Attempting to straddle two wild horses galloping in opposite directions could be described as brave. Expecting them to get you to a chosen destination in one piece, on the other hand, is foolishly optimistic. The Labour Party's 'constructive ambiguity' on Brexit has built only a destructive loathing. Leave Labour voters hate it, Remain Labour voters hate it, and despite opposing the most benighted government in living memory it has scored nul points at the local elections. With a normal turnout, zero publicity, barely any donors and while led by a man who's about to retire to spend more time in the ballroom, the Lib Dems have swept the board for one simple reason - they're not Labour. They're not scandalised by anti-Semitism, not split by internal rows, not confused by what terrorism is, not getting their knickers in a twist about Venezuela, and not calling for coal mines to be reopened while declaring a climate emergency. Most importantly of all, they have a solution to Brexit. … [Read more...] about Oh, Jeremy Corbyn
FASHION label Brandy Melville has been slammed for its one-size-fits-all clothing line this week, with mums and shoppers calling it "damaging". The brand - which was founded 10 years ago in the US and has recently appeared in the UK - stocks a range of tops, skirts and jeans with most styles available in just one (tiny) size. Now, shoppers - and especially mums of teenage daughters - are growing increasingly concerned over the message this sends to "vulnerable" and "body conscious" young women. Writing in The Sunday Times this weekend, journalist India Knight explained the idea of a one-size-fits-all clothes policy is "unhealthy" for teens. Speaking about her own daughter's love of Brandy Melville, India explained that while the brand's tops are often stretchy enough to fit a range of sizes, the trousers and bottoms are not. "[This] means that middle-class teenage girls — the particular demographic that, in my view, is disproportionately prone to anorexia — had better be … [Read more...] about Brandy Melville accused of damaging teen girls’ body image with one-size-fits-all clothing policy that’s just a UK size FOUR
If you missed our conclusion event in Brussels on Wednesday, no worries. I’ve got highlights and links to a video. Musical interview: A one-on-one with Slovenian MEP Alojz Peterle might at first glance seem like a pretty conventional choice. He’s the president of the MEPs Against Cancer group and a prostate cancer survivor. However, his treatment 18 years ago was far from conventional — he eschewed surgery, radiotherapy and chemo — and so are his views today. (Skip to 3:30 in the video.) “We deal a lot with the external carcinogens, but we are not attentive enough to our internal situation,” he told me, explaining that “tension, anger, lack of confidence, lack of hope, fears” can all contribute to cancer. “If you lose your internal harmony, you also lose immunity,” he said. My question: So are you saying that individuals are personally responsible for their cancer? Basically, yes. Peterle cited statistics that up to 50 percent … [Read more...] about POLITICO Global Policy Lab: Talking solutions — Accountability time — Musical interlude
Plymouth, N.H. — Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke spent the past week driving himself to some three dozen events across six states — finding an elevated surface on which to stand at nearly each stop — as part of his "show up everywhere," high-endurance campaign for the presidency. Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren began the week with a nationally televised town hall in Mississippi, part of a methodical campaign swing through southern states to pitch her new affordable housing plan. Her call there to abolish the electoral college set off a national debate and perhaps a new litmus test for her Democratic competitors.Warren has introduced the most policy proposals into the 2020 presidential contest, including a universal child care program, a tax on the "ultra wealthy," and a plan to break up the big tech companies. But O'Rourke, who launched his campaign last week, raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours with an average contribution of $48, besting every candidate in the … [Read more...] about To nerd out or rock out: Democratic voters weigh personality vs. policy in primary race
WHEN HISTORIANS come to write the tale of Britain’s attempts to leave the European Union, this week may be seen as the moment the country finally grasped the mess it was in. In the campaign, Leavers had promised voters that Brexit would be easy because Britain “holds all the cards”. This week Parliament was so scornful of the exit deal that Theresa May had spent two years negotiating and renegotiating in Brussels that MPs threw it out for a second time, by 149 votes—the fourth-biggest government defeat in modern parliamentary history. The next day MPs rejected what had once been her back-up plan of simply walking out without a deal. The prime minister has lost control. On Wednesday four cabinet ministers failed to back her in a crucial vote. Both main parties, long divided over Brexit, are seeing their factions splintering into ever-angrier sub-factions. And all this just two weeks before exit day. Even by the chaotic standards of the three years since the … [Read more...] about Oh **UK! What next for Brexit?