Category Archives: UK

Italy Could Be the ‘Cataclysmic Event’ That Leads to the Fall of the Eurozone, Says Joseph Stiglitz

Will Martin reports for Business Insider:

Joseph Stiglitz portraitEurope is heading towards a “cataclysmic event” that could lead to the collapse of the euro and the end of the European project as we know it, according to Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.

In an interview with Business Insider following the launch of his latest book “The Euro: How A Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe” — which argues that the European single currency will inevitably cease to be at some point in the future unless drastic changes are made — Stiglitz said that a “disastrous” political event similar to the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union could trigger such a collapse.

“I think the most likely thing is something along the lines of a political cataclysmic event like Brexit. In other words, the eurozone’s member countries are democracies and one sees increasing hostility to the euro, which is unfortunately spilling over to a broader hostility to the broader European project and liberal values,” Stiglitz told BI from his office in New York.

Stiglitz continued: “That’s going to be the end. What’s going to happen is that there will be a definite consensus that Europe is not working. The diagnosis will be to shed the currency and keep the rest, or that Europe is not working and a broader rejection — like in the UK.

“So my worry that this is precisely that kind of political event [something like Brexit] is that is what will be the catalyst for change.”

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Manchester leaders flag UAE rights concerns on anniversary of Peterloo Massacre

Jamie Merrill reports for Middle East Eye:

A powerful coalition of Manchester’s political and civic leaders have used the anniversary of the bloody Peterloo Massacre on 16 August to confront Manchester City Football Club’s Emirati owners over human rights abuses in the oil-rich kingdom.

In an open letter published on Tuesday, Manchester-based politicians, legal experts and campaign groups wrote to the club’s owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, demanding the UAE release political prisoners, investigate allegations of torture and commit to respecting human rights.

The UAE has had close financial ties to Manchester since Mansour purchased the football club in 2008. He has since invested more than £1bn ($1.3bn) in the team, as UAE-backed firms signed a string of deals in the city, including a $1.3bn regeneration partnership with Manchester City Council.

However, rights groups and senior figures in Manchester, including local MPs and two high-profile barristers who represented some of the families in the inquiry into the Hillsborough football disaster, are increasingly concerned about the financial ties to one of the city’s Premier League clubs, given the deteriorating human rights situation in the UAE.

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Jeremy Corbyn wins backing of 84% of local Labour parties

Jessica Elgot reports for The Guardian:

Jeremy Corbyn has won local party nominations by a landslide in the Labour leadership contest, with 84% of constituency nominations at the final count.

The Labour leader won the support of 285 constituency Labour parties (CLPs), with his rival, Owen Smith, taking just 53 nominations.

Corbyn has more than doubled his support among local parties since the 2015 contest, though there were four candidates then rather than two. In 2015, he won support from 39% of CLPs.

Since then, he has taken support from CLPs who nominated all three other candidates in 2015 – Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall – across the political spectrum in the party.

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Liam Fox and Boris Johnson locked in feud over who controls Britain’s foreign policy

Mr Fox sent Mr Johnson a letter effectively demanding that the Foreign Office be broken upLiam Fox and Boris Johnson are locked in a bitter Whitehall feud over who controls key parts of Britain’s foreign policy, a leaked letter seen by The Telegraph reveals.

Just weeks after the two men joined the Government, Dr Fox sent Mr Johnson the terse letter, which he copied to Theresa May, effectively demanding that the Foreign Office be broken up.

Dr Fox, suggested that British trade with other countries would not “flourish” if responsibility for future policy remained with the Foreign Office.

He also listed a series of economic statistics which called into question the Foreign Office’s ability to boost Britain’s economic ties with other countries and suggested that Mr Johnson focused instead on “diplomacy and security” including overseeing MI6 and GCHQ.

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Brexit ‘will be delayed until end of 2019’

Aimee Donnellan and James Lyons report for The Sunday Times:

Britain could remain in the EU until late 2019, almost a year later than predicted, ministers have privately warned senior figures in the City of London.

Theresa May has been expected to enact article 50 in January, setting in train the formal two years of negotiations before Brexit.

Despite great political pressure to stick to that timetable, she may be forced to delay because her new Brexit and international trade departments will not be ready, City sources said.

French and German elections are also being cited as a cause for delay.

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The Labour Vote Fiasco Continues

Thomas G. Clark writes for Another Angry Voice:

On Monday August 8th 2016 the High Court ruled that the Labour Party NEC had unlawfully blocked members from voting because retroactively redrawing the voter eligibility rules to bar 130,000+  people from voting in leadership elections was a breach of contract.

The Labour Party NEC then decided to challenge the ruling in the Appeal Court in a case that was heard just a few days later. The Labour NEC’s argument was that they were entitled to retroactively redraw the rules in order to disenfranchise party members because there was nothing in their rule book saying that they couldn’t make up the rules as they go along.

There was much disdain for the argument that contracts can be retroactively altered as long as whoever issued it hasn’t specifically barred themselves from retroactively tampering with the contract in order to suit their own interests. The interest in this case being to rig the Labour leadership election in favour of the Anyone But Corbyn candidate.

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BBC must end ‘he said, she said’ approach to coverage of government statistics and scrutinise claims, says Trust report

Dominic Ponsford reports for Press Gazette:

Picture: ShutterstockThe BBC is guilty of quoting government statistics without holding them up to sufficient scrutiny, according to a report by commissioned by the BBC Trust.

The report also found that 73 per cent of statistical references in the news come from Conservative politicians.

The BBC Trust has commissioned an impartiality review into how the corporation presents facts and figures in its news stories.

It said its presenters should be in a better position to challenge numbers, especially when interviewing guests.

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Labour Leadership: All New Members Can Vote in Election Between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith

Ashley Cowburn reports for The Independent:

Jeremy Corbyn and Owen SmithThe High Court has ruled that 130,000 people who recently joined the Labour party could be allowed to cast a vote in the upcoming leadership election, in a move that many expect to be advantageous to Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign.

Lawyers representing a group of five, who have argued they have “paid their dues”, claimed their clients had been unfairly excluded from participating in the labour leadership contest. Stephen Cragg QC accused the party’s governing body, the National Executive Committee, of unlawfully “freezing” them and many others out of the election process between Mr Corbyn and his challenger Owen Smith, the former shadow work and pensions secretary.

The case was triggered by an NEC decision last month that full members would not be able to vote if they had not a least six months’ continuous membership up to July 12 – the so-called “freeze date”.  The five members, who have crowdfunded their legal fees, are making the case on behalf of the 130,000 Labour supporters affected by the NEC decision.

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Think the North and the Poor Caused Brexit? Think Again

Zoe Williams writes for The Guardian:

[…] How history judges Cameron – between hapless victim and appalling bungler – will not have a huge impact on our political landscape; the verdict on Gove, even less. There will be some lasting effect on Labour’s truths and confidence from an analysis of Corbyn, but we can’t hang anything off his performance during the referendum until we accept that both sides are right: he was beset by a hostile media and he was ambivalent.

This story about the deprived north, however, will have lasting and profoundly misleading consequences for the political landscape, if we don’t think more deeply about it.

The prevailing assumption is that the vote was one in the eye for metropolitan elites, and that the white working classes, the disenfranchised and unheeded, the voters hidden on estates, had finally given a message to the Westminster bubble that knew nothing and cared less about their concerns. In fact, most leave voters were in the south: the south-east, south-west – indeed the entire south apart from London voted leave.

They did so by slightly smaller margins – though it is interesting to note that Wales, apparently the hotbed of a self-sabotaging leave movement, driven by a deprivation that only the EU was interested in alleviating, voted out by a smaller margin than the south-west. Yet southerners voted in greater numbers; their votes were decisive. Furthermore, most leave voters are middle class, or at least were of the generation whose housing and pension windfalls put them squarely in the category of wealth.

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How Liam Fox Got Into Bed with Azerbaijan’s Kleptocrats

Nick Cohen reports for The Guardian:

In 2013, Dr Liam Fox – he insists on the “Doctor” – published a book on the challenges of globalisation, which read as if he had dictated into his phone between meetings. Rising Tides was a meandering work. It took a long time to say little and did as abysmally as you would expect. Nielsen International, which monitors book sales, told me the English edition had sold a mere 1,723 copies in the UK and 1,876 copies in the English-speaking foreign markets it watches. (Most were probably in the US, where Dr Fox has a small following in America’s raging right wing.)

In 2014, Dr Fox received news that he was the beneficiary of a stroke of good fortune. Our new secretary for international trade may be hopelessly unqualified to deal with the dangerous pass he helped bring Britain to by agitating for Brexit, but he can trade on his own account.

The register of MPs interests shows that the oil-rich dictatorship of Azerbaijan, via its London lobbyists, paid Dr Fox £5,700 for the right to translate Rising Tides into an Azerbaijani Turkish edition. The generosity of Azerbaijan’s rulers did not stop there. On 1 February 2015, the regime flew him and an aide to Istanbul to launch the book and put them up in a luxury hotel. . The cost of the four-day trip was £3,579.94.

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Russian News May Be Biased – But So Is Much Western Media

Dr. Piers Robinson writes for The Guardian:

As tensions continue to escalate with Russia, increasing attention is being paid in western media to what are frequently described as the “propaganda” activities of Vladimir Putin’s regime. The Sun headlines“Putin’s glamorous propaganda girls who front a new UK-based news agency ‘that aims to destabilise Britain’” in reference to the recent establishment of Sputnik News in Edinburgh, while the Mail describes how “Vladimir Putin is waging a propaganda war on the UK”.

Most recently in the Times, a study by an MPhil student at the University of Oxford, Monica Richter, is reported to confirm that people who watch the 24-hour English-language news channel Russia Today (RT) are more likely to hold anti-western views. The tone of the Times article is clear: RT uses unqualified and “obscure” experts, is frequently sanctioned by Ofcom for bias and failure to remain impartial and, worst of all, actually seems to be “turning viewers against the west”. Perhaps the intended subtext of this particular news story is to warn people off watching non-western media for fear of betraying their home country in some way.

Whatever the accuracy, or lack thereof, of RT and whatever its actual impact on western audiences, one of the problems with these kinds of arguments is that they fall straight into the trap of presenting media that are aligned with official adversaries as inherently propagandistic and deceitful, while the output of “our” media is presumed to be objective and truthful. Moreover, the impression given is that our governments engage in truthful “public relations”, “strategic communication” and “public diplomacy” while the Russians lie through “propaganda”.

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Lord King’s Citigroup Role Highlights Need to Police Revolving Door

Patrick Jenkins reports for the Financial Times:

Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, pauses during the Bank's quarterly inflation report news conference in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008. The Bank of England cut its forecast for U.K. economic growth and held out the prospect of lower interest rates as unemployment rose the most in almost 16 years in July. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg NewsHad you told Bob Diamond that Mervyn King was off to work for a bank, you’d have got a snort of disbelief.

Lord King, former governor of the Bank of England, was notoriously disdainful of banks, keeping his contact with them to a minimum.

He particularly abhorred investment banks of the kind built by brash Americans, like Mr Diamond at Barclays.

His experience of the financial crisis, and the scandals that emerged in its aftermath, only hardened his resolve to drive an overhaul, particularly at Barclays. Following the Libor rate-rigging scandal in 2012, he ousted Mr Diamond.

A few years on, Lord King has apparently softened. As the Financial Times revealed on Friday, he has emerged as a senior adviser to Citigroup. Lord King did not respond to a request for comment, so we can only guess at his motives.

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BBC to Deploy Detection Vans to Snoop on Internet Users

BBCThe BBC is to spy on internet users in their homes by deploying a new generation of Wi-Fi detection vans to identify those illicitly watching its programmes online.

The Telegraph can disclose that from next month, the BBC vans will fan out across the country capturing information from private Wi-Fi networks in homes to “sniff out” those who have not paid the licence fee.

The corporation has been given legal dispensation to use the new technology, which is typically only available to crime-fighting agencies, to enforce the new requirement that people watching BBC programmes via the iPlayer must have a TV licence.

The disclosure will lead to fears about invasion of privacy and follows years of concern over the heavy-handed approach of the BBC towards those suspected of not paying the licence fee. However, the BBC insists that its inspectors will not be able to spy on other internet browsing habits of viewers.

The existence of the new strategy emerged in a report carried out by the National Audit Office (NAO).

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Conditions that caused English riots even worse now, says leading expert

Zoe Williams and Carmen Fishwick report for The Guardian:

Tim Newburn, the LSE professor of criminology who researched the UK riots of 2011, has said many of the underlying conditions that helped cause them have now worsened.

Prof Newburn, speaking ahead of the fifth anniversary of the outbreak of disorder in London, which then spread around the country, said there had not been enough improvement.

“The underlying conditions for those riots still persist,” Newburn told the Guardian on Friday, before describing the conditions: rioters were drawn from the poorest communities, had a sense of being constantly harassed by the police, felt that their opportunities were limited and shrinking, and that the dearth of services and chances around them was the result of deliberate political choices, made by rich people who behaved with impunity.

“There’s no real sign that things have improved for the lives of the kinds of people who were involved and caught up in the riots. Certainly it’s not implausible that there could be more riots. But that’s not the same thing as expecting riots,” he said.

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NatWest paves way for introduction of negative interest rates

Patrick Collinson reports for The Guardian:

A major high street bank has paved the way for the introduction of negative interest rates for the first time in Britain by warning customers it may have to charge them to accept deposits.

The warning by NatWest was made in a letter changing the terms and conditions for the bank’s 850,000 business customers, which range from self-employed traders, charities and clubs to big corporations.

It could mean that an account holder with £1,000 in a NatWest account could see that shrink to £999 or less the following year as the bank charges a negative rate of interest.

In its letter to customers, NatWest said: “Global interest rates remain at very low levels and in some markets are currently negative. Dependent on future market conditions, this could result in us charging interest on credit balances.”

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Women Rule the World: Don’t Celebrate Yet, Feminists

Kathleen Geier writes for New Republic:

Theresa May hadn’t been sworn in as Great Britain’s prime minister yet, but already some feminists were uncorking the champagne. “Is Theresa May Britain’s most feminist Prime Minister ever?” asked The Telegraph’s Radhika Sanghani. May is “passionate about women’s rights,” gushed Catherine Meyer, a former treasurer of the Conservative Party. The Globe and Mail’s Elizabeth Renzetti even went so far as to urge feminists to “get over Theresa May’s politics” because feminism is “about the primacy of choice in people’s lives: In this case, Theresa May has chosen to dedicate her life to a set of conservative political beliefs.”

The celebratory mood—and the claims that May’s ascension represented a victory for women—echoed many feminists’ response to Hillary Clinton’s clinching of the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. “Pinch yourselves again, ladies,” Lowery wrote. “Come 2017, it won’t just be a woman running America. It could be women running America. And it will be women running the world.” Indeed, if Clinton wins, women will be leading the three largest economies in the West—the U.S., Germany, and the U.K.—and they will be running the Federal Reserve Board and the IMF.

We know what this means for the female leaders themselves: more power, influence, and wealth. What does it mean, though, for the women below them? Sarah Kliff and Matthew Yglesias, both of Vox, argued that Clinton’s election as president would be, in Kliff’s words, a “huge deal” for women, resulting in more female candidates and more pro-women policies. This echoes the argument that Sheryl Sandberg popularized in her best-selling self-help book, Lean In. “More female leadership will lead to fairer treatment for all women,” Sandberg wrote (emphasis hers). But the available evidence doesn’t support these bold assertions.

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Theresa May appeals to centre ground but cabinet tilts to the right

Heather Stewart reports for The Guardian:

Theresa May promised to fight “burning injustice” in British society and create a union “between all of our citizens” as she sought to project a one-nation brand of Conservatism when she entered Downing Street for the first time as prime minister on Wednesday.

The radical change of direction at the heart of government was underlined by the sacking of George Osborne as chancellor, replacing David Cameron’s key lieutenant with former foreign secretary Philip Hammond.

Speaking after visiting the Queen in Buckingham Palace, May made a direct pitch for the political centre ground, promising to speak for the “ordinary working-class family” struggling to make ends meet. But while her language was centrist and conciliatory, May’s first cabinet appointments suggested a shift to the right, with Boris Johnson appointed as foreign secretary and veteran right-wingers David Davis and Liam Fox back in government as secretary for Brexit and international trade respectively.

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The Oxbridge Bubble: Elites Dominate UK Politics

It was much quicker and bloodier than first announced but Conservatives have a new leader and Britain has a new prime minister: Theresa May, the last woman standing. The home affairs minister had been a moderately euroscetpic Conservative but voted “remain”, yet she’s pledged to respect the will of the people. What kind of a deal will May negotiate? Why did no Tory candidate who carried the banner of “leave” emerge as the replacement to David Cameron? (France 24)

New British PM Appoints Brexit Proponent Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary: Interview with Bill Black

Sharmini Peries speaks to former financial regulator William K. Black who says Boris Johnson’s demonization of the EU and virtually all of its leaders in his role as an alleged journalist makes him the worst conceivable person to put in a top diplomatic post. (The Real News)

Paper Review: Theresa May Becomes British PM, Appoints Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary

Haxie Meyers-Belkin takes a look at the British press reaction to Theresa May officially becoming Prime Minister, how she will unite the country and go about implementing Brexit, as well as the appointment of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary. (France 24)

The Death of the Middle Class Is Worse Than You Think

Chris Matthews reports for Fortune:

From Brexit to Donald Trump, if there’s anything that current events tell us, it’s that the man on the street is angry and wants change.

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, with the chilling title “Poorer than their Parents: Flat or Falling Incomes in Advanced Economies,” shows just why this is the case. According to the paper, the trend in stagnating or declining incomes for middle class workers is not just confined to the United States, but is a global phenomenon hurting workers across the wealthy world.

The report found that as much as 70% of the households in 25 advanced economies saw their earnings drop in the past decade. The study tracked income brackets, not individual households, from 2005 to 2014. That compares to just 2% of households that saw declining incomes in the previous 12 years.

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Corbyn’s critics are hellbent on destroying the party they claim to love

Gary Younge writes for The Guardian:

[…] If there is one thing more breathtaking than Corbyn’s election as leader of the Labour party, it has been the inability of his detractors to engage with the meaning of that victory. His win was so emphatic that they could not deny it. And so they decided not to understand its root causes but to undo its effect.

Corbyn campaigned against austerity, war and nuclear weapons in particular, and for a reorientation back towards Labour’s socialist roots in general. He spoke in plain English of big principle rather than the evasive vacuities of managerial electoralism. His critics, unable to imagine a world in which it was possible that a person with his politics or style could be the overwhelming choice of Labour party members, concluded the problem was not their imagination but reality. The voters had simply made the wrong decision. Corbyn had to go.

The Parliamentary Labour party has obsessed about nothing else for the best part of a year. In all that time it has not produced a plausible strategy, programme or policy designed to win back those who voted for Corbyn. Until this morning, the best it could come up with as a response to the groundswell of frustration over its rightward drift and ideological void was Angela Eagle. Then came the news that former shadow department of work and pensions secretary Owen Smith would run.

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Why are the Labour Party establishment so terrified of democracy?

Thomas G. Clark writes for Another Angry Voice:

Since Jeremy Corbyn became the star of the Labour leadership contest back in the summer of 2015 the Labour Party has experienced an unprecedented surge in membership to well over half a million members. This massive increase in membership means that Labour has more members than the next five biggest parties combined*.

Politicians representing any other party would surely be absolutely delighted by such a huge increase in party membership, but the majority of Labour MPs seem utterly terrified by it, many of them slurring new members as“entryists”, “trots”, “dogs” and the like.

The anti-democratic sentiments of many in the Labour Party became absolutely clear when they used the referendum result as an excuse to launch their pre-planned coup to try to bully Jeremy Corbyn into resignation, but Corbyn stood firm and declared that anyone challenging him for the Labour leadership would have to do it in a democratic leadership election.

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Why the applause? Goodbye Mr Cameron, and don’t come back

Peter Hitchens writes for The Daily Mail:

[…] Why the applause? What is it for? Mr Cameron gave up his job because he realised that he had struck himself such a blow that he could no longer claim to have a mandate, despite his bought-and-paid-for ‘victory’ in the 2015 election, perhaps the most cynically-achieved election result in the modern era.

Having gone, he should have made a resignation statement to the House and departed quietly.

What is there to applaud?

A 1.5 Trillion public debt, matched by a private debt nearly as large, and a budget which continues to require heavy new borrowing every minute, to bring it into balance . A debauched currency, now finally showing the effects of years of printing money through ‘quantitative easing’. A total failure to control mass immigration. A total failure to achieve significant improvement in state education. A total failure to get a grip on crime and disorder (the prisons are bursting and restive). Two utterly disastrous foreign interventions, in Libya and Syria, with the second one less bad than it could have been only because Parliament for once had the sense not to vote for war. National defences (especially the Army and Navy) in tatters.

And a successor who is personally associated with the government’s greatest failure, and disagrees profoundly with her government’s principal aim, an absurdity which still causes the mind to boggle.

Applause? What is it for?

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British politics: The Establishment versus Democracy

Neil Clark writes for RT:

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbin. © ReutersWith the dramatic withdrawal of the pro-Brexit Andrea Leadsom from the Conservative Party leadership race, the coronation of Theresa May, who supported ’Remain’ in the EU Referendum, is confirmed.

Ms. May is expected to be handed the keys to 10, Downing Street on Wednesday.

At the same time, the pro-Iraq war Labour MP Angela Eagle has launched her leadership challenge to the anti-war Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

It’s not hard to see the connection between these two developments. May and Eagle, who says that she thinks ‘Tony Blair has suffered enough’, are the clear choices of the Establishment power brokers; Leadsom and Corbyn are most definitely not. Their appeal is with their party’s membership and the wider public and not with the Westminster/media elites.

What we are seeing played out before our very eyes is an attempt by said elites to reverse the democratization of Britain’s ‘Big Two’ political parties and to restore the power of Establishment insiders to shape the direction which those parties and the country takes. Party members who think differently must be put in their place. They must be seen, not heard.

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New Labour party members will be barred from leadership election unless they pay £25

Mikey Smith reports for The Mirror:

Labour party members who have been in the party for less than six months will be barred from taking part in the forthcoming leadership election unless they pay £25.

A crunch meeting of the party’s ruling body in London tonight decided leader Jeremy Corbyn will automatically be on the ballot for the contest.

But Labour members who have signed up after Tuesday, January 12 will not eligible to vote.

That means the claimed 100,000 new members the party claims they have attracted since the referendum will be excluded from the process.

But they may still be able to take part in the vote if they’re willing to stump up a £25 ‘registered supporter’ fee.

Applications to be a registered supporter will only be open for two days – and it’s believed those who became members since January 12 will be allowed to sign up as registered supporters.

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If you want a real anti-establishment rebellion…

Thomas G. Clark writes for Another Angry Voice:

[…] Ever since 1979 the UK government has been run by people who believe that the market comes first. People who understand the price of everything and the value of nothing. There were undeniably establishment insiders like that on both sides of the Brexit debate.

Jeremy Corbyn is different. Alongside Charles Kennedy he was one of the only voices of reason within the political system who argued against the invasion and occupation of Iraq. The political establishment ignored him, the Blairite MPs and the Tories joined forces to support the invasion, and the result was a catastrophe. The Syrian refugee crisis didn’t happen in isolation, it happened because our so-called leaders decided to create a complete power vacuum in Iraq where a bunch of savage Islamist fanatics thrived, eventually resulting in the rise of ISIS.

Jeremy Corbyn has talked sense about austerity too. The idea of “cutting our way to growth” is an economically illiterate collective delusion. Look what it’s done to Greece and Spain. Look what it’s done to our own damned communities over the last six years. Look at David Cameron’s own local council pleading with him to have mercy and stop the savage cuts that have meant stripping all their local government services down to the bones, even in leafy Tory areas like Oxfordshire. If it’s intolerably bad there, just imagine how bad it is in working class areas where the Tories have deliberately targeted their most severe local government cuts.

Jeremy Corbyn talked sense about the EU referendum too. He didn’t engage in the Doomsday fearmongering rhetoric of the Tory remain camp, and he didn’t tell a load of blatant lies or promote naive wishful thinking or make fascistic appeals to anti-intellectualism like the appalling Vote Leave mob.

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New British PM Will Govern to the Right of Cameron: Interview with John Weeks

Jaisal Noor speaks to economist John Weeks says Theresa May will negotiate Brexit to completion despite her previous opposition to leaving the European Union. (The Real News)

Jeremy Corbyn Wins Right to Defend His Leadership of Labour Party: Interview with John Weeks

Jaisal Noor speaks to economist John Weeks who says pro-austerity forces were defeated in the decision of the Labour Party leadership to allow him on the ballot. (The Real News)