In the news this week…
The European Election campaign we were never supposed to have kicked off in earnest this week, with Labour and the Liberal Democrats publishing their manifestos ahead of the vote next week. There was criticism from some over the crassness of the ‘Bollocks to Brexit’ slogan adopted by the Liberal Democrats, but Stephen Bush, writing in the New Statesman, argues that the move is a ‘stroke of genius’.
With polling showing a marked dip in support for the Conservative Party, and with little evident movement in the talks between the Conservatives and Labour, Theresa May is under increasing pressure from the Chairman of the 1922 committee, Graham Brady, to name her departure date. She will meet with him, and the rest of the 1922 executive, on Thursday in what promises to be a difficult meeting for the Prime Minister.
This is now officially the longest sitting of parliament since the English Civil War and yet there hasn’t been a division in the House of Commons for over a month, illustrating the extent to which the government is in office but not in power. As Theresa May clings to power, there are a whole host of figures queuing up to replace her. This week’s ‘Brexitcast‘ podcast takes a look at the Tory contenders to replace her.
In global politics…
- As the trade war between the US and China continues the BBC analyses who is losing out as a result.
And…there are three excellent podcasts this week from the New York Times’ ‘The Daily’ podcast…
- On the stand-off between the Trump Administration and Congress over the Attorney General’s refusal to publish the Mueller Report in full.
- On $1 billion of losses revealed by Trump’s tax returns over a decade.
- On the Trump administration’s stand-off with Iran over their nuclear programme.
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