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From Trump to Boris Johnson, we’re moving from post-truth to post-shame | Alastair Campbell

Populism means never having to say you’re sorry, and never having to say you’re wrong. You just change the subject

A confession: I tend not to read the online comments about anything I write for the Guardian. But as I am about to embark on a short “politics of mental health” speaking tour down under, I made an exception for the comments section beneath an interview I did for Guardian Australia. I am glad I did. For there were two comments so good they left me wishing I had written them myself. I shall certainly be using them in future.

I have no idea who sleuthfortruth is, but someone should find them and hire them as a speechwriter. “Voting for a populist party is like diving headfirst into an empty swimming pool, because you’re angry that there’s no water in it.” Brilliant. Trump and Brexit to a tee.

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Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt under pressure to denounce Trump over racist tweets – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

Getting back to the UK and reading a raft of stories that assume Boris will be next PM. Don’t! We have been getting huge numbers of switchers, won both the ITV debate and Neil interview and this all depends on how far Boris was ahead at start which no one knows...

NEW - Over 200 current and former Labour staff and supporters write to condemn Labour’s handling of the Panorama documentary, accusing them of trying to “smear Jewish victims” and posing 5 questions for Corybn to answer

This is from my colleague Jennifer Rankin in Brussels.

Commission president candidate Ursula von der Leyen has said she would support a Brexit extension if "good reasons".

That's a very logical position, as decision would be taken by EU leaders. And extension is a very hypothetical question.

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Can Alexa fix my Brexit and Trump-induced ills? | Stewart Lee

The nurse told me I was eligible for ‘free chair-based activity’. And yet I stand up for a living

I woke early on Monday morning, and sat bolt upright clutching my chest, with the sense that something was afoot. Over the Atlantic, in Washington, a mysterious grey-haired child, with the face of a wizened old man, burst forth from a vast blue egg, laid unnoticed overnight in the White House garden, and declared as self-evident the secret truths that everyone else had always inwardly admitted.

The first rays of dawn revealed Donald Trump, orange-pubed, peanut-knobbed and naked, as he has always been, and the chlorinated chicken nuggets of the buccaneering Brexiteers’ trade deal dreams swung in the balance, like the president’s pendulous ginger balls smashing into a human face – for ever.

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Kim Darroch saga ‘is part of assault on civil service’

Unions and senior civil servants say officials have been subjected to sustained attacks from across political spectrum

The “shameful” treatment of Britain’s ousted ambassador to the US marks the culmination of a long-running campaign to abuse and scapegoat government officials, senior civil servants warn today.

They say that Sir Kim Darroch’s resignation last week was the latest episode in a “wider culture of abusing civil servants which has been allowed to develop over the last few years”.

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Outrage, astonishment and disgust: it’s a Commons deplorathon

MPs like to have something to deplore, and as L’Affaire Darroch rolls on, they have lots of material

History of sorts was made in the Commons on Wednesday. It’s not every day that a minister is called to answer an urgent question on whether he still agreed with what he had said the day before. Or the day before that, for that matter. And on the whole, junior Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan did agree with junior Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan that the prime minister designate, Boris Johnson, had thrown Kim Darroch, the UK ambassador to the US, under a bus and was guilty of contemptible negligence.

With so little else going on in parliament while the Tory leadership coronation meanders to its conclusion – dozens of MPs are missing, presumed dead, trapped under large bales of tumbleweed – L’Affaire Darroch has dominated proceedings for three days now. First as an expression of outrage that confidential diptels should have been leaked, then astonishment at Johnson refusing on six occasions to defend Darroch from Donald Trump’s insults, and finally disgust at the ambassador’s forced resignation.

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The Guardian view on Kim Darroch’s resignation: a grim portent | Editorial

Boris Johnson’s failure to support the UK’s ambassador in Washington is a sinister indication of his priorities and character

Donald Trump was not yet elected US president when the UK voted to leave the European Union but those two ballot-box shocks of 2016 have become historically intertwined. For Conservative Eurosceptics, quitting the EU was inseparable from the ambition to strike a trade deal with Washington, and the arrival in the White House of a maverick economic protectionist did not change that calculation. On the contrary, the pro-Brexit side of British politics was soon captured by a Trumpian ethos, marked by contempt for international institutions, democratic norms and diplomatic protocol.

The resignation of Sir Kim Darroch as UK ambassador to Washington marks a significant and sinister escalation of this trend. Sir Kim was the target of a hostile act – the leaking of confidential reports that had criticised President Trump’s administration. The observations were unremarkable to the extent that they faithfully described a dysfunctional presidency. The ambassador did nothing wrong in passing that information back to London and, while the breach of confidentiality was embarrassing, it was not his fault and no reason for him to resign. Downing Street correctly supported him, despite President Trump lashing out on Twitter in reaction. To dismiss an ambassador at the behest of a foreign leader would be a national dishonour.

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MPs liberalise abortion and same-sex marriage law in Northern Ireland – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political news, including the row over the UK ambassador’s leaked memos and latest on Tory leadership contest

Here is Boris Johnson arriving for the ITV Tory leadership debate in Salford. It starts at 8pm, and of course we will be covering it live.

The Julian Lewis amendment has been passed by 308 votes to 228 - a majority of 80.

Here is the explanatory note from Lewis saying what his amendment will do.

The subsection would include placing a duty on the secretary of state to report on the options available to ensure that veterans of the Troubles would be able to assist in a truth recovery process, for the benefit of bereaved families, without fear of prosecution.

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