The rapper took to the stage at the event wearing a bulletproof vest, and “2020” shaved into his head. Without a mic, he proceeded to address a rowdy audience of a few hundred people, asking for complete silence before asserting that future events “will be in rooms where the acoustics will be incredible because I will be involved with the design”. … [Read more...] about God, abortion and better acoustics: Kanye West launches campaign with chaotic rally
• The deal, it says, will cut Greece’s debt-to-GDP ratio to 120.5% of GDP by 2020, in line with previous targets. This will be achieved by private creditors taking a deeper cut on their existing Greek bonds, of 53.5% of their face value. The European Central Bank will also contribute, by passing the profits from its Greek bondholdings onto the national central banks, who will then pass it onto Greece. … [Read more...] about Europe in turmoil: five years of economic crisis
At least 40 Labour MPs – and all but about nine Tories – are said to be opposed to a second referendum, although party sources believe this would change if Jeremy Corbyn came out strongly in favour. Writing on theguardian.com, the Labour MP Jon Cruddas and the director of Hope not Hate, Nick Lowles, argue that another referendum will only be seen as “legitimate” if the option of no-deal is also put on the ballot paper. … [Read more...] about Brexit secretary met Labour MPs championing second referendum plan
If both her deal and no-deal have been rejected, Britain is going to need more time and parliament will very likely vote to instruct Mrs May to ask the EU for a delay to the withdrawal date. This is something else that she has previously sworn that she would never countenance, but she couldn’t realistically defy a parliamentary instruction to ask for extra time. In which case, it is quite likely that she will pre-empt a parliamentary vote by unilaterally declaring that she is going to seek an extension. She might well do this in the immediate wake of the defeat of her deal, in an attempt to maintain some grip, however fragile, over the process. … [Read more...] about Brexit is heading towards extra time. The question then is: to what purpose?
Even though the Labour party’s formal position is now in favour of a referendum on May’s deal – although there remains a distinct lack of clarity about what this means in a practical sense – Corbyn has reportedly held cross-party talks with Labour and Conservative backbenchers to try to secure agreement for a Norway-style relationship with the EU. But no exit deal will provide certainty about Britain’s future relationship with the EU. That will need to be negotiated in the months, most likely years, after we leave. The idea that a cross-party coalition can hold for that amount of time is fanciful. Labour MPs must face up to the reality that if they vote to leave the EU under the terms of the withdrawal agreement, on the basis that Britain will aim for a soft Brexit final destination, they are effectively writing a blank cheque for whoever ends up leading the country during the next, even more important, stage of negotiations. Yes, it could be Labour after … [Read more...] about The Observer view on the case for a second Brexit vote remaining as strong as ever