Donald Trump is in town and Boris Johnson is doing almost everything he can to avoid being seen with his guest. who flew in last night for the NATO summit , for fear the association will play badly with voters. secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the US. writing to him directly to demand the NHS is kept off the table in any post-Brexit deal. This is traditionally the week when the main political parties start to panic. then the squeeze has started to happen . Eyebrows have been raised at the decision to field Rebecca Long-Bailey and Richard Burgon , both allies of Corbyn, in the seven-way television debates rather than more experienced performers such as Emily Thornberry, Keir Starmer, Angela Rayner or Jonathan Ashworth. Today's agenda:What I am reading: John Harris on why Labour’s “red wall” could crumble … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson suddenly realises he cannot trust his friend Donald Trump
Are we nearly there, Dad? This election seems to have been dragging on for the past five years, not the past five weeks. The good news is that this time next week, Rodney, it’ll all be over. The bad news is that we could end up right back where we started. Yet another hung Parliament is on the cards. Worse, there’s an outside chance that we might wake to find Jeremy Corbyn preparing to move into 10 Downing Street. Boris is being accused of breaking his promise to take Britain out of the EU on October 31. But he did everything he could to make that happen. He was thwarted at every turn by the so-called Remain Alliance Both are very real possibilities, especially if complacency convinces Conservative voters to stay at home and traditional Labour seats in the North and the Midlands revert to type. The margins in some constituencies are Rizla-thin. It wouldn’t take much for a projected Tory majority to disappear in a puff of smoke. Even in the event of a hung Parliament … [Read more...] about RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Nigel Farage’s gang of four are right: The only way is Boris
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, is probably in favour of Britain leaving the EU, David Cameron has said. The prime minister made the claim as he argued that allies such as the US, Australia and Japan were urging Britain to remain, while its enemies were on the other side. Speaking to an audience at the World Economic Forum, he said: “It is worth asking the question: who would be happy if we left? Putin would be happy. I suspect al-Baghdadi would be happy.” Cameron has previously argued that staying in the EU is vital for Britain’s security as it enables greater sharing of intelligence about terrorist activity across the bloc. The prime minister cited two former chiefs of MI5 and MI6, Jonathan Evans and John Sawers, who have said the UK is safer inside the EU. He argued that their experience was more direct and recent than that of Sir Richard Dearlove, another former spy chief, who has argued Brexit would not harm national security. It follows … [Read more...] about Isis leader probably in favour of Britain leaving EU, says David Cameron
Varnished with a Kevlar coating of celebrity sparkle, Bullingdon Club backing and architectural fairy dust, the garden bridge has always seemed capable of surviving every missile of common sense thrown at it. For three years it has been fiercely opposed by supporters of gardens and bridges alike, of which this vanity project was clearly never either. But now it seems its invincibility cloak has finally worn off, as London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has refused to guarantee further funding for his predecessor’s misguided folly. Launched as a privately sponsored gift to the city, Joanna Lumley’s “tiara for the Thames” had soon gobbled up £60m of public cash and the promise of an extra £3.5m a year for evermore. It was quickly revealed to be more a corporate events space than public crossing, a planted branding opportunity just 200 metres from an existing bridge, where groups would have to register and visitors would be tracked via their mobile phones. It … [Read more...] about The garden bridge is dead – now £37m of public money must be repaid
Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to plant 2 billion new trees in England by 2040 in a bid to amp up their "green" strategy. Experts have raised eyebrows over Mr Corbyn's wild promises, suggesting the Labour leader can't see the wood for the trees. promised 30 million trees, and the Lib Dems have upped that to 60 million if they win a majority. But Labour's eye-watering number, hailed by Friends of the Earth as the most ambitious, has caught the attention of experts for all the wrong reasons. According to Richard Schondelmeier, a forestry expert, the 2billion tree pledge would a logistical nightmare or even impossibility. In order to plant two billion trees by 2040, the Labour party would need to find a way to plant almost 190 trees a minute, 24 hours a day for the next 20 years. Mr Schondelmeier said this doesn't even take into account the fact trees can only be planted for around four months of the year, 6 months if the Labour party are lucky, and seeded doubt over whether the country had … [Read more...] about Labour says it will plant 2 billion trees by 2040 – almost 200 a minute – but is this possible?