UK will pay huge price for prioritising migration curbs, says Dutch PM

European leaders and officials have reiterated their criticism of Theresa May’s plans for leaving the EU, and warned the government against slashing taxes to attract business after Brexit. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, said the UK would pay a “huge price” for prioritising immigration curbs over single market membership. He said ...

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Is the City of London going to hell in a Brexit handcart?

Is the City of London going to hell in a Brexit handcart? If you believe so, you might point to the growls from the bankers in Davos about shifting jobs to the continent. We could move 1,000 roles, says HSBC, with Paris the main beneficiary. Same figure for us, replies UBS, but possibly Frankfurt and Madrid. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs is ...

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Scenes From Deplorable America: Some Trump Supporters Are Putting Their Bigotry on Full Display

Photo Credit: Airman Magazine / Flickr If you want to know why Hillary Clinton referred to Donald Trump supporters as “a basket of deplorables,” you need look no further than the deplorable behavior being displayed among them in Washington during the inauguration. Courtesy of Jared Yates Sexton, who writes for the New York Times and the New Republic: Small skirmishes ...

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Banks are moving workers, inflation is up. Project Fear is coming true | Simon Jenkins

The tumult and the shouting dies. From hysterical prediction slowly emerges the grim reality. Now the prospect comes into view that the remainers’ Project Fear might just have been true after all. They just got the timing wrong. This week two big banks, HSBC and UBS, honoured their threats, that Brexit would mean moving 2,500 banking jobs from London to ...

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A new concert hall for London? The artistic case is clear, the political one less so

Last week Hamburg got a big one. Now Munich wants one. Paris, which got its own a couple of years ago, is already planning a second. Los Angeles has one. Manchester and Birmingham got theirs in the not-so distant past. London, however, has none. Big cities like to build modern state-of-the-art concert halls. They build them partly for artistic reasons ...

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Digested week: more tales of Brexit, Trump … and Uri Geller | John Crace

Monday I spent Saturday night talking about Brexit to a packed – since you didn’t ask – audience at the Ropetackle arts centre in Shoreham. Apart from being a very enjoyable occasion, it confirmed what many others have been saying: that old party allegiances are breaking down. Where people used to politically identify as Conservative or Labour – or in ...

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Changing of the Guard in Washington

It happens every four or eight years. America’s 22nd Amendment states: “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the ...

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The Threat Embedded in Trump's Angry Address

Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab Amid the pomp and circumstance that belied an extraordinary reality, the U.S. government transferred the power of the presidency to Donald Trump, a swindler, reality TV star and serial liar whose living predecessors in attendance are all on record saying he is unfit for the office he now holds. The ritual invocations of the peaceful transfer of ...

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Keir Starmer: 'Lib Dem leader fanning flames of division over Brexit'

Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, has accused the Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, of “fanning the flames of division” in Britain by ignoring the needs of those who voted to leave the EU. The senior Labour politician, who is leading the opposition response to Brexit, said Farron has “absolutely nothing to say to the 52%” who voted to leave ...

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Gove’s ‘snowflake’ tweet is symptomatic of the nastiness that’s ruining politics | Jamie Bartlett

There’s a new consensus about what social media is doing to public life: it’s making us meaner to each other. From behind a screen, we have the licence to be nasty to strangers, insult celebrities and swear at politicians. It’s fuelling misunderstanding and catalysing the spread of fake news. And because of self-reinforcing algorithms and the logic of friendship networks, ...

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Nigel Farage at Trump party: 'I was the patron saint of lost causes' – video

Nigel Farage, the former leader of Ukip, says the UK’s vote for Brexit and Donald Trump’s election victory form part of a ‘global revolution’. Farage is speaking at an inauguration party he was hosting in Washington on Thursday Nigel Farage plans inauguration party as Europe’s far-right leaders visit US Source link

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The Trump Administration Quietly Purges All Mention of Civil Rights and Climate Change from White House Website

Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab Donald Trump has been president for less than 24 hours, but he’s already begun his assault on America’s democratic values and the natural world. Since the inauguration Friday afternoon, WhiteHouse.gov, the official website for the White House, has purged all reference to civil rights, LGBT rights, health care and climate change. In their stead are a ...

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MoD sacked doctor for raising alarm on missing morphine, tribunal hears

The Ministry of Defence dismissed a senior doctor in order to cover up the disappearance of a large quantity of morphine from an army base, an employment tribunal has been told. After Dr Stephen Frost’s contract was terminated, “Stasi-like” tactics were used to try to “sink him without trace”, including suggesting that he was a conspiracy theorist and a Kremlin ...

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‘It’s made in Vietnam!’ At inauguration, origin of red Trump hats shocks many

Two young Donald Trump fans wait to get inside the Trump rally in Manchester, N.H., Nov. 7, 2016 (Andrew Cline/Shutterstock) One of the biggest cheers President Donald Trump received from supporters watching his inaugural address on Friday was his call to “buy American and hire American.” It was a moment rich in irony. Many of those supporters were sporting Trump’s trademark ...

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Nissan to review Sunderland plant's competitiveness after Brexit

Nissan will conduct a review of its Sunderland plant’s competitiveness once the UK’s future relationship with the EU is settled, the head of the Japanese carmaker has said. Carlos Ghosn’s remarks on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos may raise concerns about the commitment of company to the UK, following its pledge in October to turn the ...

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Joint Russian, Turkish Bombing Campaign in Syria Deepens NATO Crisis

The launching of coordinated air strikes by Russian and Turkish warplanes against Islamic State (ISIS) targets in northern Syria Wednesday has further exposed the crisis gripping Washington’s intervention in the war-ravaged Middle Eastern country, as well as the deepening contradictions plaguing the NATO alliance on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president. The bombing campaign struck targets around ...

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Scotland cannot afford to become independent, says Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn has goaded Nicola Sturgeon into an attack on his leadership of the Labour party after he claimed Scotland could not afford to become independent. Corbyn told an audience of Scottish Labour MSPs and activists in Glasgow that independence would be a serious mistake, and would lead to “turbocharged austerity and a glaring hole in the money required to ...

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The Trump Administration Quietly Purges All Mention of Civil Rights and Climate Change from White House Website

Photo Credit: YouTube Screengrab Donald Trump has been president for less than 24 hours, but he’s already begun his assault on America’s democratic values and the natural world. Since the inauguration Friday afternoon, WhiteHouse.gov, the official website for the White House, has purged all reference to civil rights, LGBT rights, health care and climate change. In their stead are a ...

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They call it fun, but the digital giants are turning workers into robots | John Harris

“Secrets are lies; sharing is caring; privacy is theft.” So run the three Orwellian aphorisms at the heart of Dave Eggers’ 2013 novel The Circle, whose film version – starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks – will arrive in cinemas this spring. Given that the story centres on an omnipotent hybrid of Google, Twitter and Facebook, and asks exacting questions ...

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The war on austerity has begun … in Surrey | Deborah Orr

The people of Surrey have been invited to show the rest of Britain what they are made of. Sugar? Spice? All things nice? Either way, the leader of the county’s Conservative council, David Hodge, has done something politically bold and worthy of national attention. Hodge has announced that, owing to cuts in central government funding, he wishes to raise council ...

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Lone Democratic Speaker at Trump's Inauguration, Chuck Schumer, Makes a Gutsy Statement

Photo Credit: Screen Capture Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer set the tone for Democrats when he threw some unexpected shade at Donald Trump during his inaugural speech on Friday. “My fellow Americans, we live in a challenging and tumultuous time,” Schumer told the crowd gathered to see Trump sworn into office. The lone Democratic speaker in the ceremony then warned ...

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Nigel Farage to become commentator on Rupert Murdoch's Fox News

Nigel Farage’s love affair with Donald Trump’s America has taken another leap forward with news the former Ukip leader is to become a commentator on Fox News. Fox announced Farage would be joining to provide political analysis on its main news channel and its business network in a short statement during Trump’s swearing-in as the 45th US president. Fox is ...

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Neighbouring Countries Concerned About the Risk of a Belgian Nuclear Meltdown

It’s not the metaphorical political meltdown of Belgium that neighbouring governments fret about, but a nuclear meltdown. The Netherlands, Luxemburg and Germany have all asked Belgium’s government to close its most risky reactors with immediate effect. The city of Aachen and 30 other major cities and districts are also suing Belgium for not closing them. The German government no longer trusts the Belgian ...

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‘Jesus, Chris’: Rachel Maddow shocked when Chris Matthews suggests Trump might execute son-in-law

Chris Matthews made a startling comparison during Friday morning’s inaugural coverage. Noting that Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has been taken on as a key White House aide, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said, “It’s going to be an unusual ar… Continue reading

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World's largest fund manager to pay for George Osborne's investment advice

George Osborne is taking on a lucrative role as an adviser to BlackRock, the world’s biggest fund manager. The former chancellor has already earned considerable amounts in the private sector since Theresa May sacked him as chancellor, with speeches to Wall Street banks helping to make him the highest earning MP in 2016. He has not yet revealed how much ...

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Ukip leader Paul Nuttall to contest Stoke Central byelection

Ukip’s new leader, Paul Nuttall, is set to fight the Stoke Central byelection, party sources have confirmed – making the poll a key test of electoral support for the man seeking to escape the shadow of Nigel Farage. The vote to replace the departing Labour MP, Tristram Hunt, is to take place on 23 February, the same day as a ...

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Paul Krugman Reveals Just How Dangerously Incompetent Trump Is Already Proving to Be

Photo Credit: YouTube/Bloomberg Paul Krugman has never made his contempt for Donald Trump a secret. He takes on the incoming president’s dangerous incompetence in Friday’s column. The parade of ignorance has been amply on display with Trump’s cabinet appointee hearings. Betsy DeVos showed her cluelessness about education policy and even basic educational terms during her testimony and Rex Tillerson casually suggested an ...

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Davos 2017: Hammond threatens to leave economic mainstream without good Brexit deal – live!

It is not difficult to understand why, for some European leaders, Davos is now a no-no. To be seen by their voters junketing with business chiefs in a luxury resort would merely serve to heighten the populist rage that has been shaking the foundations of the political order in Europe. Admittedly, [UK prime minister] Mrs May addressed the meeting but ...

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Scientific data should smash the biological myth of promiscuous males and sexually coy females

That males are naturally promiscuous while females are coy and choosy is a widely held belief. Even many scientists – including some biologists, psychologists and anthropologists – tout this notion when interviewed by the media about almost any aspect of male-female differences, including in human beings. In fact, certain human behaviors such as rape, marital infidelity and some forms of ...

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Corbyn's choice to fight Copeland byelection rejected by local party

Labour will fight its two testing byelections on the same day in February, the party has announced, giving activists a month to campaign in Stoke Central and Copeland, where the party faces tough challenges from the Tories and Ukip. Labour sources said they were keen for a short campaign, particularly in Stoke-on-Trent, where the Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, has been ...

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Donald Trump inauguration: 'It all begins today' – live coverage

While Ralph Lauren is widely regarded as a quintessential American label, German designer Lagerfeld, who is based in Paris and designs under three brands – Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous fashion line – would be a notable choice for the former model. Michelle Obama opted for a yellow suit by Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo for Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration ...

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El mundo con Trump en el año 2017

Introducción El triunfo inesperado de Trump produjo también algunas reacciones sorpresivas del “mercado[i]”. Esto se manifiesta en parte, en que los inversionistas asumen mayores riesgos en sus compras de activos (acciones) en vez de bonos y que compran dólares vendiendo otras monedas e incluso oro. Este comportamiento sucede porque el presidente recientemente electo ha afirmado que implementará políticas de inversión ...

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Meet the Anti-LGBTQ Extremists Leading the Assault on Equality in Texas

Photo Credit: Marc Bruxelle / Shutterstock When Texas’ 85th legislative session officially kicks off on January 10, anti-LGBTQ extremists in the state will be well into their campaigns to pass a slew of laws attacking LGBTQ equality. Lawmakers in the state have already prefiled an avalanche of anti-LGBTQ laws. On the first day of the prefiling session, in November, a Republican ...

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Politics Live – readers' edition: Friday 20 January

Jeremy Corbyn’s preferred choice as Labour candidate for the Copeland byelection has been rejected by local party members, who instead chose a former doctor who backed the failed leadership challenger Owen Smith last summer. Gillian Troughton’s selection will be seen as a victory for Labour moderates. The leadership is understood to have preferred Rachel Holliday, a homelessness campaigner and vocal ...

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Intercepted communications suggest three Trump advisors directly linked to Russia: report

A new report has identified three Donald Trump associates — including his former campaign chairman — whose ties to Russia are under investigation by U.S. law enforcement agencies. Recent news reports have revealed the FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months on an investigation into Kremlin funding of the Trump campaign and other attempts ...

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Labour peer: I will vote against article 50 as Brexit hits poor hardest

A Labour peer has revealed that he will vote against triggering article 50 because he believes that Theresa May’s Brexit will be most damaging for the poorest communities his party is in politics to represent. Peter Hain, a former minister for Europe, told the Guardian it was “a matter of principle and a matter of conscience” to oppose the government’s ...

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Migrants aren't to blame for the housing crisis, Theresa May

We were given a taste this week of what lies ahead as the United Kingdom careers towards a future outside the European Union. In Theresa May’s speech on the government’s Brexit plan, she stated: “In the last decade or so, we have seen record levels of net migration in Britain, and that sheer volume has put pressure on public services, ...

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18 Foods and Drinks to Avoid Because They Are Surprisingly High in Sugar

Junk-food, diet and unhealthy eating concept – close up of sugar on plate with knife and forkPhoto Credit: Dusan Zidar/Shutterstock Eating too much sugar is really bad for your health.  It’s been linked to an increased risk of many diseases, including obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).  Many people are now trying to minimize their sugar intake, but it’s easy ...

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Garden Bridge: don't bank on it not being built

Enemies of the Garden Bridge, potentially the most permanent of Boris Johnson’s mayoral follies, have been encouraged by the trust responsible for building it saying in its latest annual report that it is “unable to conclude” that the project “is a going concern”. Its tardily released accounts for the year ending 31 March 2016 show that it needs to raise ...

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‘I have to pee’: Alec Baldwin lampoons president-elect at New York anti-Trump protest

Actor Alec Baldwin reprised his popular impersonation of President-elect Donald Trump at a demonstration Thursday protesting against Trump’s inauguration scheduled for Friday. The actor was joined at the protest by other celebrities including Robert De Niro, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Moore and Cher. Bal… Continue reading

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La oposición de la “izquierda” cubana y los anexionistas: Dos alas de una misma águila

Uno de los conceptos que generó la mayor controversia en el artículo precedente, “¿El final de la ideología en Cuba?”, fue el de que “siempre he aseverado que la más peligrosa oposición a la Revolución cubana proviene de la llamada izquierda, y no de la derecha abiertamente plattista o anexionista”. La mayoría de los lectores elogiaron el artículo, muchos otros ...

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George Soros: Theresa May won't last and Donald Trump is 'would-be dictator'

Theresa May will not remain in power long as Brexit cripples her government, while Donald Trump is a “would-be dictator” who is “going to fail”, the billionaire investor George Soros has told the Davos world economic forum. On the eve of Trump’s inauguration as president, Soros delivered a scathing assessment, saying the “impostor and con-man” was “gearing up for a ...

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The President Trump effect may be a whole new British focus on Europe | Martin Kettle

A cold January week has brought the west a chill new-year reality check. First Theresa May confirmed that Britain really is closing the door on the European Union not lingering by its fireside. Now, the stage is set in Washington for the words “I, Donald John Trump, do solemnly swear …” to usher America over the threshold and into the ...

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John McCain's Office Sics Police on Veterans Demanding He Reject Rex Tillerson's Confirmation

Photo Credit: Iraq Veterans Against the War John McCain refused to meet Thursday with a group of nine U.S. military veterans demanding an opportunity to express their opposition to the nomination of Rex Tillerson, the ExxonMobil oil tycoon who Donald Trump tapped to serve as secretary of state in his administration of white nationalists and overt racists. Instead, McCain’s office called ...

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This is a call to arms on climate change. And by arms I mean flippers! | First Dog on the Moon

On Penguin Awareness Day Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin issues a rallying cry to fight climate change. It’s so easy to fall into despair Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading… Source ...

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Here are 8 inauguration humiliations Donald Trump has already endured

In addition to trying to destroy civilization through sheer will and profound ineptitude, Donald Trump’s hobbies now apparently include party planning. According to a recent New York Post article, Trump is showing far more interest in inaugural trivialities than he does in government policy. “He’s into every detail of everything,” Tom Barrack, chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, told the ...

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