On the right, the opposition UMP has been meandering from disaster to disaster. The party has been without a clear leader since shortly after Sarkozy lost his 2012 re-election battle. His prime minister, the anglophile François Fillon, and the young rightwing UMP leader Jean-François Copé went head to head over who should run the party, the political heir to the movement founded by Charles de Gaulle after the second world war. The subsequent election was indecisive, and accusations of vote-rigging turned into a wider slanging match. Sarkozy stepped back into the frame a few weeks ago, but he has several rivals in a party primary for new leader and candidate in 2017. … [Read more...] about Across Europe disillusioned voters turn to outsiders for solutions
Percentage of 18 24 year olds that vote
'The scheme continues to be extremely polarising and is causing HUGE levels of upset to many residents who are concerned about a wide ranging number of issues: Disability access, access for care workers, concern for local businesses, increased pollution on neighbouring road, impact on house prices on those who have been cut off from their own neighbourhoods, delivery services, Uber trips, additional journey times for work journeys, safety (Roads are now dead!) There are huge fractures emerging and a growing sense of hostility between different groups. … [Read more...] about The drivers brought to a halt by almost EMPTY cycle lanes: Audit of traffic reveals how £225million green scheme is squeezing furious motorists onto narrowed streets next to deserted bike lanes
One of the first big questions that CJR’s oral history, in tandem with the Guardian’s own exploration of the subject, throws up is the role of blanket TV coverage in the rise, fall and rise again of President-elect Trump. Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, was quick to spot earlier this year that Trump’s Twitter feed acted not only as a powerful megaphone channeling his voice directly to his followers (he had 13m of them on Twitter on election day, as well as 12m on Facebook), it also served as a news script for the cable channels. Trump would tweet out his latest offensive or aggressive tweet, often in the early hours of the morning, and TV news editors arriving at their desks would pick it up and turn it into ratings-friendly headlines that would then go on to dominate the rest of the 24-hour news cycle. … [Read more...] about Trump v the media: did his tactics mortally wound the fourth estate?