With Trump it’s time to go beyond mere disgust | Jonathan Freedland

Anger over the president’s repulsive behaviour is important. But it needs to be shaped into a coherent political argument

• Jonathan Freedland is a Guardian columnist

Who can resist the 241st season of “America”? The dialogue crackles, with new, if outlandish, characters popping in to keep things fizzing. The latest is the president’s communications director Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci, who called a reporter on Wednesday to tell him that one senior White House colleague, the chief of staff, was a “fucking paranoid schizophrenic”, while contrasting himself with another by declaring: “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock.”

Related: Scaramucci in furious, foul-mouthed attack on White House rivals

The civic realm is being degraded by Trump’s lies, vanities and insults.

Related: Anthony Scaramucci is vindictive, petty and unprincipled – perfect for Trump | Richard Wolffe

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If this is the end of the car as we know it, we have the EU to thank for it | Jonathan Freedland

Don’t be fooled. The Tories’ plan to ban diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040 is driven not by a love of clean air, but by European environmental standards

• Jonathan Freedland is Guardian columnist

Might today’s date live on in the history books as the official end of the industrial revolution, which began more than a century and a half ago? That’s probably a stretch, but the UK government’s announcement that all petrol and diesel cars and vans are to be banned by 2040 sounds like the beginning of the end for the internal combustion engine, the invention that changed human life for ever.

Following a similar announcement by the French government, as well as Volvo’s plan to make only fully electric or hybrid cars from 2019, a world without the sounds or smells that dominated the 20th century suddenly becomes imaginable. It won’t be a world without cars. But the car powered by the burning of fossil fuel – at different times and in different places a symbol of technological progress, of power, of wealth, of capitalism, of freedom and, yes, of a particular kind of masculinity – is entering the final phase of its life.

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Plots, feuds and summer reading – Politics Weekly podcast

Heather Stewart is joined by Kate Maltby, Steve Richards and Jonathan Freedland to discuss the cabinet infighting threatening to derail the government. Plus we get tips from MPs Keith Simpson and Chris Bryant on summer reading lists

As parliament approaches its summer recess, a period of plots, feuds and political machinations is in store as Conservative cabinet ministers escalate a war of briefings and damaging leaks. Can Labour sit back and watch the mayhem ensue?

Joining Heather Stewart to discuss it all are political commentators Kate Maltby, Steve Richards and Jonathan Freedland.

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Why we should be suspicious of the Tory ‘get Hammond’ project | Jonathan Freedland

The chancellor may have an abacus where his conscience should be, but cabinet leaks should give us pause. He wants a sane Brexit, and hardliners want him out of the way

• Jonathan Freedland is a Guardian columnist

Few Guardian readers will be shedding a sympathetic tear for Philip Hammond. Most will hear of his view that public sector workers are “overpaid”, reportedly shared with cabinet colleagues last Thursday, and they will recoil in outrage. As my colleague Zoe Williams forcefully argues, the chancellor’s observation – which he sought to justify by noting that those in the public sector benefited from fuller pensions than those outside it – betrays a kind of business class myopia towards the lived experience of those getting by on too little.

Hammond tried to make amends in his BBC interview yesterday: “You can’t eat your pension, you can’t feed your kids with your pension contribution, I understand that,” he said. But the damage was done. Today’s Daily Mirror seizes on the notion that Hammond is an unfeeling and hypocritical fat cat, cosy in his two grand homes, paid for by the taxpayer, and claims he rents out a third, the one he actually owns, for a juicy £10,000 a month.

Related: Philip Hammond urges caution over moves to lift public-sector pay cap

Related: Theresa May to tell ministers: stop leaking details of cabinet rifts

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There’s still a real chance for a second Brexit referendum | Jonathan Freedland

The key is timing. The people may well want a rethink once the clock runs out in March 2019 – when the disaster will be clear

• Jonathan Freedland is a Guardian columnist

Project fear is becoming project reality. Each day brings new evidence of the dire consequences of Brexit. Sometimes it takes the form of a big company announcing that it’s moving operations from the UK to the continent, taking hundreds or thousands of jobs with it. It could be JP Morgan or Goldman Sachs or Samsung, depending on the day of the week.

Related: Is Brexit an error? Now even Vote Leave’s chief is having doubts | Jonathan Freedland

Next to no one will talk of such a thing publicly. Privately, it’s a different story

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From budgie-smugglers to nothing at all: our writers on what they wear to the beach

For some it’s kaftans, for others straw hats, and painted toenails are apparently mandatory. Guardian journalists explain their rules for summer dressing

Perhaps the very last time I gave even the most fleeting thought to beachwear was exactly 10 years ago, during a family summer holiday to France. We weren’t on the beach but in a municipal pool, for an afternoon of splashing around with my two kids, then aged six and three.

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Theresa May’s biggest mistake? Tying herself to a sinking Donald Trump | Jonathan Freedland

The rush to lash Britain’s fortunes to the US president was always humiliating. Now, after Donald Trump Jr’s Russian revelations, it looks even worse

• Jonathan Freedland is a Guardian columnist

There are few more perilous lines of work than being an ally of Donald Trump. Vouch for him one minute, usually by insisting that the latest accusation against him is bogus, and the next you’ll be left looking like a fool – as he or his family confirm that the very charge you dismissed as fake is, in fact, true.

It’s happened again, this time via the Fredo Corleone of the Trump saga, Donald Trump Jr.

Related: 'I love it': Donald Trump Jr posts emails from Russia offering material on Clinton

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No wonder Trump is Putin’s favourite: he’s making America weak again | Jonathan Freedland

As the G20 summit shows, the US under its erratic president is losing its soft power – and its friends

In the movie version, they would have talked for a few minutes and then found an excuse to dismiss their foreign ministers and interpreters. At long last, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump would be alone and in private. Putin would look the American up and down, as proud as a father gazing upon his grown son. “We did it,” Putin might say softly, almost to himself. “We actually did it.”

Related: Why it's D-day for Donald Trump at the G20 in Hamburg | Michael H Fuchs

Related: Trump and Putin: leaders' body language shows who's the boss | John Crace

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Is Brexit an error? Now even Vote Leave’s chief is having doubts | Jonathan Freedland

Dominic Cummings is the most high profile of many former Brexiteers realising that leaving the EU might not work out well for Britain. The tide is turning

What would it take to make those who voted for Brexit change their minds? That may turn out to be the dominant question of British politics over the coming years, as the reality of the British exit from the EU comes ever closer. Even the most diehard remainers concede that the only way it can be halted is if British public opinion has a change of heart, collectively repudiating the verdict it expressed in the referendum of 2016.

That question might seem irrelevant when put to the conviction Brexiteers who led the leave campaign: surely they would be the last people to admit to a change of heart. And yet, now there is a suggestion that even the mastermind of the leave campaign is having his doubts.

Lots! I said before REF was dumb idea, other things shdve been tried 1st. In some possible branches of the future leaving will be an error

Related: Who paid for the leave vote? Brexit should be halted until we know | George Monbiot

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