I was Boris Johnsons boss: he is utterly unfit to be prime minister | Max Hastings

The Tory party is about to foist a tasteless joke upon the British people. He cares for nothing but his own fame and gratification, says the former editor of the Daily Telegraph Max Hastings Six years ago, the Cambridge historian Christopher Clark published a study of the outbreak of the first world war, titled some polls suggest they would prefer Tory MPs have thronged to do just that. I have known Johnson since the 1980s, when I edited the Daily Telegraph and he was our flamboyant Brussels correspondent. I have argued for a decade that, while he is a brilliant entertainer who made a popular matre d for London as its mayor, Ukraine and the US, and it is unlikely …

Boris Johnson may be an incompetent liar, but charm is his secret weapon | Simon Jenkins

Disillusioned Labour voters are as mesmerised by him as punch-drunk Tories, says Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins Charm is politics deadliest weapon. It is not charisma, the authority to lead through an electrifying presence. It is a subtler, more intangible quality, possessed by first-round leadership ballot, he is still sacked by the Times for story fabrication and was a wildly biased reporter while in Brussels. His default mode has always been that of standup comedian: funny, unpredictable, mildly dangerous. As the current campaign of his rival, announced on 24 May, Theresa May will step down formally as Conservative leader on Friday although she will remain in place as prime minister until her successor is chosen. The rules for the contest to …

Someone accused the US president of rape. The media shrugged | Arwa Mahdawi

Why the relative quiet around E Jean Carrolls allegation? Is it sexism? Outrage fatigue? Journalistic cowardice? All of the above? Donald Trump once boasted he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone without losing any votes. While this thesis hasnt been tested yet I suspect hes probably right. Just look at the muted reaction to the allegations the president once sexually assaulted a woman on Fifth Avenue. Just look at the depressing and predictable way the E Jean Carroll story is fizzling out. On Friday, New York magazine published an alleges that Trump violently forced himself upon her in a dressing room after asking for advice on a present he was getting for a female friend. …

Socialism for the rich: the evils of bad economics

The long read: The economic arguments adopted by Britain and the US in the 1980s led to vastly increased inequality and gave the false impression that this outcome was not only inevitable, but good In most rich countries, inequality is rising, and has been rising for some time. Many people believe this is a problem, but, equally, many think theres not much we can do about it. After all, the argument goes, globalisation and new technology have created an economy in which those with highly valued skills or talents can earn huge rewards. Economics Corrupted Us by Jonathan Aldred, published by Allen Lane and available at guardianbookshop.co.uk Follow the Long Read on Twitter at @gdnlongread, and sign up to the …

Tory leadership race: Stewart out as Johnson extends lead

MPs suggest Johnson backers lent previous votes to Stewart to eliminate Brexiter rival Raab Rory Stewart has been ousted from the Conservative leadership contest after losing 10 votes since the last round, sparking MPs speculation that Boris Johnsons operatives may have previously pushed fellow supporters to vote for the outsider to help eliminate his Brexiter rival Dominic Raab. Stewart was leapfrogged by Sajid Javid, who increased his support by five votes to stay in the race. The home secretarys team insisted the momentum was now with him as the insurgent after his defeated rival underperformed in the TV hustings on Tuesday night. Saj has always had a funny habit of defying the odds, one campaign ally said. One former cabinet …

Oscar winner calls Trump the greatest president since Lincoln

(CNN)Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight has posted a pair of videos to Twitter in which he affirms his long-held support for President Donald Trump and calls him “the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln.” Voight invoked Lincoln regarding Trump in 2017 It wasn’t the first time Voight has publicly linked Trump and Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president, who issued the Emancipation Proclamation and ended the Civil War. Speaking at an inauguration rally in January 2017 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Voight said, “God answered all our prayers” by granting Trump the White House, The Hill reported.

How YouTube comments are the best way to understand Donald Trump

(CNN)On Memorial Day — or really Memorial Night — CNN will air an hour-long special featuring comedian Colin Quinn. I reached out to Colin to talk about how he developed the special, how comedy fits into this current political moment and his views on President Donald Trump. THE POINT — NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! Cillizza: You’ve been doing this show off-Broadway. Why did you turn to this overtly political material? And how did the crowd respond?

Kirsten Gillibrand is campaigning by living her best life. So why aren’t voters responding?

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN)It’s 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is wide awake and visibly pumped that The Killers is blaring in an exposed brick cycling studio here in downtown Manchester. “This,” she told CNN as the Gillibrand posse sipped smoothies, “is why we have the most fun.” ‘Let voters know who I am’ It doesn’t take long on the campaign trail to see that Kirsten Gillibrand is having a great time. “I probably am having more fun than the other candidates,” she said with a laugh in an interview with CNN. But there is a harsh irony to this upbeat attitude: Gillibrand’s campaign, despite the joy, has gone nowhere since she announced earlier this year. The …

Fed pick Stephen Moore’s fate in serious question

Washington (CNN)The fate of Stephen Moore’s ascent to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors appeared in serious question on Thursday as White House officials grappled with a growing opposition from Republican senators. Panelist: Moore’s comments on women just not funny And on Thursday, Moore told The Wall Street Journal: “I’m not pulling out.” Trump has signaled to advisers that he’s intent on naming like-minded individuals to the board of the Federal Reserve, which he has blamed for sabotaging his political prospects by keeping economic growth in check. However, he’s also suggested Moore’s nomination specifically isn’t a battle he’s intent on waging. One person who still appears to support Moore is his chief West Wing backer, Larry Kudlow, the director of …

‘My Brexit nightmare’: readers on how the uncertainty is affecting their lives

We ask readers in Britain and Europe to tell us how they are coping As dates for the UK to exit the EU come and go, weve been asking readers to tell us how theyre dealing with the uncertainty. People who responded to a Chispa. My whole life for the last two years has been held hostage to this horrendous waiting game of uncertainty that Brexit has become. When I retired, after over 30 years working in education, just after the referendum, my plan was to enjoy my retirement with my husband back in Spain with my family. However, unsure what the situation will bring, and with my husband in poor health, the risk of losing access to health services …

Chrissy Teigen blasts Ivanka Trump’s ‘complete lack of empathy’ on child separation

Leesburg, Virginia (CNN)Chrissy Teigen called out Ivanka Trump for a “complete lack of empathy” in regards to the Trump administration’s child separation on Wednesday night at the House Democrats’ annual retreat. “I couldn’t read the messages that I was being sent because, of course, Donald more than anything he says and does, he opened a world, opened up a window to all these people that felt like it became OK to be just as nasty as him, and it made it acceptable and I didn’t want to be a part of that anymore,” she said. She said that she typically likes to make light of things, but “but it’s hard to find the funny when there’s so much sad and …

Some ex-Obama aides see former president in young Indiana mayor

Washington (CNN)Here are the stories our panel of top political reporters will be watching for in the week ahead, in this week’s “Inside Politics” forecast. “I was in Chicago last week, talking to a lot of former (Barack) Obama aides,” Zeleny said. “They say they recognize — particularly in how he sounds — a lot of Mayor Buttigieg in what Sen. Obama used to sound like.” Zeleny said that until recently, Beto O’Rourke was the one being compared to the former president. “O’Rourke’s people are slightly concerned about this,” Zeleny said. “His campaign manager sent out an email saying don’t look at these early polls, we’re right on track here. But there is a sense O’Rourke may have squandered an …

USA Today: Barbara Bush no longer considered herself a Republican after Trump became President, book says

Washington (CNN)Former first lady Barbara Bush didn’t consider herself a Republican after Donald Trump took office, according to a forthcoming book obtained by USA Today about the matriarch of a GOP political dynasty. “The world thought I was writing this note to Bill Clinton. I am glad that I am not,” Bush wrote, according to a copy of the letter included in the USA Today excerpt. Bush wrote to Trump when there was speculation over whether the new first lady would remain in New York or move to Washington. “Whatever you decide to do is your business and yours alone,” Bush wrote, according to the book. “Living in the White House is a joy and their only job is to …

Former Nevada politician alleges Joe Biden kissed the back of her head in 2014, made her feel ‘uneasy, gross, and confused’

Washington (CNN)A former Nevada state assemblywoman said on Friday that former Vice President Joe Biden made her feel “uneasy, gross, and confused” in 2014 when, at a campaign rally in Nevada, she said he kissed her on the back of the head. Flores continued: “I couldn’t move, and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me.” Her account comes as Biden is considering a bid for president in 2020. He is expected to announce his decision as soon as April. In a statement to CNN responding to Flores’ allegation, Bill Russo, a Biden spokesman, said, “Vice President Biden was pleased to support Lucy Flores’s candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in 2014 and …

Im in no-deal planning ops. Heres a briefing from our Whitehall bunker | Anonymous

My fellow civil servants in Operation Yellowhammer are surprisingly chipper Inside the gurgling, labyrinthine large intestine of no-deal Brexit, weve been working hard. But weve also been waiting for weeks for the government to fully activate Yellowhammer, just as other bits of government have been waiting for the launch of Operation Brock, angry , and Ive given Kbler-Ross Brexit grief cycle that my splintering personalities can live with. Im now in the phase I should have started with: bargaining. Bargaining is the stage where a brush with reality compels you to try to get back what youve just lost. For Brexiteers, thats the prestige and pride that the last three years (and possibly the 60-odd since the Suez crisis) have …

Karen Pence responds to Pete Buttigieg’s criticism of her husband: ‘They’ve always had a great relationship’

(CNN)South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s recent rise in the 2020 presidential race has featured a steady stream of attacks against Vice President Mike Pence, the former Indiana governor who had a working relationship with the mayor during his time as the head of the state. Karen Pence responded to that on Tuesday. “I’m just like, ‘Pete, did you not like that,’ because that’s what the vice president said about him,” she said. “So what’s the problem with that?” Buttigieg appeared to respond to the comments from Pence’s orbit on Tuesday, tweeting, “People will often be polite to you in person, while advancing policies that harm you and your family. You will be polite to them in turn, but you …