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Even Putin must have been surprised by how readily Trump took Russia’s side

The Russian President Vladimir Putin was unusually smiley as he walked to the podium to address the press following his closed-door, one-on-one meeting with President Donald Trump in Helsinki, which lasted for more than two hours. He said he was “glad” with the outcome and that he was ...

yesterday 21:17 open_in_new
The Conservatives know they have an ethnic minority problem, but they can’t find a cure

Should the Conservatives be depressed or cheered by the latest batch of polling for the centre-right think tank Onward? It shows that the party has a mountain to climb if it is to win the votes of ethnic minority voters, with just 24 per cent of minority voters saying that they believe the ...

yesterday 19:11 open_in_new
As a former Conservative staff member, I want a vote on the Brexit deal

I used to be a Conservative party member and a staff member at CCHQ. I was proud to support a party that backed business, made difficult decisions for long-term benefit and stood for building this nation’s prosperity.

Like many of the party’s supporters, I have been horrified by ...

yesterday 19:11 open_in_new
Men's Cycling Thomas and Froome downplay claims of tension at Team Sky

GERAINT THOMAS denied Bradley Wiggins’s claims today that Team Sky will have a “real problem on their hands” if Thomas takes the yellow jersey in the Tour de France ahead of Chris Froome.

Thomas sits second to Greg Van Avermaet in the general classification after nine stages, 43 ...

yesterday 18:56 open_in_new
A return to power-sharing in Northern Ireland is more distant than ever

How significant is the latest outburst of violence in Northern Ireland? Despite six consecutive nights of rioting in Derry and attacks on the Belfast homes of Gerry Adams, the former Sinn Fein president, and Bobby Storey, a veteran republican activist and former IRA member, some say not ...

yesterday 17:05 open_in_new
Finally, the NHS has realised: patient-doctor relationships should be partnerships

Despite chronic stress and low morale in the NHS, medicine remains a popular choice for school-leavers. Around ten people apply for each place. Faced with such a large pool of candidates, how do universities decide whom to choose?

When I applied in the mid-1980s, the process was ...

yesterday 17:05 open_in_new
Has Theresa May just signed away her Brexit strategy?

The government has accepted all four of the European Research Group’s amendments to the Customs Bill, potentially averting parliamentary defeat later tonight. But has Theresa May given up her Brexit policy as a result?

Not really. The amendments commit the government to several ...

yesterday 17:05 open_in_new
Political Football, the New Statesman’s World Cup podcast. Episode 6: Vive La France

Jason Cowley and Stephen Bush are joined by Helen Thompson, Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge University, to discuss France's victory in the 2018 world cup final, and whether Croatia were in fact the better team on the day. They also reflect on how the French team's progress has ...

yesterday 17:05 open_in_new
A three-question second Brexit referendum would be a nightmare for voters and campaigners

Justine Greening’s conversion to the cause of the campaign for a People’s Vote on the eventual Brexit deal – the most high-profile Conservative to do so yet – is a welcome development.

It’s becoming more and more evident that putting the issue back to the people is seen by ...

yesterday 15:53 open_in_new
Artemis Income Fund: Sticking to stocks …

The global macroeconomic background remains broadly beneficial for equities and, although the direction of travel for interest rates points north, there has – with the notable exception of the US – been more pointing than progress. For what it’s worth, we don’t view the move to higher ...

yesterday 12:44 open_in_new
One proposed wind farm development could wipe out a third of Scottish wildcats

Early one summer’s morning, around 20 years ago, a friend was driving me “back down” to the railway station at Inverness. We had just set out, travelling a slow side-road through scrubby deer woods, not far from Kiltarlity; it was warm for that time of day, the air slightly hazy between ...

yesterday 11:41 open_in_new
There’s something everyone has missed about how Brexit will change our politics

Will Brexit pave the way for a new party to make a splash as the Liberal Democrats and Ukip once did? That’s a source of hope (and fear) to some at Westminster: that a bad Brexit will pave the way for either a party of Remain or a Ukip 2.0 to surge in the polls and either hold the balance ...

yesterday 11:41 open_in_new
John Edgar Wideman: the voice of America’s great divide

John Edgar Wideman’s profound new book begins, as it must, with the American Civil War. The first story in this collection, “JB & FD” imagines a kind of conversation between two of the most important figures of that conflict, the white anti-slavery crusader John Brown, hanged in ...

yesterday 11:41 open_in_new
What are leveraged loans and why should you worry about them?

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 ...

yesterday 10:08 open_in_new
Anarchists and engineers

Time: 5pm on a warm June day. Setting: a busy junction in the most bike-friendly city in the world’s most bike-friendly country. In the background an accordionist is playing jaunty folk tunes outside the shopping centre. In the foreground there is a constant stream of cyclists, coming from ...

yesterday 09:35 open_in_new
Five books to cheer you up this summer

The first useful set comes from the Office for National Statistics and is particularly relevant to MoneyWeek readers. It turns out that being miserable – or having poor “personal wellbeing” – is fairly strongly correlated with age, and with middle age in particular.

About half of ...

yesterday 09:05 open_in_new
A Tory civil war is now inevitable
Theresa May and her Brexiteers are occupying irreconcilable positions. An explosive showdown is now inevitable and, if the prime minister does not abandon her Chequers plan, it will mean a leadership challenge. ...
2018-07-15 21:56 open_in_new
Men's Football France clinch World Cup in dramatic fashion

FRANCE won their second World Cup title by beating Croatia 4-2 today in a match briefly interrupted by an on-field protest during the second half that Russian punk band Pussy Riot later took credit for.

France led 2-1 at half-time courtesy of the first own goal and the first ...

2018-07-15 20:47 open_in_new
The mismeasure of the economy

Policymakers are searching for solutions to problems that might well not exist.

How much are prices going up by in the shops? Is productivity rising, or has it stagnated? Is GDP expanding by 1% a year, 2%, or nothing at all? We rely on a standard set of measures to give us a snapshot of ...

2018-07-15 13:02 open_in_new
Theresa May mocks Donald Trump as she reveals he told her to “sue the EU”

Theresa May, unlike Donald Trump, does not traditionally produce surprises in interviews. But on this morning's Andrew Marr Show, the Prime Minister revealed the advice the US president gave to her over Brexit: “He told me I should sue the EU. Not go into negotiations, sue them.” ...

2018-07-15 12:29 open_in_new
Why were lesbians protesting at Pride? Because the LGBT coalition leaves women behind

The LGBT campaign group Stonewall had harsh words for the annual Pride march through London, which took place on 7 July. The parade, said Stonewall, was too white; it would not be attending this year. The criticisms, which Pride described as “inaccurate” and “disrespectful”, won ...

2018-07-15 11:26 open_in_new