cox Britain 

Wake up, Brexiteers – BoJo’s deal is what you once called vassalage

Nigel Farage has denounced Boris Johnson’s EU deal as “95 per cent the same” as Theresa May’s withdrawal deal, which was deemed so terrible by Remainers as well as Brexiteers that it was voted down three times by the House of Commons. You can watch much of his blistering speech here. Farage’s verdict, that the Johnson deal is a reheated version of May’s deal, accords completely with what I wrote here on Friday. He also points out that it would split the UK by effectively imposing a border down the…

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UK Britain 

Boris achieves the impossible: putting lipstick on the dead parrot

Ignore all the gushing hype this morning, the incredulous gasps of admiration that Boris (Houdini) Johnson seems to have achieved the impossible and actually agreed with those die-in-the-ditch-intransigent Eurocrats withdrawal terms for the UK to leave the EU. There’s only one question that matters. Is this actually Brexit, or is it Brexit in name only which will leave the UK still shackled to the EU? While I reserve final judgment until I’ve had the opportunity to study the small print, it looks horribly like the latter. Johnson has failed to…

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Britain Israel USA 

From Congress to classrooms: reframing the Israel narrative

Concern about resurgent antisemitism has been at fever-pitch among Diaspora Jews for years. In Britain, the veteran Jewish Labour MP Dame Louise Ellman resigned this week from the party to which she has belonged for more than half a century. A leaked Labour headquarters report on her Liverpool Riverside constituency party showed that in 2017, there was a “worrying amount of antisemitism” and a “toxic atmosphere” with members fearing for their physical safety. If the far-left party leader Jeremy Corbyn became prime minister, says Ellman, he would be a danger…

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police Britain 

Someone must pay for this travesty of policing

The failings of the Metropolitan Police in its botched Operation Midland paedophile investigation are gross and astonishing. On Friday, the report on Midland written by Sir Richard Henriques in 2016 was finally published in full. This laid out how Met officers made 43 major errors and wasted £2.5 million probing bogus claims by “Nick”, the paedophile and now convicted perjurer Carl Beech, who laid false claims of child-sex abuse and murder against former army head Lord Bramall, former home secretary Lord Brittan and former Tory MP Harvey Proctor. Yesterday, the…

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Britain 

Labour’s Israel-bashing on full display as Brexit chaos intensifies

As Britain’s Brexit agony erupted this week into a full-blown constitutional crisis with a ruling against the prime minister by the Supreme Court, the Labour Party was also tearing itself apart over Brexit at its annual conference. This was small comfort to British Jews. For the Brexit chaos, in which parliament has set itself against the people while the judiciary has now further undermined Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s attempt to deliver Brexit by its Oct. 31 deadline, has increased the possibility of Labour — under its far-left and antisemitism-enabling leader…

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constitution Britain 

Goodbye British constitution

Well that’s it then. Goodbye, British constitution. It was lovely while it lasted. The importance of the Supreme Court judgment – and it is seismic – rendering the prorogation of parliament null and void is not about any effect it will have on the prospects for Brexit. This remains no more or less opaque as a result of the fresh chaos that the ruling has now inflicted upon the political system. Of infinitely greater importance is the axe the Supreme Court judges have taken to the delicate but hitherto sacrosanct…

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police Britain 

The need to balance humanity with calling criminals to account

Sir Tom Winsor, the chief inspector of constabulary, has a proposal for tackling crime which is likely to produce a rolling of eyes at the Home Office. Writing in this paper yesterday, Winsor said that a significant number of prisoners should not be in jail. Some suffer from chronic mental ill-health and are not evil, but ill. Many have experienced childhood domestic abuse, have received poor treatment for their disorders, have no sense of self-worth and believe they have nothing to lose from a life of crime. There’s much in…

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UK Britain 

No Brexit is better than a bad deal

It’s been reported that four of the “Spartans”, the European Research Group (ERG) members who are committed to a clean Brexit and are at the core of the resistance to the Remainer coup against the people, are now succumbing to the terrible pressure of Britain’s unprecedented political crisis. If Boris Johnson does a deal with the EU, they say they’ll have no choice but to accept it. From The Times: “A prominent figure in the ERG said: ‘The political risks are now so profound that the vast majority of us…

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Britain 

Jeremy Blair and the gathering Brexit revolt

The Commons Speaker, John Bercow, is now issuing threats against the British prime minister. Making the premature assumption that Johnson intends to break the law by refusing to follow parliament’s instruction to ask the EU to extend the Brexit date from October 31, Speaker Bercow has threatened to use “procedural creativity” to stop him doing so. That means tearing up parliament’s own rules — which this most outrageously partisan of Speakers has already done to enable MPs to seize control of government business, calling into question the constitutionality of the…

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reason Britain Culture wars 

The need for a new Enlightenment

A BBC film to be shown in schools to pupils aged between nine and 12 claims there are “more than 100 gender identities”. How have we arrived at a situation in which, under the rubric of spreading tolerance, freedom and reason, people who challenge this kind of thinking are told they are bigots and bullied off public platforms and out of their jobs? The introduction of such ideas can be traced to the seismic impact of the Holocaust and the Second World War. The fact that genocidal Nazism had arisen…

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