Victory for Hillary Clinton will not be enough to defeat the torrent of sexism unleashed by this US presidential campaign
Four years ago Mitt Romney became a global laughing stock when he talked proudly about “binders full of women”. It was a funny phrase, no doubt about it. But watch the clip now, and it’s hard not to feel sympathy for the hapless Romney. He was recalling his spell as governor of Massachusetts and his discovery on taking office that too many senior posts were filled by men. He told his aides to encourage more female applicants, and they duly returned with “binders full of women”, a move that eventually led Romney to have the most gender-balanced senior team of all 50 US state governors. But he worded it badly, so he became an object of derision.
How long ago that seems now. While the 2012 campaign’s idea of a sexist outrage was a poor turn of phrase hinting at tokenism and condescension, 2016 has seen the nominee of a major party exposed as a perpetrator of sexual assault. Recorded on tape admitting that his modus operandi is to force himself on women, push his tongue down their throats without their consent and to “grab them by the pussy”, Donald Trump has since been confronted by at least 10 women who have testified that this was indeed his method – and that what he said into that hot mic in 2005 was the truth. Continue reading...
Whenever Donald Trump is cornered, he accuses his opponents of fighting dirty. This time, his claims of voter fraud might actually be right – but for the wrong reasons
The thing you need to know about Donald Trump is that he never loses. Never. Whether it’s in business or politics, Trump either wins outright or he was going to win until victory was stolen from him, usually through a crooked conspiracy of his enemies.
That’s why his assorted bankruptcies and collapses were never his fault, why even his multimillion-dollar failures were actually successes. It’s why, when his TV show, The Apprentice, failed to win an Emmy, it was proof not that the programme was lacking but that the Emmys themselves were unfair, “all politics” and “horrendous”. Continue reading...
If the United States were bombing Aleppo, peace protesters would be besieging its embassy. So why let Vladimir Putin off the hook?
Pity the luckless children of Aleppo. If only the bombs raining down on them, killing their parents, maiming their friends, destroying their hospitals – if only those bombs were British or, better still, American.
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Theresa May casts those who voted to remain in the EU as a tiny metropolitan elite, but they represent nearly half of Britain
Among the multiple absurdities uttered by those who demanded Britain’s departure from the European Union is the claim that, since the sky has not yet fallen in, all those gloomy warnings from the remain crowd have been proved wrong. Absurd because – and it’s odd that they haven’t spotted this – we have not yet left. We remainers believed that it was the actual leaving, not a mere vote to leave, that would bring economic havoc. That the first few post-referendum months seemed steady enough can be attributed to the hope nurtured by some of our trading partners, along with the markets, that we might not go ahead with this planned act of national self-harm, that we might step back from the brink.
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From the Labour conference in Liverpool, Ed Balls talks to the Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland about his memoir, his views on Labour’s survival and whether he’ll return to politics after Strictly Come Dancing
Ed Balls describes his memoir – Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics – as a user manual for potential politicians and a chance to show what this much-maligned group are really like.
So what are his views on the leaderships of Ed Miliband and Gordon Brown? How does he think the party can survive when so many Labour MPs appear at odds with Jeremy Corbyn? At a Guardian Live event in Liverpool, he discussed his political career and his hopes for the future with the Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland. Continue reading...
By shunning the single market yet insisting on free movement, the leader infuriates his Brexiters and remainers all at once
A hundred days on and the talk around Brexit is as delusional as ever. This week it fell to Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, who is not allowed to negotiate international trade – that’s Brussels’ job until Britain leaves – to add to the already thick fog of fantasy. Fox declared that, after the UK had left the EU, it would enjoy terms of commerce with Europe “at least as free” as those we had when we were still in. That makes perfect sense – if you think the EU’s remaining 27 members are itching to show that exiting the EU exacts no cost, staying brings no benefits and others should start following us out the door.
Where there is not magical thinking, there is vagueness and opacity. The prime minister might allow us a glimpse of her preferred degree of Brexit when she addresses the Tory party conference on Wednesday, but so far the only clues have come from the serial slapdowns she has delivered to her ministers when they have supplied hints of their own.
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