LABOUR Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott has criticised Amber Rudd for calling her a "coloured" woman. Here's what you need to know about Britain's first black woman MP, a long-time ally and friend of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Who is Diane Abbott? What's her background? Diane Abbott, now 64, was born to Jamaican immigrant parents in London in 1953. She studied history at Cambridge University where she was taught by TV historian Simon Schama. Diana was a trainee civil servant at the Home Office then worked as a race relations officer for the National Council for Civil Liberties. She joined Thames Television as a researcher and reporter and was later a press officer at the Greater London Council and Lambeth Council. By this time she was already a local councillor in Westminster and lost out to Ken Livingstone in a bid to be selected Labour parliamentary candidate in Brent East. In 1987 she became the UK’s first black woman MP when she elected in Hackney North and … [Read more...] about How old is Diane Abbott and what did the Shadow Home Secretary say about Amber Rudd’s comment?
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print-edition icon Print edition | Britain Jan 31st 2019 AN EVENT FEATURING Ivanka Trump, the king of Spain and Jeremy Corbyn sounds like a fever dream. But for one curious afternoon in December the trio came together in Mexico City for the inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. While a Brexit-induced political crisis raged in Britain, the Labour leader was in Mexico to watch the new president—who calls Mr Corbyn his “eternal friend”—being sworn in. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. Latin America looms large in Mr Corbyn’s political imagination. He spent his formative years gallivanting round South America and speaks fluent, London-accented Spanish. His wife is from Mexico (and his ex-wife from Chile). While fending off a leadership coup in the summer of 2016, Mr Corbyn took time to attend an event hosted by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, of which he is a long-term supporter. … [Read more...] about Latin America provides a canvas for Jeremy Corbyn’s worldview
A NO-DEAL Brexit, we keep being told, will savage Britain’s economy. GDP growth will stall. Taxes will rise. We’ll even run out of Mars bars. But across the Atlantic, something has been happening that should give us all some perspective. Over the past decade, Venezuela has plunged into the abyss — but there’s been no civil war, no earthquakes or hurricanes. Just a brutal, corrupt government that has turned what was once Latin America’s richest country into a hellhole. Starvation rations plunged millions into hunger and malnutrition, with some resorting to eating dogs, cats, even zoo animals. People got into knife fights over the right to scavenge from a dumpster. Its economy is more than three times smaller than in 2011. Inflation climbed into the thousands, then millions of per cent. The result has been a refugee crisis on the scale of the Syria conflict. No wonder tens of thousands of people took to the streets of the capital Caracas … [Read more...] about How the Chavez socialist experiment in Venezuela cheered on by Jeremy Corbyn turned South America’s richest country into a hellhole
LAST weekend, a man woke up, stretched, and decided that what he’d like to do most of all that day is hurl some paint at the memorial to Bomber Command in London. Now I appreciate the Bomber Command was a bit contentious. It tried at the beginning of the war to hit military installations but the fact is that only five per cent of the bombs dropped landed within FIVE MILES of their target. So the top brass gave up and in the blunderbuss of carnage that followed, hundreds of thousands of German civilians were killed and several cities were wiped off the face of the map by firestorms. Because he then went on to vandalise a statue of Winston Churchill, which means that he’s not just anti-Bomber Command. He’s against all war. Much like that pacifist halfwit Jeremy Corbyn, who argues that Britain doesn’t need an army at all. He says that we should be like Costa Rica, which manages to get by with no armed forces. And that’s true. But it does have a very effective … [Read more...] about Defiling Bomber Command Memorial reeks of ‘make love not war’ rhetoric from pacifist halfwit Jeremy Corbyn
Though I admire Diane Abbott – and put her as my first choice in the 2010 Labour leadership election – I am bound to admit that her constantly wagging forefinger, and habit of speaking slowly and enunciating her words carefully as though talking to inattentive infants, grate with many people. I suspect this explains why she was the target of personal attacks and mockery on BBC One’s Question Time rather than, as Labour alleges in a formal complaint, because of prejudice against a black woman (though one should never entirely discount the latter). But it’s not just Abbott: the previous week, Emily Thornberry, shadow foreign secretary, was also treated harshly. Gallantly trying to explain her party’s Brexit policies, she was interrupted by Fiona Bruce, the programme’s new presenter. “Look,” Bruce said, pointing to the audience, “they’re laughing at you.” And so they were. Labour should worry about this. Two things are … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight First Thoughts: Diane Abbott vs Question Time, Prince Philip’s missing seat belt and Corbyn the caretaker PM