Should Labour campaign to curb immigration?

Dear Rob Stephen Bush Photograph: Sam Frost It’s helpful to start with a number: how many major economies are there in which trade policy is decided by immigration policy? The answer is zero. In fact, there is no country in the developed world where immigration sets trade policy. When we talk about “abandoning free movement”, we need to be clear ...

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GOP Voters Suddenly Less Enthusiastic About Repeal of Obamacare Since Election of Donald Trump

It’s been the central tenet of the Republican-controlled Congress for years now, and one of the biggest campaign promises of Donald Trump’s winning presidential campaign, but now a new poll indicates that actual Republican voters are suddenly less enthused about the prospects of a massive effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act now that the GOP is in charge of every branch of federal government. A post-election survey released ...

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Small earthquake in south-west London. Full tremors yet to be felt | Andrew Rawnsley

After the seismic shocks of 2016, the year draws to a close with the folk of Richmond Park serving up something that feels more normal. They have given us a Lib Dem byelection upset. The airwaves thrum to talk of “a shockwave” for the prime minster from triumphant Lib Dems. The response from the government is the customary shrug that ...

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China Is Laughing At Trump’s Twitter Feed

Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwan’s Republic of China president Tsai Ying-wen upended 37 years of precedent in U.S. foreign policy and potentially raised tensions with China, but his tweets afterwards didn’t help matters. Since the phone call made the news, Trump tweeted, “The President of Taiwan CALLED ME” in an attempt to deflect some of the responsibility, and then ...

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Trump’s lousy week: A fumble on Taiwan and insults from Sarah Palin over Carrier deal

Welcome to Newsweek’s daily rundown of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition process. There are about 4,000 positions to fill, and we’ll be keeping track of appointees through the January 20 inauguration. The diplomatic brouhaha over Donald Trump’s conversation with Taiwan’s presiden… Continue reading

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Teachers, mayor demand academy chain pulls out of Copeland school

An academy chain whose financial management was heavily criticised by regulators following an investigation by the Observer is facing a mass walkout of teachers at one of its schools, and demands from the local mayor to “call it a day”. The staff body at Whitehaven academy in Cumbria have written an open letter to political leaders in the area, the ...

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Britain’s trust deficit is getting worse – but we all have faith in nurses

Given the rise of fake news, “post-truth” election campaigns, misleading polls and Michael Gove’s notorious attack on experts, it has been a challenging period for the concept of trust. So step forward Britain’s nurses, now officially the most trusted professionals in the country. The Ipsos Mori 2016 Veracity Index, launched in 1983, annually assesses which roles are most trusted by ...

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9 Confirmed Dead, at Least 25 Missing in Oakland Fire at Artist Collective Warehouse Party

Photo Credit: Screen capture via Reuters video report. Last night a fire killed at least nine people attending a warehouse party at an artist co-op Satya Yuga space called Ghostship in Oakland, Calif. More than 25 people are still unaccounted for, according to Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed’s comments to the Associated Press Saturday morning. According to reports Saturday ...

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Cycling on Vauxhall Bridge: a return visit and some new statistics

On Monday I stood on Vauxhall Bridge counting cyclists. Sad but true. I did the same thing almost exactly a year ago following a startling radio station row about how many people were using the newly-opened, two-way cycle superhighway, CS5, to cross the bridge and how many weren’t bothering. My return last week was in order to see what might ...

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WATCH: Democrat Symone Sanders destroys Trump mouthpiece’s claim that campaign wasn’t racist

In a heated discussion on CNN Newsroom Saturday, commentator Symone Sanders battled Republican operative Betsy McCaughey over McCaughey’s claim that racism played no role in Donald Trump’s 2016 Electoral College victory. The talk initially centered around the blowup between Clinton and Trump aides at a Harvard forum earlier this week. Sanders — who served as press secretary to the Bernie ...

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Sick children moved as NHS intensive care units run out of beds

Seriously sick children are having to be transported long distances to receive intensive care this weekend because of a lack of beds in major cities. In England, 85% of beds available in paediatric intensive care units were full on Friday night. But some units in cities including London and Leicester have been forced to declare themselves as “at capacity”. Planned ...

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10 lessons from the Richmond Park byelection result

1. Voters were making a protest about Brexit – but were not necessarily voting against Theresa May’s Brexit Zac Goldsmith triggered the byelection so he could stand as an independent and register his opposition to a Heathrow third runway, but the Lib Dems neutralised that by saying they would oppose the Heathrow third runway just as strongly. Instead they invited ...

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Urgent Alert: The “21st Century Cures Act” That Will Expand the Use of Coerced Drug “Treatments”

URGENT ACTION ALERT On November 30th, the House passed HR 34, a 996-page bill, known as the 21st Century Cures Act. They are now rushing to get it introduced and passed by the Senate on Monday, December 5th, at 5:30 EST. This bill must be defeated because it contains some very dangerous provisions relating to psychiatric treatments.  This is an urgent call ...

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Anderson Cooper Hammers Kellyanne Conway on Trump’s Taiwan Flub: Obama ‘Never Spoke to the President of Taiwan’

Photo Credit: Screen Capture Anderson Cooper Friday pressed Kellyanne Conway over her coy response to news that the president-elect broke a 37-year old U.S. protocol to not recognize Taiwan as a sovereign country, informing the former Donald Trump campaign manager that “this is uncharted waters.” Cooper asked Conway about reports that Trump spoke with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, shocking political observers and ...

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Yarl's Wood demonstration draws up to 2,000 campaigners

The largest protest staged against Britain’s most notorious detention centre has taken place, as up to 2,000 demonstrators gathered outside Yarl’s Wood to denounce “immigrant bashing” in the wake of the Brexit vote. Campaigners from across the UK protested at the Bedfordshire immigration removal centre on Saturday, demanding that the facility, which mainly houses women, is closed immediately. They said ...

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Richmond Park byelection sends message from London to the UK

A bizarre suburban byelection has been rescued from meaninglessness by 20,510 Richmond Park electors who have put Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney into the House of Commons and given erstwhile Tory pin-up boy Zac Goldsmith an almighty boot in the Brexits. The billionaire’s son who was once the environmentalist facelift of David Cameron’s rebranded Conservatives and who began the year with ...

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UK defence secretary tells US only Nato can deter Russian threat

British defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon, making the first trip across the Atlantic by a UK cabinet minister since Donald Trump won the election, told the incoming administration that Russia presented a real threat that only Nato could deter. Trump on the campaign trail repeatedly spoke warmly about a need for increased dialogue with Russian president Vladimir Putin while questioning ...

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Carrier's Most Senior Employee Is Creatively Supplementing His Income This Month

Photo Credit: Indy with Kids President-elect Trump’s Carrier deal this week came with a hefty price tag for Indiana: $700,000 from the state where the company operates. Trump had made keeping Carrier in the U.S. a cornerstone of his campaign back in February, when the Indianapolis-based company announced it would be moving to Monterrey, Mexico. But this week, after discussions ...

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Jeremy Corbyn: Labour will propose article 50 amendment – video

Jeremy Corbyn says the Labour party would propose an amendment to article 50 of the EU treaty, that would guarantee Britain’s market access to Europe after Brexit. Addressing the Party of European Socialists conference in Prague on Saturday, Corbyn says what Europe needs above all is economic unity that redistributes wealth and power across the continent Source link

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Autistic brains are more symmetrical

Brains with autism are more symmetrical than others, but in this case, symmetry means something a little different from what you might expect. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry says imaging revealed that children and adolescents with autis… Continue reading

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UK will not block closer EU defence ties, says Boris Johnson

Britain will not seek to obstruct greater European defence and foreign policy cooperation as it prepares to leave the EU, Boris Johnson has pledged. The foreign secretary said the UK was not bent on the destruction of the EU, and would not adopt a “dog in the manger” manager to disrupt member state cooperation if they continued to meet the ...

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Video: Syrian Government Forces Liberate Western Ghouta

Video: Syrian Government Forces Liberate Western Ghouta Last night, the Syrian army and its allies withdrew from Sheikh Saeed neighborhood of Aleppo city under the pressure by Jaish al-Fatah militants. Government forces remain in control of some points in the southern part of the area where clashes are ongoing. The army is also in control of the recently liberated areas ...

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Corbyn: far right are 'parasites feeding on people's concerns'

The populist right are “political parasites feeding on people’s concerns and worsening conditions”, Jeremy Corbyn has told a gathering of European socialist and progressive parties. In a speech in Prague, the Labour leader said that unless progressives broke with a “failed economic and political establishment” the far right would fill the gap. The populist right has been emboldened by the ...

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Why Men Wake up With Erections

Photo Credit: Paraksa/Shutterstock The morning penile erection, or as it is medically known, “nocturnal penile tumescence”, is not only an interesting physiological phenomenon, it can also tell us a lot about a patient’s sexual function. Morning penile erections affect all males, even males in the womb and male children. It also has a female counterpart in the less frequently discussed ...

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Zac Goldsmith: anti-runway campaign failed to take off in pro-EU seat

As falls from political grace go, it has been one of the fastest. At the last general election, Zac Goldsmith was re-elected in Richmond Park with a massive 23,000 majority; since then the Old Etonian has lost the London mayoral election and his seat in south-west London after forcing a byelection in the wake of the government’s decision to build ...

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Here are the 6 biggest media failures in 2016 campaign coverage

‘Tonight Show’ host Jimmy Fallon plays with Donald Trump’s hair on Sept. 15, 2016. Pretty much everyone agrees the media failed to adequately cover the most contentious presidential election in recent memory — but what exactly did they get wrong? Donald Trump would tell you the media provided unfair coverage of him and his campaign, and he’s right — though ...

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Why we voted to get rid of Zac Goldsmith

Zac Goldsmith may have wanted the Richmond Park byelection to be a referendum on Heathrow expansion, but local voters had other ideas. The Lib Dems’ Sarah Olney won after a marathon local campaigning effort focusing on Brexit, with the party’s remaining big guns spending significant time in the borough. When we asked local readers to tell us why they backed ...

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New era of housebuilding needs new property laws

Labour has committed to banning new houses being sold as leasehold, in a boost for Guardian Money’s campaign against escalating ground rents that have made some homes virtually unsaleable. The promise, by Labour’s shadow secretary of state for housing John Healey, comes just days after the government, in answer to a question in the House of Commons, pledged to “stamp ...

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85% of the Food We Eat Has Pesticide Residues

pesticide applied by airplanePhoto Credit: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency New government data offers a potentially unappetizing assessment of the U.S. food supply: Residues of many types of bug-killing pesticides, fungicides and weed-killing chemicals have been found in roughly 85 percent of thousands of foods tested. Data recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows varying levels of pesticide residues in ...

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Vergonha: Após Tragédia, CBF Propõe ‘Festa’ em Chapecó

O espetáculo de humanitarismo dado pelo Atlético Nacional de Medellín e pelo povo colombiano que tem surpreendido os grandes meios de imbecilização das massas, “impressionante”, apenas causa surpresa a quem não conhece a Colômbia, ou ainda insiste em entregar a mentalidade e a formação das opiniões à mídia oligárquica, velha manipuladora do entendimento coletivo na defesa dos interesses das classes dominantes. Espetáculo, lamentavelmente ...

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Has Ukip killed its golden EU goose?

For Paul Nuttall, Ukip’s latest leader, the strategy is clear: Brexit needs to be clean, decisive – and rapid. What that means for Ukip itself, however, is another matter. Of all the paradoxes about the British insurgent party, the biggest is this: Ukip was made by Europe, bankrolled by Europe. The European parliament gave the party its springboard and its ...

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BART system denies sanctioning anti-intolerance ‘get your sh*t together’ flier

The right-wing is up in arms over what appears to be a leaflet from Bay Area transit BART that is making the rounds on social media. The problem is that the leaflet is fake. In the age of fake news, sites and social media controlling the narrative, the photo-shopped “document” appeared w… Continue reading

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Can Scotland be part of Brexit-Britain and the EU at the same time?

As a Berliner travelling from London to Edinburgh and strolling along the streets of the old and new towns one feels unexpectedly at home in a way one never feels at home in London. Why is this? The realisation comes suddenly. It is the dominance of tenements. Instead of living next to each other – a tremendous waste of land ...

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Was the Richmond Park byelection the start of the Brexit fightback? | Ian Jack

The Richmond Park byelection held its last hustings on Tuesday, and afterwards the Labour candidate, Christian Wolmar, and some of the audience went across the street to the pub. A most interesting-looking figure followed us: a tall man dressed from head to foot in shades of brown – a brown felt hat which he didn’t remove, brown tweeds, brown shoes ...

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Trevor Noah Has Brilliant Suggestion for Standing Rock: Maybe This Time the White People Could Move

Photo Credit: Comedy Central “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah has an announcement on behalf of the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters at the Standing Rock Reservation. “Native Americans were super friendly,” Noah began the segment. “They’re like, ‘Hey, I’m not actually Indian, but I don’t want to embarrass him in front of all of his ships,'” he joked, drawing on Christopher Columbus’ ...

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So many lowlights from the life of Zac Goldsmith – how to choose? | Marina Hyde

I don’t think you can overestimate the negative effects of Kate Bush coming out for the Tories in a week this bad for the governing party. Endorsement-wise, she could be our Barbra Streisand. Perhaps I’m missing an essential lobe, but I simply couldn’t muster the sense of personal betrayal that for some attended Kate’s love song to Theresa May. In ...

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Colbert scorches Breitbart over Lucky Charms boycott: ‘That leprechaun is magically offensive’

“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert was merciless in his mockery of Donald Trump during Friday night’s show. The comedian noted that Trump is working diligently to save jobs. He joked that many of those jobs are for comedians like Colbert. Colbert noted that Trump said in his remarks at the Carrier plant that he didn’t recall even saying that he ...

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At last, a flag-and-lighter solution to a bureaucratic nightmare

Monday The Emmanuel Centre in Westminster is doing good business out of Ukip. Over the last few months I have lost count of the number of leadership elections, leadership resignations and general cock-ups I’ve been to there. On the latest visit, Ukip announced Paul Nuttall as its new leader. Nuttall was at pains to state he would be in post ...

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Economía mundial pasa por la globalización y la pobreza: Chossudovsky

El profesor en Economía de la Universidad de Ottawa, Michel Chossudovsky, dijo que es necesario integrar el análisis de la globalización económica, la guerra y la pobreza, para entender la reestructura de la economía global. Con motivo de su ponencia “Globalización de la pobreza y el Nuevo Orden Mundial”, celebrada en el Club de Periodistas de México, dijo que estos ...

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Police investigate tweet calling for someone to 'Jo Cox' MP Anna Soubry

Police are investigating a tweet calling for someone to “Jo Cox” the Conservative MP Anna Soubry. The murder of the Labour MP Cox by an extreme rightwing terrorist raised concerns about parliamentarians’ security and the level of abuse they have directed at them. On Friday morning a Twitter user by the name of Michael posted: “Someone jo cox Anna sourby ...

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Donald Trump’s Treasury Nominee Will Make Vicious Vulture Capitalism Great Again

Photo Credit: YouTube.com It’s still baffling that a billionaire fraudster who preyed on the financially insecure was able to present himself to the electorate as a champion of the working class, but that’s the curious political situation we find ourselves in with Donald Trump. The president-elect is doing his level damnedest to reinforce that ill-gotten reputation by working out a deal with ...

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George Osborne defends earning £320,000 on speaking tour

George Osborne has defended earning £320,000 in five speeches since being sacked as chancellor in July, saying he is behaving no differently from his predecessors. In an interview with the Guardian in Liverpool about his plans to close the north-south divide by continuing to build his “northern powerhouse” from the backbenches, Osborne said he did not think people hit by ...

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NYT standards editor codifies ‘alt-right’: It’s ‘anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic and anti-feminist’

Throughout the 2016 election, newsrooms struggled with the appropriate way to define “alt-right”—the fringe right-wing movement that helped propel Donald Trump to the presidency. Now, as news organizations adjust to a future with President Trump, the New York Times standards editor is issuing guidan… Continue reading

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'I wasn’t planning to become an MP': Sarah Olney on her shock byelection win

Sarah Olney, the new MP for Richmond Park and north Kingston, only joined the Liberal Democrats last May after the party’s crushing defeat in the general election that handed the Conservatives an unexpected majority. Before that, the 39-year-old accountant, who lived in a semi-detached house in north Kingston with her husband and two children, had voted Lib Dem but never ...

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MPs condemn decision to block BME woman from Channel 4 board

A cross-party group of 56 MPs have called on the culture secretary, Karen Bradley, to explain her decision to block the only female BME applicant to Channel 4’s board. It emerged this week that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport had taken the unusual step of vetoing the unnamed candidate, who was one of five put forward by the ...

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At Least Four Kinds of Terrorism Are Targeting Our Grandchildren—None of Them What Donald Trump Would Have You Think

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com Four decades of American narcissism and greed and exceptionalism have allowed the super-rich to dictate the future path of our nation. We’re paying the price now, with environmental disasters, nonexistent savings for half of our families, Americans dying because of expensive health care, and a growing fear of blowback from desperate victims of our foreign wars. Environment ...

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‘Piglet as Barbie?’: Body-shaming trolls attack Amy Schumer over potential live action doll role

The disgusting underbelly of the internet came out in full force on Friday evening when it was released that comedian Amy Schumer was being considered for the live-action version of a Barbie movie. Deadline reports that Schumer will rewrite the script with her sister to be a more empowering film tha… Continue reading

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What progressive parties can learn from the Richmond Park result | Letters

Following its victory in the Richmond byelection (Report, theguardian.com), I write to suggest that the Liberal Democratic party should change its name to The European Party. We of the forgotten 48% are surely more numerous today, now that Brexit’s rudderless fiasco is becoming as obvious as the shameless lies earlier told by its advocates. Even the lead rat of the leavers ...

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Selected Articles: What a Trump Presidency Might Look Like

Selected Articles: What a Trump Presidency Might Look Like “Taming Trump”, Key Republican Appointments: What a Trump Presidency Might Look Like By Jack Rasmus, December 02 2016 In the weeks since the November 8 US presidential election, the dim outlines of what a Trump presidency might look like are beginning to appear. Trump continues to retreat on several fronts from his ...

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