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It’s bad news for the Labour party. Despite the popularity of its general election manifesto proposals, credibility matters more. By rights, Labour should be on course for a landslide win on 8 June. The manifestos of the two main parties are now out, and Labour promises lots of things that people really like, while the Conservatives are offering bitter medicine that will especially hurt those who turn out in big numbers: the old. Surely voters will pick the party of sweet over the party of sour.feedback
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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 Could Trump go the way of Nixon? The Watergate parallels are uncanny: “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.”.
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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