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One year on, the certainties of the leave case are collapsing. We’re no longer shackled to that verdict. One year on, the political weather has changed and suddenly a once unthinkable question can be asked: might Brexit be stopped?feedback
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Jun 23 2017
This page is completely dedicated to what Jonathan Freedland has to say. All of Jonathan Freedland’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Jonathan Freedland came from an article called Here’s what the Queen’s speech needed to say - but didn’t: “The Tories are in a hole. But to get out the party needed to promise more: the easing of austerity, the end of tuition fees and more taxes for the wealthy. If I were a Tory MP, I’d have listened to the Queen’s speech with an unease that turned steadily into panic.”.
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May 17 2017 - Watergate

The latest revelations that Trump tried to shut down the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn could be the ‘smoking gun’ that spells the end for the president. First there were the uncomfortable similarities. Then there were some striking echoes. Now, with the revelation that Donald Trump asked the director of the FBI to shut down an investigation into his former national security adviser, the parallels with Watergate are becoming uncanny – and full of foreboding for the beleaguered president.feedback

May 10 2017 - Trump Presidency

For a president to sack an FBI director who is investigating their links to a hostile foreign power is abnormal to the point of absurdity. Immediately after Donald Trump’s inauguration as president in January, the word of the hour was “normalisation”. That, Trump’s opponents agreed, was the danger to be resisted: the prospect that people would soon grow used to the Trump presidency – that, despite everything, it would somehow come to seem normal.feedback

May 05 2017 - Labour Party

Labour should be winning, but even its supporters say they can’t vote for a party with Corbyn as leader. What more evidence do they need? What more proof do the Labour leadership and its supporters require? This was not an opinion poll. This was not a judgment delivered by the hated mainstream media. This was the verdict of the electorate, expressed through the ballot box, and it could scarcely have been clearer – or more damning.feedback

Apr 28 2017

We already knew the president is a bigot, a liar and a threat to world peace. But now we’ve learned he can be thwarted. Is anyone surprised that Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office have confirmed him to be a dangerous, reckless bigot; a kleptocrat who puts the financial interests of his family first, closely followed by the wealth of his fellow billionaires; a serial liar whose view of the wider world hovers between frightening and incoherent?feedback

Apr 21 2017 - British elections 2017

The 1990s felt like a holiday from history at the time, but landmines were being planted that would explode into Brexit and Trump. To voter fatigue we can add news fatigue. When Theresa May announced a June election, to add to the votes Britons had already cast in 2015 and 2016, to say nothing of the Scottish referendum in 2014, only part of the reaction – captured so perfectly by Brenda, she of the viral “Not another one!” video – was weariness at the prospect of enduring yet more politics. There is a wider exhaustion too, at the sheer pace of events.feedback

Apr 18 2017 - British elections 2017

The odds have never been so favourable for a prime minister who needs a firm mandate to push through her hard-Brexit vision. The standard way of describing a move such as the one Theresa May made on Tuesday morning is to call it a “gamble”. A prime minister with a Commons majority and three years left to run on her parliamentary term does not throw that away without risk. In that sense, May has gambled – but as gambles go, it’s about the surest bet any politician could ever place.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Syria conflict

Sometimes the right thing can be done by the wrong person.feedback

Apr 07 2017

The attack on Bashar al-Assad was welcome – but the US president’s own aims were more important than saving Syrian babies’ lives. Sometimes the right thing can be done by the wrong person. Donald Trump’s bombing of a Syrian airfield seems to belong in that category, though even that verdict depends on events yet to unfold. For one thing, we don’t yet know if the 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles that rained down on the Shayrat base in the early hours of Friday morning were a one-off or the start of something more.feedback

Apr 05 2017

Condemnations ring hollow. Bashar al-Assad’s impunity is being noted by the world’s most brutal regimes – this is what you can get away with. Let’s not speak of our horror. Let’s not hold emergency meetings or pass urgent resolutions expressing our outrage at the poisoning of Syrian children and adults in Idlib province through a nerve agent, probably sarin gas. Let’s have no declarations worded in the “strongest possible terms”. Let’s utter no more cliches about acts that “cannot be ignored”. Let’s not even condemn these attacks any more – because our condemnations ring so hollow.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Brexit

The years ahead will not be easy, but the Brexiteers showed that dogged determination can win through. It’s tempting to go full Farage. Not, perhaps, the pint, cigarette and cartoon grin – there won’t be too many pro-European takers for that look – but surely the many millions feeling despondent at this week’s formal triggering of Brexit can learn from the arch-Brexiteer.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - Article 50

The prime minister’s talk of a brighter future for this country after triggering article 50 sounded like a fantasy. And now there’s no turning back. Nothing conveyed the madness of Brexit like the implementing of it. Theresa May’s speech to the Commons delighted the anti-EU warriors – of course it did. The likes of Victoria Borthwick, the Kensington MP who wore an alice band in Union Jack colours for the occasion, or Bill Cash and John Redwood, for decades dismissed as backbench eccentrics for demanding a British departure from the European Union, were ecstatic at the prime minister’s announcement of what they saw as Britain’s day of liberation. They bellowed their joy when the PM declared that article 50 had been triggered, and: “This is a historic moment from which there will be no turning back.”.feedback

Mar 22 2017 - 2017 UK Parliament attack

The bastion of politics now has a human face, as vulnerable as the rest of us to an act of murderous violence. There are certain places that cease to be places in the public imagination. They become shorthand for a loathed political establishment or distant, overmighty government. In America, that place is “Washington, DC”. For Eurosceptics, it’s “Brussels”. And in Britain, that reviled, imperial citadel is “Westminster”.feedback

Mar 22 2017 - Oil

The former oil executive’s apparent reluctance to be Trump’s secretary of state could be a sign that he knew he’d be serving in a sham administration. There is a charitable reading of Rex Tillerson’s interview with the previously obscure Independent Journal Review. When the secretary of state told the IJR that “I didn’t want this job, I didn’t seek this job,” that he was “stunned” when Donald Trump offered it to him, and that he only did it because “my wife told me I’m supposed to do this,” it’s possible that he was displaying a charming modesty. Think of it as an elaborate version of the formulation favoured by celebrities on receiving an award: “I’m humbled.”.feedback

Mar 22 2017 - Immigration

Is your tribe the ‘Somewheres’ or the ‘Anywheres’? A book on the faultlines that divide Britain is timely but misguided. Forget the title, there will be plenty of people – Guardian readers among them – who’ll take one look at this book and refuse to get past the author’s name. For many on the liberal left, David Goodhart became persona non grata more than a decade ago.feedback

Mar 17 2017 - Scottish independence

Though hardliners are pursuing the most destructive version of Britain’s divorce from the EU, there may be a way to avoid the breakup of the UK. What a paradoxical story we shall tell our grandchildren about Brexit. The little ones will climb on our knee and we will recall how we bravely seized our independence from hated Brussels – only to destroy our country. Their infant brows will furrow in confusion when we tell them that in order to make Britain great again, we smashed it to pieces.feedback

Mar 15 2017 - Dutch elections 2017

Dutch elections rarely raise an eyebrow on our island, but now, both leavers and remainers are obsessing over the populist battle in Europe. It would be an irony more bitter than delicious, but could Brexit be having an unexpected effect on the people of Britain – turning us finally, and despite everything, into good Europeans?feedback

Mar 11 2017 - Extremism

A decade haunted by mass poverty, violent extremism and world war gives us one crucial advantage: the chance to learn the era’s lessons and avoid its mistakes. Even to mention the 1930s is to evoke the period when human civilisation entered its darkest, bloodiest chapter. No case needs to be argued; just to name the decade is enough. It is a byword for mass poverty, violent extremism and the gathering storm of world war. “The 1930s” is not so much a label for a period of time than it is rhetorical shorthand – a two-word warning from history.feedback

Mar 10 2017 - Article 50

The triggering of Article 50 will kickstart negotiations of mindbending complexity. Brexiteers should drop the hubris and get to work. In the coming days, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, Brexit will turn from abstract to concrete. A near-theological argument that raged in one form or another for nearly three decades will become hard and material, with a fixed deadline. Theresa May is about to trigger article 50, starting the clock on a two-year journey towards the exit from the European Union. And yet those in charge of this fateful, epochal process – and especially those who most loudly demanded it happen – seem utterly unprepared for it.feedback

Mar 08 2017 - Labour Party

Hammond left a series of holes in Tory defences that would normally be easy for the opposition to exploit, but Corbyn could not even land a punch. In normal times, this was a budget that – while thin on detail, light on policy and devoid of surprise giveaways: all hat and no rabbit – would have been judged to be full of risk. In his most striking announcement, a Tory chancellor hit a core Tory constituency where it hurts, by raising the taxes of the self-employed. In normal times, Philip Hammond could have expected a bucket of tabloid ordure to be poured over his head, punishment for declaring war on white van man and the millions of others who work for themselves.feedback

Mar 03 2017 - US, Russia relations

The US president’s links to Russia reflect the depth of the political crisis. This is a scandal of the entire American right. Who’s the villain here? Naturally our rage focuses on Donald Trump, a pantomime baddie drawn, as he would put it, from central casting. But behind him stand many others, and it’s about time they shared in the opprobrium.feedback

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