David Lammy says comparing ERG to Nazis ‘not strong enough’

Labour MP defends comments likening group to Nazi party and white supremacists David Lammy has said comparing the hard Brexit European Research Group of Tory MPs to Nazis and proponents of South African apartheid was not strong enough, and suggested that the Brexit debate has allowed proponents of hard right views to flourish. The Labour MP, who is a vocal campaigner for a second EU referendum, was asked on the BBCs Andrew Marr Show whether a comparison he previously made to the election of Adolf Hitlers party in Germany and to South African white supremacists was appropriate. I would say that that wasnt strong enough. In 1938 there were allies who hatched a plan for Hitler to annex part of …

Brett Kavanaugh: backlash after US university hires justice to teach in UK

George Mason University selects justice accused of sexual assault for post at Runnymede, birthplace of modern democracy The US supreme court justice Magna Carta and called the birthplace of modern democracy to teach a course on the US constitution for an American university. But the appointment is sparking uproar among some students and they are demanding the school rescind its invitation. The judge, who faced a tempestuous and hugely divisive confirmed on 27 March and the Washington Post late supreme court justice who relished his position as a conservative bulwark on the court. Kavanaugh will be teaching the course with Jennifer Mascott, an assistant professor of law at George Mason who served as Kavanaughs clerk on the US court of …

The confusion around Russian meddling means theyre already winning | Gabriel Gatehouse

Among the legitimate questions is a swirl of speculation. Vladimir Putin and Vladislav Surkov have got in our heads, says Gabriel Gatehouse, a BBC foreign correspondent It is the fashion these days, in certain circles, to see the hand of Moscow behind all of the political turbulence of the present moment: Brexit, Trump, the rise of the European right. John McCain once even suggested that Vladislav Surkov, also known as Putins Rasputin (in the west) or the grey cardinal (in Russia). He rose from a background in the theatre and PR to become the architect of Putinism the undisputed master of Russias internal politics. At the height of his power, he represented a sort of Kremlin svengali, controlling most of …

‘Unusual activity’ at Russian embassy before novichok attack

UK intelligence investigated frantic comings and goings at time of Skripal poisonings Intelligence services investigated unusual activity at the Russian embassy in London in the days before and after the novichok poisoning, it has been reported. MI5, MI6 and GCHQ looked into frantic comings and goings at the building in Kensington in the days leading up to the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, a source with knowledge of the investigation told the Press Association. The source was quoted as saying: The intelligence agencies have been investigating unusual and increased activity at the Russian embassy in Kensington in the days leading up to and after the attack on the Skripals. The lines of inquiry …