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12 июля, 17:17

Britain had a chance to talk about race 20 years ago. Let's get it right this time | Nasar Meer

After the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, a report in 2000 foresaw the Black Lives Matter discussion – but didn’t survive the backlashCould this year prove a turning point for racial politics, identity and nationhood in Britain? The Black Lives Matter movement has cut through to the mainstream and dovetailed with the racial and ethnic disproportionalities reflected in Covid-19 mortality rates, and the wider inequalities these lay bare. On the other hand, and waiting for us to come out of lockdown, is Brexit and all the cleavages it has deepened.The UK shares much in common with other European countries that have never made peace with their colonial pasts, not least in how postcolonial populations migrated to the societies that their forebears made wealthy. But it is worth reflecting on the distinctiveness of Britain’s own near recent history, and where there might have been other opportunities to reflect on the big questions about who and what we are. One moment in particular stands out. Continue reading...

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07 июля, 05:00

Taking on Sir Humphrey: can the civil service be reformed? – podcast

Michael Gove has set out his plans for a revolution of Britain’s permanent bureaucracy, the civil service. But as former Downing Street chief of staff Jonathan Powell argues, it is easier said than doneWhen Jonathan Powell arrived in Downing Street in 1997 as Tony Blair’s chief of staff, he was met with a handshake from the head of the civil service. From then on, it was this institution, comprising hundreds of thousands of apolitical government employees, that would be tasked with turning the new ideas into reality. Powell tells Anushka Asthana that it was not easy: many officials are reluctant to run with new ideas, or tend to look for problems rather than solutions. It’s an issue that the current Cabinet Office minister, Michael Gove, has also identified. In a recent speech, he promised to shake things up: move more civil servants out of London, make them take more risks, and become more specialist and numerate. Continue reading...

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29 июня, 19:34

Tony Blair won’t do housework, but Boris Johnson will do press-ups – spare me these macho politicians | Suzanne Moore

While male politicians flex their muscles, women are doing double and triple shifts at home. Is the solution to this 1950s-style problem some 1970s-style consciousness-raising?It’s wonderful when the house is tidied, the children dressed, a meal prepared, the clothes ironed. Well, not in my house. Do pop by when it’s safe to. I haven’t done any laundry since 1997. What actually is a vacuum cleaner? I may have made an omelette. Sorry, bit hazy on that one. Washing up? Not my thing. Cleaning the loo? Er … no. As for children, I was terribly good with mine. Sometimes, I fed them at night and changed nappies. Possibly. I had quite a few. What matters is that I was “both present and involved in a detailed way”. Although details of anything, least of all nappy-changing, are not my forte. Anyway, watch me pump up and down doing press-ups on a carpet that – hopefully – someone has vacuumed. This will reassure you that all is well in the world.So, this is not actually me, slattern that I am, but some of the stuff that Tony Blair and Boris Johnson have said in interviews over the weekend. The subtext: important men don’t do housework. Blair admitted he had done no housework, been to the supermarket or even washed his own clothes since 1997. As Dominic Cummings ignores the freshly pressed suits hanging in his townhouse wardrobe to rummage in the laundry basket for the most “screw you” trackies he can find, the message is clear: “I didn’t get where I am today by being bogged down in domestic duties.” Childcare is something that other people do. (Possibly up north?) Anyway, it’s unfair to expect people to have full-on jobs and get their hands dirty. Especially when we have to wash them all the time. Continue reading...

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24 апреля, 17:10

Surveillance a price worth paying to beat coronavirus, says Blair thinktank

Tony Blair Institute says carefully applied technology could be route through crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA dramatic increase in technological surveillance is a “price worth paying” to fight Covid-19, argues a report from the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.Governments and private companies can use location data to track the success of lockdown measures, monitor bluetooth signals to help contact tracing efforts, or keep an eye on search queries to help identify new clusters of infection or previously unknown symptoms. Continue reading...

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20 апреля, 10:02

UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson 'very concerned' about second wave of infections if lockdown lifted too soon

Anger mounts over PPE shortages; culture secretary says official minute’s silence for NHS workers killed by virus ‘a very good idea’Furlough scheme opens amid fear of ‘flood’ of claims Six points of criticism: government’s flailing coronavirus responseBritish households face disposable income fall of £515 per monthCoronavirus – latest global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.38am BST The Duke of Edinburgh has made a rare public statement, praising those tackling the coronavirus pandemic across the UK and keeping essential services running. In his statement Prince Philip, who is 98 and who retired from public duties in 2017, said:As we approach world immunisation week, I wanted to recognise the vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic; by those in the medical and scientific professions, at universities and research institutions, all united in working to protect us from Covid-19.On behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home, I also wanted to thank all key workers who ensure the infrastructure of our life continues; the staff and volunteers working on food production and distribution, those keeping postal and delivery services going, and those ensuring the rubbish continues to be collected.The Duke of Edinburgh has written a message to everyone who is helping to tackle the pandemic and keep essential services running. Read the message in full at: https://t.co/91oQHns3ZN pic.twitter.com/UNcomwRSWU 11.29am BST The Dragon’s Heart hospital, an emergency hospital set up at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, is opening today, WalesOnline reports.The Dragon's Heart Hospital in Cardiff will be officially opened today as it prepares to treat coronavirus patients @CV_UHBhttps://t.co/zBnFYFEfZV pic.twitter.com/73ZcrpLCb6 Continue reading...

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15 апреля, 15:59

Michael Sheen's impersonations – ranked!

The actor is currently wowing viewers as Chris Tarrant in Quiz, but he has a long line of uncanny impressions in his back cataloguePerhaps the real person that Sheen has impersonated most often, he played the gynaecologist and sex researcher through 46 episodes of the excellent Masters of Sex. Masters died in 2001, 12 years before the start of the show, but it’s clear from video available of the man himself, this is more of an artistic interpretation by Sheen than an out and out impression. Continue reading...

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06 апреля, 08:00

'I was face-to-face with Tony Blair': Michael Sheen on Murdoch, class and giving away his money

He renounced acting for activism, then had to start earning again. As he returns to TV, Sheen talks about life in isolation, politics and his curious encounter with the man he has portrayed more than any otherMichael Sheen is at home in south Wales, looking out on his garden. The sun catches the side of his face, lighting up his scraggly hair and beard. “We’re very lucky to have a garden to go out in. I know not everybody does,” he says. In the current climate of famous people churning out endless videos of their isolation struggles from the side of a pool in a mansion, it’s a telling sentiment.A few years ago, after a successful stage and screen career, the actor, 51, “refocused” his life away from entertainment towards community work and activism, and moved back to Wales from Los Angeles. He had been living there for much of the past two decades, to be near his eldest daughter, Lily (her mother is the actor Kate Beckinsale, and they remain close). “And then when my daughter was 18 and went off to a life of her own, I realised: ‘Oh, I can go home again now.’” Continue reading...

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15 марта, 19:17

Tony Blair: nominating Bernie Sanders would be 'an enormous gamble'

Former PM doubts ‘appetite for socialist revolution’Debate: ‘Sledgehammer on Trump, scalpel on Sanders’Tony Blair has warned Democrats in the US that nominating Bernie Sanders to face Donald Trump for the presidency would be “an enormous gamble”, risking defeat on a similar scale to that suffered by the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn. Related: How Bernie Sanders went from frontrunner to the last-chance saloon Continue reading...

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12 марта, 09:00

Was the Millennium Dome really so bad? The inside story of a (not so) total disaster

Even before it opened, the Dome had become a byword for failure. But two decades on, it could be time for a reassessment. By Imogen West-KnightsThe first inhabited place on Earth to ring in the year 2000 was probably the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. As dancers on the beaches welcomed the dawn of the millennium, on the other side of the planet, in Greenwich, final preparations were underway for the opening ceremony of the Millennium Dome. This was the night when the first 10,000 specially invited people would finally see what was inside the big white tent in south-east London that had been the subject of intense speculation and scrutiny for the previous four years. It had to be perfect.By 7pm in Greenwich, it was apparent that there was a problem. In the weeks before the event, because of a logistical cock-up, hundreds of guests had not received their tickets through the post. Ticketless guests had been instructed to pick them up on New Year’s Eve at Stratford station, before hopping on the newly completed Jubilee line to the Dome for the festivities. But on the night, body scanners installed by police at Stratford weren’t working, and before long, several hundred people were stuck in the station. When the prime minister, Tony Blair, arrived two hours later – while fireworks illuminated more than 1 million people gathered in Moscow’s Red Square – angry invitees, including many of the UK’s newspaper editors, were still no closer to boarding a train to Greenwich. Continue reading...

25 февраля, 21:38

Labour leadership: blaming 2019 defeat just on Brexit 'not honest', says Starmer at Guardian hustings – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the EU agreeing its negotiating mandate for the post-Brexit trade talks with the UK, and the Guardian’s Labour leadership hustings in ManchesterLord Steel quits Lib Dems after child abuse inquiry reportEU demands UK keep chlorinated chicken ban to get trade dealEU’s negotiating mandate for trade talks with UK – Snap analysis 8.54pm GMT At this stage in the Labour leadership contest there was little original for any of the candidates to say; they have all answered so many repeat questions, it’s a wonder they can still deliver their lines with relative spontaneity. But this format was different - more time for answers, a mix of personal questions and policy questions, and the chance to engage with each other - and anyone who was here, or who reads what they said, will certainly get a deeper understanding of the candidates, although not a particularly novel one.If anyone has made the best impression during the campaign on audiences, it has been Lisa Nandy, and you could see why tonight. She may have been the most eloquent debater on stage, and the person with most passion and urgency. If the polls and CLP nominations are correct, despite being the candidate favoured by Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, Rebecca Long-Bailey is not heading for victory. But she has still grown in stature during this contest, and comes over as a more confident and rounded figure than she did during the general election, when she sounded like little more than a leadership spokesman. 8.08pm GMT Anushka finishes by asking if anyone in the audience has made up their mind on the basis of what they heard tonight. A few hands go up, but it is not clear whether these are people who have changed their mind, or just been confirmed in what they thought beforehand.And that’s it. Continue reading...

24 февраля, 03:01

UK public spending to top £1tn a year, thinktank forecasts

Resolution Foundation says government borrowing will rise to 40% of GDP, eclipsing the Tony Blair years Boris Johnson is planning to ramp up government borrowing to spend more than £1tn a year, increasing the size of the British state to make it bigger than at any point under the 10-year premiership of Labour’s Tony Blair.Analysis from The Resolution Foundation predicts government spending will rise above the £1tn mark for the first time in history by 2023-24. The report, published on Monday, comes as the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, prepares to deliver what is widely expected to be one of the most expansionary Conservative budgets in a generation. Continue reading...

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23 февраля, 11:30

Tony Blair and the left’s perverse preference for failure over success | Andrew Rawnsley

Even after such a crushing defeat, the Labour party will do anything but take advice from its only living winnerIt is many unhappy returns to the Labour party, which has just celebrated its 120th birthday. In all that time, it has only managed to produce three leaders capable of winning a parliamentary majority. Two of those leaders are deceased. The other is Tony Blair, who is sometimes wished dead by unpleasant people on the left of the party he once led.Before him, the party lost four consecutive elections. Under him, the party won three in a row, two by landslides. Since him, the party has reverted to its losing ways, going down to another four defeats on the trot. FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL BLAIR BLAIR BLAIR FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL. Were we talking about any field of endeavour other than Labour politics, were we talking about football management or medical research or space exploration or novel writing or filmmaking, Mr Blair would be hailed as a genius, the more so for being the sole winner amid so many losers. Yet he is disdained or denounced by much of the party to which he delivered so much electoral success. Even in the wake of a spectacularly crushing defeat, they would do anything but look to their only living winner for any inspiration and guidance about how Labour might one day return to power. Continue reading...

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20 февраля, 13:23

Tony Blair: Labour must avoid 'cul-de-sac' of identity politics

Ex-PM says next leader cannot win on issue against Tories and should focus on electabilityTony Blair has warned the next Labour leader against becoming trapped in a “cul-de-sac of identity politics” over issues such as transgender rights, as he used an event in London to reiterate his belief that the party must focus on making itself electable again.The former prime minister, who also raised the idea of a possible alliance with the Liberal Democrats as a way to regain power, said the Conservatives would emerge victorious from any battles over contentious cultural issues. Continue reading...

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18 января, 15:00

Blair built on Thatcher’s legacy. That’s a simple fact | Phil McDuff

Labour MP Zarah Sultana’s comments linking the two provoked wrath. But why were they even controversial?In her maiden speech to the House of Commons, the new Labour MP for Coventry South, Zarah Sultana, said, “In 10 years’ time, at the start of the next decade, I want to look teenagers in the eye and say with pride: my generation faced 40 years of Thatcherism, and we ended it.” Related: Stuart Hall: New Labour has picked up where Thatcherism left off Continue reading...

09 января, 09:00

It’s 2020 – so where’s the paradise politicians promised us? | Aditya Chakrabortty

Wild pledges by both parties have gone unfulfilled, leaving in their wake nihilism and a deeply damaging distrust of politicsForget the parched wasteland that is Brexit Britain in bleak midwinter. Let me take you to a place where the political terrain is so radically different as to be idyllic. In this land, rows of cheap starter homes neatly line the blossoming streets of new garden cities, and no twentysomething frets about getting on to the housing ladder. Not a solitary infant goes to bed hungry. And when you or your loved ones fall ill, a trusty family doctor is on call from 8am to 8pm, all seven days of the week.Already I hear you rumbling like a famished teen at Nando’s: where is this paradise? Sweden or, at the outside, Singapore? No, my friend: it is the UK in 2020. Or at least, it was supposed to be, because all of those treasures and so many more were promised to arrive by this year by the serious, sober all-powerfuls who run the country. Continue reading...

05 января, 21:47

The Guardian view on Trump’s war: UK goes from poodle to lapdog? | Editorial

This country will not profit from pursuing a reckless Brexit while hitching ourselves to Donald Trump’s Iranian misadventureA British prime minister flies back from a Caribbean holiday where he has been, courtesy of millionaire friends, sunning himself on yachts while the Middle East is in flames and Britain in the grip of a security crisis. Britain’s key ally is accused of war crimes on foreign soil in a fight with Iran and its regional proxies. European opinion has quickly solidified around the idea that both sides show restraint. The British response is to defy this advice and endorse a belligerent US administration’s approach. Deja vu? It certainly should sound familiar.The year was 2006 and the British prime minister was Tony Blair. His stubborn refusal to call for a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon dealt, by his own account, a “fatal blow” to his premiership. Continue reading...

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19 декабря 2019, 16:16

Labour’s lost working-class voters have gone for good | Chris Bickerton

British politics post-Brexit will be no kinder to a party that has taken supporters for granted, particularly in the northIs the Labour party dying? It’s a question that commentators have asked since the devastating election defeat last week. But in fact, as a party of working-class self-representation, Labour is already dead.Throughout much of the 20th century, there were parts of northern England where jobs came with firm expectations about Labour party membership. Labour, the unions and the nonconformist churches were the great social institutions of 20th-century working-class politics. Secularisation in the 1960s saw the decline in the role of the church. Then the unions were dismantled in the 1980s. Now the Labour party, as we once knew it, is gone. Constituencies that had been held by Labour almost since the modern two-party system was born – such as Don Valley and Wakefield – have voted in the Tories. Continue reading...

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18 декабря 2019, 22:44

Steve Bell on Tony Blair's Labour broadside – cartoon

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18 декабря 2019, 14:07

Ditch Corbyn's 'misguided ideology', Tony Blair urges Labour

Takeover by far left turned party into unelectable ‘glorified protest movement’, says ex-PMLatest politics news - live updatesTony Blair has called on Labour members to abandon the policies and political leanings of Jeremy Corbyn to ensure the survival of the party. In a provocative intervention, the three-time election-winning former prime minister said that if Corbyn’s wing of the party remains in charge, then Labour will be finished as a political force. Related: Working-class voters desert Labour as 'red wall' crumbles Continue reading...

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18 декабря 2019, 13:33

Starmer implicitly criticises Labour leadership for sidelining him during election campaign - live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Tony Blair’s speech on the lessons from Labour’s defeat.Keir Starmer’s Today interview - SummaryYvette Cooper’s Today interview - Summary 11.38am GMT And here are the main points from Yvette Cooper’s interview on the Today programme this morning. Cooper, a former cabinet minister and chair of the home affairs committee in the last parliament, was a candidate for the leadership in 2015, when she came third behind Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Burnham.I think we clearly do have to change because it hasn’t worked, and we’ve got the fewest Labour MPs since 1935 and a big drop in working-class support with low-income voters choosing the Conservatives even though they didn’t want to, and people felt let down by the choice that we give them, so we have to show some humility, because we got things wrong.We cannot just become a party that is concentrated in cities with our support increasingly concentrated in diverse young fast-moving areas while older voters in towns think we aren’t listening to them.Across the country, over half of Labour’s existing MPs represent cities with over 250,000 inhabitants – 49 are from London and 55 from 16 cities outside the capital. By contrast, among the 123 target seats [that Labour needs to win to gain a majority at the next election[ only 19 are in cites with a population of over 250,000 while 104 represent towns and smaller communities. This could pose a significant challenge to the party in rebuilding in the areas it needs to target, as existing MPs will naturally channel the perspectives of their urban constituents.5. 63pc of the seats Labour needs to win are in the north, the midlands and Wales; 13pc are in Scotland; and 24pc are in southern England. 6. 104 of the 123 seats Labour needs to win are in towns not cities (over half of existing Labour seats are in cities). pic.twitter.com/5pClmcUlosAnd that is not a left/right issue, and this is where both the Jeremy Corbyn and Tony Blair challenge comes in, because both the left and the right of our party are seen as internationalist, not patriotic, at the moment.And that might not be fair, but it is how they are seen. Both Jeremy Corbyn and Tony Blair are seen as internationalist, not patriots, and we should be able to be both patriotic and outward looking because that’s what we were in 1945.The contest doesn’t start until January, and I’ll decide over Christmas what I’m going to do, because we’ve just obviously had a hard local campaign. As you know, I’ve stood before, but obviously the party membership has changed a lot. There’s a lot of things to reflect on ... I’m going to reflect over Christmas.There are some great things in our manifesto, like the green new deal, the national education service. Wonderful radical things that we have to fight for. But we’ve also got to be credible in delivering them and be focused and get a grip.We have to sort out the problems in our party, that includes kicking out the vile anti-Semitism in our party, but it’s also about a broader thing, about restoring kindness to politics, being more inclusive and challenging some of the abuse in politics that we have seen from all sides and we certainly should not have in the Labour party. 11.10am GMT John Mann, the former Labour MP who now sits in the Lords and serves as an independent adviser to the government on antisemitism, is not impressed by Keir Starmer’s leadership bid.If you are too cowardly to stand up to Corbyn when your own campaign organiser is stabbed in the back (when removed as Bassetlaw election candidate) how dare you even consider standing as a ‘leader’ https://t.co/XcaKCQPSps Continue reading...

07 августа 2017, 19:20

Дмитрий Перетолчин. Константин Черемных. Битва за средиземноморский шельф

Писатель Дмитрий Перетолчин и аналитик Константин Черемных о политических играх вокруг средиземноморского шельфа. Совместное заявление России и Китая - шок для всех элитных групп США. Какие противоречия существуют внутри израильской элиты, почему евреи выступили против договорённостей Путина и Трампа. Как избрание Макрона меняет расклады на Ближнем Востоке. #ДеньТВ #Перетолчин #БлижнийВосток #Трамп #Путин #Израиль #Китай #энергетика #нефть #Иран #мировыеэлиты #Северныйпоток #Черемных #Левиафан #аналитика

04 апреля 2017, 17:32

Дмитрий Перетолчин. Константин Черемных. "Глубинное государство" против Дональда Трампа

Как устроено американское государство, почему у Трампа так мало возможностей проводить самостоятельную политику. Кто управляет США на самом глубинном уровне. Кто входит в ближний круг Трампа, и какое влияние они на него оказывают. #ДеньТВ #Перетолчин #Трамп #Черемных #американскиеэлиты #Богемскаяроща #закрытыеклубы #мироваяэлита #глобализация #глубинноегосударство #Бэннон #Турция #спецслужбы #консерваторы #Тиллерсон

14 сентября 2016, 10:51

WSJ: военная операция Британии в Ливии была основана на ложных домыслах

Военное вмешательство Великобритании в Ливию в 2011 году было основано на "ошибочных предположениях и неполном понимании" ситуации, пишет издание Wall Street Journal со ссылкой на доклад законодателей, который должен быть опубликован в Британии в среду.   По мнению парламентариев, авиаудары Британии и Франции по Ливии в 2011 году привели к политическому и экономическому коллапсу, гуманитарному и миграционному кризису, межплеменной вражде, а также к расширению террористической группировки "Исламское государство" (запрещена в России) в Северной Африке. Они полагают, что существовали и другие политические решения, благодаря которым можно было избежать подобных последствий.   Международный комитет британского парламента считает, что правительство страны, которое на тот момент возглавлял премьер-министр Дэвид Кэмерон, должно было знать заранее, что экстремистские группировки попытаются воспользоваться восстанием против главы государства Муаммара Каддафи. Отмечается, что комитет не нашел никаких доказательств того, что правительство провело надлежащее изучение ливийского восстания. Власти также не смогли установить, представляет ли режим Каддафи угрозу для мирных жителей, и приняли диктаторскую риторику за чистую монету.   "Действия Великобритании в Ливии были частью непродуманного вмешательства, последствия которого разворачиваются до сих пор", — заявил глава международного комитета парламента Великобритании Криспин Блант.   МИД Великобритании заявил, что решение о военном вмешательстве было международным. Кроме того, в ведомстве отметили, что у Каддафи были средства и мотивация для осуществления своих угроз.   После свержения и убийства Муаммара Каддафи в октябре 2011 года в Ливии возникло двоевластие: с одной стороны — избранный на всеобщих выборах парламент, заседающий в Тобруке на востоке страны, с другой — происламский Всеобщий национальный конгресс в Триполи. При этом ряд районов Ливии вообще не контролируется центральными властями, а на территории страны активно действуют боевики ИГ.   В июле был опубликован доклад о расследовании вторжения британских войск в Ирак в 2003 году. Тогда специальная комиссия также признала, что правительство Тони Блэра приняло решение на основании ошибочных разведданных.   Источник:  РИА новости 14.09.2016 Tweet сентябрь 2016