twitter”, then it certainly should be.The lines of demarcation between on-field and off-field activity are less well-defined, though, and it is hard to provide a clear distinction given the ongoing uncertainty over ownership and funding, as clearly one is impacting the other.The new owners are hardly sending out the message which inspires confidence given the time it has taken to progress the takeover, and the intent so far shows no signs of the proposed incoming billionaires some people were championing.I’m not even sure how I feel about … [Read more...] about The 12th Man: Wigan Athletic fans have their say ahead of the new season!
Criticism of the new deal
Amid criticism of the Chequers plan, should we get a second referendum to vote on the deal? Yes – Justine Greening is the Conservative MP for Putney. The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal is a fudge that offers the worst of both worlds. It drags Remainers out of the EU, while not delivering the proper break that Leavers want. We will comply with many EU rules, but have no say in shaping them. Parliament has had over two years to respond to the referendum result – yet still no way forward has emerged. Brexit continues to cross all party lines, divisions are as deep as ever on the issues, and an impasse has now been reached. That simply is the reality. The only solution is to take the final decision away from stalemated politicians and backroom deals. It must be given back to the people. This new referendum shouldn’t be a divisive, binary choice. The public should choose between the Prime Minister’s final negotiated Brexit deal, staying in the EU, or a clean … [Read more...] about Debate: Amid criticism of the Chequers plan, should we get a second referendum to vote on the deal?
WASHINGTON — He’s done it. After years of condemning the Iran nuclear deal, President Donald Trump dealt a perhaps-fatal blow Tuesday to the tattered accord, declaring it “defective at its core” and announcing his intent to withdraw from the 2015 agreement. “This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” Trump said. “It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will.” Specifically, the president pledged to re-impose some of the previous U.S. sanctions on Iran, the indispensable step in terminating one of the most contentious arms control agreements in recent history. The controversy is sure to go on, with the deal’s defenders warning that Trump’s decision could lead to the collapse of U.S. relationships in Europe, spiking oil prices, or even war in the Middle East. From the outset, the JCPOA contained the seeds of its own destruction. More likely, after all the noise dies … [Read more...] about Trump pulled out of the Iran deal. What now?
Donald Trump has renewed his criticism of the new US embassy in Nine Elms, London, saying it is in a "lousy" and "horrible" location and a bad deal. The US president, who is visiting the UK on July 13, lashed out again at the move from Grosvenor Square in the centre of the capital to a new location south of the Thames. Speaking at a rally in Michigan, he said: "In the UK, in London, we had the best site in all of London. The best site. Well, some genius said, we're gonna sell the site and then we're going to take the money and build a new embassy. That sounds good right, but you've got to have money left over if you do that, right?" Mr Trump said he thought - but would have to check - that officials sold the site for 250 million dollars. He said: "They go out and they buy a horrible location. And they build a new embassy. That's the good news. The bad news is it cost over a billion dollars." Mr Trump, a billionaire who made his fortune as a property magnate, cancelled a planned … [Read more...] about Trump renews criticism of ‘lousy’ US embassy in ‘horrible’ London location
The man set to become the new US Secretary of State is a conservative hardliner who has grown close to Donald Trump during a meteoric career. Mike Pompeo, the outgoing CIA director, replaces Rex Tillerson as the country's top diplomat.He made his name when he became an outspoken critic of Hillary Clinton as a member on the special committee Republicans formed to investigate the 2012 killing of a US ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya.Mr Pompeo, 54, entered the political scene as a member of the Tea Party movement within the Republican Party.As CIA director - which is a political appointment in the US, not one held by career civil servants as similar roles are in the UK - Mr Pompeo said the US would not be making any concessions to North Korea during forthcoming nuclear talks.He now moves to the State Department, and will be expected to come to London once his nomination has been approved in a confirmation hearing.Mr Pompeo served in the US Army for five years … [Read more...] about Mike Pompeo: What you need to know about the new US Secretary of State