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This Week in World Politics 2018–12–09


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/12/09

“Half of all voters think British politics is “broken” and only one in seven thinks the Tories and Labour represent the views of the public, clearing the way for the creation of new political parties.

A YouGov poll for The Sunday Times has found that the Brexit crisis has fractured public trust in the political class, with 44% of voters saying the response of MPs has damaged their view of politicians.”


“The Angus Reid polling company has released a survey that appears puzzling, at least on the face of it.

Among respondents who voted Conservative in the last federal election, 35 per cent believe climate change has nothing to do with human activity and a further 21 per cent think it’s a theory that has yet to be proven. In short, more than half these respondents are skeptics.

When you turn to Liberal and NDP voters, however, the numbers reverse. Among Liberals, 81 per cent believe climate change is real and human-caused. Among New Democrats, 85 per cent agree with that view, and almost no one in either group thinks climate change is an unproven theory.”


“Los Remedios doesn’t have the feel of a political frontline. Rowers glide along the green waters of the Guadalquivir, a huge Christmas tree sits beneath a warm December sky and the nearby churrería is already bedecked with artificial poinsettias.

Beneath the Spanish flags that stripe many balconies, residents and the odd labrador stroll down citrus-tree-lined boulevards, past designer shops and a tobacconist’s with bottles of Moët in its window.

Oranges, however, aren’t the only things ripening in this comfortable Seville neighbourhood, or beyond. In last Sunday’s Andalucían regional elections, the tiny Vox party became the first far-right grouping to win seats since Spain’s return to democracy following the death of General Franco in 1975.”


“As transportation secretary Elaine Chao addressed newly elected members of Congress at an orientation event in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a handful of Democratic freshmen slipped out into the winter cold to join a healthcare rally.

With their brief absence from the biennial conference, a staid affair hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School, the progressive warriors of the House’s new majority sent a clear message.

“I was not sent to Washington to play nice,” Massachusetts congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley told the crowd outside. “I was sent to Washington to fight, alongside all of my colleagues, to save and to improve lives.””


“Senior Democrats on Sunday began talking openly about the imprisonment or impeachment of Donald Trump amid fresh allegations linking the President to hush money paid to two women ahead of the 2016 election.

The result is a growing sense of crisis as Republicans begin to weigh their chances of political survival.

Steve Bannon, the former Trump strategist, said 2019 was shaping up to be a year of “siege warfare”.”



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