Posts Tagged ‘Conservatives’

Pity the Brexit 52%, led by cowards and charlatans | Rafael Behr

The Ukip chaos is revealing. Leavers are being betrayed by leaders who lack credible ideas

Nigel Farage might not match everyone’s idea of a charismatic figurehead, but his special capabilities as leader of Ukip are proven by his enduring irreplaceability. Since he stood down in 2016, the party has had three leadership contests. It is about to have a fourth.

Henry Bolton was ousted over the weekend for reasons connected to his relationship with Jo Marney, a model with a string of racist text messages to her name. It isn’t clear whether activists objected more to Marney’s opinions or Bolton’s failure to silence them.

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David Davis: Brexit will not plunge Britain into Mad Max dystopia

Secretary for exiting EU to say in speech that fears of a race to the bottom are unfounded

David Davis will tell business leaders in Austria that fears the Conservatives will plunge Britain into a “Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction” after leaving the EU are unfounded.

The Brexit secretary will claim that Theresa May’s government wants to oversee a race to the top in global standards, listing workers’ rights, City regulation, animal welfare and the environment as areas for potential improvement.

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May insists she does not worry about being ‘stabbed in the back’

PM tells This Morning she is not concerned about being deposed and says she enjoys her job

Theresa May has insisted she feels secure in her job and does not worry about being deposed as she prepared for another relaunch of her embattled prime ministership with a speech introducing a review of university funding.

Appearing on ITV’s This Morning chatshow before her address in Derby on Monday, May reiterated her desire to continue in No 10 and said she was enjoying the role.

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Labour will win the next election if it becomes the party of Remain | Eloise Todd

Only a tiny proportion of the party’s voters last year strongly wanted to leave the EU – opposing a disastrous Brexit will shake up the electoral map

Recently, there has been story after story about Brexit ministers giving speeches laying out a road map. This is apart from the chancellor, who has been sent to the Arctic. While the focus for this last week might have been on the Conservative government and its road to nowhere, soon the pendulum will swing back towards the Labour party and its position on Brexit.

Labour fought the election on a mandate that has been hailed as a brilliant middle way between Remain and Leave. MPs on the frontbench Brexit team want to find a solution “somewhere between in and out”. But there is a decision still facing our country and it doesn’t involve a middle way.

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Revealed: rightwing groups plot to ditch EU safety standards on food and drugs

‘Ideal’ UK-US trade deal would see banned products sold in post-Brexit Britain, says accidentally released memo

An unprecedented drive to lobby ministers to ditch strict EU safety standards in order to secure a US trade deal is being drawn up by a transatlantic group of conservative thinktanks, it has emerged.

Organisers of the self-styled “shadow trade talks”, which are set to include 10 leading rightwing and libertarian groups from the UK and the US, are preparing to push their “ideal free trade agreement” that would allow the import of US meats, drugs and chemicals banned in Britain.

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The language we use in public and on social media has repercussions. The first step must greater civility | James Graham

The language we use in public and on social media has repercussions. The first step must greater civility

When the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer,” George Orwell said in 1946. As then, so now – but worse. I know, everyone’s always saying things are worse. Let’s not hark back to an age that never existed. But it is time to recognise the conversation crisis in public and civic life.

I don’t quite believe, like some, that the Enlightenment values of tolerance and civilised debate are being reversed; but they are certainly under threat. This age of unreason we’re living through is defined not only by “had enough of experts”, but with normally reasonable people – you and I – behaving wilfully unreasonably to one another. And by the fact civility itself is now regarded as an obstacle to change, where once it was its best hope.

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Boris Johnson struggles to woo remainers with Brexit lovebomb

Speech’s digs at opponents and demands for divergence are unlikely to smooth road to Brexit

Boris Johnson used the first speech of the government’s “road to Brexit” series to try to simultaneously reach out to remainers while doubling down on his arguments in favour of a hard break from the EU.

It is not really possible to achieve both outcomes in a single speech, and the foreign secretary probably opted to focus more heavily on the second point.

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