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When it comes to Ivanka Trump’s personal emails, hypocrisy is not the biggest problem

It’s easy for anyone following American politics these days to suffer scandal fatigue. On reading the Washington Post scoop that Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of official government emails from her personal email address, I cannot be the only person whose first thought was: Oh god, not the ...

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EU citizens didn’t jump the queue, Prime Minister: they exercised their fundamental rights

After Brexit, Kent may become a lorry park and supermarkets might run out of Mars bars – but you will be pleased to know that the UK will at least have taken back control of its queues.

Speaking at the CBI conference on Monday, Theresa May proudly announced that post-Brexit British ...

today 16:26 open_in_new
From Trident to Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon and Jeremy Corbyn could work well together

For all the talk of backstops and confidence votes and magic bullets, Brexit has actually shown up how very simple politics is: it’s a numbers game.

Ironically it was Eric Joyce who impressed this upon me a number of years ago. (Ironic because there’s a school of thought that says ...

today 16:26 open_in_new
No, that study doesn’t prove that men and women think differently

“Men and women really do think differently, say scientists,” reported The Times, after a study was released earlier this month on sex differences and the brain. “The much-maligned but longstanding idea that women enjoy discussing their emotions while men are mostly excited by cars ...

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IRONY ALERT: Former Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey on her income cut

Hypocrisy in British politics comes as no surprise to your mole, who has recently had to report on Brexiteers with second homes in Europe, the Mail discovering closed borders are bad, and liberals defending the gulag. But this latest IRONY ALERT has slapped it right in the snout.

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today 15:23 open_in_new
No, that study doesn’t prove that men and women think differently

“Men and women really do think differently, say scientists,” reported The Times, after a study was released earlier this month on sex differences and the brain. “The much-maligned but longstanding idea that women enjoy discussing their emotions while men are mostly excited by cars ...

today 14:20 open_in_new
If the DUP backs the government in a confidence vote, it won’t be for fear of Corbyn

If you want shadow cabinet announcements that presage bigger developments, go to the Sinn Fein fringe at Labour Party conference.

In 2017, Owen Smith used his speech to call for Northern Ireland to stay in the EU after Brexit – an example of the sort of undiluted pro-Europeanism ...

today 14:20 open_in_new
If the DUP back the government in a confidence vote, it won't be for fear of Corbyn

If you want shadow cabinet announcements that presage bigger developments, go to the Sinn Fein fringe at Labour Party conference.

In 2017, Owen Smith used his speech to call for Northern Ireland to stay in the EU after Brexit – an example of the sort of undiluted pro-Europeanism ...

today 13:17 open_in_new
It’s the DUP that Theresa May should fear, not her own MPs

Out of the frying pan, into the fire? The European Research Group’s attempt to trigger a vote of no confidence in Theresa May looks to have fizzled out, with several members of the Brexiteer caucus deciding that discretion is the better part of valour. But the Conservatives’ nominal ...

today 11:11 open_in_new
MoneySavingExpert chief says two-year degrees won’t help low earners

The government’s plans to roll out new two-year undergraduate degree courses risk an “oversimplification” of the student loans system and may not actually leave people better off, according to MoneySavingExpert founder and chair Martin Lewis.

The Department for Education, subject ...

today 11:11 open_in_new
Feminism in the wake of Isis

In the documentary, I am the Revolution, the Iraqi women’s rights activist Yanar Mohammed explains that some of her political friends, particularly the leftists, used to dismiss her as “just a feminist”. “I am just a feminist in a part of the world where women are slaves!” she ...

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Say hello to minority government: The DUP are on strike

The DUP has gone on strike. Its nine MPs – the 10th, Ian Paisley Jr, returns from suspension tomorrow – are abstaining on all votes on the finance bill, with the exception of one Labour amendment on child poverty, which they will vote for. 

Cue the declarations that Theresa May ...

yesterday 21:32 open_in_new
The experience of Gareth Thomas shows LGBT+ people are never the problem

It’s a feeling that many LGBT+ people know too well. You hear someone loudly commenting on your outfit, so you walk down the street as fast as you can, just in case. You see a group of young men hanging out on a street corner, so you cross the road and turn your headphones off, just in case. ...

yesterday 18:23 open_in_new
Despite the chaos, Labour is sticking to its line on Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at the Confederation for British Industry’s annual conference this afternoon covered ground that will be familiar to anyone who has watched an instalment of Prime Minister’s Questions in the past year.

The Labour leader – received politely in the hall ...

yesterday 18:23 open_in_new
Amber Rudd’s tricky frontbench return shows how toxic Universal Credit has become

Amber Rudd had a difficult return to the frontbench in her first set of ministerial questions since being appointed as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Strikingly, both for someone regularly tipped as a possible leadership contender, and as the latest occupant of an ...

yesterday 17:20 open_in_new
There’s something everyone has missed about Theresa May and the Brexit vote

There are a lot of things being neglected in discussion of our looming vote on the Brexit deal, but one of the most important is that it isn’t really a “vote on the Brexit deal” at all. It’s the vote on the terms of the United Kingdom’s exit and the outstanding legacy issues ...

yesterday 16:17 open_in_new
There's something everyone has missed about Theresa May and the Brexit vote

There are a lot of things being neglected in discussion of our looming vote on the Brexit deal, but one of the most important is that it isn’t really a “vote on the Brexit deal” at all. It’s the vote on the terms of the United Kingdom’s exit and the outstanding legacy issues ...

yesterday 15:14 open_in_new
Whether or not Theresa May goes, her Brexit deal is a long way off the Labour support it needs

Is Theresa May safe? It depends on the paper you read. Brexit ultras are either wildly adrift of where they need to be to get 48 names or on the brink of collecting them, depending on who you choose to believe.

The reality is that only one person knows what the state of play is ...

yesterday 12:05 open_in_new
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal shows the radical choice facing the Democrats

This week Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly-elected socialist congresswoman for New York, joined the Justice Democrats and the Sunrise movement at a sit-in at the office of Nancy Pelosi. The 29-year-old - the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives - did so to demand ...

yesterday 12:05 open_in_new
Whether or not Theresa May goes, her Brexit deal is a long way off the Labour support it needs

Is Theresa May safe? It depends on the paper you read. Brexit ultras are either wildly adrift of where they need to be to get 48 names or on the brink of collecting them, depending on who you choose to believe.

The reality is that only one person knows what the state of play is ...

yesterday 11:02 open_in_new
Brexit is turning Scottish politics in the SNP’s favour

“The UK is becoming a failed state, focused on enriching a Tory elite and impoverishing the rest.” Not the words of an excitable Momentum agitator or a red-faced ranter in the Question Time audience, but of a Scottish Cabinet minister.

Mike Russell, Nicola Sturgeon’s Brexit ...

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