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Sleazy, inept and unbelievable – this sorry Sunak campaign sums up the Tory years | Andrew Rawnsley

Sleazy, inept and unbelievable – this sorry Sunak campaign sums up the Tory years | Andrew Rawnsley

[ad_1] I ought to have put money on it. When a downpour-drenched Rishi Sunak made his soggy start to this election, I suggested to you that the Tory campaign could simply unravel. So it has proved. What SpaceX might call “a rapid unscheduled disassembly” has left the forlorn Tory leader standing stranded in a heap of smoking wreckage. The disintegration was epitomised by Thursday night’s set-piece encounter on the BBC between the prime minister and a studio audience. With the finishing post coming into view, here was one of the remaining opportunities for Mr Sunak to ask voters to take a fresh look at his party before they decide to hurl it from office and place a more searching focus on Sir Keir Starmer before he is installed in Downing Street with a potentially steamrolling majority. Rather than get on the front foot, yet again a punch-drunk prime minister was seen reeling backwards, this time over the betting scandal that is engulfing his party. Their bitterest enemies couldn’t have done a better job of painting …

Tories Election Campaign Grows Desperate As July 4 Nears

Tories Election Campaign Grows Desperate As July 4 Nears

[ad_1] With a little over two weeks until the general election, one thing is becoming more apparent every day. The opinion polls are not shifting and the level of panic in Tory headquarters is becoming more acute. The first signs of this came last week, when Grant Shapps raised the possibility of Labour winning a “super-majority”. Leaving aside the question of how that is different from a normal majority, the defence secretary appeared to be conceding that Keir Starmer is not on course to win, but to win big. The Tory campaign was no longer about trying to get Rishi Sunak re-elected prime minister, but about trying to limit the size of the seemingly inevitable Labour victory. Although the PM himself said all the right things about fighting for every vote, if anything, the Tory campaign has become even more desperate this week. Responding to yesterday’s launch of Reform UK’s election manifesto, a Conservative spokesperson warned that a vote for Nigel Farage’s party could put Labour in power for a “generation” – widely considered to …

France kicks off accelerated campaign after Macron’s legislative poll gamble

France kicks off accelerated campaign after Macron’s legislative poll gamble

[ad_1] France began a frantically short election campaign Monday, with President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance facing an uphill struggle to avoid a new defeat at the hands of the far right. Issued on: 17/06/2024 – 07:21Modified: 17/06/2024 – 13:32 3 min Macron called the snap parliamentary polls three years early in a dramatic gamble to shake up politics in France after the far right trounced his centrists in EU elections. But with less than a fortnight before the vote, his alliance risks being squeezed by new coalitions on the left and right. Many in France remain baffled over why Macron called an election just weeks before the country hosts the Olympics, risking the far-right National Rally (RN) leading the government and 28-year-old Jordan Bardella becoming prime minister. “Emmanuel Macron, who triggered this dissolution to trap the parties, has ended up trapping himself,” said Le Monde daily, warning that the RN risked winning the election. Candidates had until Sunday evening to register for the 577 seats in the lower house National Assembly ahead of the official start …

Jude Bellingham is official heartthrob of Euros 2024 with revealing SKIMS campaign for Kim Kardashian

Jude Bellingham is official heartthrob of Euros 2024 with revealing SKIMS campaign for Kim Kardashian

[ad_1] Hearts quietly broke across Britain when Jack Grealish missed out on making the Euros 2024 squad — but Jude Bellingham has arrived to steal the heartthrob crown. He’s a golden boy with a football, as Bellingham arrives in Germany for the championships, he has made sure to draw attention off the pitch, too. Posing for Kim Kardashian’s underwear brand SKIMS, 20-year-old Bellingham has bared all (and kicked a football about) for a new campaign promoting its boxer shorts. Kardashian founded the brand, known for its body shaping womenswear, in 2019 and expanded to offer a men’s range in 2023.  SKIMS “The opportunity to be featured in SKIMS Mens latest campaign is incredible. It’s so important for me to have flexibility and comfort when I’m playing and training, or even off-duty, and SKIMS meets these needs.” said the Real Madrid player, who began his career at 7 years old, playing for Birmingham City. “I believe in embracing individuality and feeling comfortable in your own skin, so I’m excited to partner with a brand that embodies …

Sunak’s D-day failure is a campaign disaster – and a sign he’s forgotten the very recent past | Jonathan Freedland

Sunak’s D-day failure is a campaign disaster – and a sign he’s forgotten the very recent past | Jonathan Freedland

[ad_1] But is it art? Could that explain Rishi Sunak’s campaign – that it is, in fact, a piece of daring, innovative performance art in which the prime minister deliberately conducts himself so haplessly and with such a tin ear that it prompts us to reflect on the state of the nation? Is his future not, as most predict, wearing a zip-up fleece and making squillions in Silicon Valley, but rather as a groundbreaking conceptual artist, one who invites his audience to see 4 July less as an election day and more as the unveiling of his boldest ever installation? It’s as good an explanation as any. Otherwise it’s near-impossible to comprehend his decision to make an early exit from the memorial ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of D-day, subbing in his foreign secretary to stand alongside the leaders of France, the US and Germany as they remembered those who died to free Europe from fascism. We shall fight them on the beaches, said Churchill. We shall leave them on the beaches, said Sunak. It …

Russian disinformation campaign targets Paris Games, Microsoft says

Russian disinformation campaign targets Paris Games, Microsoft says

[ad_1] Russia is waging a “malign” disinformation campaign aimed at the Paris Olympics and French President Emmanuel Macron, Microsoft warned on Tuesday, accusations Moscow dismissed as “slander”.  Issued on: 03/06/2024 – 22:57 2 min Russia is waging an intense disinformation campaign aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the International Olympic Committee and stoking fears of violence at this summer’s Paris Games, according to a new report from Microsoft’s Threat Analysis Center. According to Microsoft, the influence operations utilise a potent mix of fake videos, fictitious news stories, and AI-generated impersonations, including the faked voice of Hollywood star Tom Cruise. “Russia is ramping up these malign campaigns against France, President (Emmanuel) Macron, the IOC, and the Paris Olympics,” said Clint Watts, general manager of the Microsoft Threat Analysis Center, in a blog post Sunday. “While Russia has a decades-long history of targeting the Olympic Games, the Microsoft Threat Analysis Center has observed old tactics blending with artificial intelligence… that may intensify as the 2024 Paris opening ceremony approaches,” he added. Prolific Russian influence actors tracked by Microsoft as …

UK general election opinion polls tracker: Labour significantly ahead of Tories as campaign continues | Opinion polls

UK general election opinion polls tracker: Labour significantly ahead of Tories as campaign continues | Opinion polls

[ad_1] Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has called the next UK general election for 4 July 2024. After 14 years of Conservative rule, Keir Starmer’s Labour has been consistently ahead in the polls since the start of 2022. The Guardian is tracking latest polling averages, sourced from all major British polling companies, until election day. Current voting intention Average of polls over a moving 10-day period, showing GB voting intention Voting intention over time Latest average of all polls over a moving 10-day period, showing Great Britain voting intention The Scottish National party (SNP) is not included in the data the Guardian is using in the chart above. In Great Britain-wide polls, the SNP vote sits between 2% and 4% of national vote share. But its geographical concentration in Scotland means it will win many more seats than other small parties with a similar national vote share, such as the Greens. Targeted Scotland-only polls give a much better indication of how well it will do in the next election than the nationwide polls above. Polls only …

Trump campaign raises record  million in donations after guilty verdict

Trump campaign raises record $53 million in donations after guilty verdict

[ad_1] Donald Trump’s campaign said Friday it had raised nearly $53 million in online small-dollar donations after he was convicted in his New York hush money trial, boasting that the verdict had galvanized his support “like never before.” Issued on: 01/06/2024 – 08:10 2 min The record haul was equivalent to more than $2 million raised per hour, it said. Senior campaign aides Chris LaCivita and Susie Wiles said in statements that more than a third of the total came from new donors to the campaign and hailed an “outpouring of support from patriots across our country.” Calling the Thursday court decision a “sham trial verdict” the advisors reported that the “digital fundraising system was overwhelmed with support” despite temporary online delays “because of the amount of traffic” from small-dollar donors. As of Friday evening, the day’s total had climbed to a whopping $52.8 million. A jury convicted Trump Thursday on all 34 charges of falsifying business records to cover up a sex scandal in the final stages of the 2016 presidential campaign. Prosecutors said …

Election diary: Tory campaign going exactly as planned, say Tories | John Crace

Election diary: Tory campaign going exactly as planned, say Tories | John Crace

[ad_1] It’s just over a week since Rishi Sunak got soaked in the rain as he called the general election. Since then he has forgotten that Wales didn’t qualify for the Euros, paid a visit to Belfast’s Titanic quarter and been photographed under an exit sign. Richard Holden, the Tory party chair AKA Baldrick impersonator, has insisted that the campaign has been going exactly as planned. God knows what might have happened if it hadn’t. Then the Conservatives started pumping out policies as if there’s no tomorrow. National service, the pension triple lock, a ban on Mickey Mouse degrees, and driving penalty points for flytippers. If they’re all such good ideas, it makes you wonder why the Tories didn’t do any of them in the last 14 years. Not that any of them are likely to happen, because the chances of the Conservatives winning the election are currently near zero. A sign of how bad Rish! thinks things are is that almost all his campaign visits have been to what used to be Tory strongholds, …