The Houses of Parliament are a magnet for protests of all kinds. Here's who has been making their voices heard in the rain on Monday.Who are they? Steve Bray, a 48-year-old rare coins dealer from Port Talbot, in South Wales, says he spends every day, from 11am to 6pm, protesting against Brexit opposite the Houses of Parliament. He met fellow protesters Jane Pierce and Helen Campbell, both from London, through an anti-Brexit Facebook group, which is trying to keep a permanent protest going, while Parliament is sitting. They stage a daily evening vigil outside nearby Downing Street, for protesters who have to work during the day.Steve says he has funded his campaign by selling some of his stock and has been staying with friends in the London area.What do they want?"Our message is that it's never too late to stop Brexit," says Steve, "it's a wrong turn for the country."Their big hope is that there will be another general election and that public opinion will shift their way when the final … [Read more...] about Political protests: Who are the Stop Brexit campaigners?
It’s Tuesday, November 12. We’re watching: ❖ The Supreme Court heard arguments in the Trump administration’s bid to end the Obama-era DACA program, case that hinges on a question of administrative law. ❖ The first public impeachment hearings begin Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET.In today’s newsletter: ❖ Where the public, GOP, and Democrats stand on impeachment. ❖ Yoni Appelbaum on how America ends and Adam Serwer on the “false promise of civility.” ❖ Finally, a word on our The Atlantic’s new design.*« TODAY IN POLITICS »(Damon Winter / The New York Times / Redux)Where do parties—and people—stand before the impeachment inquiry’s public phase begins tomorrow?❖ THE PUBLICAbout 83 percent of Democrats support impeachment. Just 12 percent of Republicans do, according to a broad analysis by FiveThirtyEight. With the American public about to get a window into the … [Read more...] about Politics Daily: Party Lines Aren’t the Only Impeachment Divide
New Delhi: President's Rule was imposed in Maharashtra on Tuesday after President Ram Nath Kovind approved Governor BS Koshiyari's report after no party could prove majority. At the same time, the Shiv Sena approached the Supreme Court seeking an urgent hearing against Governor BS Koshyari’s decision to not extend the deadline given to the Uddhav Thackeray-led party to prove they have the numbers to form the government. Koshyari had given time to the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) till 8.30pm on Tuesday to prove it has the numbers after the Sena a day earlier failed to get letters of support from its political rivals before the deadline set by the Governor who rejected its plea for three more days to do so. What is the present scenario? There has been no conclusion in government formation even after more than a fortnight since the results of the Assembly elections were announced on October 24. Devendra Fadnavis last Friday drove to Raj Bhavan in south Mumbai … [Read more...] about Amid Political Uncertainty, What Lies Ahead for Maharashtra as State Comes Under President’s Rule
Donald Trump will mark the National Day of Prayer by signing an executive order that scales back the restrictions placed on churches that prevent them from being politically active in order to maintain their tax-exempt status. The order, which a senior administration official said makes it the policy of the administration to “protect and vigorously promote religious liberty,” focuses specifically on the Johnson Amendment, the federal tax law from 1945 that prevents tax-exempt groups, like churches, from endorsing or opposing political candidates. The president will sign the order in the Rose Garden Thursday as he hosts religious leaders at the White House.(Photo: Getty Images) The order directs the Internal Revenue Service to use “maximum enforcement discretion” over the amendment, but it also gives religious organizations “regulatory relief” from an Obama administration mandate that required them to provide their employees with health coverage that … [Read more...] about Trump To Sign Executive Order That Allows Churches To Endorse Political Candidates
There are few figures about whom so much is written yet so little understood.It's somehow fitting. Nigel Farage is a man who deals in bright, clear primary colours, most of all in red, white and blue.There is little room for nuance, for the bleeding of messy greys and beiges onto the canvas of his political personality.Yet the at-once complex and contradictory impulses of a man, who in so many ways has both propelled and epitomised the trajectory of British conservatism in the last decade, tells us much about the space in which British politics currently sits. Everything you need to know about the upcoming election It hardly needs stating that this is a person who enjoys the limelight, who values being at the centre of the cut and thrust of the political battle. Advertisement He is also a man who has prided himself for years as the thorn in the side of the British establishment. He relishes that status as a prizefighter.That, alongside his not inconsiderable pride … [Read more...] about Nigel Farage lost the general election battle but has already won the political war
Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has quit the cabinet and the Conservatives, dealing a fresh setback to Boris Johnson's government.Ms Rudd hit out at the prime minister over his decision to kick out 21 Tory MPs and ban them from standing for the party at a general election - attacking the move as an "act of political vandalism".The rebels had the Tory whip removed after they voted last Tuesday with the Opposition in their attempts to stop the UK leaving the European Union without a deal on 31 October.Ms Rudd, who was seen as a leading pro-European voice in the government, wrote: "I cannot stand by as good, loyal moderate Conservatives are expelled."She said in her resignation letter: "This short-sighted culling of my colleagues has stripped the party of broad-minded and dedicated Conservative MPs. Advertisement "I cannot support this act of political vandalism."She called it an "assault on decency and democracy" after the prime minister sacked 21 "talented, loyal One … [Read more...] about Amber Rudd quits cabinet and Tories over Boris Johnson’s Brexit ‘political vandalism’