Obama and Cameron: the truth at last

Clinton to meet Hague over Europe allies

Sometimes when you wait long enough, reality emerges for all to see. And so it is this morning with the news that Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, will meet tomorrow with William Hague, the shadow foreign secretary, amid fast-growing concerns in Washington over the British Conservative Party's foreign policy. Clinton may wish to ask Hague why he has been wrong on every controversial issue he has tried to contain for his party.

I first reported such concerns in the Obama administration back last year, before being widely condemned in the Tory media. I followed this up here, having already reported concerns in the European Jewish community over Cameron's links to Michal Kaminski. Again I was attacked -- and smeared -- by Tories as they became increasingly desperate about this sensitive and embarassing story. It is now clear that these concerns, including those in the Jewish community, have indeed spread to the US.

So, to Conservative press officers, Daniel Hannan, Stephen Pollard and the many members of the unofficial Tory Rapid Rebuttal Unit: I hate to say I told you so, but . . .

James Macintyre is political correspondent for the New Statesman.
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Nigel Farage: welcoming refugees will lead to "migrant tide" of jihadists

Ukip's leader Nigel Farage claims that housing refugees will allow Isis to smuggle in "jihadists".

Nigel Farage has warned that granting sanctuary to refugees could result in Britain being influenced by Isis. 

In remarks that were immediately condemned online, the Ukip leader said "When ISIS say they will flood the migrant tide with 500,000 of their own jihadists, we'd better listen", before saying that Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, had done something "very dangerous" in attempting to host refugees, saying that she was "compounding the pull factors" that lead migrants to attempt the treacherous Mediterranean crossing.

Farage, who has four children, said that as a father, he was "horrified" by the photographs of small children drowned on a European beach, but said housing more refugees would simply make the problem worse. 

The Ukip leader, who failed for the fifth successive occassion to be elected as an MP in May, said he welcomed the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn victory, describing it as a "good result". Corbyn is more sceptical about the European Union than his rivals for the Labour leadership, which Farage believes will provide the nascent Out campaign with a boost. 

 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.