How the smartphone economy ate itself

Here’s a straw in the wind: 2017 was the first year that smartphone shipments declined. That (global) statistic is from Jake Swearingen’s report on the future of the smartphone industry for New York Magazine. If you don’t give a fig for the future of the smartphone industry, then don’t hang-up – because it illustrates something […]

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You Can't Boo The Bee - Barnet FC Vs Stockport County FC, FA Cup 2nd Round, The Hive (02/12/18)

Tom never sings show tunes, especially from Annie. Tom never insists on an in depth conversation about the scent of the miniature Yankee Candle car air freshener and why it’s called Red Raspberry, when there are no other colour raspberries. It is soon quite apparent that the absence of my normal companion is going to be more telling than I thought, and as it stands, his stand in is being, well frankly a bit annoying.

I’m pretty sure it’s the exhilaration of just having dropped off our daughter at my Mums and the idea of a whole five or six hours without our demanding one year old, which has just dawned on Rachel, my other half, as to why she is acting a bit loopy. In between the never ending stream of comments about raspberries, she mocks me, joking about how nice the “sky” and “clouds” are, in preparation of my usual flowery blog opening, that she will ultimately have to proof read.

Although the weather is changeable, flitting from bright sun to rain, it's not worth the grief, expanding on how calmly the dense white cumulus float by, so I’ll leave it at that. The fender bender on the way to today's ground, somewhat aggravates me, the slowly moving and then redirected traffic frustrating, but that pales into insignificance, compared to what the man who has wrapped his BMW around the central reservation, must be going through.

The drive to The Hive the relatively new home of Barnet FC (BFC), that is not in fact in Barnet, but is in Harrow,…

A lose-lose situation for Team Sky

Sky, the corporation, have announced that their backing of Sky, the pro cycling team, will end after the 2019 season. All the envelopes have been pushed and all the gains have been marginalised. It’s the end of an era. … More A lose-lose situation for Team Sky

David Squires on ... the A-League's expansion plans

Our cartoonist runs the rule over the two successful applicants – and the four bids that failed

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Tory whips had already planned to reinstate Charlie Elphicke before confidence vote

MPs have been expressing their fury today that the vote of no confidence in Theresa May allowed two suspended Tories…

Lunchtime Espresso: May plays down chances of Brexit ‘breakthrough’

Lunchtime Espresso Tomorrow’s news by lunchtime today. Read the best of Coffee House alongside Cabinet ministers, spinners, MPs and journalists.

Today in brief

1. May plays down chances of Brexit ‘breakthrough’
Arriving at the European Council summit in Brussels, Theresa May said she is not expecting a ‘breakthrough’ – ‘but what I do hope is that we can start to work as quickly as possible on the assurances that are necessary [on the backstop]... what I will be …

Finally, A Car Manufacturer Gets It Right On How To Correctly Pass Cyclists

Spanish automaker SEAT shows how motorists should overtake cyclists – and that's by giving as much room as they would give a motor vehicle.

An appeal from the Editor

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Morning Call: Party Like It's 1995!

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Good morning.  Theresa May has won the vote of confidence in her leadership, with 200 Conservative MPs voting that they have confidence in her, against 117 who voted against her. Victory came at the cost of pledging that she will not lead the Conservative Party into the 2022 election (though that doesn't mean that she won't lead them into the elections of February and April 2019, of course) but she now cannot be dislodged as Tory party leader until 12 December 2019. 

Tony Blair writes in his memoir The Journey that John Major's great mistake when he saw off John Redwood's challenge in 1995 was that "he appealed for unity rather than mandate". Now Theresa May seems to be going down the same road. 

May didn't see off the threat to her leadership by setting out the case for the withdrawal agreement but by promising to sand off the edges that Conservative MPs and the DUP dislike, by warning that the alternative to sticking with her was a Brexit shaped by opposition MPs and opposing the idea of extending Article 50, let alone throwing the Brexit question back to the public as a whole.

There's just a teeny-tiny problem here: the things about the withdrawal agreement that Conservative MPs and the DUP don't like are here…

Jose Mourinho shouldn't be surprised that his bloated Manchester United squad cannot do what he wants

A side filled with players past their best or not up to scratch has again been thrown under the bus by the United manager following the 2-1 defeat against Valencia, but they were lucky to even get that close

The dark side of rural England

The British countryside is painted either as a rustic idyll or a boring surrogate for the excitement of city life, depending on your taste. For me it was always the latter. I was born and brought up in Somerset, and from about as early as I can remember I wanted to get away. I was […]

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The true cost of digital convenience

The danger that artificial intelligence poses to the future of humanity grabs the headlines, but we ignore one of the most significant issues of the 21st century. It’s called the re-engineering of humankind. “In the end, it’s not about intelligent machines taking over,” says Brett Frischmann, co-author of Re-Engineering Humanity. “I don’t really care about […]

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How capitalism is killing-off the next generation of consumers

Why are marketing types so interested in the spending habits of the young? Generally speaking, older people have more money. However, it’s when people first have money of their own, passing through the various transitions to mature adulthood, that they form their spending habits. When it comes to what the Millennial generation are doing with […]

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Manchester United's almost jazz-inspired incoherence is a bleak reminder of their directionless state

These players had been signed by four different managers, to fit four different styles of play, and pretty much the only thing they had in common was their eye-watering price tag

After a day of high drama, nothing has changed

Even before the result of the Tory no confidence vote was announced, the mood in Committee Room 14 was rather…

So Here It Is: Hoppy Christmas!

By Helen Wilson | Editor Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of different people, but, if anything, it’s certainly

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Chaos in Brexitland – Brexit Means podcast

May pulls the meaningful vote, Tory rebels mount a leadership challenge, and Europe looks on in disbelief. What next in the Brexit saga?

More than ever before, the Brexit process is in a state of complete chaos.

At the eleventh hour this week Theresa May postponed the meaningful vote for MPs on her Brexit deal in the face of certain defeat at the hands of a mutinous parliament.

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Can our politics survive Brexit?

One of the curiosities of British politics since the EU referendum in June 2016, is the relative robustness of the big political parties: Conservative and Labour have thus far survived and, albeit painfully, managed to accommodate a fundamental division among their members, activists and elected officials. But the Tory MPs’ vote over the future of […]

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Keep It Fancy | ASSOS Speed Club Ride

I’ve been working with ASSOS for several years now and during that time, the company has just exploded. As a brand, they’ve always held an important place in the history of cycling, from their beginning as inventors of the first […]

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It's About Time, Say London Cyclists Of Plans For Protected Cycleway to Greenwich

London's cyclists to benefit from 3.5 mile protected cycleway from Tower Bridge to Greenwich.

Heavy-handed rebel operation in no confidence vote deters Tory MPs

One of the factors driving wavering Tory MPs towards saying they will vote for Theresa May tonight is the way…

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In 2019 we will continue to hold the powerful to account by telling the stories that the wor…

Why we can’t ignore the challenges of immigration

Is ethnic diversity a threat to the West? The original title of an UnHerd debate in which I recently took part was obviously contestable, but in itself the statement seemed innocuous to me. How naïve. Ferocious objections were raised the moment it was announced, on the grounds that the question suggests people of colour represent […]

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Number 10: Confidence vote is not about who leads the Tories into the next election

Theresa May doesn’t see today’s vote of no confidence as being about who will lead the Conservative party into the…

Lunchtime Espresso: May contests no confidence vote

Lunchtime Espresso Tomorrow’s news by lunchtime today. Read the best of Coffee House alongside Cabinet ministers, spinners, MPs and journalists.

Today in brief

1. May contests no confidence vote
This morning Graham Brady told Tory MPs that events overnight had ‘moved very quickly’ and he had the 48 letters triggering a vote of no confidence in Theresa May. In a defiant statement outside Downing Street, May promised to fight ‘with everything I’ve got’ to win the v…

How the Tory vote of no confidence in Theresa May will work

Two Tory MPs who are currently suspended from the party whip could be brought back in order to take part…

How No. 10’s shredded credibility could make today’s vote much closer

One of the factors that led to the triggering of a no confidence vote and that will play a huge…

Morning Call: The Remains of the May

Newstatesman Morning Call Email not displaying correctly? View content online By Stephen Bush, political editor


Good morning. Theresa May is facing a vote of no confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party tonight. 

First, a brief reiteration of the rules as they stand: to survive, Theresa May simply needs a bare majority of Conservative MPs to vote confidence in her - that's 158 MPs. There are no other candidates at this stage: it's just a ballot paper asking Conservative MPs if they have confidence in her. If she loses, it triggers a full-blown contest in which she cannot be a candidate. If she wins, she is immune to further challenge for a year - so if May survives tonight's vote, she is safe in post until 12 December 2019.

In 1990, Margaret Thatcher stood down despite winning on the first ballot but back then the rules were completely different. Leadership challenges were triggered by MPs challenging the leader, and candidates needed to command both an absolute majority of MPs and a lead of more than 15 per cent over their challenger, in that case Michael Heseltine, in order to avoid a full leadership challenge in which others, not just the challenger, could stand. Thatcher stood down in order to avoid a defeat  in the second round and the emergence of other challengers to her leadership. 

The rules are so d…

moneyGuru – free personal finance management software

moneyGuru is an open source personal finance management application. With this software, you can evaluate your financial situation and then make informed financial decisions. It has the double-entry accounting system.

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Is Sasse smart enough to unite America?

Facile and fatally flawed – that is what I made of Ben Sasse’s analysis of American community in the first part of my review of his book Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal. His discussion of the toxic nature of American politics, as I discuss in this second part, is just as facile […]

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Green taxes don’t have to hurt the yellow jackets

On the 17 November, a great European city was paralysed by street protests – with five bridges occupied and traffic brought to a grinding halt. No, I’m not talking about Paris and the Gilets Jaunes, but London and the Extinction Rebellion movement – which campaigns against climate change through acts of non-violent direct action. According […]

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5 tips for staying safe on your UK bike tour

Cycling is one of the most important and popular pursuits in the world. It’s an excellent way of making sure you get fit and healthy, as well as being a lot of fun. Once you become a more confident and able cyclist, you will probably feel bolder getting out on the road and taking a tour of the UK by bicycle.​If you choose to do this, it’s important to understand what it takes to have the best experience you can, and a good way of achieving this is to make sure you stay s [...]

Pirelli reveal compounds for opening rounds of 2019 F1 season

Pirelli have revealed the first tyre compounds that they will use under their revised system, brought in for the start of the 2019 season. In a bid to simplify the F1 spectacle for fans, Pirelli have introduced a revised system where only three colours will be used on the walls of the slick tyres; white, […]

Can May really win back MPs’ trust?

How can MPs trust what ministers say after the Brexit fiasco of the past few days? That’s been the theme…

Lunchtime Espresso: ‘No room for renegotiation’, May told

Lunchtime Espresso Tomorrow’s news by lunchtime today. Read the best of Coffee House alongside Cabinet ministers, spinners, MPs and journalists.

Today in brief

1. ‘No room for renegotiation’, May told
Theresa May is on a tour of European capitals to try to win some concession that might persuade MPs to back her Brexit deal. She is meeting Mark Rutte, Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker today. But Juncker has already said that, while ‘clarifications are possible’, …

David Squires on … the mistreatment of Raheem Sterling

Our cartoonist on why it’s hard to exaggerate the vilification Raheem Sterling has been subjected to in recent years

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Twitter’s dangerous approach to ‘hate speech’

A little over two weeks ago, I was permanently suspended from Twitter. My crime? ‘Misgendering’ – I referred to an individual who claims to identify as a “transwoman” (but who goes by a male, as well as a female, name) as “him”. Apparently, using male pronouns to describe a male violates Twitter’s rules against “hateful […]

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Bicycle Mayor For Katowice Appointed At Climate Change Summit In Poland

University professor Grzegorz Mikrut aims to increase cycling in the Polish city of Katowice – last night he was appointed as the city's first ever Bicycle Mayor.

Morning Call: Tonight, I'll Be Staying Here With EU

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Good morning. I'm taking my ball and I'm going home: Theresa May has mothballed today's vote on the withdrawal agreement to head off triple-digit defeat, and is heading on a whistlestop tour of European capitals to persuade them to do something to make the backstop more palatable to MPs. 

But of course, nothing is going to be forthcoming. Even Downing Street knows that: before they pulled the vote, they were warning, correctly, that to re-open the withdrawal agreement is to re-open a number of painful fights over fishing, Gibraltar and so on. And the era in which Conservative MPs were willing to take May's assurances on trust is now passed.

The best May can hope for is another non-binding bit of paper from the EU27 saying that they really, really, really don't want to trigger the backstop either. The important thing to understand about the backstop is it is an insurance policy: a treaty obligation that, come what may, there will not be a hard border on the island of Ireland. And you can add all sorts of rhetorical flimflam to your insurance policy about how both you and your insurance provider hope (albeit for different reasons) that your life insurance is never going to be triggered - but that rhetorical flimflam does not…

As Fit As A Butcher's Delivery Cyclist (And Richer, Too)

Butcher's shop saves CO2 and cash as it switches to deliveries by e-cargobike for a six-month trial. And now the trial is over the butcher is buying his own e-cargobike.

Where is Tommy Robinson taking Ukip?

The new Ukip arrived on Sunday, with a great Brexit Betrayal March from the Dorchester Hotel to Parliament. Farage is out – he is one of the betrayers. Tommy Robinson, the founder of the English Defence League (EDL), and a former member of the British National Party (BNP), is in, as leader Gerard Batten’s advisor […]

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Is ADHD being falsely diagnosed?

Groupthink is a perplexing phenomenon. How do flawed ideas – including those that clearly defy common sense – take hold of an entire organisation, institution or profession? To understand the psychology of groupthink it might help to ask a psychologist – the problem with that, however, is the groupthink of psychology. The history of the […]

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Face to Face with the Book

The books arrived at my house a couple of weeks ago, but I missed them as I was on the road.

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A no-deal Brexit would be the deranged action of a rogue state | Rafael Behr

This poisonous idea must be taken off the table. Theresa May’s irresponsibility is unforgivable

The Conservative party is in a post-Theresa May state of mind. The prime minister might cling to power for a while longer, tenacity being her most consistent quality, but the call to postpone a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal feels like a condemned prisoner’s last-ditch plea for clemency. Moving the date doesn’t commute the sentence.

That means there could be a Conservative leadership contest within weeks, even days. May’s deal would then be history, and the race to succeed her will feature candidates who say that Britain can leave the EU with no deal at all. If that isn’t shocking, it proves that Brexit has deadened nerve endings that once reacted to high-voltage political insanity.

Related: We no longer have a functioning government. May must step aside | Ian Lavery

Related: The country will pay the price for May’s Brexit vote delay | Jonathan Freedland

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Medical Journal Defines Pre-Mamilian Era As When Bicycles Cheaper, World Less Colorful Place

Mamils – or middle aged men in Lycra – described in Christmas edition of Australian medical journal.

Speaker Bercow says MPs should get a say in delaying Brexit vote

Speaker Bercow has told MPs that they do deserve a vote on the government’s plan to delay its Brexit deal…

A Hop, A Skip, and a Jump

After deliberating about this for days (weeks, if truth be told), I’ve finally done something, rather than talk about doing something. I’m moving my blog. New posts will appear at https://jonbeckett.com – not much of a change really. If you’re using the WordPress reader, you can still subscribe to the new blog – just add …

Why are Jewish people ‘wandering’ again?

Sometimes in the middle of grand political events – including grand political cock-ups – the story of one individual stands out and speaks for more than itself. Such a moment occurred last week with decision of one British man and his partner to leave the UK. Mark Lewis (54) is not a household name. Although as one […]

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Lunchtime Espresso: May pulls Brexit vote

Lunchtime Espresso Tomorrow’s news by lunchtime today. Read the best of Coffee House alongside Cabinet ministers, spinners, MPs and journalists.

Today in brief

1. May pulls Brexit vote
At the lobby briefing at 11:15 a.m., Downing Street insisted that tomorrow’s Commons vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal would go ahead. But just before an emergency cabinet conference call at 11:30 a.m., Bloomberg reported that the vote was to be delayed. Cabinet sources suggest the pri…

Eurosceptics threaten to block Government delay to Brexit vote 

Could we end up with Parliament voting on the Brexit deal tomorrow anyway? Eurosceptic Tory MPs have reacted with fury…