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The number of die-hard Brexiters is tiny. The vast majority of MPs urgently need to build a cross-party coalition to come up with a coherent plan. In every battle there are die-hards, last-ditchers, merchants of death or glory. Forty Tory MPs are lining up like lemmings to race to the Brexit cliff edge. They are writing an open letter that demands no fancy transitions or economic areas, no single markets, no pseudo-Brexits. For them, Brexit is the second coming. On the appointed day in March 2019, the dark cloud of Britain’s European age will roll away. Britain will jump off the cliff and fly free, into the warm golden sun of global free trade. Along with Icarus.feedback
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Sep 08 2017 Brexit
We found 22 articles in which Simon Jenkins said something. The most recent Simon Jenkins’s quote is: “Appearances, not reality, have dominated policy in this country. Social neglect caused the Brexit vote – when will Theresa May address that?In politics, optics trump metrics. Tuesday’s leak of a Home Office draft on post-EU migration policy indicates the hardest face of Brexit. Its language is Home Office repressive. It reads like a prison governor’s report, less concerned with the inmates than with the height of the perimeter fence. What with the border computer fiasco, the detention violence scandal, and the erratic “go home” letters to foreigners, if the Home Office were a local council it would be in special measures. Whatever spin may be applied to the leak, the idea that Theresa May seeks an emollient and “frictionless” approach to Brexit is laughable.”. In addition, all sources we refer have quoted Simon Jenkins 24 times. On this page, you will find all of Simon Jenkins’s quotes organized by date and topic.
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Jun 15 2017 - London

Tower blocks are wholly out of place and character. Rather, a modern, sociable city needs neighbourhoods• Grenfell Tower fire: six victims provisionally identified, say police – latest updates. How many times should we say it? Don’t build residential towers. Don’t make or let people live in them, least of all families. They are antisocial, high-maintenance, disempowering, unnecessary, mostly ugly, and they can never be truly safe. No tower is fireproof. No fire engine can reach up 20 storeys, period.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Unilateralism

The president’s decision to withdraw from the climate agreement reflects his contempt for internationalism – and the rise of a newly isolationist US. So we do have a new US – for the present. In the jargon of Trumpology, the president has tossed a sop to his climate-change denying chief strategist, Steve Bannon, and disappointed his green daughter, Ivanka. Or at least he is withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord in three years (Bannon) but “renegotiating” it (Ivanka).feedback

May 26 2017 - Islam

We committed armed aggression against sovereign peoples who had not attacked us, claiming our motive was ‘to keep terror off the streets of Britain’Jeremy Corbyn is perfectly right to relate this week’s Manchester terrorist atrocity to British foreign policy in the Middle East. Whenever Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron struggled to explain why British blood and finance had to go on toppling regimes in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, they were explicit: it was “to prevent terrorism in the streets of Britain”. The reason was given over and again: to suppress militant Islam.feedback

May 24 2017

The prime minister is playing into the hands of terrorists by politicising the Manchester attack. Her job is to allay public anxiety, not promote it. What public purpose is served by the prime minister declaring she has raised Britain’s “threat level” to “critical”? Before she thought another terrorist attack was “highly likely”. It is now “expected immediately”.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - US, China relations

The threat of conflict is no property negotiation, but the president is conducting it with all his skills as a dealer, craving the eventual shake of the hand. So Kim Jong-un is just a 27-year-old millennial for whom it must have been “very hard” to lead his country at such an age. His ally, China’s president Xi Jinping, is a “very good man who I got to know really well and loves his country”. He is trying hard to resolve the “very difficult” Korean crisis. Of course Xi “doesn’t want to see turmoil and death and would like to do something to resolve things”. But “perhaps it’s possible he can’t”. So muses Donald Trump at the end of “opening bids” of his North Korean crisis.feedback

Apr 14 2017 - Syria conflict

First Syria, now Afghanistan – obscene and pointless bombings. But Donald Trump has tasted the sweet cup of war and no one seems able to control him. Bombs are the fool’s gold of war. Imprecise, expensive and cruel, their strategic utility diminishes the farther they fall from a politician’s desk. The US, with Britain in tepid accord, has been bombing unstable Muslim states for 16 years and has delivered nothing but death and anarchy. But the bombs have warmed the souls of successive presidents and prime ministers. A good explosion reaches parts of the body politic no other policy can reach.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - Unilateralism

From Reagan in 1982 to Bush in 2001, there is an ignominious history of US presidents meddling in Middle Eastern affairs. It never works. There is nothing in the world more dangerous than an American president watching television. Donald Trump last night followed Ronald Reagan in 1982 and George Bush in 2001 as an isolationist turned interventionist in the Middle East. His past pragmatism towards Syria’s Assad regime and its Russian backers underwent a 180-degree turn as 59 American missiles rained down on a Syrian airbase. Welcome back to mission creep.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

The former national security adviser is seeking immunity from prosecution in return for coming clean about the president’s links with Putin. From Russia to Donald with love is a story that just keeps giving. The latest explosive revelation is that sacked security chief Michael Flynn is seeking immunity from prosecution to come clean on Trump’s links with Moscow. It has Democrats on the congressional committee salivating with glee. It was Flynn who said of a similar deal with Hillary Clinton’s aides last year: “When you are given immunity, that means you’ve probably committed a crime.”.feedback

Mar 23 2017

Guns and bombs pose no 'existential' threat to a country or society. Politicians who exploit it to engender fear are cynics with vested interests.feedback

Mar 22 2017 - 2017 UK Parliament attack

The terrorists’ aim is not just to kill a few but to terrify a multitude. For politicians and media to overreact would play into their hands. The current bout of global terrorism came to the heart of London today in a fatal attack outside the Palace of Westminster. The symbolism is impossible to escape. An assault on the home of democracy induces a peculiar sense of outrage. That people, including a policeman, should die in such an assault is tragic.feedback

Mar 03 2017 - Sex

Underhand, reckless and naive: the US president has been some, or all, of these in pursuit of a rapprochement. But might he succeed where Obama failed?The devil lies in the definition. Bill Clinton “never had sex with that woman”, and got away with it. Jeff Sessions never had “communication” with a Russian ambassador, Sergei Kysliak. But it depends what you mean by sex, and what you mean by communication.feedback

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