Simon Calder being absolutely, perfectly clear about the causes of the delays at Dover. Not to assign blame, but to counter the pitiful excuses from the government and the pro-Brexit gang with some plainly spoken facts. Imagine that: FACTS!
Frank Kermode and Stephen Spender resigned from “Encounter” when the magazine was revealed to have been funded by the CIA. But were they really taking a principled stand?prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/the-m…
"I don’t dispute that politicians have been behaving badly, and the more senior the politicians, the worse they’ve been behaving. I just don’t think that a written constitution is a solution." - Sumption
"The godfathers of written constitutions are war, invasion, revolution, secession & decolonisation - events which destroy some previous constitutional order. We're almost unique in never having experienced any of these disasters since the 17th C" - Sumption
You think Boris Johnson effectively made the case for a written constitution? Read this fascinating conversation between two legal legal scholars and former judges, Jonathan Sumption and Kate O'Regan prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/jonat…
Liz Truss and Mail on Sunday are treating the Tory membership as if they are economic illiterates, intolerant, xenophobic and utterly lacking in compassion or understanding of climate change. Why is this? What do they know….
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nadhim Zahawi, has been sending threatening letters to people investigating his tax affairs. The letters are designed to intimidate & say they're confidential and can't be published.
One was sent to me. I am publishing it. taxpolicy.org.uk/2022/07/22/let…
..Brexit means everybody has to have their passport looked at and stamped
..The UK insisted on this when we left the EU
#BrexitReality Simon Calder explains travel chaos caused by ending freedom of movement
🇦🇺 🧑🌾 🇬🇧 Appalling that the Government has deliberately avoided parliamentary scrutiny of its terrible trade deal with Australia. The UK Government vowed to be a global leader for animals but now farm welfare standards are likely to be sacrificed for this quick trade agreT6OeGZ
Hell of a bad look for anyone who accepts one of these honours.
"How did you become a Lord?"
"Boris Johnson made me one."
"But wasn't he...?"
"...and then he was...?"
"The very same."
"And you accepted it... from HIM?"
"Do you have ANY morals?"
"LOL, nope." twitter.com/arusbridger/st…
If it looks likely that Johnson will be suspended from the HoC in the autumn and may face a recall petition, aka “curtains.” Is he really going to be allowed two resignation honours lists between now and then? twitter.com/christopherhop…
Better late than never. The Wellcome Trust is selling its stakes in large fossil fuel and mining companies. Vindication of @arusbridger's #keepitintheground campaign at the Guardian
To get full value from divestment they should be shouting from the rooftops about it though.
A fascinating interview with Edmund de Waal by Helle Pick. Is mRNA a real breakthrough treatment? How to take social media back from the billionaires. And a corruscating piece by Rafael Behr on Brexit after Boris.
Also: a diary by the headmaster of Eton. A brief Encounter with Justin Welby. Twelve winnbing ideas (from progressive parties around the world) for Keir Starmer . Malcolm Rifkind on how to save conservatism.....
Here's the summer issue of @prospect_uk - a bumper 128-page edition. Mike Brearley, @bill_emmott, Sheila Hancock, Rose Tremain, David Hare; Jonathan Sumption v Kate O'Regan on a written constitution. And 50 Top Thinkers....
Please help pick the Top Thinker of 2022 from this list of 50 in the annual @prospect_uk exercise of nominating the people who have made the biggest impact over a year. Here's the list - and how to vote twitter.com/prospect_uk/st…
Reach looking for more redundancies among journalists in a 'challenging market'. This may be a difficult sell by a CEO whose own remuneration is reported to have risen 743% last year to £4m+ pressgazette.co.uk/reach-redundan… - via:@pressgazette
Here is the @prospect_uk 2022 list of the world's top 50 thinkers coming up with the most exciting ideas in their fields—from war analysts, climate scientists and tech regulators to the philosophers rethinking sex.
Vote for your favourite here: prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/the-w…
Brace yourself for TWO resignation honours lists from Johnson. This is said to be “Project Homer”, a plan to create 40+ Tory Peers devised by Lynton Crosby. He’s hoping we get so cross about Lord Dacre we won’t notice the rest
I'm still not sure people understand how ginormous China's wind & solar plans are
This year it will install a record 156GW, says Bloomberg, citing a govt-linked thinktank
For context, 156GW is more than any country in the world has IN TOTAL (bar US, CN)
“The Mail’s sycophantic support for Johnson and his preferred successor could earn Dacre a peerage in the resignation honours list, compounding the immense damage the PM has done to the entire honours system”. By @mfletchertimes newstatesman.com/comment/2022/0…