Don’t fall for these dishonest attacks on the ‘metropolitan liberal elite’ | Jonathan Freedland

Nearly half the population in Britain and America oppose the current attack on decent values. That’s not marginal, it’s mainstream – and strong

Nigel Farage would have burst a blood vessel, had he only had the chance to listen in. What could be more metropolitan liberal elite than last week’s Guardian Christmas telethon, as readers called in to journalists to make a donation for child refugees? Just imagine it, all those Islington luvvies and bleeding hearts, ringing in from one part of London N1 to another, the Bollinger chilling nicely in the fridge, as they salved their well-paid consciences and congratulated themselves on being leftier than thou. How utterly Guardianista.

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Don’t call it post-truth. There’s a simpler word: lies | Jonathan Freedland

Denying facts used to be for extremists only. Now from Aleppo to Trump, it’s becoming mainstream, destroying the ground we all stand on

Sixteen years ago, I sat in court 73 of the Royal Courts of Justice in London and felt the ground crumble beneath my feet. I was following the libel trial brought by David Irving, the Holocaust denier and “pro-Nazi polemicist” – to quote the judge’s eventual verdict – against Penguin Books, which had dared publish a text which told the truth about him.

I watched as Irving discarded the usual rules of evidence. The eyewitness testimony of survivors was dismissed as lies. Confessions by the guilty were waved away as fake. Inconvenient documents were written off as forgeries. All that was left was what he wanted to believe.

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Person of the year shouldn’t be Trump – it’s clearly Putin | Jonathan Freedland

From Brexit to the US election, Aleppo to post-truth, 2016 has seen the Kremlin chief’s dreams realised

Donald Trump should not have been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. That’s not to make the schoolboy error of presuming the award to be a badge of moral approval: I know it merely recognises the individual who has dominated the previous 12 months, for good or ill. (It’s why Time has no reason to regret handing the 1938 accolade to Adolf Hitler.)

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Ed Balls on leaving Strictly: ‘By last Saturday, I knew it was time to go’

Fresh from his Strictly Come Dancing exit, the former shadow chancellor says the whole experience felt more like a victory than a defeat – and that it was a lot like working with Gordon Brown

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On the night of 25 September 2010, there was a sombre atmosphere at the Labour party conference in Manchester. Supporters of Ed Miliband were walking around shell-shocked, stunned by their upset victory over his brother. David Miliband was counselling his own backers, who seemed almost bereaved by defeat. But in one packed, increasingly sweaty bar, a rather different scene unfolded.

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