Daily Archive: December 16, 2017

Dec
16

There is hope: Brexit has few zealots and many floating voters | William Keegan

As some hard economic truths become clear, the many ideologically uncommitted Britons who chose to leave may start changing their minds

My football team, AFC Wimbledon, may be languishing down in the third division, as it was once called, but the Conservative MP for Wimbledon, Stephen Hammond, showed himself to be in the Premier League last week.

In that refreshing, surprising vote on Thursday, he and his fellow Tory rebels stood up to be counted in the cause of parliamentary democracy. By voting against Theresa May’s plan to prevent parliament from having the last say on whether the terms of any Brexit deal should be accepted, they joined the noble ranks of “mutineers” and “enemies of the people”.

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Dec
16

The jobs engine isn’t working any more and we need the economic tools to fix it

The employment rate might look good but the outlook is far from rosy, with sluggish wages, rising inflation, soaring prices, dwindling spending power, and poverty and inequality looming for low-paid Britons

Piece by piece, Britain’s jobs-creating machine in the years of economic recovery since the financial crisis appears to be coming unstuck.

Dating back to early 2012, the number of people in employment has been on an upward curve – to fanfare from the Conservatives, who readily quote the 3 million jobs created since they came to power in 2010. But Theresa May should be worried, after figures from the Office for National Statistics last week showed the jobs engine has now chugged into reverse.

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Dec
16

Argentina navy chief sacked over sub tragedy

Argentina navy chief sacked over sub tragedyArgentina dismissed its naval chief on Saturday, the most high-profile officer to be fired a month after a submarine went missing with 44 crew members on board. It’s a political decision,” a navy officer told AFP on condition of anonymity about the decision to remove Admiral Marcelo Srur during an ongoing investigation into the sub’s disappearance. Srur is the fifth senior officer to have been relieved of his functions so far over the ARA San Juan’s disappearance.


Dec
16

Full Short Interview: 'Arcane' Senate rules require tax cuts to be temporary

Full Short Interview: 'Arcane' Senate rules require tax cuts to be temporaryMarc Short, Director of Legislative Affairs for the White House, tells Chuck Todd that he tried to find Democrats to support the Republican tax bill, but couldn't bring on enough Senators.


Dec
16

Manchin: 'I wanted to be more involved' in crafting tax bill

Manchin: 'I wanted to be more involved' in crafting tax billSen. Joe Manchin tells Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview that he believes Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) convinced the president to pursue a partisan strategy to pass the tax bill, rather than work with Democrats.


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