The race to replace May

The race to replace May

The Tory leadership contenders ratcheted up their campaigns this week in preparation for the formal launch of the contest. Nominations to replace Theresa May will close at 5pm on Monday, after which Tory MPs will embark on a series of votes to whittle down the number of contenders to two, Continue Reading

Berlin Shaky coalition

Berlin Shaky coalition

Andrea Nahles, the leader of Germany’s Social Democrats – the junior partner in Angela Merkel’s coalition – unexpectedly quit this week, saying she no longer commanded the support of her party following its terrible performance in the European elections. The SPD took just 15.8% of the vote, the worst poll Continue Reading

Corbyn under siege

Corbyn under siege

The “vultures” are circling to “crush Corbyn”. That’s what a former Militant activist tweeted after Labour’s disastrous showing in last week’s European elections, said Sarah Baxter in The Sunday Times. Labour won a miserable 14% of the vote, losing half its seats in the European parliament. And as a result, Continue Reading

The census: Asking about citizenship

The census: Asking about citizenship

The Supreme Court seems poised to help the Trump administration “rig the architecture of democracy,” said Jamelle Bouie in The NewYork Times. During oral arguments last week, the court’s conservatives overtly defended the administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, despite estimates that 6.5 million people Continue Reading

Tweeterin- chief can’t govern

Tweeterin- chief can’t govern

Brazilian politics has “become a reality show,” said Alexandre Putti, with President Jair Bolsonaro playing the part of Kim Kardashian. Every week, the president, his family, and members of government “end up getting involved in some controversy,” often fueled by the president’s addiction to social media. Most recent was the Continue Reading

Charlottesville: Trump’s revisionist history

Charlottesville: Trump’s revisionist history

President Trump is “trying to gaslight you,” said Robert Tracinski in TheBulwark.com. Stung by Joe Biden’s condemnation of Trump’s infamous response to the deadly 2017 white nationalist riot in Charlottesville, Va., the president— and his allies—are now insisting that he never said there were “very fine people on both sides.” Continue Reading

Hyderabad, India: Suicide over botched grades

Hyderabad, India: Suicide over botched grades

At least 20 Indian students have killed themselves after wrongly receiving failing grades on highschool final exams. Nearly 1 million students in the southern state of Telangana took the tests between February and March, and some 325,000 were failed, causing widespread protests by parents and students. Officials had outsourced the Continue Reading