Video: the riots continue for a third night

Incredible footage of last night's riots shows scenes of chaos, clashes and extraordinary bravery.

A bus blazes in Tottenham, where the riots originated. Police on horses charge through the streets in a futile attempt to gain some control over the situation.

 

A West Indian woman from Hackney makes an extraordinary speech in the streets of East London, telling demonstrators: "This is about a fucking man who got shot in Tottenham, this ain't about having fun on the ride and busting up the place. Get it real black people, get real. Do it for a cause, if we're fighting for a cause let's fight for a fucking cause."

 

A powerful video of scenes in Ealing last night, with protesters and police coming head to head in scenes of violent confrontation.

 

Large fires were seen across London in boroughs including Clapham, Croydon, Hackney and Peckham. Helicopter images from Croydon highlight the extent of the chaos as a building burns ferociously.

 

 

Other cities beyond London including Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool were also affected last night as the riots spread across the country. Here, scenes from Birmingham show shops in the aftermath of a night of looting.

Tess Riley is a freelance journalist and social justice campaigner. She also works, part time, for Streetbank, and can be found on Twitter at @tess_riley

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Donald Trump's healthcare failure could be to his advantage

The appearance of weakness is less electorally damaging than actually removing healthcare from millions of people.

Good morning. Is it all over for Donald Trump? His approval ratings have cratered to below 40%. Now his attempt to dismantle Barack Obama's healthcare reforms have hit serious resistance from within the Republican Party, adding to the failures and retreats of his early days in office.

The problem for the GOP is that their opposition to Obamacare had more to do with the word "Obama" than the word "care". The previous President opted for a right-wing solution to the problem of the uninsured in a doomed attempt to secure bipartisan support for his healthcare reform. The politician with the biggest impact on the structures of the Affordable Care Act is Mitt Romney.

But now that the Republicans control all three branches of government they are left in a situation where they have no alternative to Obamacare that wouldn't either a) shred conservative orthodoxies on healthcare or b) create numerous and angry losers in their constituencies. The difficulties for Trump's proposal is that it does a bit of both.

Now the man who ran on his ability to cut a deal has been forced to make a take it or leave plea to Republicans in the House of Representatives: vote for this plan or say goodbye to any chance of repealing Obamacare.

But that's probably good news for Trump. The appearance of weakness and failure is less electorally damaging than actually succeeding in removing healthcare from millions of people, including people who voted for Trump.

Trump won his first term because his own negatives as a candidate weren't quite enough to drag him down on a night when he underperformed Republican candidates across the country. The historical trends all make it hard for a first-term incumbent to lose. So far, Trump's administration is largely being frustrated by the Republican establishment though he is succeeding in leveraging the Presidency for the benefit of his business empire.

But it may be that in the failure to get anything done he succeeds in once again riding Republican coattails to victory in 2020.

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to British politics.