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22:42: The benchmark for the Liberal Democrats in these elections, by the way, is 15 per cent - the highest amount they have ever got in a European election. I'm using Ukip's 2014 performance as a yardstick for ...

today 22:38 open_in_new
The best minds of their generation: the story of “the Club”

“The Club”, as the members called it, as if there were no other, first met in 1764 at the Turk’s Head Tavern, off the Strand. It was founded to help Samuel Johnson get out of his own head, and he was the Club’s first and foremost conversational heavyweight. But its membership within ...

yesterday 04:47 open_in_new
Emmanuel Macron’s bonfire of the elites

In the past few weeks, the fire at Notre Dame cathedral has dominated the French news agenda. In some ways this has served President Emmanuel Macron quite well. For one thing, it has temporarily diverted public attention from the slow-burning anger in France, which has led to the gilet jaune ...

yesterday 04:47 open_in_new
Repellent, chaotic and a serial liar, Boris Johnson would be a catastrophic prime minister

You thought it couldn’t get worse? It certainly can. Britain now faces the very real prospect of Boris Johnson moving into N0 10 (with or without his current girlfriend). He would do so as the country faces its gravest crisis since the Second World War – a crisis of which he was a ...

yesterday 04:47 open_in_new
Rory Stewart has said what many Conservative moderates are thinking about Boris Johnson

Rory Stewart has become the most senior Conservative to say that he will not serve in a Boris Johnson government, after the current frontrunner said that he would take the United Kingdom out of the European on 31 October, deal or no deal.

It’s an obvious blow for Johnson in that ...

2019-05-25 16:05 open_in_new
David McKee Q&A: “People always say, ‘Don’t do it, David.’ I never take any notice”

David McKee was born in Tavistock in Devon in 1935. While studying at Plymouth College of Art, he began to sell his cartoons to newspapers. He is known for his children’s books “Elmer”, “Not Now, Bernard”, and the book-turned-TV series “Mr Benn”. What’s your earliest memory? ...

2019-05-25 03:29 open_in_new
Why so many American women are ordering abortion pills online

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, and anti-abortion fanatics in states such as Georgia and Alabama succeed in implementing their abortion bans, American women won’t stop having abortions.

Research by the Guttmacher Institute suggests that abortion rates are similar in countries in which ...

2019-05-25 03:29 open_in_new
Vince Cable is stepping down quickly – because an election may be coming

Vince Cable has announced the timetable for his replacement as leader of the Liberal Democrat leader, with the field of candidates to be confirmed on 7 June and the winner to be unveiled on 23 July.

The contrast between the two exits could not be greater. Cable formally steps down ...

2019-05-24 20:08 open_in_new
Down but not out in Asia
Trade wars, US rate rises and China’s slowing growth all contributed to Asia’s surprise decline in 2018. Now, a focus on high-quality companies is critical to capturing value in the region, says Flavia Cheong, Head of Asia Pacific ex-Japan Equities, Aberdeen Standard Investments. ...
2019-05-24 20:08 open_in_new
The short Conservative leadership timetable is a gift to Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has won an early boost in the Conservative leadership election, thanks to the timetable. CCHQ, and the backbench 1922 Committee, have set out how the process will work, with a series of hustings among MPs to be conducted over the month of June and a short, sharp contest among ...

2019-05-24 19:05 open_in_new
Theresa May’s divisive policy legacy

In the distant summer of 2016, when Theresa May entered Downing Street, she aspired to be a transformative Prime Minister in the mould of Margaret Thatcher and Clement Attlee. Britain’s economy and society, she vowed, would be renewed and its “burning injustices” rectified.

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2019-05-24 19:05 open_in_new
Boris Johnson has embraced the prospect of a no-deal Brexit

Boris Johnson has set out his stall on Brexit and it’s bad news for moderate Tories.

Speaking at a conference in Switzerland shortly after May's resignation, he said that “a new leader will have the opportunity to do things differently and have the momentum of a new ...

2019-05-24 19:05 open_in_new
Frank Bowling, an overlooked star of British art’s golden generation

In the years around 1910, the Slade School of Art had what one of its tutors Henry Tonks called “a crisis of brilliance”, when its intake included an extraordinary cluster of artists who would go on to paint the defining images of the First World War – the likes of Paul Nash, CRW ...

2019-05-24 19:05 open_in_new
Could working less save the planet?

There’s a growing consensus that many of the problems fuelling climate change should be tackled simultaneously, improving people’s lives while rapidly reducing environmental impact. Yet increasing wellbeing often leads to more environmental destruction; more food, for example, results in ...

2019-05-24 18:02 open_in_new
Theresa May denied the full humanity of migrants and refugees. She doesn’t deserve your tears

When I clicked the live link of Theresa May’s resignation, I wasn’t doing so to create a kind of Orwellian two minutes of hate for myself. I was ready to listen. Because like others, I’m still curious to understand what it is that drives this most opaque of politicians. She is a great ...

2019-05-24 18:02 open_in_new
Jacob Rees-Mogg’s horrible history

In this book, the leading Conservative Party backbench MP and Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg celebrates the Victorian age as a “period of moral certainty, of success”, and, above all, an age of faith. “Sadly,” however, he laments, “society these days… has so little faith in anything.” ...

2019-05-24 16:59 open_in_new
“Soft Brexit is dead”: the internet responds to May’s resignation

Theresa May announced this morning that she will resign as Conservative leader on 7 June. She will remain Prime Minister until a new leader is chosen by Tory members.  “She did her utmost”, writes Andrea Leadsom, who resigned from May's cabinet on Wednesday A very dignified speech ...

2019-05-24 15:56 open_in_new
When it comes to immigration, the UK is already in a post-Brexit era

Almost three years after the UK voted to leave the EU, and we’re still very much a member – and may be for some time yet. But anybody looking at a chart of net migration could be forgiven for thinking that Brexit did indeed happen in June 2016.

Net migration from the EU has ...

2019-05-24 15:56 open_in_new
Theresa May is to resign as Prime Minister on 7 June. So what’s next?

Theresa May will stand down as leader of the Conservative Party on 7 June, triggering a leadership election, the exact length of which has yet to be decided. She leaves behind one hell of a mess.

She bowed out with the rampant shamelessness that has typified her public statements: ...

2019-05-24 14:53 open_in_new
Theresa May’s first and defining blunder? Sacking George Osborne

Theresa May’s resignation has lots talking about the “impossible situation” that she inherited from David Cameron.

No one can seriously argue that Brexit, and unpicking four decades of close economic and political integration, wasn’t going to be a significant public policy ...

2019-05-24 14:53 open_in_new
Theresa May is to resign as Prime Minister on 7 June. So what’s next?

Theresa May will stand down as leader of the Conservative Party on 7 June, triggering a leadership election, the exact length of which has yet to be decided. She leaves behind one hell of a mess.

She bowed out with the rampant shamelessness that has typified her public statements: ...

2019-05-24 13:50 open_in_new