Morgan told the NAS/UWT that it had no option but to back her. “There isn’t another government just around the corner,” she said. “Teaching unions have a choice – spend the next four years doing battle with us and doing down the profession they represent, or stepping up, seizing the opportunities offered by the white paper and helping us to shape the future of the education system.” … [Read more...] about Tory plan on academies faces cross-party opposition
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On key foreign policy issues, where many mainstream Republicans in Congress are uneasy with Trump's desire to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and Afghanistan, his political advisers say all the president has done is ask common sense questions: What are we doing in Syria if ISIS is gone? Why, after 18 years, are we still in Afghanistan? And shouldn't our NATO allies pay at least a little more toward their defense? Is that really so outrageous to ask? "The fact that the foreign policy establishment, both Democrats and Republicans, gets so upset when Trump talks about this stuff is simply a reflection of how ossified they are," says a Trump adviser. … [Read more...] about How Robert Mueller Crushed the Republican Party’s ‘Dump Trump’ Crowd
But few British governments have worked as hard to avoid accountability as the Tories since 2010. From the Fixed-term Parliaments Act of 2011, which prevented David Cameron’s controversial coalition from being judged in an early election, to Theresa May’s attempts to stop MPs debating her Brexit deal, to Boris Johnson’s illegal suspension of parliament last year, the Conservatives have hidden from scrutiny ever more blatantly. Even the language Johnson uses – on the rare occasions he appears in public – seems designed to minimise accountability, with its clouds of vague adjectival phrases (“vast progress”, “world-beating”) and as few verifiable facts as possible. … [Read more...] about For years, the Tories have banked on impunity. Is their luck finally running out?
It transpired Johnson had been engaged in an on-off affair with Petronella Wyatt, a columnist with the magazine. He had been married to Marina Wheeler since 1993, and his four children were all of primary school age at the time. But Wyatt had become pregnant and chose to have an abortion in a private hospital – two days before Johnson’s trip to Liverpool – a decision Johnson backed, although he initially declined to help pay the £1,500 bill. When confronted about the affair by the Mail on Sunday, he lied, saying: “I have not had an affair with Petronella. It is complete balderdash. It is an inverted pyramid of piffle.” … [Read more...] about Laughter and lies: Johnson’s journey from journalist to MP
Trump's late-night tweet about Minneapolis, which was paired with another blistering post targeting Mayor Jacob Frey (D), came after protesters in the city breached a police precinct that had been evacuated and set fire to the building. The chaotic scenes marked the latest escalation of the widespread unrest that has plagued Minneapolis for three straight days following a fatal incident in which Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground. … [Read more...] about Twitter flags Trump for ‘glorifying violence’ after he says Minneapolis looting will lead to ‘shooting’