Hybrid houses: could the UK parliament remain partly virtual? | Politics

When the House of Lords began holding virtual proceedings during the first lockdown last spring, there was a spate of videos popular on social media showing peers struggling with mute buttons or interrupted by computerised voices. But, 10 months on, it could be the upper house that has the last Continue Reading

White House budget chief nominee apologizes for past tweets nomination Senate Neera Tanden politics Joe Biden- Tempemail

President Joe Biden s choice to the lead the Office of Management and Budget apologized Tuesday for spending years attacking top Republicans on social media as she tried to convince senators she’ll leave partisan politics behind if confirmed. Neera Tanden also admitted to spending “many months” removing past Twitter posts, Continue Reading

Take action on MPs supporting Covid conspiracy figures, PM told | World news- Tempemail

Boris Johnson has been urged to act after two more Conservative MPs were linked to figures spreading Covid conspiracy theories or making discredited claims. Last week it emerged that Desmond Swayne, a former Tory minister, encouraged anti-lockdown street protesters to “persist” and suggested NHS capacity figures were being “manipulated” to Continue Reading

Craig Kelly’s Facebook posts are mysteriously disappearing – and no one can explain it | Australian politics

Posts by the controversial Liberal MP for Hughes, Craig Kelly have been disappearing from his Facebook timeline almost as fast as the prolific Facebook correspondent has been posting. Kelly denies vehemently that he has been deleting them, but monitoring by some of his constituents who are members of groups such Continue Reading

Hot tip to tackle the Covid blues | Brief letters | Life and style- Tempemail

May I add to the catalogue of errors cited by your correspondents (Letters, 29 January), namely the failure of the government to close the UK borders until 12 months too late, despite having won a referendum which was, in large part, all about closing borders?Roy Boffy Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands Continue Reading

Facebook removes Save Our Rights UK Covid denial videos | World news- Tempemail

Videos published by a “coronavirus denier” group that was told by the Conservative MP Sir Desmond Swayne to “persist” with its anti-lockdown activities have been removed from Facebook after the social network concluded they posed a risk of “imminent physical harm”. More than 60,000 people followed the Save Our Rights Continue Reading

‘Others will continue to fan the flames of extremism’: Political scientists reveal how Trump has forever changed American politics- Tempemail

As Donald Trump starts his post-presidency life surrounded by sunshine and sycophants at Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the spotlight will shift to Joe Biden as he begins the unenviable task of unifying a fractured nation, countering a deadly virus, and attempting to repair a gutted federal government.   And although Continue Reading

We need stronger stories to counter political lies | Politics- Tempemail

Andy Beckett is right to say that our politics are being hollowed out, but Covid-19 is just part of that process (The pandemic has hollowed out our politics – but that can’t last forever, 14 January). The sheer weariness of public outrage may be true, but what outlets remain where Continue Reading

In the wake of the US Capitol attack, Australian politics is consumed by a reactionary free speech debate | US Capitol breach

For many Australians, the US Capitol riot was experienced in almost real time. On Twitter, they could see harrowing videos of a lone policeman facing down a mob. Photos of a noose installed by the crowd on Washington DC’s Tempemail Mall were only a scroll away on Facebook. In the Continue Reading