On the wall in the new presidential campaign offices of France’s Front National leader Marine Le Pen hangs a portrait of Hollywood tough guy Clint Eastwood. He might seem an odd choice of pinup for Europe’s biggest far-right, nationalist, anti-immigration party, but Le Pen admires Eastwood’s “bravery” in voting for Donald Trump in the US election last month. Dirty Harry, like Trump himself, has become something of a feel-good mascot for the French far-right’s battle for the leadership of the country. Instead of a gun, the ageing but still snarling Eastwood is pointing a blue rose, Le Pen’s new campaign symbol. Trump’s US victory blew apart any notion of foregone electoral conclusions, leading Paris’s mainstream politicians to warn that the world’s next political earthquake could happen in France. Le Pen winning the French presidential election in five months’ time – something that had always been seen as impossible … [Read more...] about The fear of Marine Le Pen – will the next political earthquake happen in France?
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Disgraced businessman Salim Mehajer was hours late to his scheduled court appearance because his lawyers claimed he was seeking medical attention. Mehajer arrived at Parramatta District Court with a bandaged hand at about 1pm on Thursday, despite his court appearance set for the morning. The 33-year-old was expected to enter a plea on charges he staged a 2017 crash in which his Mercedes AMG collided with another vehicle just before he was meant to appear in court over a taxi driver assault. Scroll down for video Disgraced businessman Salim Mehajer was hours late to his scheduled court appearance because his lawyers claimed he was seeking medical attention Mehajer could be seen walking with a bandaged hand into Parramatta District Court, in western Sydney, on Thursday afternoon despite the appearance set for the morning But when his matter was called earlier today, Mehajer's lawyer, Zali Burrows, told Judge James Bennett her client was receiving medical … [Read more...] about What happened last night, Salim? Mehajer turns up late to court ‘because he was in hospital with a broken hand’ – despite posting loved-up photos with his girlfriend hours before
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right Front National, was jubilant on Wednesday as she took to the stage at her party’s headquarters to congratulate Donald Trump, saying his victory showed nothing was “set in stone” and the “political and media elite” could be put in its place. Smiling, she hailed “a great movement across the world” in which the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, coupled with Trump’s US election victory, heralded the dawn of a new world order. Mainstream politicians in Paris immediately began warning that the next political earthquake could be what had always been seen as impossible: Le Pen winning the French presidential election in six months’ time. Even before Trump’s win was official, Le Pen’s chief strategist, Florian Philippot, had tweeted: “Their world is collapsing, ours is being built.” Marine Le Pen’s estranged father, the former far-right leader, … [Read more...] about Marine Le Pen says Trump’s victory marks ‘great movement across world’
David Pegg, Niamh McIntyre and Pamela Duncan Fri 6 Dec 2019 16.36 GMT First published on Fri 6 Dec 2019 16.35 GMT Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Social media is often criticised for allowing people to see only their side of the argument, and nowhere are these filter bubbles more pronounced than in Facebook groups. Here like-minded people discuss issues close to their hearts and vent openly about those on the other side of the political spectrum. Many of these groups have tens of thousands of followers and an extremely high number of interactions on their discussion pages, with members sometimes contributing hundreds of posts, videos and links each day. Using data from CrowdTangle, a social media analytics platform, we have delved into discussions in those public Facebook groups with the most election-related activity in the past week to give a flavour of what members are posting/sharing/liking. Separately, we are piggybacking on … [Read more...] about Pop goes the bubble: the biggest election issues on Facebook
Jeremy Corbyn declined to disclose the source of documents used as evidence that the NHS would be “on the table” in a post-Brexit UK-US trade deal, after Reddit told of a link to a Russian interference campaign. The Labour leader brandished the unredacted documents at a press conference last week, saying they revealed the US was seeking “total market access” after the UK left the European Union and therefore undermined Boris Johnson’s claims that the NHS would not be part of any trade talks. However, the Conservative party said the material had already been online for two months and was simply readouts from meetings of the UK-US trade and investment working group. The international trade secretary, Liz Truss, said the price that the NHS paid for drugs would not be “on the table”. There is heightened scrutiny over the origin of the documents – the legitimacy of which has not been called into question – after Reddit said on Friday it … [Read more...] about Leaked NHS documents controversy is nonsense, says Corbyn
The 2019-2020 U.S. Supreme Court term officially kicked off today with oral argument in the case of Kahler v. Kansas. This is the first full term with Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and many conservatives — especially those of a perhaps more sanguine judicial disposition than yours truly — eagerly anticipate what they hope will be important rulings in disparate hot-button legal areas such as abortion, gun rights, transgenderism and homosexuality, and immigration. Here are some key cases (with predictions!) and key broader themes to watch for, from a conservative perspective. Cases June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee: This is the most important abortion case since 2016’s disappointing result in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which nullified the underlying Texas pro-life statute at issue. In Gee, the justices will grapple with two important questions: (1) Whether Louisiana’s hospital admitting privileges law for abortionists complies … [Read more...] about HAMMER: The Supreme Court Term Begins Today. Here Is What Conservatives Should Look For.