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David Cameron and the art of blaming other people | David Mitchell | Opinion | The Guardian
David Mitchell
No one can accuse the former Tory prime minister of being power hungry. What he’ll be remembered for is passing the buck

Sun 13 Jan 2019 09.59 GMT Last modified on Sun 13 Jan 2019 11.26 GMT

Illustration by David Foldvari.
David Cameron really loved organising votes for things, didn’t he? That was his answer to everything. I was reminded of this when I read that the elected police and crime commissioners, which his government introduced to oversee the constabularies of England and Wales, aren’t doing a very good job. According to the head of the National Crime Agency, they’re all about stopping speeding and burglary, and not so hot on organised crime, online child abuse and modern slavery.

It’s not surprising. Making some local elected officials the overseers of the police is effectively putting the Neighbourhood Watch in charge of law enforcement strategy.
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Brexit: May's government defeats no-confidence motion by 325 to 306 votes – Politics live | Politics | The Guardian
Politics live with Andrew Sparrow
Brexit: May's government defeats no-confidence motion by 325 to 306 votes – Politics live

* Government survives Labour’s no-confidence vote amid uncertainty over next Brexit steps

* Full story: Theresa May’s government survives vote
* Obsession, vanity or grit? what makes May tick?
* How did your MP vote?
* Extracts from Tom Watson’s damning speech on May
* Evening summary


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Evening summary
Andrew Sparrow Andrew Sparrow

Theresa May has comfortably won the no confidence vote, by 325 to 306 - a majority of 19. The vote came after a debate which saw Jeremy Corbyn accuse her of leading “a zombie government”. And Tom Watson, the deputy Labour leader, closed the debate with a powerful speech saying May does not “possess the necessary political skills, empathy, ability, and most crucially the policy, to lead this country any longer”. (See 7.23pm.)

Opposition party leaders have refused an invitation from May to join her for talks about an alternative approach to Brexit until she abandons some of her red lines. After the vote May said she would like talks to start tonight. But Corbyn and the Lib Dems said they would not engage with her until she ruled out a no-deal Brexit. And the SNP said she would have to be willing to discuss extending article 50 and holding a second referendum before they agreed to participate.

Downing Street has flatly ruled out customs union membership, before the cross-party Brexit talks Theresa May promised on Tuesday night have even begun. May also delivered the same message in her speech in the debate. (See 4.14pm.)
Michel Barnier has said Brexit is at a standstill after the crushing rejection of Theresa May’s deal by MPs but offered to return to the negotiating table if parliament forces Theresa May to shift her “red lines”.

Business leaders have suggested the UK resembles a “supertanker heading for the rocks” that will not be saved unless factions in the Conservative party drop their own “red lines” for a Brexit deal.

Investors expect a delay to Britain’s exit from the EU following the crushing defeat of the prime minister’s Brexit deal, the Bank of England governor has said.

Half a dozen Labour MPs came out in support of a second referendum for the first time at a Westminster photocall, arguing it was the “the only logical option” if the party could not secure a general election.

Jacob Rees-Mogg hosted a champagne party for Brexiter colleagues on Tuesday night following the Commons vote that inflicted the worst defeat in modern history upon a UK prime minister, it has emerged.

That is all from me for tonight. My colleague Mattha Busby is taking over now.

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'Pathetic' radio ads stoke public fear of no-deal Brexit, says MP | Politics | The Guardian
Government information looks like it was ‘made by children at lunch break’

Matthew Weaver and Lisa O'Carroll

Tue 8 Jan 2019 15.47 GMT Last modified on Tue 8 Jan 2019 21.05 GMT

The Labour MP Jo Stevens says radio ads are latest attempt to play on anxieties of a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Smiejkowska/Rex/Shutterstock
Government radio adverts aimed at helping the public prepare for Brexit have been condemned as “pathetic” by pro-EU campaigners.

The adverts went on air on commercial radio from Tuesday as the government discounted the possibility it might delay the UK’s exit from the EU beyond 29 March.

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The adverts do not specifically mention the prospect of the UK crashing out of the bloc without a deal, but campaigners say fears about such a scenario are implied.

In one advert, actors with different regional accents ask: “Will my travel be affected when we leave the EU? What about documents for driving? Will mobile roaming change? Do I need to renew my passport earlier than planned?”

In another, an actor with Dutch accent asks: “I’m an EU citizen living in the UK. How will this affect me?” Another with a Welsh accent asks: “How will exporting my goods be affected?”
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Corbyn urges vote of no confidence to oust 'zombie government' | Politics | The Guardian
handy calendar graphics explaining timetable of possible no-confidence vote results
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The man who brought you Brexit | Sam Knight
Britain’s vote to leave the EU was the grand finale of a 25-year campaign by a lonely sect of true believers. Daniel Hannan wrote the script.
29th  september  2016  guardian  sam  knight  politics  brexit  profile  daniel  hannan 
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Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change – study | Environment | The Guardian
The study found that if all fossil fuel infrastructure – power plants, factories, vehicles, ships and planes – from now on are replaced by zero-carbon alternatives at the end of their useful lives, there is a 64% chance of staying under 1.5C.
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