Monday briefing: Anger as London Bridge attack made political – The Guardian

Monday briefing: Anger as London Bridge attack made political - The Guardian
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Boris Johnson has been accused of trying to create political capital out of the deaths of two people in the London Bridge terror attack. The prime minister was accused of twisting the facts of the London Bridge terror attack in a distasteful attempt to turn it into an election issue.

Despite the family of Jack Merritt, one of the victims, calling for the murder not to be exploited for political gain, Johnson sought to push a perceived political advantage on the issue, claiming that a lefty government was responsible for Usman Khan being freed. Richard Burgon, the shadow justice secretary, accused Johnson of going straight from a tragedy to reheating pre-packaged political lines smearing the Labour party.

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Meanwhile, Merritts father retweeted a post showing the front pages of the Mail and Express, which led on Johnsons blitz on freed jihadis, calling them vile propaganda and saying that his son stood against everything you stand for – hatred, division, ignorance.

1:29 Boris Johnson blames Labour for early release of terror prisoners – video Johnson laid the blame for the attack at Labours feet in a lengthy interview on BBC Ones The Andrew Marr Show yesterday, saying Labour was responsible for the automatic early release scheme under which the attacker was sentenced, though the reality is more complex. Weve fact-checked some of Johnsons claims in that interview here and John Crace sketched the exchange.

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MI5 has begun an inquiry into how a suspect whom they had under active investigation could have launched such an attack and Johnson said there were probably about 74 convicted terrorists who had now been freed.

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Johnsons Marr interview, which was granted by the BBC despite the broadcasters commitment not to allow the prime minister to appear on its flagship political programmes until he had committed to a sit-down interview with Andrew Neil, was one of two significant political television events last night. The other was the ITV leaders debate, which featured leaders of all the parties except Labour and the Conservatives, who were represented by MPs. The most dramatic moment of the debate came as leaders attacked Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson for their closeness to Donald Trump. When challenged by Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson over Trumps comments about sexually assaulting women, Farage said that while the remarks were wrong, men say dreadful things sometimes. A breakdown of the winners and losers of that debate is here.

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When challenged by Swinson over Trumps comments about sexually assaulting women, talking about grabbing then by the pussy, Farage said: It was crass and it was crude and it was wrong. And men say dreadful things sometimes. But if all of us were caught out after a night out with a drink then none of us would be here. Im sure youve lived the purest life of anyone and never said a word wrong about anyone.

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This is someone who has boasted about sexually assaulting women, whose policies are discriminatory against people from different religious backgrounds and is separating parents from their children at the border. And we should be very careful with that relationship. The last thing we should have done is roll out the red carpet for a state visit.

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Men say bad things sometimes: Nigel Farage defends Donald Trump – video In the spin room where cheerleaders for the parties were preparing to defend their bosses performance, there was disbelief and a fair amount of shock across the political spectrum when Farage defended Trump saying that men say dreadful things sometimes.

The Lib Dem justice spokesman, Phillip Lee, will be in London to talk about mental health initiatives.

Nicola Sturgeon will visit Lockerbie, where she will warn that rural Scotland is among the areas most at risk from a bad Brexit deal.

Read more Jo Swinson, the Lib Dem leader, was applauded for a speech condemning Trump for his comments on women and religious minorities, while Richard Burgon, Labours shadow justice secretary, accused Trump and Johnson of conspiring together.

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> A strike by hundreds of train guards and drivers on South Western Railway will disrupt the UKs second biggest train operator from this morning. Some 600,000 passenger trips from Surrey, Hampshire and beyond into London Waterloo will be affected with services cut entirely on some routes and bus replacements on others. The strike, scheduled for 27 days (except for election day) is part of a dispute with the RMT union over the role of train crews. Only about half of normal weekday services will run. If youre affected, wed like to here from you.

The US president has been informed that Mr Johnson does not want him to offer his support publicly, amid fears an endorsement could end up harming the Prime Ministers chances, and improving those of Jeremy Corbyn.

> Maltas embattled PM, Joseph Muscat, has quit over the constitutional and political crisis triggered by the 2017 murder of the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Last night he expressed deep regret over the murder but his tone remained defiant: This case cannot define everything that our country is, he said. Thousands had gathered on the streets of the capital ahead of his TV appearance, holding candles, waving Maltas red and white flag, and singing the national anthem, marking the conclusion of an emotional and angry demonstration. Muscat will stay in office until a new party leader takes over in early January.

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"Trump doesn't have a filter. It won't matter if his advisers tell him — or Boris pleads with him — not to speak about the election, the NHS, or what Britain will have to give up to the United States in a prospective trade deal," Brian Klaas, a professor of global politics at University College London, told CNBC via email.

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In recent months, Trump has suggested Johnson and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage would form an "unstoppable force" if they formed a cross-party alliance, claimed Corbyn would be "so bad" for Britain and indicated that the NHS would, in fact, be "on the table" during prospective trade talks.

Leicester cut Liverpools lead at the top of the Premier League to a mere eight points after their last-gasp 2-1 win over Everton at the King Power, while Manchester United let slip a lead at home to Aston Villa. The result prompted Ole Gunnar Solskjær to say that his teams league position of ninth was not the biggest concern. And England boss Gareth Southgate says the favourable draw for next summers European Championships is a chance for the team to improve their appalling record in the competition. Lewis Hamilton ended his sixth world title season with a win in Abu Dhabi yesterday and hinted he may leave Mercedes for Ferrari.

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"Trump is, in general, a toxic political force in the U.K. An overwhelming majority of Brits reject his politics, even as many realize that Britain without the United States is far weaker than with the United States in a 'Special Relationship,'" Klaas said.

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Facebook Twitter Pinterest Photograph: The Guardian All but one of the front pages leads on the London Bridge attack: PM accused of exploiting deaths in terror attack is the Guardians splash, next to a large picture of Saskia Jones, who was named as the second victim. The Times has: Spy chiefs on alert for London Bridge copycats and the Telegraph leads with, Terrorists freed early to be sent back to jail. The Mails headline is: New blitz on freed jihadists; the Expresss headline reads, Boris blitz on freed jihadis begins; the Sun has The angels stolen by pure evil; and the Mirror splashes with Betrayed. Only the FT goes with a different splash, instead leading with TCI boss calls for fund managers to be fired over emissions failures.

"The Conservatives are going to want Trump to keep as far out of the headlines as possible for the entirety of the election," Constantine Fraser, European political analyst at the TS Lombard research group, told CNBC via telephone.

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves on Monday for a NATO summit in London and he is under pressure from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resist the temptation to wade into the British election campaign coming up later in December.

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As a presidential candidate in 2016 and then as president since early 2017, Trump has shown no restraint in showing support for Britain’s exit from the European Union and critiquing the politicians involved in the country’s long-running Brexit debate.

But with Johnson leading polls as he faces Dec. 12 elections, the prime minister who is hosting the London NATO summit wants Trump to mind the guard-rails, putting Trump in the unusual position of trying to avoid his normal impulse to comment on whatever he wishes.

Trump waded into the election in October by saying opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn would be so bad for Britain and that Johnson should agree on a pact with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.

Johnson’s pressure prompted the White House to stress, as a senior administration official said, that Trump “is absolutely cognizant of not, again, wading into other country’s elections.”

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That strategy could be put to the test as Trump faces reporters a number of times on the trip, including at what is expected to be a news conference on Wednesday.

The NATO summit takes place as Trump battles an effort led by Democrats who control the U.S. House of Representatives to force his removal from office through impeachment over his pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden.

The impeachment imbroglio has overshadowed Trump’s presidency as he looks ahead to his own re-election fight next November.

Trump, who got back to the United States on Friday from a whirlwind trip to Afghanistan, arrives in London on Monday night for two days of meetings with NATO leaders gathered for the summit.

He will have separate talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and attend a working lunch with representatives from Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Bulgaria, and the United Kingdom.

U.S. officials see the NATO summit as a celebratory moment for Trump as his pressure on member nations has led many to increase their military spending.

He is expected to seek support from member nations to increase pressure on China for what the United States sees as Beijing’s expansionist policies.

“China is actively seeking a great presence and more influence across the globe, including in NATO’s area of responsibility,” said a senior administration official.