Being a politician is being an expert at apologising. This week it was the turn of Jeremy Corbyn saying he was sorry for the ongoing anti-Semitism row which has swamped his party. Other than the usual calls for the far-left cluster to be reigned in it was the leader of the opposition himself who this week has apologised for comments made back in 2010. The information mined to the surface states that Mr Corbyn was in attendance when attendees at Holocaust Memorial Day 2010 compared the state of Israel to that of The Third Reich. He apologised profusely and was quoted as saying “In the past, in pursuit of justice for the Palestinian people and peace in Israel/Palestine, I have on occasion appeared on platforms with people whose views I completely reject. I apologise for the concerns and anxiety that this has caused.”
As is customary during the month of August, MPs get their annual holiday time and an opportunity to power down. Not so for Theresa May who has elected to spend her summer break with President of France Emmanuel Macron at his retreat in the south of France. Make no mistake, this is no leisurely pursuit. The deals for Brexit may just be done in the glory of the Rivera sun and May and Macron will be seeking to find a compromise so that France ‘send a strong signal’ to the European Commission for a ‘sensible and practical’ solution.
Back in May a £10 million kitty was allocated towards the protection of the grammar school system. This has now been solidified as studies released this week which suggest that the equivalent to 24 new grammar schools will be created by 2021. This is a controversial piece of legislation as the grammar school system has been criticised in the past of favouritism towards richer families as they have the resources at their disposal to pay for tutors to get children through the academic selection process. The money has been promised only to those of the 163 schools there currently are in the UK that make selection easier for poorer pupils.
Jacob Rees-Mogg is the last in a line of what some dubb: pantomime villain politicians and the unflappable aristocrat has once again been in the news because of his unapologetic hard-Brexit stance. This time, the investment firm Somerset Capital Management has been found of backing Purpose Investments, a Canadian investor in the cannabis market. Rees-Mogg himself has refused to support the decriminalisation of cannabis and yet is now financially tied to a company which is one of its biggest investors. Canada is legalising the drug this autumn so naturally many corporations want to cash in on the change in legislation. No doubt the man himself will reasonably explain himself out this pickle.