"Wearing a T-shirt with the slogan “Fighting for the community” underneath an image of Redcar’s mothballed steelworks, Frankie Wales is preparing to take a training session at the town’s boxing club. Young men are sparring in the rings; others are hitting punchbags. “Nothing gets you fit like boxing,” says one, exhausted from the ring..."
“It is incredibly sad,” he says. “Not long ago they would go and work in the steelworks after school. Men round here made the finest steel in the world. Now they are making lattes and sandwiches on zero-hours contracts. We have lots of entrepreneurial kids, but the only entrepreneurial activity going on around here is selling fags and drugs.”... Like many communities in England’s north-east, the people of this North Yorkshire town, which bears the scars of industrial decline, and has a youth unemployment rate more than double the national average, made their unhappiness known in June 2016. They fought back."
Resentful or Resilient?
"The House Intelligence Committee on Friday released a classified memo alleging abuse of government surveillance powers by the Justice Department.
"Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci engaged in a heated exchange with a speechwriter for former President George W. Bush on Bill Maher's HBO program on Friday night, with Scaramucci at one point suggesting David Frum take a suppository and an "anger management class."
Scaramucci set the tone on "Real Time with Bill Maher" by joking about his short-lived stint as White House communications director in July 2017. "If you could redo one thing during your time at the White House, what would it be?" Maher asked. "The Ryan Lizza call," Scaramucci responded. "I probably wouldn't have had that one." In a phone interview with then-New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza on July 27, Scaramucci unloaded on White House senior officials, including then-chief strategist Stephen Bannon. “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c---,” Scaramucci said of Bannon during the Lizza call. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f---ing strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”
After the show was over, Frum and Scaramucci appeared on the program's online-only "Overtime" segment, where matters became even more contentious. “Your anger toward Trump is clouding your judgment, by the way,” Scaramucci said to Frum. “A good anger management class would help you think a little more clearly.” “Don’t let anger cloud your judgment — but don’t let your ambitions cloud your judgment," Frum responded.
“What does that even mean?” said Scaramucci. “You talking about my ambition? I’d already lived a great life. I went in there to try to serve the country and help the middle and lower-class people that are struggling in this country." “You gotta wake up, brother. You’re living in an ivory tower. Snap out of it. Drop the anger," he advised before suggesting Frum take a suppository. “I’m not a weak guy,” said Frum. “You’re mean, and you’re angry,” Scaramucci replied. “I want to know what drug you’re on,” Maher asked Scaramucci. “He is very Michael Corleone. He doesn’t raise his voice, he’s a quiet killer.” “I’m a little bit too honest, though,” Scaramucci said, before directing his next comment at Frum. “I’m not the typical backstabbing Washingtonian.”"
"Prime Minister Theresa May is set to announce a crackdown on the intimidation of political candidates. Later this week, she will say "it cannot be acceptable" for anyone to face threats over their political view. A 2017 report by the Committee on Standards in Public Life found women, ethnic minority and gay candidates were more likely to be targeted. Mrs May will also consider creating a new offence to protect those in politics and their families. Currently, the law relates to undue influence on voters. "In a speech marking 100 years since women got the vote, Mrs May will highlight British democracy's "robust and oppositional" nature but say a line has been crossed when disagreement turns to intimidation. The prime minister will say political discussion is becoming harder to have without resulting in "tribalism and rancour".
The exploitation of social media and the option to be anonymous will also be highlighted. "It is time we asked ourselves seriously whether we really want it to be like this. Whether we are prepared to accept a permanent coarsening and toxifying of our public debate or whether, together, we will take a stand for decency, tolerance and respect," Mrs May will add. In her speech, the prime minister will say that from May 2019 candidates in local elections will no longer be forced to publish their address on ballot papers.
This would offer them the same protection as UK parliamentary candidates, who are not required to state where they live. Mrs May will also cite examples where certain individuals and their families had been targeted at home."
"Debate may still be raging in London about soft and hard Brexits as Remainers call for a second referendum, but in Redcar it is a done deal. Here the Leave mantra about “taking back control” is to be taken pretty much literally."