The complicated legacy of the Pilgrims is finally coming to light 400 years after they landed in Plymouth : The Conversation


Descendants from the Pilgrims were keen to highlight their ancestors’ role in the country’s founding. But their sanitized version of events is only now starting to be told in full.

Source: The complicated legacy of the Pilgrims is finally coming to light 400 years after they landed in Plymouth : The Conversation

Ninth MP quits Britain’s opposition party accusing leader of ‘supporting extremists’ | Euronews


A ninth MP has quit Britain’s opposition Labour party in protest over its handling of the anti-semitism row and Jeremy Corbyn’s lurch to the ‘hard-left’.

Ian Austin, MP for Dudley in the West Midlands, told party members in a series of text messages on Friday that he felt “ashamed of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn” and criticised Corbyn’s approach to tackling anti-semitism.

“I am appalled at the offence and distress Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have caused to Jewish people,” he said.

“It is terrible that a culture of extremism, antisemitism and intolerance is driving out good MPs and decent people who have committed their life to mainstream politics.”

Austin mentioned attacks on former Labour MP Luciana Berger, who this week quit the opposition party to join the newly set up Independent Group founded on Monday.

“It is wrong that Luciana Berger has been bullied out of the Labour Party by anti-Semites”, he said, adding that Labour had been “tougher on the people complaining about anti-semitism” rather than tackling those accused of abuse.

Austin accused Corbyn of “supporting” extremists and “in some cases terrorists”.

 

Source: Ninth MP quits Britain’s opposition party accusing leader of ‘supporting extremists’ | Euronews

The arguments for and against Brexit are presented with an insulting show of certainty | Conservative Home


A week ago I made some intemperate remarks about the poverty of Theresa May’s language. Today I feel impelled to protest in equally strong terms at the insulting feebleness of the debate about Brexit.

Part of the trouble is that I have just been reading some of The Federalist Papers, the magisterial series of articles in which in 1787-88 James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay made the case for the new Federal Constitution of the United States, which had just been been drawn up in Philadelphia and now needed ratifying by the 13 states.

Between 1775 and 1783 the states had won, by force of arms, their independence from Great Britain, but they were now in danger of making a complete mess of self-government, with populists running riot in the state legislatures, printing paper money and undermining property rights, while the central government was so weak that men of sense feared a collapse into anarchy.

Hamilton himself said “a torrent of angry and malignant passions” had been let loose in the “great national discussion” about the Constitution. He wanted to rise above “the loudness of their declamations and the bitterness of their invectives”, which he and his fellow authors proceeded to do.

We are by no means in the same situation now as the Americans were in the 1780s. We and our friends in Europe suppose we are in a less acute crisis, nor have we ever been united under the British crown, and then in opposition to George III and a Parliament which insisted on taxing us without representation.

But the referendum campaign and its aftermath have helped to arouse, or release, a torrent of angry and malignant passions, and no Madisons and Hamiltons have managed to rise above these passions by making, in lucid, rational and historically informed terms, the constitutional case for a Federal Europe.

 

Source: The arguments for and against Brexit are presented with an insulting show of certainty | Conservative Home

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