“Would it not be easier to dissolve the people and elect another?”

Angela Eagle and Jeremy Corbyn

‘If there is one thing more breathtaking than Corbyn’s election as leader of the Labour party, it has been the inability of his detractors to engage with the meaning of that victory.’
Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Say what you want about the Tories – and I have – they know how to implode with style. Their betrayals are brazen; their concessions are dramatic; their calculations are brutal. Treachery, buffoonery and incompetence on a scale few could imagine is followed by orderly transition and a leader they can live with. They may be wrecking the country, but their party has emerged intact.

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Bring the Dallas murderers to justice. And the killers of black people too

Protesters after a sniper opened fire on police during a protest on 7 July in Dallas

‘A fragile mind can wreak havoc on a fragile political culture’. Protesters after a sniper opened fire on police during a protest on 7 July in Dallas.
Photograph: Ashley Landis/AP

In a country where it’s easier to obtain a semi-automatic gun than to obtain healthcare, a fragile mind can wreak havoc on a fragile political culture. So it was on Thursday night when a shooter opened fire on police at a Black Lives Matter demonstration killing five officers and wounding at least seven others.

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Brexit: a disaster decades in the making

Boris Johnson the day after the EU referendum vote, which his leave campaign won.

Boris Johnson the day after the EU referendum vote, which his leave campaign won. Photograph: Reuters

Theresa May gives a speech in 2005 during the general election campaign, with the Conservative party’s slogan to the fore.

Theresa May gives a speech in 2005 during the general election campaign, with the Conservative party’s slogan to the fore. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

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