UK foreign policy would change under a Labour government to one that "reduces rather than increases the threat" to the country, Jeremy Corbyn has said.He said "many experts" had linked UK involvement in wars abroad to terrorism at home, as election campaigning resumed after the Manchester attack. He also pledged to reverse police spending cuts - but stressed the blame for attacks lay with the terrorists.Opponents criticised his speech, coming days after the attack which killed 22.Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it was "absolutely monstrous" that the Labour leader had attempted to "justify" or legitimise the actions of terrorists. And Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron accused Mr Corbyn of using the "grotesque" attack in Manchester to "make a political point". Live: Election updates Analysis: Defence dividing lines Police cuts 'not to blame for Manchester' May urges action against online extremism All you need to know about the general election Reality Check: What laws stop terror suspects … [Read more...] about General election 2017: Corbyn pledges change ‘at home and abroad’ on terror
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The incontestable truth of this general election is that the Conservative party does not have enough MPs to win votes by itself in the new House of Commons. Nothing matters more than the parliamentary numbers and Theresa May's lack of a majority. The politics of the coming months and perhaps years will be dominated by this one fact. Now the prime minister could try to get her legislation through vote by vote, issue by issue. But that would be a recipe for instability and unpredictability. So she has announced that she will try to do a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party, Northern Ireland's largest unionist party. The DUP have 10 MPs and if they vote with the Conservatives, the government will be able to get its business through Parliament.The easiest way for the government to ensure regular DUP support in Parliament would be to agree what's called a "confidence and supply" arrangement. The DUP would promise to back the government in votes of no confidence and supply - or budget - … [Read more...] about Election results 2017: How will this minority government actually work?
The art-world satire The Square has won the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes film festival. Directed by Ruben Östlund, The Square is about a museum director (played by Claes Bang) who is desperate to make a success of his gallery, and stages a new installation called “The Square” to promote it. The Square was well received after its debut on 19 May, earning a string of glowing reviews. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw gave it four stars, saying it created “some gobsmackingly weird and outrageous spectacle, with moments of pure showstopping freakiness”. Swedish director Östlund is best known for his previous film, Force Majeure, which also addressed the toxic nature of middle-class guilt. The film also starred Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss and The Wire’s Dominic West, as well as an already-celebrated appearance from animal-movement expert Terry Notary, as a performance artist who impersonates an ape. The Square’s victory somewhat … [Read more...] about Cannes 2017: Ruben Östlund wins Palme d’Or for The Square
England all-rounder Ben Stokes was picked up by Rising Pune Supergiants for IPL 2017. © AFP London: Ian Botham says "box-office" Ben Stokes deserves every penny of the more than £1.7 million ($2.1mn) that the England all-rounder will rake in playing in the Indian Premier League. Stokes set a record for an overseas player in the cash-rich Twenty20 competition when Rising Pune Supergiants shelled out for him at last week's auction. The 25-year-old Stokes has come up through the ranks at Durham, where Botham is the newly appointed chairman having finished his illustrious playing career with the English county. Botham, one of the outstanding all-rounders of his generation, said he was glad that Stokes -- set to have fresh responsibilities with England as vice-captain to new Test skipper Joe Root -- was being well-rewarded."He is getting for the IPL what most guys going to China to play football are getting for a fortnight's wages," Botham told a news conference at Durham's … [Read more...] about IPL 2017: ‘Box-office’ Ben Stokes Deserves Windfall, Says Ian Botham
What strange times these are. Three weeks ago this election looked set to be a drab affair centred on a prime minister apparently unable to fulfil even the most basic requirements of campaigning, and the seemingly unstoppable prospect of a huge Conservative win. “Awful and unpleasant” was the verdict of one journalist friend, and as I drove around the country trying to divine the national mood, it was hard to disagree. My personal low point was probably the council elections, in early May, when I watched a spirited and principled Labour candidate in a Lancashire village increase her party’s vote share but still lose to the Tories, thanks to hundreds of former Ukip voters turning blue. The national contest felt locked down: what it seemed to say about the future was unimaginably grim. To characterise what has happened since is hardly easy. Contradictions abound; everything comes with caveats. A lot of people still have what Labour MPs call a Corbyn problem. Despite no … [Read more...] about Corbyn shows there’s a new way of doing politics. Straight talking is back