Guangzhou, the capital of China’s southwestern Guangdong Province and the country’s fifth largest city with nearly 15 million residents, has just joined the ranks of cities imposing a mandatory lockdown on all citizens, effectively trapping residents inside their homes, with only limited permission to venture into the outside world to buy essential sup
BREXIT UPDATE 57: Welcome to Boris’s Buccaneering Brexit Britain
The Labour Leadership Contest and the Board of Deputies
After major protests hit multiple cities across Iran in November following a drastic government slash in gasoline subsidies which quickly turned anti-regime, broad internet outages were reported — some lasting as long as a week or more nationwide — following Tehran authorities ordering the blockage of external access.
CORBYNISM AND CHANUKAH: A RESPONSE TO JOE GLASMAN
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Where Rent is $13,500, She Lives Off What’s Left at the Curb (Russ)
ADDENDUM TO BREXIT UPDATE 56: Further Thoughts on Labour’s Brexit Tragedy
BREXIT UPDATE 56: LABOUR’S BREXIT TRAGEDY Looking back on the Brexit Updates that I have been posting since January, I can see many warning signs that foreshadowed the disastrous outcome of the 2019 General Election. In terms of Brexit, the two main reasons for the defeat were: 1) the timing of the election; and 2) Labour’s incoherent Brexit policy.
BREXIT UPDATE 55: THE FOURTH WEEK
Steve Bell cartoon on Corbyn vs. Mirvis (based on a TV cooking contest called The Great British Bake-Off). My money is on Corbyn:
BREXIT UPDATE 54: GENERAL ELECTION: THE THIRD WEEK What has happened in this crucial half-way week – the third of the five-week election campaign?
BREXIT UPDATE 53: THE SECOND WEEK
BREXIT UPDATE 52: GENERAL ELECTION: THE FIRST WEEK
BREXIT UPDATE 51: THE RUN-UP TO THE GENERAL ELECTION Yesterday (Tuesday October 29), the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly to hold a General Election on December 12. But on Saturday (October 26), when I posted the last Brexit Update, it seemed that Johnson’s plan for a December 12 election was about to fail; it appeared very unlikely that he would muster the required two-thirds majority for his motion, to be debated on Monday (October 28), for a December 12 General Election, to be held under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act. So what has happened in the past four days?
BREXIT UPDATE 50: Johnson’s Letter to Corbyn In his letter to Corbyn#_ftn1" name="_ftnref1"> sent on Thursday night (October 24), Johnson seeks to strike a bargain. He offers to work with Corbyn to create a timetable allowing the Bill to pass through all its stages by November 6, if Corbyn will instruct the Labour Party to vote on Monday for a General Election to be held on December 12.
BREXIT UPDATE 49: Johnson’s Machiavellian Strategy As was expected (see the end of Brexit Update 48), the Speaker rejected the Government’s plan of holding another “meaningful vote” motion on Johnson’s deal on Monday (October 21). Instead the deal returned to the House of Commons on Tuesday (October 22) as a Withdrawal Agreement Bill undergoing its Second Reading (the First Reading occurred when the Bill was briefly tabled and thus formally introduced to the Commons on Monday).
BREXIT UPDATE 48: The Letwin Amendment At the end of Brexit Update 47, I briefly mentioned the complicated amendment (short but very complicated in its intention), that had been tabled by the rebel ex-Tory MP Sir Oliver Letwin to the motion on Johnson’s deal. This amendment was intended to pre-empt the possibility that Johnson could take the UK out of the EU without a deal on October 31, even if his deal were to pass.
BREXIT UPDATE 47: Johnson’s Sleight-of-Hand Deal To do Boris Johnson credit, hardly anyone thought a deal could be concluded in five days and nights. But EU and UK negotiators were engaged in “intense technical talks”, seemingly non-stop, day and night, till a deal was finally agreed on Thursday morning.
BREXIT UPDATE 46: JOHNSON’S SCHRODINGER’S BACKSTOP On October 2, the day after I posted my last Brexit Update, Boris Johnson publicly outlined — in a letter sent to Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission — the UK government’s proposals for an alternative to the Irish backstop.
‘Once there was a time’that Democrats & Republicans could debate and respect each other and remain friends. Even Red Sox and Yankee fans could bond over their love of Baseball. The Professor may know more about sports than law...and he knows constitutional law better than anyone. pic.twitter.com/ivwqD9UMqD
BREXIT UPDATE 45 There are two big Brexit stories since my last Update two weeks ago: the Labour Party Conference’s decisions on Labour’s position on Brexit and the Supreme Court’s ruling on Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament. First, in chronological order, the Labour Party Conference.
BREXIT UPDATE 44: CORBYN AND THE UK’S SANITY GAP
BREXIT UPDATE 43: BORIS IN BREXITLAND
BREXIT UPDATE 42: THE STORM BREAKS
BREXIT UPDATE 41: Corbyn Cuts Through the Confusion