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How Boris Johnson became Britain’s most successful stand-up comedian

There’s a scene in the sitcom Outnumbered from 2011 in which a group of school children ask a German exchange student to name his favourite British comedians. “Ricky Gervais,” he says “and that man who plays a funny character, the fat politician, the blond one, rides a bike.” “The ...

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Meet the young Imams fighting Islamophobia and extremism, one Twitter DM at a time

I met Sabah Ahmedi in Morden during Ramadan, outside the UK’s largest mosque. For the past few weeks he has been opening the doors to journalists, giving tours and hosting Iftar as soon as the sun goes down. Ahmedi estimates he has hosted almost 40 journalists since Ramadan began. 

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A new poll of Conservative members shows they aren't as committed to Brexit as you think

A lot of attention is being given to a eyeraising YouGov poll of the Conservative party membership which shows they would prefer Brexit to happen even if it meant the end of the United Kingdom, the death of the Conservative party, or the return of cholera to British streets. (I made that last ...

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After Sotheby’s is sold for $3.7bn, investors should bid on these other art market disruptors

French-Israeli telecoms billionaire Patrick Drahi is to pay $3.7bn for Sotheby’s (NYSE: BID) , the New York-listed auction house through his holding company, BidFair. Investors will get $57 a share, representing a 61% premium on the most recent closing price. That’s a lot of money for an old ...

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The tech industry’s disregard for privacy relies on the consent of its customers

Recently, I was out in east London with some friends, looking for somewhere to drink before dinner. We made tracks for a nearby bar that we remembered fondly but hesitated when we saw that there were now facial-recognition scanners at the door. Half of us had seen them in bars before and ...

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Julia Armfield’s salt slow is a dark take on life’s most threatening anxieties

Fantasies have always provided escapism. They expose the darker parts of life that we’d rather not confront through plain realism, instead using magic and the unexplainable as metaphors for life’s cruelties.

The short story, a crafty, nimble shape that runs without explanation, ...

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Who’s likely to survive the second round of the Conservative leadership election?

Who will make it through to the next stage of the Conservative leadership election? The second ballot of MPs is today, with 33 MPs or more needed to make it through to the next round. Boris Johnson is certain to make it, and so should Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove, provided they can avoid ...

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Boris Johnson is a threat to democracy itself

For those not familiar with the film The Matrix, it features a scene in which the hero Neo encounters a boy bending a spoon with his mind. The boy hands the spoon to Neo. The dialogue goes on:

Spoon boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead ... only try to ...

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Forget Sotheby’s – investors should bid on these art market disruptors instead

Sotheby’s got snapped up yesterday. French-Israeli telecoms billionaire Patrick Drahi is to pay $3.7bn for the New York-listed auction house (NYSE: BID) through his holding company, BidFair. Investors will get $57 a share, representing a 61% premium on the most recent closing price. That’s a ...

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Lord Sumption’s Reith Lectures had me struggling to stay awake

Midway through the 2019 Reith Lectures. Must stay focused. This year’s speaker is the former Supreme Court justice, QC Lord Sumption: author of four volumes on the Hundred Years War, leading advocate whose cases include the Pinochet extradition, and dead-ringer for Jon Pertwee circa Planet ...

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Failure has been a feature of Trump’s foreign policy. Iran is his most dangerous yet

Donald Trump has brazenly brought us to the brink of war. He carelessly snatched conflict from the jaws of a functioning peace deal. For months, we watched as his government recklessly ratcheted up pressure on Tehran without even bothering to put together a plan. The world now confronts an ...

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Why Scottish Tory MPs could live with Boris Johnson

Andrew Bowie, Theresa May's parliamentary private secretary, has endorsed Boris Johnson for the Conservative leadership. The frontrunner's camp believe it is a significant coup, and in two respects they are right.

That Johnson has won over the current prime minister's closest Commons ...

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Moby Q&A: “My earliest memory is crying into a kazoo”

Richard Melville Hall was born in New York City in 1965 and raised in San Francisco. He began performing as Moby when he moved back to New York City in 1989, releasing his breakthrough dance single “Go” in 1991. He is known for the albums “Everything is Wrong” and “Play”. An ...

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It’s decision time for the US Federal Reserve

This article is taken from our FREE daily investment email Money Morning. Every day, MoneyWeek's executive editor John Stepek and guest contributors explain how current economic and political developments are affecting the markets and your wealth, and give you pointers on how you can ...

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Rory Stewart's surge is upending the Conservative leadership race — but to whose benefit?

Rory Stewart has picked up another big-name endorsement: that of David Lidington, the de facto deputy prime minister and a former backer of Matt Hancock.

It’s, obviously, a big win for Stewart himself. He has picked up another cabinet heavyweight to go along with David Gauke, the ...

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Kier scraps its dividend – how much lower can its share price go?

Shares in construction services company Kier Group (LSE: KIE) hit a fresh low today, as the company scrapped its dividend payout and announced plans to cut 1,200 jobs in the UK, and to sell its house-building and property businesses.

More importantly, the company’s net debt was a ...

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If Rory Stewart won't condemn Donald Trump, what's the point of him?

For the second time, Donald Trump has made waves in the Conservative leadership election, after approvingly sharing a tweet by Katie Hopkins, a far-right provocateur, attacking Sadiq Khan and referring to the nation’s capital as “Londonistan”.

Five of the six remaining ...

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The Tories would now rather face Scottish independence than lose Brexit

Here, from the perspective of a certain type of Scot — let’s call him the despairing Unionist — is how the United Kingdom currently looks.

We are about to have yet another Old Etonian prime minister, chosen for us by an ageing, Jag-driving, 19th-hole-bothering Conservative ...

yesterday 15:14 open_in_new
If Rory Stewart won't condemn Donald Trump, what's the point of him?

For the second time, Donald Trump has made waves in the Conservative leadership election, after approvingly sharing a tweet by Katie Hopkins, a far-right provocateur, attacking Sadiq Khan and referring to the nation’s capital as “Londonistan”.

Five of the six remaining ...

yesterday 15:14 open_in_new
What does Lufthansa’s profit warning mean for airline stocks?

German airline Lufthansa (Frankfurt: LHA) warned on profits this morning, after it reported falling sales at its budget carrier brand, Eurowings and rising fuel costs. The share price fell by more than 10%.

In effect, competition between short-haul operators in Europe, combined with a less ...

yesterday 15:14 open_in_new
BlackRock Latin American Trust: the tide is turning for Brazil

The BlackRock Latin American Trust is grabbing the bull by the horns. Investors should, too.

“Brazil is the country of tomorrow and always will be,” said Charles de Gaulle. Investors appear to agree with him, focusing their emerging markets (EM) exposure on Asia. In the 1990s, there ...

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