Change UK mocked for ‘folly’ of rejecting alliance with the Lib Dems

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Change UK are “now they’re seeing their folly” after refusing to work with the Liberal Democrats, according to a leading Lib Dem candidate in the European Parliament elections.
Dinesh Dhamija said that the Lib Dems were “rising” and could overtake the Conservatives and Labour to become a party of government.
“Perhaps they [Change UK] were not organised in their thinking and that’s why they didn’t do it,” he told Business Insider ahead of Brits going to the polls on Thursday.
He insisted that the Lib Dems had done a “great job” in Coalition government with the Conservatives.

LONDON — Change UK carried out an act of “folly” by refusing to work with the “better organised” Liberal Democrats, according to one of Sir Vince Cable’s party’s leading candidates in this week’s European elections.

Change UK were formed earlier this year by former Labour and Conservative MPs unhappy with the two parties’ pro-Brexit policies. A leaked memo suggested the party planned to replace the Lib Dems as Britain’s foremost anti-Brexit party.

However, Change UK have struggled since their launch, with even their leader, Heidi Allen, suggesting this week that they may not survive until the next general election.

In an interview with Business Insider, Dinesh Dhamija, a Lib Dem candidate in London, took a swipe at Change UK, whose MPs rejected early calls for an alliance between the two parties.

“They’re all good friends of ours and we did offer to work together because you need local associations and local parties, and we could provide that. We said let’s work together and they didn’t. And now they’re seeing their folly.

“Perhaps they were not organised in their thinking and that’s why they didn’t do it.”

He added: “At one stage they thought we were a busted brand, not anymore.”

Dhamija said that his party was receiving the …read more

Source:: Business Insider


Jimmy Kimmel has a very specific analogy for Merrick Garland deciding the fate of Trump’s tax records

“Congress might finally get a look at the president’s finances, even though he very much doesn’t want that to happen,” Jimmy Kimmel said on Tuesday’s Kimmel Live. A federal judge upheld a House subpoena for Trump’s records from his accounting firm on Monday, and while Trump has appealed the decision, “this is the best,” Kimmel said: “The judge who might preside over that appeal is none other than Merrick Garland, the guy whose Supreme Court seat got squatted by Republicans in Congress.”

“How perfect is that?” Kimmel asked. “Keep your fingers crossed. That’s like if Donald and Melania renewed their vows, and the minister was Stormy Daniels.” At a rally in Pennsylvania on Monday night, Trump “took shots at Joe Biden, the Oscars, Fox News, and even the lighting on stage,” saying he prefers the sun to artificial lights, Kimmel said. “This, by the way, is coming from a man who sleeps in a tanning bed,” he noted. But “he’s right, the lights are very bright — maybe they should be president for a little while.”

Kimmel also caught up on some crumbs from last week, namely Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) much-ridiculed warning about “space pirates.” “Just when you think Ted Cruz can’t get any weirder, he goes and becomes a Scientologist on us,” Kimmel joked. But he took the remark seriously to create a trailer for Space Force 2, featuring, of course, space pirates.

The Late Show mocked Cruz last week, with some traditional space pirate shanties. Watch below.

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Source:: The Week – Lifestyle


Melanie Onn: “What Brexit means for people is hardening all the time”

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The Labour MP for Great Grimsby talks fishing, regeneration projects and Brexit.

The story of this year’s local elections was Tory obliteration. The party lost 1,296 councillors, hundreds more than even the gloomiest pollsters predicted. But a few patches of the country, including Grimsby, bucked the national trend.

The Conservatives did reasonably well in several areas where they have historically faced hostility, including Barrow-in-Furness and Blackpool, where they dented the Labour majority. They won eight councillors in Stoke-on-Trent and seven in Darlington, putting the latter into no overall control. Finally, they took control of three councils: North East Derbyshire, Walsall, and North East Lincolnshire.

The last of those is home to Grimsby, where Labour MP Melanie Onn was reelected in 2017 by 2,500 votes. “I had thought, if we think [Brexit] is going to hit us, it’s going to hit the Conservatives twice as hard,” she says. “And actually, it didn’t. She observes that voters speaking to Labour campaigners on the doorstep brought up Brexit, but with the Conservatives they mainly raised local issues. The result saw the Tories win a majority for the first time since North East Lincolnshire Council was formed in 1996.

“Brexit plays a part in this obviously,” Onn says, “but at the heart of people’s concerns in Grimsby is that they feel like it is a bit forgotten.” She describes ageing Victorian buildings – some of them listed, many privately owned – which stand abandoned and dilapidated in the town centre. “Nobody seems to take responsibility for them, and that I think then frustrates people because they look around, and they see some of the impact of cuts of over the last nine years.” Coupled with rising antisocial behaviour, it makes people feel like the town centre is “not for them anymore”.

The town’s impressive architecture is …read more

Source:: New Statesman


The privacy-focused Tor browser is now officially on Android

After a long wait, privacy-focused browser Tor is finally on Android with a stable release. Last September, the Tor project team launched an alpha version to test the waters, but according to a new blog post, the browser is finally ready for action: Mobile browsing is increasing around the world, and in some parts, it is commonly the only way people access the internet. In these same areas, there is often heavy surveillance and censorship online, so we made it a priority to reach these users. The post noted that the browser might have some features missing from the desktop version, but it…

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Source:: The Next Web – Technology


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