I could not agree more with Suzanne Moore (Everyone says vote, but our broken system needs dismantling, G2, 19 November). The choices on offer in this election are utterly dispiriting. At a time when the country needs to heal and come together, the main players – Tories, Labour, Lib Dems and nationalists – are simply offering more of the same: tribalism, conflict and division. Neither of the two main parties can say that they speak for our diverse nation. Both are controlled by small cliques that have conspired to give us two of the most uninspiring and unsuited candidates for prime minister ever. Every now and then it is necessary for the old decayed ways to crumble and for something new and better to emerge. We need new leaders, new players dedicated to changing the political culture and bringing us back together. Leadership that fosters tolerance, respect, engagement and consensus building. Leadership dedicated to reforming the voting system so that every voice is heard. … [Read more...] about How to bring about a new and improved style of politics
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The current political climate is spurring the richest 5% of US households to donate more. More from Success When CEOs date employees, it can get messy fast How to prepare for a job interview: 5 things to know before you go What you can do now to prepare for a layoff later Virtually all -- 97% -- of wealthy Americans gave to charity, according to a Wells Fargo survey conducted by Gallup. Nearly half of those surveyed said the amount they donated was affected by the current political climate, with 40% giving more than they did before and only 7% reporting they are giving less. The survey included US-based investors with at least $10,000 in stock or bond investments who earn $240,000 or more annually. Overall, this group gave an average of $5,500 to non-faith-based organizations in the past year, with the median amount being $2,000. "We are seeing more demand for more conversations around philanthropy and its impact," said Beth Renner, national director of philanthropic … [Read more...] about America’s political climate is spurring the richest 5% to donate more
Technology sometimes reminds you that the unpredictable is actually all too predictable. At its last extraordinary general meeting, the national executive for the Women’s Equality party finalised a snap general election strategy. Now I was emailing for the fifth time in as many months to request yet another EGM – the word extraordinary was beginning to lose all meaning. I began typing apprehensively, “I’m afraid it looks as though we are headed for …” – only for Gmail’s autocomplete function to suggest, without pause or irony, “another election”. Don’t get me wrong: the WE desperately wants to fight the European elections. And we will. The resurgence of far-right politics across Europe threatens women and minorities in ways the political establishment cannot begin to understand. The two largest political parties are tying themselves in knots in their attempts to take back control – of their own backbenches. Both … [Read more...] about Smaller parties have a surprisingly big impact on British politics
The comedian Sandi Toksvig has revealed she quit BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz to enter the political fray. But instead of aligning herself with any mainstream group, Toksvig has helped set up a new political party: the Women’s Equality party. Speaking on Woman’s Hour on Radio 4, Toksvig, who announced earlier this week that she was leaving the News Quiz after nine years, said the party would field candidates in 2020, adding that it was “very possible” they would get an MP elected. “I have made jokes over and over again about politics and, do you know, this election I’ve had enough,” she said. “And I have decided that instead of making jokes about it, I need to participate. So I am involved in the founding of a new political party. “It’s called the Women’s Equality party. It is a fantastic group of women – and indeed men – who have decided that enough is enough and we need to make some changes.” Asked … [Read more...] about Sandi Toksvig reveals she quit Radio 4 to set up women’s rights political party
Facebook has continued to fumble efforts to extract itself from its self-imposed political nightmare, with the company seeing increasing backlash to both its political advertising policies and continuing to stonewall criticism of its choice to partner with far-right outlet The company hasn’t backed down from itssome would say dystopian—stance of allowing politicians to openly lie in ads on its platform. That’s a policy particularly friendly to the current president, who has already done his best to make Facebook a lightning rod for cynical conservative outrage and would surely leap at the chance to do so again. But according to BuzzFeed News’ Alex Kantrowitz, it is considering limiting certain forms of political ad targeting or imposing “better labeling” on those ads, with “nothing off the table.” Advertisement Facebook has previously floated restricting political ads from engaging in certain types of “microtargeting,” … [Read more...] about Facebook Still Screwing Up This Whole Politics Thing Pretty Bad
WASHINGTON — As Democratic presidential candidates are set to take the stage for their fifth debate Wednesday night, the headlines have been dominated by testimony from marathon impeachment hearings in the Capitol. On the debate stage in Atlanta, the candidates may prefer to talk about anything else. While millions have tuned in for days of hearings before the House Intelligence Committee, the candidates have spent months on the campaign trail talking to voters about issues like health care, gun violence prevention and the economy — policy positions that Democrats concluded helped get their candidates elected in the 2018 midterm elections. Most of the Democratic candidates embraced the notion of opening impeachment proceedings against President Trump earlier this year. During the most recent debate, the first question to the candidates was about impeachment, offering them time to expound on what they saw as Trump’s unethical or illegal behavior. But candidates are … [Read more...] about Impeachment dominates as 2020 Democrats prepare to debate. Will they engage?