Entertaining as it was … it filled me with a slight sense of gloom to see that the government had got to such a pass that it had to rely on the skills of a criminal defence advocate to get it out of its difficulties. … [Read more...] about ‘What are you playing at?’ The Commons Brexit debate in quotes
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The Guardian, along with the New York Times and German weekly Der Spiegel, were given access to the archive and have spent several weeks investigating the logs. In order not to compromise intelligence sources or to put forces at risk, the Guardian has only published a selection of the logs, relating to significant events. … [Read more...] about Afghanistan war logs: Wikileaks founder rebuts White House criticism
The Guardian, along with the New York Times and German weekly Der Spiegel were given access to the archive and have spent several weeks investigating the logs. To ensure that human intelligence sources were not compromised or coalition forces put at risk, only a selection of the logs relating to significant events have been published. … [Read more...] about Wikileaks condemned by White House over war documents
Mrs May’s decision to put party politics ahead of national interest means this country will aimlessly drift as the government attempts to recast a withdrawal agreement. An absence of leadership can lead to a sense of panic, one inflated by a government stockpiling food and medicines as if preparing for a war. We need to end the chaos and division that have done so much to disfigure our country. The question we face is whether there can be a durable relationship between Brexit Britain and the EU, which allows both to cooperate on the basis of shared interests and values. Mrs May left it far too late to accept the costs of leaving, preferring to pander to MPs whose snake-oil sales pitch is that there will not be any cost associated with Brexit at all. “Having your cake and eating it” is the Brexiter attitude that encapsulates this inability to think in terms of costs and benefits. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on May’s Brexit deal: it’s over, but what’s next?
The confrontation between MPs and ministers that consumed Westminster today was not ultimately caused by Bercow’s ego. It was caused by the convergence of the immensity of Brexit – which threatens to reshape the economy, politics and international standing of Britain in massive ways – and the reality that May leads a deeply divided party and government in a hung parliament where there is no majority for anything without formal or informal cross-party alliances. In such circumstances, the old rules were always likely to buckle and bend; and they did so. … [Read more...] about This was the great political power struggle of our times – and ministers lost