Opinionomics | 28 May 2012

Must-read comment and analysis. Featuring a tiny amount of hyperbole, maybe?

1. The balance of financial terror (Bruegel)

The relationship between Greece and the rest of the euro area are increasingly reminiscent of the Cold War’s balance of terror, writes Jean Pisani-Ferry in a perhaps slightly hyperbolic piece.

2. Tax is always going to be taxing (LabourList)

Imogen Parker writes in defence of wealth taxes.

3. Austerity Defenses (New York Times | Consscience of a Liberal)

Paul Krugman strawmans the strawmen. But is very entertaining.

4. Do consumers want to get rid of the “dangerous myth” of free current accounts? (Market Square)

Nida Broughton examines Andrew Bailey's comments

5. Austerity Bites, but Fascism Won’t Snarl in Europe (Bloomberg View)

Pawel Swieboda examines the rush to fringe parties caused by austerity in Europe.

Greek fascists, Golden Dawn, salute as they are sworn in to Parliament. Photograph: Getty Images

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David Cameron calls Sadiq Khan a “proud Muslim” – after trying to link him to Islamic extremism

The PM has his best flipflops on.

After months of backing the nasty racial politics of the Tory mayoral campaign, the Prime Minister has taken the bold move of sharing a platform with infamous moderate Sadiq Khan on the EU Remain campaign trail. Quite a spectacular about-turn.

Compare and contrast, readers.

David Cameron, 20 April 2016

“If we are going to condemn not just violent extremism, but also the extremism that seeks to justify violence in any way, it is very important that we do not back these people, and we do not appear on platforms with them. And I have to say, I am concerned about Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London, who has appeared again and again and again . . . The Honourable Member for Tooting has appeared on a platform with him [imam Suliman Gani] nine times. This man supports IS.”

David Cameron, 30 May 2016

“Let me first of all congratulate Sadiq on his victory. He talked about his father. He’s the son of a bus driver. I’m the son of a stockbroker, which is not quite so romantic. But he makes an important point about our country. In one generation someone who’s a proud Muslim, a proud Brit and a proud Londoner can become mayor of the greatest city on Earth. That says something about our country. There are still glass ceilings we have got to smash. There’s still discrimination we have got to fight.”

What a difference a month makes, eh?

I'm a mole, innit.