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Newt Gingrich: ‘We’ll see whether or not the Kavanaugh fight was worth it’

Washington Post:

During a live interview on Oct. 25 at The Washington Post, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that if Democrats re-take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections and subpoena the president’s tax returns, it would likely force a fight in the U.S. Supreme Court. “And,” Gingrich said,”we’ll see whether or not the Kavanaugh fight was worth it.”

Call me old fashioned but I think that puts Kavanaugh in a tricky position.

The Right Finds the Perfect Weapon Against the Left

Via John Naughton, Tyler Cowen in Bloomberg:

Imagine the perfect political and intellectual weapon. It would disable your adversaries by preoccupying them with their own vanities and squabbles, a bit like a drug so good that users focus on the high and stop everything else they are doing.

Such a weapon exists: It is called political correctness. But it is not a weapon against white men or conservatives, as is frequently alleged; rather, it is a weapon against the American left. To put it simply, the American left has been hacked, and it is now running in a circle of its own choosing, rather than focusing on electoral victories or policy effectiveness. Too many segments of the Democratic Party are self-righteously talking about identity politics, and they are letting other priorities slip.

Of course there is a lot of racism out there, which makes political correctness all the more tempting. Yet polling data suggests that up to 80 percent of Americans are opposed to politically correct thinking in its current manifestations. Latinos and Asian-Americans are among the groups most opposed, and even 61 percent of self-professed liberals do not like political correctness.

December 2017 backstop

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Pro-Brexit politicians who say UK voters must be held to their decision in the 2016 referendum say.. ..that they themselves should not be held to their decisions to accept the backstop in December 2017 and March 2018 because they were “misled”.

An Australian/ UK trade agreement

Steve Analyst looks at what the Australians say about Brexit and a UK trade deal.  Don’t hold your breath is probably a quick summary.  As the hard work of journalism has been done, it should be quite easy for the BBC to give everyone a summary.

There is a Brexit deal the country can live with, but the government cannot

Simon Wren-Lewis:

Finally there are two interesting asides from this basic argument worth making. I talked to a very well known BBC presenter last week who was convinced that Brexit was nothing to do with the BBC. They are wrong on the economic costs, because the BBC did not regularly say that the overwhelming view of academic and business economists was that Brexit would do economic harm. Too often they assumed that this was self evident because all the major institutions (OECD, IMF etc) said this, but the ‘anti elite’ theme of Leave was designed to counter that, and giving equal time to both sides without any context (and of course constant newspaper propaganda) allowed Leavers to believe they would be better off.
But my criticism of the BBC is not just about the economic costs. One of the Leave messages that was attractive to many people was being able to do trade deals with other countries. I do not remember constant reminders from journalists saying that this was incompatible with membership of the SM, and so we had to choose between frictionless trade with the EU or doing these new deals. This statement is not controversial but a simple fact. It is also a fact that anything short of a CU and SM for goods will require a hard Irish border. This was the kind of basic information that the public craved for, and the BBC did not give it because their priority was not to upset either side. It is academic how important this all was to the final vote: the fundamental point is the BBC departed from its mandate to educate and inform at just the point the public needed and wanted it most..

John Major and Jacob Rees-Mogg

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By Rees-Mogg’s age, Major had already been Prime Minister for two years, as well as Chancellor, Foreign Secretary & Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Jacob Rees-Mogg hasn’t yet been a junior minister despite Chris Grayling, Andrea Leadsom and Gavin Williamson being in the cabinet.

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John Major, son of a failed gnome salesman, local grammar school, 3 O levels, 5 Cabinet roles, including 3 of the 4 great offices.

Jakey, son of a Lord, grew up in a mansion, Eton, Oxford, backbench nonentity.

 

The truth about brexit

Originally a thread of tweets and now a pdf, this is the sort of factual analysis the BBC should be producing.  Why isn’t someone contacting Edwin Hayward to make a Panorama programme about it?

Here’s the truth about Brexit, the “punishment” some people claim the EU wants to inflict on us, the full horrific consequences of no deal, and the dangers lurking behind any deal we reach. Buckle in, it’s pretty long. Better to be thorough than to leave anything out. 1/47

 

 

Police spies infiltrated UK leftwing groups for decades

The Guardian:

The database is incomplete as the full list of groups that were spied on has yet to be established.

The list so far compiled, however, suggests police spies overwhelmingly monitored leftwing and progressive groups that challenged the status quo, with only three far-right groups infiltrated – the British National party, Combat 18 and the United British Alliance.

Undercover officers spied on 22 leftwing groups, 10 environmental groups, nine anti-racist campaigns and nine anarchist groups, according to the database.

They also spied on campaigns against apartheid, the arms trade, nuclear weapons and the monarchy, as well as trade unions. Among those spied on were 16 campaigns run by families or their supporters seeking justice over alleged police misconduct.  According to the database, police spied on 12 animal rights groups and eight organisations related to the Irish conflict.

My emphasis.  And then there’s this:  MP demands Met police explain why Brexit inquiry dropped.  Most odd.