The Week in Quotes – 15th December 2017

“I think that the idea that this is happening, I think it will start to bring a conscience to the situation, not just in politics, but in, you know, we’ve seen in Hollywood and in every industry. And I think the time has come.”

Nikki Haley

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, was asked on CBS’s Face the Nation about her view on the multiple women who have come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. Speaking on Sunday, Haley said that “any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way” had “every right to speak up.” 20 women have publicly accused the president of sexual harassment – in October, Trump called his accusers “liars”.

“Labour is absolutely right to keep all options on the table. Workers’ rights and jobs must come first.”

Labour came under fire this week for a perceived lack of public support for Britain remaining in the single market. TUC general secretary France O’Grady spoke in response to this claiming it was right for Labout to keep “all options on the table. Jeremy Corbyn has so far refused to publicly announce Labour’s Brexit plans, though last week shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said Labour could accept “easy movement” of EU citizens in exchange for continued tariff-free trade.



“President Trump, ‘fake news’ is not broadcasters criticising you,”

Speaking to Transparency International, former Prime Minister David Cameron criticised US president Donald Trump, saying the real ‘fake news’ is “Russian bots and trolls targeting your democracy, pumping out untrue stories day after day, night after night.”

“I have always believed that the people of Alabama have more in common than divides us.”

Doug Jones Victory

Doug Jones celebrates alongside his wife Louise in Birmingham, Alabama.

In Alabama, Democratic candidate Doug Jones beat the disgraced Republican candidate Roy Moore in the run for senate, with 49.9% of the vote. Jones is the first Democrat to win any statewide seat in Alabama in a decade. US president Donald Trump tweeted an usually humble response to the victory, saying the election was “hard fought” but also said that “the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time”.

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“Theresa May has resisted democratic accountability. Her refusal to listen means she will now have to accept parliament taking back control.”

MP Dominic Grieve House of Commons

MP Dominic Grieve called for Parliament to have a “meaningful vote” on Brexit.

Labour MPs joined with rebel Tory MPs to back an amendment by Dominic Grieve, which guarantees a decisive parliamentary vote on the final terms of Brexit. The rebellion by Tory Mps who had been instructed to vote against the amendment is a major defeat for Theresa May. Jeremy Corbyn (quote above) said that the result was “a humiliating loss of authority for the government on the eve of the European Council meeting”.

“As a result of today’s misguided actions, our broadband providers will get extraordinary new powers”

The US Federal Communications Commission voted in favour of ending net neutrality – the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same – a decision that could significantly increase the power of internet providers, and allow them to have more say over the way the internet is used in the USA. The move has long been sought after by president Trump, who wishes to repeal a federal rules during his first term alone.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who did not back the decision, said that it gives internet providers “the technical ability and business incentive to discriminate and manipulate your internet traffic. And now this agency gives them the legal green light to go ahead”.

RIP Internet

A sign left by a protester against the FCC ruling.

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