A second gilets jaunes (yellow vests) “leader” has announced she is founding a political party but will not field candidates in May’s European parliament elections. Jacline Mouraud, widely credited with starting the yellow vests movement, said the party, Les Émergents (the Arisen), “won’t be rightwing or leftwing” and will aim to do politics differently. “We want to remake politics around the heart and empathy; today it’s based on the rule of money. We want to take everyone into account by working for a better distribution of wealth,” said Mouraud at a press conference to announce the party in the city of Orléans. The venue for the conference was announced only minutes before it started due to threats by other members of the movement which has no official leaders or organisation. Mouraud, 51, from Brittany, describes herself as a “hypnotherapist and artist”. Last October she posted a video on Facebook … [Read more...] about Second gilets jaunes protester launches political party
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David Cameron has pledged to try to make non-military national service “a rite of passage” for every British teenager in his first job since resigning as prime minister. A month after stepping down as an MP, Cameron has announced that he is to chair a panel of patrons on the expanded National Citizen Service (NCS) – a summer camp initiative he set up in his first months in office designed to instil social responsibility in young people as part of his “big society”. Cameron said the service was an example of the big society in action. But critics say there is little evidence that the scheme works. It has also emerged that one of the key funders of the initiative was a tycoon who backed Brexit. Cameron said he wanted to offer every 16- and 17-year-old the chance to take part in the four-week camps and to embed the initiative “in our national fabric”. Writing in the Telegraph, Cameron said: “That should be our goal – not necessarily … [Read more...] about David Cameron to work with National Citizen Service in first post-politics role
The European parliament’s vast blue and grey chamber is half empty when Nigel Farage gets to his feet. It is a routine debate on the EU budget and MEPs are not scrimping on detail. They have spoken of frameworks, roadmaps and sustainable goals. But that is not the Farage way. Making a glancing reference to the “Brexit hole” in the EU budget, the former Ukip leader launches into an attack on Theresa May, who he says is “desperately scrambling” to get the UK into EU programmes, before segueing into a riff on Italy’s political crisis. A lone MEP, from Ukip, claps vigorously. The two-minute speech is everything the others are not: brisk, punchy and almost completely irrelevant to the debate. But Farage is not addressing the EU budget commissioner, his true audience are the tens of thousands who will watch later on their computers or phones. Within 48 hours Farage’s speech has had more than 82,000 views on Ukip’s YouTube channel, while barely … [Read more...] about ‘The party has imploded’: can Ukip survive Brexit?
With just weeks to go until the general election, and the use of existing and emerging online platforms increasingly being used for political campaigning, it is concerning to read about the alleged manipulation of Wikipedia by the Tory party co-chairman Grant Shapps (Shapps accused of secret slurs against top Tories, 22 April). Online and digital content holds advantages for politicians on account of the longstanding ban on advertisements of a political nature, and with the undecided electorate turning to the internet for meaningful information to inform voting decisions, it is imperative that they feel this content is genuine. While Shapps denies the allegations, they raise the point that, generally, our ability to trust the information we’re presented with online is under threat by unethical practices. The worst offenders will create fake reviews, use “click-farms” or pay for “likes”, as we saw in the case of David Cameron on Facebook (Report, … [Read more...] about The internet must be free from political meddling
MP Chris Williamson is suing Labour over his re-suspension for claiming the party was "too apologetic" on anti-Semitism. The key Jeremy Corbyn ally is preparing for court action against Labour in a bid to get readmitted to the party. The Derby North MP said he was hoping to "overturn the unconstitutional decision" to reimpose his suspension from the "party I love". Mr Williamson was originally suspended in February after he told a meeting of the Momentum campaign group that Labour was being "demonised" over the crisis. But, last month, a panel of Labour's National Executive Committee ruled that the suspension should be lifted following a formal warning. The suspension was reimposed two days later after an outcry from MPs and Jewish groups. More than 120 Labour MPs and peers led by the deputy leader, Tom Watson, called for him to be thrown out over his antisemitism comments. It followed a separate letter signed by nearly 70 Labour staff members expressing their anger at the … [Read more...] about Chris Williamson sues Labour over his re-suspension after anti-Semitism row