Douglas Murray Follow 27 September 2019 • 8:00pm Complaints against two BBC presenters underline the media vogue for opinions rather than facts Is impartiality desirable? Is it even possible? Among journalists and broadcasters of a certain age the answer would still be “yes”. True, it was difficult. Certainly the aspiration often went unachieved. But it was something to aim for, at least. Then 2016 happened. That year, the publics in Britain and America both cast a vote that was not accepted by the majority of the media in either country. While journalists blamed the Leave campaign and Donald Trump for creating “fake news”, and the Right in both countries vented long pent-up concerns about the bias of the “liberal media”, that media did the... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days … [Read more...] about The BBC can no longer claim to be impartial
Chris White Follow 27 September 2019 • 7:00pm In three weeks’ time the Prime Minister will be returning from the European Council with either a new deal to put to Parliament, or refusing to accept the backstop and intent on leaving on no-deal terms. Yet with MPs having passed the Benn Act three weeks ago, on Saturday October 19 the PM must by law send a letter to the EU requesting an extension to January 31 2020 if Parliament has not voted on and approved either a deal or a no-deal Brexit. The PM has said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than seek an extension, but the Benn Act will force him to request an extension he doesn’t want. Downing Street has promised to test the Benn Act to its limits, and over the last two days several theories... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only … [Read more...] about Here’s how Boris can get round the restrictions of the Benn Act
In a large marquee within the grounds of Goldsmiths, University of London, this year’s freshers’ fair is in full swing. Amid a good-natured hubbub, each student society sets out its stall and attempts to sign up new arrivals. There’s an anti-racist action group, an Amnesty International Society, a Wildlife and Eco Haven Society and something called Diversity on the Decks – “a womxn, non-binary and LGBTQI+-centred DJ collective”. There’s a banner advertising Extinction Rebellion, the climate change activist group, and another demanding in big red letters that education be “decolonised”. There’s a Marxist Society and a Labour Society. But there is, notably, no student Conservative Society. “Do you know any Right-wing students?” I ask a Labour Society committee member. “Yeah, there are some – unfortunately,” he smiles, perhaps only half-joking. But no one can remember exactly when the … [Read more...] about What does it feel like to be right-wing on a left-wing campus?
If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here and try our Audio Briefings on WhatsApp. Cummings: Resolve situation by respecting Brexit result It was a rare public appearance - and a defiant one. Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister's most senior adviser, last night said that MPs refusing to accept the result of the EU referendum should not "complain" about anger building in Parliament and around the country. As Boris Johnson stands accused of stoking hatred of politicians by using words such as "betrayal" and "surrender" in the Commons, Mr Cummings said he found it "odd" that those who caused the impasse are taken aback. Chief Political Correspondent Christopher Hope spoke to him - read the full comments. Here is a reminder of the testy Commons exchanges from earlier this week. Associate Editor Camilla Tominey asks: what on earth has happened to … [Read more...] about Friday morning news briefing: ‘What do Remainer MPs expect?’
As the British government prepared to return 150,000 stranded Thomas Cook holidaymakers to the UK this week, more trouble brewed back home as an historic ruling was made in the Supreme Court. It was Lady Hale who delivered the verdict that so many were unprepared for. Jaws dropped inside the court as the 74-year-old announced that all 11 judges had unanimously decided that Boris Johnson’s actions in suspending parliament were unlawful. Parliament’s doors immediately reopened, prompting constitutional outrage from all four corners of the Commons. But where does British democracy go from here? Telegraph readers have had plenty to say on the matter. Away from politics, why are middle-aged men... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one … [Read more...] about ‘Boris Johnson is every inch the PM we deserve’