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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:29 pm

- British scientists at Porton Down have not been able to establish that the Novichok nerve agent used to poison was made in Russia and that evidence it was Russia comes from elsewhere. Russia is going to have a field day with this (though they need to be clever then "US and UK did the attempted killing"), calling Un security council meeting though will be disappointed their attempts to make chemical weapons investigation a joint one was outvoted. Boris is being damaged because he claimed Porton Down proved it whereas May never claimed that, nor as I understand did the intelligence that led to Russia getting mass expelled, the EU has made clear they remain behind May on this. Labour arguing Porton Down comments shows Corbyn was right to be cautious and Abbott accusing Boris of misleading public, Boris is now accusing Corbyn and co of playing Russia's game

-Brexit committee again split as it's majority recommends keeping an open mind on joining European Free Trade Area but agrees meaningful trade deal won't be ready in time for Brexit vote

-Corbyn says he has no regrets at his Sedar visit, says he was talking to young about their experiences with anti-Semitism. Jonathan Arkush, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews has said "If Jeremy Corbyn goes to their event, how can we take his stated commitment to be an ally against anti-Semitism seriously?", Lansman says this was Corbyn personal event rather then Labour but admits Jewdas's attitude is not helpful, Jewdas now denying they ever meant claims of anti-Semitism is right wing smears but about cherry picking of incidents by establishment to suit an agenda while it is also denying it has called likes of Stephen Pollard a non-Jew (and has taken down the article that other people pointed to saying "they did that say that"). Jewdas and Corbynites seem to be making a big push on his visit to Jewdas as proof he is taking anti-Semitism seriously now. Jewdas defends it's record

Things may now calm down as Corbyn and Board of Deputies of British Jews (BoD) and the Jewish Leadership Council have agreed to meet on the two groups agenda and Corbyn agreeing no preconditions on his part.

-Labour NEC back away from fight with Dan Jarvis and his Yorkshire allies, saying he can stay as MP

-Gove vows one of the toughest regimes on ivory sales

-Eyes turning on rise in shootings in London with some media pushing for a return of stop and search

-SDLP dismiss talk they will disband as speculation

-Government announces aid for Yemen

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-Stephen Pound the shadow minister for Northern Ireland, says his position doesn't mean he endorses Corbyn and he doesn't on a personal level. Go to disagree with that to an extent, you take the ministerial whip then your pledging a degree of loyalty and support to the leader

-Creasy on gender pay gap

-UKIP has said it is now financially safe thanks to donations and has paid off legal bill by other means

-Nadine Dorries feels Have I Got News for You is too vicious and abrasive for female guests so she has never returned to it, Dame Beckett says he lacks the comedic ability for the show

-Creasy vs Kate Andrews on Sky News on gender pay got heated and entertaining

-Beano comics claiming Rees-Mogg is in breach of copyright by masquerading as character Walter Brown, Mogg says he is flattered as Brown as a better and more powerful body then him. Rees-mOgg also getting fortnightly LBC phone in

-Lansman suggests Labour leadership take a course in unconscious bias, says galling of the non-Jewish Woodcock to weigh in on the Jewishness of Jewdas

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-Owen Jones hammers all sides in anti-semtisim row but makes clear Labour has to do a lot better

-John Lehal concerned Labour is going backwards on BME representation

-Jewish Chronicles Stephen Pollard on Jewdas and Corbyn

-Charlotte Nicholas fleshes out more on earlier article about Corbyn's visit

-Tom Peck says Labour's response to anti-semtisim shows it has become a cult and a cancer

-Shafi Musaddique on racial paygap

-Adam Wagner on Jewdar
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:21 pm

-Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council want Corbyn to take personal responsibility on tackling anti-Semitism, cases to be dealt with by fixed timescale, better education including a list of unacceptable language, a ban on Labour members and MPs sharing platforms "with people who have been suspended or expelled for anti-Semitism". They also want independent ombudsman to oversee efforts with regular updates to be given to both parties

-Russian embassy "Media: Bad news - murder rate has risen in London. Good news - Moscow is now safer than London.". Russian ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko calls for joint investigation, sharing of information, recent Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons saw Nato voting against transparency on the report into the chemical used to poison but they hope UK will publish full report, 68% on embassy twitter poll shows British believe Russians (um...), slams Daily Mail's Letts for disgusting (I would use sexist) coverage of last press conference about a journalist's dress. Denies Russia has ever produced novichok, wants other countries investigating the case rather then just UK and the international authorities (Russia basically wants the whole system and rules to be changed. Which is fine but bit late when your currently a suspect), relations lowest for years, Russians unhappy that UK aren't allowing the usual consulate services for a Russian citizen that has been attacked. Points out USA still not shut down chemical weapons program, refuses to say Russia would accept the OPCW investigation report, Russia didn't object to plane being searched but crew being forced off. Gives two motives for UK being behind the attack 1) distract from Brexit, 2) to be seen leading against Russia, UK's version isn't accepted by majority outside UK

-Ministers having a word with aviation industry about their treatment of disabled passengers

-Defence Committee almost certain N.Korea ballistic missiles can hit UK within 6-18 months but doubts they can put a nuke on it and doubts a strike will happen, describes Kim Jong-un as "ruthless but rational"

-Julian Lewis wants defence to be 3% of GDP to help cope with cyber threats

-Commons Public Accounts Committee not happy at amount of money Lottery gets in profit compared to what it gives to good causes

-Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister says claims against Russia are a fairytale with no proper investigation, poisoning was staged so the Russian ambassadors could be expelled, UK must answer Russian questions, UK refusal to allow Russia to investigate makes mockery of the international rules and etiquette

-A row as government didn't share with Corbyn all intelligent on poisonings, just up to privy council level. Ben Wallace has admitted as security minister he probably has more then Corbyn does but argues some things need to be kept very small circle and his job means he sometimes gets more information then others. Wallace has wrongly claimed (it was Abbott and arguably McDonnell) Corbyn called for abolition of intelligence services, Labour has accused Wallace of playing party politics with national security to try to cover Boris howler.

-Ben Wallace says more information on spy poisoning case is unlikely to be made public, dismisses Iraq comparisons

-The already resigned John Stolliday, Labour’s long serving director of governance and legal, and Dan Simpson, PLP secretary, have been asked to leave now rather then serve out their notice.

-Car sales have declined for a year now, March's by 15.7%

-Hancock to meet with Facebook about data issues

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-Sir Cable says Lib Dem's success at local level is a well kept secret which shows party is on way back

-Greens urge people to vote for them to ensure there is some opposition on councils

-David Miliband to return rumours again

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-Eaton questions Tory claims inequality has fallen and bemoans Boris still being in office

-Kettle on Britain's neglect of N.Ireland

-Dejevsky says things about to turn against May over Russia

-Gavin Walshe condemns Corbyn and his supporters treatment of Jews
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:14 pm

-Labour oppose mortgage interest benefit payments being replaced by government loans

-Mayor Khan under a lot of pressure over the rise of gun violence in London and says he wants meeting with May

-Productivity up by 0.7%

-Trcikett on outsourcing firms failing to meet the requirements of Modern Slavery Act

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-Lammy says politicians not doing anything about gangs bringing in drugs and the violence it leads to, police and border force need more resources to stop influx of guns and drugs Writes about it (sun)

-Lib Dem Newcastle councillor Robin Ashby faces backlash when he says there is no glass ceiling but lack of ambition from some women, Newcastle council has 6.7% gender pay gap

-Tories suspend Mike Payne of Calderdale Council for sharing article "France Slashes Benefits to Muslim Parasites by 83%"

-Osborne wants sugar tax extended to milky drinks

-Lord Adonis in a disgraceful attack on the BBC, accusing them of taking a pro-Brexit bias for fear of losing it's license fee.

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-Brian Wheeler on row on teacher unions election influence

-Bush dismisses claims that stop and search being reduced has led to rise of violence and gives a guide for local election night

-Gaby Hinsliff on this week shows Westminster, press and public have not learnt how to handle lack of 100% proof. Also bemoans Boris

-Suzanne Moore on gender pay gap

-Jon Craig crime will be a big point at local elections

--Nick Robinson defends BBC impartiality on Brexit

-Alex Schulte defends staying with Labour even if one opposes Corbyn
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:24 pm

-Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis says they hope to sort Gibraltar factor in Brexit by summer, wants joint management of airport

-Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition with both sides welcoming the recovery of the daughter and father, UK refuses visa to Viktoria Skripal which Russia says shows UK has something to hide

-Lansmann recorded saying Labour will change rules on selecting MP's

-Williamson tells Woodcock to join Tories and says row with Russia is a smokescreen by government

-Major Religious groups (Muslim Council, Church of England, Board of Deputies) pushing against limit of child benefit to two children

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-Ian Jack on our relationship with Commonwealth

-Bush looks at current Labour selection rules and not happy with Gauke playing to tabloids in Osborn-Brooks case

-Morning Star editorial wants Scotland's method of dealing with knife crime to be copied
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:20 am

-Rudd says police numbers aren't the issue with violent crime crises but new approaches are needed with an offensive weapons bill coming before Commons

-Boris says Corbyn is the Kremlin's useful idiot (problem is, so clearly is Boris given how badly he has hurt the UK case), giving Russia propaganda false credibility. Labour says Boris is being a fool

-Gauke says he takes the blame for the Worboy case and has learnt lessons

-Jess Philips weak on anti-Semitism on Andrew Marr

-Preet Gill on Universal Health Care

-Raab clams immigration has pushed up house prices by 20% in last 25 years and is asking Migration Adversary Committee to consider such impact in their reports

-Bristol West Labour shouts down and gets it's MP Thangam Debbonaire to flee the room. Her crime? Attending the anti-Semitism protest. The motion condemning her was defeated but Labour might want to look at the 84 who voted for it

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-Christopher Wylie on his Cambridge Analytica accusations

-Rawnsley on chances of a centrist party

-Henry Hill on Raab's findings
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:44 pm

-Corbyn launches local election campaign saying Tory cuts have undermined policing and social cohesion. As long as they don't overdo it, wise route to go down

-Leaked Home Office document suggests police cuts is quite possibly partly blame for rise of violence though isn't main driver of the rise. Before that leak Rudd was saying police numbers aren't the issue and lack of evidence to suggest it is (Labour says head was stuck in sand), now she is saying she hadn't seen the report, doesn't feel it undermines her general point (drug markets, social media, disadvantages in social and econimic terms) and she blames police and Crime commissioners for the cuts in numbers (they blame lack of funding from her). Cooper says the idea such a document didn't reach secretary of state is alarming

-Tory vice chair Kemi Badenoch has apologized for hacking (seems more guessed the password) Harman's website ten years ago and putting up nice things about the Tories, calls it a youthful prank. Harman has accepted the written apology and I doubt much will be made of this, some Labour supporters want Badenoch to be prosecuted but I suspect it would be a really bad image

-Javid says Corbyn has let the British people down on Russia, Nick Hurd says he feels Corbyn hasn't been sufficiently clear on condemning Russia's attack. Rayner points out Boris useful idiocy has driven a wedge that Russia is exploiting (I think Labour has a more effective line here, Boris has played right into Russia's hands and Tories now looking desperate to distract from that)

-Russian Embassy has requested a meeting with Scotland Yard over handling of the suspected murder of Russian businessman Nikolay Glushkov.

-Rayner says all sides far too slow dealing with anti-Semitism and admits she is frustrated Chakrabiti report hasn't been fully implemented

-Andrew Gwynne says Facebook group he is in where there were anti-Semitism messages was one he was added to without knowledge of permission. There isn't a negative history with him so I think there will be more willingness to accept that there there are certain others

-Government pledges to tackle rogue landlords and gazumping, estate agents will now have to hold a professional qualification

-Facebook suspends AggregateIQ (AIQ) which has been linked to Brexit data issue which the company has denied

-Sturgeon to visit China to boost trade and promises to discuss human rights

-Boris calls for latest allegations of chemical attacks in Syria to be investigated immediately, Tugendhat says world can't stand by, Corbyn calls for investigation, May condemns the chemical attack, careful noy to say Assad did it but on general point says Russia must stop blocking efforts in UN to hold Assad to account

-Study finds living rooms a third smaller then they were in the 70's, kitchens 13% smaller then in 60's

-Ireland's EU commissioner Phil Hogan says EU accepts UK won't change its mind on Brexit

-Boris congratulates Viktor Orban on winning election.

-Youguv poll has May ahead of Corbyn for first time since election

-May asked if she has changed her mind since voting Remain. Her response is that the people have voted and they must pull together

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-Sarah Jones on tackling violence

-Williamson says there is anti-Semitism on left but not in Labour, his only experiences has been on fringe groups outside Labour.

-Umunna on what can be done to tackle violence, including not using term gangs

-Dame Beckett says rise of Labour's membership has led to a few problems, that those who are anti-Semitic pretending they are getting picked on for being good little left-wingers and it is harming everyone else

-Blair says Ireland solution is still possible but Westminster needs to devote full focus and just keep grinding at the problem, Brexit alone won't cause violence to restart but border issues could become a tension point and suggests keeping N.Ireland in EU

-Lord Williets wants some funding for mature students and stop cuts to Open University

-Mercer calls for strikes against Assad, doubts condemning him in newspapers is going to have much impact, reminds May she doesn't need to go to Parliament to launch action

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-Toynbee on poor technical education ad the snobbery that leads to it

-Elaine Glaser argues left needs to accept need for good authority

-Simon Jenkins against further intervention in Syria
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:04 pm

-Tracey Crouch rejects West Brom's plans for a safe standing section

-Gardiner says Good Friday agreement fears on Brexit are being played up for political (Sinn Feinn) and econimic purposes, a normal border won't increase paramilitary risk

-Number of Britons given citizenship of EU country more than doubled in the year of the Brexit referendum

-Gove considering ban on live export of animals and is consulting, not sure Labour calling it weak will work.

-N.Ireland's paramilitary groups Ulster Defence Association, Ulster Volunteer Force and Red Hand Commando issue first joint statement since 94 ceasefire saying they are committed to the work of law and will expel anyone guilty of criminal acts

-Phil Hogen on Brexit talks "The London-London part of the negotiation has been a lively conversation between several opposing camps, although it is showing signs of calming recently."

-Embarrassment for May that by end of Monday, Trump had not called May over Syria

-McDonnell calls the rumoured £50 million budget for centrist party as "party by the rich, for the rich", Ashworth says it is a waste of money, Clegg predicts Labour group breaking away to form centrist group but is unsure if he would join, Lucy Powell calls the thing over-hyped and bad idea

-Victoria Atkins forgets number of police in country which is bad given it is a big issue right now and she is Home Office but she at least fronts up about it

-David Davies says a change in Irish government to one under more influence from Sinn Feinn has led to Irish border issue being played up. There hasn't ben a change of government...

-Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern says a border would be torn down

-Mercer (sun) on modern warfare and calls for May to strike against Syria

-Lord Hague warns failure to act on chemical weapons in Syria will lead to it legitimising the use of such weapons

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-Ben Marshall on public attitude on housing

-Andrew McQuillan not optimistic about N.Ireland

-James Ball argues others have been jailed for less then Badenoch

-Hilary Clinton on N.Ireland

-Simon Tisdell calls for strikes in Syria

-Anne McElvoy says anti-populists need a change of tone

-Hinsliff warns Syria decision must be about Syria, not UK
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:59 pm

-Gardiner recorded describing Labour's Brexit tests as "bollocks" as they know we can't get same benefits when leaving EU, Labour saying he supports their strategy while Gardiner now saying he accepts Good Friday agreement is important and relevant. One or two saying "since Smith got sacked..."

-Government sets aside 9 million for fighting dark web

-Israel's Labour party suspends relations with UK Labour, arguing Corbyn has allowed anti-Semitism and of public hatred of policies of Israel, Corbyn says they should have shown him courtesy of speaking to him before hand

-Barrow-in-Furness Labour Party has got rather annoyed with Woodcock's recent rows with Corbyn and have written to the NEC to ask what to do. Something to keep an eye on

-Claire Perry says British Gas price rise is unjustified

-Papers unsure which way May is turning on Syria

-Competition probe into Mirror group buying the Express papers

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-Bill Clinton calls Good Friday agreement a work of genius that preserved democracy, Blair says it took great courage from all parties in N.Ireland and worth preserving despite it's flaws

-Nick Griffin says he will vote Corbyn's Labour as long as Corbyn sticks to his guns in refusing to blame Assad for recent events

-Hannan (sun) dismisses border concerns as a Remainer conspiracy

-Steve Brine on prostate cancer

-Blair says he is wrong man to lead a centre party nowadays but says one will come if neither Tories or Labour move towards centre and stop with old fashioned idea's that don't answer modern problems

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-Finan O'Toole on Good Friday

-Bush on how damaging Israel Labour's decision is

-Goodman worries we are heading into a dangerous circle with Syria

-Lily Sheehan says both sides bad reaction to anti-0semtisim issue means Labour needs to split

-James Lansdale suspects May is being cuatoius on Syria

-Andrew Grice suspects May would win a Syria vote

-Mark Brolin praises May's handling of Brexit and thinks Remainers will look bad in future

-Paul Mason (bar a rant about Tories evil, Corbyn saint near end) on how he would deal with Syria
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:24 pm

-May calls cabinet meeting, rumours she is not going to go to parliament which as alarmed opposition parties, Corbyn seeking a privy council security briefing

-Labour says that U25's would get free bus pass in areas where buses were under public control

-Barnier says UK has till end of 2020 till Brexit can't be cancelled and if UK changes red lines, EU willing to be more flexible but he doesn't expect either thing to happen

-President Tusk describes Brexit "one of the saddest moments in twenty-first century European history".

-Tracey Crouch (sun) on tackling loneliness

-Yulia Skripal says she doesn't want Russian embassy help at moment (they are unconvinced she has said this of her free will and want to know why no photo's) or for her cousin to visit/contact her at this point in time

-David Davies, who opposed action in Syria in 2013, hints he will back it as he feels there is more intelligence and more of a plan

-Cash-savings ratio falls to 0.9%, lowest for a decade

-The director of GCHQ Jeremy Fleming says Russia were reckless in their attack on the Skripal's

-Corbyn says everyone should be alarmed at Trump's Syria tweets (apparently the tweets went down badly in Downing Street and Whitehall) and more bombing is not the answer

-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirms Port Down's findings on what the chemical weapon was, seems to rule out Russia's claims of UK tampering. Russia accuse UK of propaganda, of discrepancies and false claims but don't seem to have addressed the findings yet

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-Blair says intervening in Syria will be difficult but Assad is winning due to having proper support that West is unwilling to give his foes and if nothing happens, it gives Assad cart-Blanche for more chemical attacks

-Lammy protesting at some of the Windrush descendants facing potential deportation

-Rupa Huq welcomes Ealing Council's decision on abortion protests

-John Woodcock calls for Syria strikes

-CBI says they don't want big divergence of rules from CBI

-Redwood warns against striking Syria in anger, can see no good outcome of any policy including non-intervention

-Sir Leigh says government needs to provide clear evidence on Syria using chemical weapons

-Ken Clarke calls for parliament to be recalled, says he would back a well targeted strike

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-Ben Wright on May's parliament dilemma, Pienaar says May will likely go for strikes but not go to Commons, Ian Birrell bemoans confused Western strategy on Syria, Eaton frustrated parliament has no legal say on war

-Kettle warns Labour mustn't assume May will fail

-Bush not a fan of Labour's six Brexit tests and Tories ausiteirty problem well beyond Commons

-Oliver Wiseman says Tories may be having a good spell but Labour are framing the debate

-Stephen Collins on damaged relations with Ireland

-Ayesha Hazarika Centrist party won't work
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:30 pm

-Cabinet declares highly likely, given his history, Assad was behind the chemical attacks and will coordinate response with USA and France. Corbyn accuses May of waiting for instructions from Trump and urges everyone to wait for UN evidence, Youguv poll indicates public is against strikes on Syria, Sir Cable and Corbyn given security briefing on Syria

-Hunt apologies after failing to declare owning company that brought seven luxury flats, says administrative mistake while he has been cleared of any personal gain by the omission.

-Brain Wheeler sets out Corbyn's record on military intervention

-Norman Lamb has had minor stroke which he has put down to lack of rest

-Unusual policy stance by shadow cabinet's Kate Osamor: Corbyn should stop speaking on foreign policy. Her logic is that whatever Corbyn says will not go down well so best Thronberry or herself handle it to get a fairer hearing. It may not be a bad idea but still unusual. She also seems to advocate intervening to remove Assad in clear language but has said that was taken out of context and she was loose with her languge

-Jaguar cutting jobs blaming Brexit and confusion on government's stance on diesel

-Lavrov says UK has overintrepreted the chemical weapons report. Russia’s UK ambassador Alexander Yakovenko unhappy at lack of consular access to Skripal family, accuses UK of destroying evidence, will publish their own report, report didn't back UK's version and wants to see UK's evidence for it's claims while Russia seems to be saying UK was behind the latest chemical attack in Syria

-UK publishing intelligence on Russian preparations with chemical weapons and targetting the Skripal family

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-Catharine West says she wants parliament recalled even for the weekend

-Labour MEP Jude Kirton-Darling bemoans people's refusal to debate

-Lloyd Russell-Moyle sets out stance on Syria

-Lord Adonis doesn't want BBC to broadcast Eunuch Powell's river of Blood speech on it's 50th anniversary as he sees the act as inciting act. Some journalists see broadcasting it as showing how racism has been normalized.

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-Gary Younge condemns British immigration system

-John Elledge Labour's bus policy is good but as politics it is brilliant

-Bush argues press coverage of Abott and Thronberry is sexist (I haven't seen the coverage of Abbott itself but agree with the general point about coverage of her and agree on Thornberry)
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