Mr Speaker, the European Union was once just a remarkable dream. A hope that our countries which fought and murdered each other on an industrial scale, twice in one century, could come together. A refusal to return to extreme nationalism. And a determination to prevent more bloody conflicts where tens of millions are killed. The audacious idea of European integration was motivated by fear. But it was made possible by shared ideals. Democracy. Human Rights. Equality. Freedom. And a refusal to submit to the tyranny of fascism, ever again. After the Second World War, in 1946, Winston Churchill said this: “If Europe were once united in the sharing of its common inheritance, there would be no limit to its happiness, prosperity and glory.” But today some Conservative colleagues talk about “total independence” from Europe as though it is a virtue. Let me remind them: Churchill understood the European dream is to build a whole bigger than the sum of its parts. He … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight David Lammy’s speech to the Commons: “Britain did not become ‘Great’ in total isolation”
The hundred thousand kingdoms
November 28, 2018 05:34 PM On Saturday of last week, the sun was rising over London when a blue bus set off along the shore of the Thames. Lucy Swale and Matilda Allan were on board, one with red hair, the other brunette. They managed to get themselves out of bed at 5:45 a.m. and jog through half the city from Islington to catch the double-decker. The bus, they believed, would carry them into the future. "Dear MPs," its exterior read, "77 percent of us don't want Brexit -- signed, Young people." Lucy and Matilda will turn 18 in December. For their birthday, they want a vote. It would be their first. And perhaps also the most important of their lives. "We have to live with this the longest time," says Matilda. "But nobody asked us." She was 15 years old when a narrow majority of her compatriots voted to try their luck outside of the European Union. Several members of Matilda's family voted for Brexit. But "not everybody understood what they were voting for," she says. … [Read more...] about Isle of Madness: A Series of Miscalculations Has Brought Britain to the Brink
Politicians have always used history to bolster their arguments in one way or another, plundering the past for examples that seem to shore up their position. They pull out historical parallels with current events because these seem to tell us not only where we’ve come from and where we are, but, most importantly, where we are going. History can provide encouragement or warning, according to the politician’s purpose: past events show us what we can expect if we do nothing to ward off a clear and present danger, or what we can look forward to if we take the course of action they advocate. Yet the past can be an unreliable guide to the present, and more often than not it resists politicians’ attempts to co-opt it in their own interests. Unless they pay it the respect it is due, they too often get caught out massaging and manipulating the facts, or interpreting them in ways that the evidence does not in the end support. In our age of “alternative facts” and … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightHow the Brexiteers broke history
Sunday 11 November 2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, in which more than one million Commonwealth soldiers lost their lives. To mark the occasion, and to commemorate the dead, the Telegraph has been granted access to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission's database of graves. Below, you can search for a surname using our tool and find out information about the number of Commonwealth casualties who shared that name - where they died, at what stage of the war and who their family were. The database itself is an incredible monument to the war dead and can offer fascinating (and sobering) insight into the identities of those who fought. In this piece, we examine what the figures show in terms of the ages of the dead, the families who lost multiple sons and the costliest periods of the conflict. 19 was the most common age of casualties The two World Wars are infamous for the very young ages at which people died. Life expectancy from birth in 1911 was … [Read more...] about The teenagers who died and the brothers who never came home
The brutal murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has put the policies of the Saudi monarchy under crown prince Muhammad bin Salman under the spotlight, drawing rare criticism from the kingdom’s western allies. Perhaps in consequence, the US called for a ceasefire to the four-year war in Yemen, which has been fuelled by the military actions of the Saudi-led coalition. Yet only two days later, the coalition launched new airstrikes on the stricken country. And as the death toll continues to rise, it seems doubtful that the western powers will put a halt to their lucrative arms supplies to Saudi Arabia. If the world has looked the other way during Yemen’s ‘forgotten war’, the role of the UN Security Council (SC) (1) in authorising the actions of the Saudis and their allies has also escaped public attention. The Council’s failure to respond to these well-documented actions in what is now the world’s most urgent catastrophe is disturbing, … [Read more...] about Yemen: where is the UN Security Council?