Labour’s nightmare: what if Brexit empties the coffers? | Jonathan Freedland

The Corbynite dream of public investment needs a healthy economy. That seems less and less likely

It’s hardly thrilling, and an unlikely bestseller, but if you were to attempt to render Britain’s current politics, especially those at play in the Labour party, as a page-turning blockbuster in the style of Robert Ludlum, it could only have one title: The Brexit Paradox.

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You’re hired! How TV carried Reagan and Trump to the White House

The Reagan Show, a new archive-based documentary, offers compelling fly-on-the-wall insights into the staging of President Reagan’s performances on screen – and reveals the origins of Trumpism

So large does Donald Trump now loom that any examination of the US presidency – even one that’s supposedly historical or fictional – is viewed through the shadow he casts. Audiences can’t help themselves. No matter what point the director or novelist might be making, the viewer or reader is running a silent mental comparison with the current occupant of the White House.

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Labour’s denial of antisemitism in its ranks leaves the party in a dark place | Jonathan Freedland

In no other case of minority discrimination would three outside voices be allowed to say ‘nothing to see here’. Len, Ken and Ken are on dodgy ground

The good news is that Len, Ken and Ken all say they have experienced no antisemitism in the Labour party. Which must mean all is well. Surely only a pedant would point out that Ken Loach, Len McCluskey and Ken Livingstone are not Jewish – a fact that might limit their authority to speak on the matter.

Indeed, they have been fixtures on the left for so long – Loach is 81, Livingstone is 72 and McCluskey is 67 – perhaps they should sit as a panel. They could be the three wise men who arbitrate on all allegations of bigotry within Labour’s ranks. Then, if they testify that they have experienced no sexism, racism, Islamophobia or homophobia inside the party, we will know those menaces are blissfully absent from the prejudice-free nirvana that is the Labour family.

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It isn’t just tech giants that disown responsibility for terrorist attacks | Jonathan Freedland

After each atrocity, the government cites the ease with which extremist material can be accessed on the internet. But ministers are also to blame

It was nearly a decade ago now, when social media – and indeed my children – were in their infancy. My eldest son, then six, had a favourite toy, a remote-control car that could navigate water as well as land. He filmed it in the park, as it ploughed through muddy puddles, and wanted to post the video on YouTube. To add to what was then a novel experience, he added a soundtrack. To reinforce the watery theme, he chose Neil Young’s Down by the River.

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The Middle East peace process makes great theatre – but in reality, it’s dead | Jonathan Freedland

The award-winning play Oslo depicts the high drama of Israeli and Palestinian negotiations of the past. But on the ground today, the picture is much bleaker

If you want to see Israelis and Palestinians attempt to make peace, you should head for the National Theatre in London – because you certainly won’t see them doing it anywhere else, least of all in the land they both call home. On stage, it’s all there. The sweat, the tears, the angst are laid bare in Oslo, the Tony-award winning play whose London transfer is just beginning. It tells the improbable story of the secret back-channel opened up by two Norwegian diplomats in the early 1990s, which ultimately led to the White House lawn, where Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin shook hands, watched by a smiling Bill Clinton, 24 years ago.

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The leading Sunni Arab states now regard Iran as a greater enemy than Israel

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Move over, Nelson! These are the statues modern Britain needs

From colonialists to Confederates, the debate over who should be honoured is raging around the world. We asked Guardian readers to nominate deserving figures yet to be carved in stone. Here, we make the case for people ranging from David Attenborough and JK Rowling to Peter Tatchell and Britain’s first Asian MP

Iconoclasm never fell out of fashion, but it has almost always been metaphorical: if you wanted to find the last time monuments were destroyed to significant political effect in this country – adding a mohican haircut to a statue of Churchill doesn’t count – you would probably have to reach back to the English civil war. Then came 2015’s Rhodes Must Fall campaign, which lit on the statue of Cecil Rhodes in the University of Cape Town as a flashpoint in a wider movement to decolonise South African education. The contagion was swift, arriving at Oriel College, Oxford, by the end of the year.

The arguments have the adamantine quality of the statues themselves. Those defending statues, whether that’s Donald Trump saluting the big beasts of slavery, or Chris Patten telling students to admire Cecil Rhodes for the sake of “freedom of thought” – do so on the basis that they are a part of history. To remove or destroy them is to deny or erase history. Those wanting to tear them down argue that it is not history that they want to erase, but a manipulated version of it, in which the villains are valorised and the victims erased.

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Trump’s fascist contagion gives the anti-Brexit cause what it lacked: an emotional heart | Jonathan Freedland

With his war talk and support for illiberal regimes, the US president is reminding us what the European Union is for

To the remainer, and even to the neutral, our current politics contains a big mystery. Put simply, where is the sentiment we hoped to call regrexit? Where is the collective outbreak of buyer’s remorse? After all, the evidence that Brexit will be the greatest error in our national history since Munich is piling up. It’s not just that a process the leavers used to say would be quick and easy is proving to be long and torturously difficult, or that the European economies are growing while ours is sluggish. It’s more fundamental than that.

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This Brexit leak shines a light on our collective lunacy about immigration | Jonathan Freedland

The government’s nasty, foolish programme to put EU migrants off coming to Britain will make this country less attractive even to those born and raised here

Whoever leaked this document has done us all a great service. True, we don’t know what motive led the UK government blueprint for post-Brexit immigration to be handed to the Guardian. It could have been done by an enthusiast for the plan, keen to ensure that there’s no backsliding and that ministers stand firm. Or, more likely, the leaker was appalled by a document that sees migrants as a menace to be repelled – and hoped public disclosure might generate enough opposition to kill the plan off.

Either way, and regardless of where this leak sits in the continuing internal government battle between those obsessed with migration – a group that includes the prime minister – and those who seek to prevent Brexit from wrecking the UK economy, its publication is a service.

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There’s a disaster much worse than Texas. But no one talks about it | Jonathan Freedland

In this story America is not the victim. Along with Britain, it is on the side of the perpetrator – helping to cause the world’s worst humanitarian crisis

A quick quiz. No Googling, no conferring, but off the top of your head: what is currently the world’s worst humanitarian disaster? If you nominated storm Harvey and the flooding of Houston, in Texas, then don’t be too hard on yourself. Media coverage of that disaster has been intense, and the pictures dramatic. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this supposedly once-in-a-thousand-years calamity – now happening with alarming frequency, thanks to climate change – was the most devastating event on the planet.

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