Wealthy US donors gave millions to rightwing UK groups

Revelations raise questions about influence of foreign funding on British politics Eleven wealthy American donors who have given a total of more than $3.7m (2.86m) to rightwing UK groups in the past five years have been identified, raising questions about the influence of foreign funding on British politics. The donations have been given to four British thinktanks that have been vocal in the debate about Brexit and the shape of the UKs future trade with the EU, and an organisation that claims to be an independent grassroots campaign representing ordinary British taxpayers. Many of the donors have also given significant sums of money to a series of like-minded American groups which, like the British organisations, promote a free market agenda …

Charming but dishonest and duplicitous: Europe’s verdict on Boris Johnson

As the Brexit deadline looms, Europe remains wary of the poker player behind the clown mask He is clever, cultivated, charming; witty, self-deprecating, wildly entertaining and oh so terribly British. Also dissembling, dishonest, dark, duplicitous, and a danger to his country and to Boris Johnson settles into his new role, vowing, do or die, to take the UK out of the EU without a deal in 90 days unless the 27 nations ditch an accord that took two years to negotiate, European politicians and commentators are both fascinated and appalled. Like many people, I was easily charmed by his demeanour, his self-confidence, his intelligence, said Han ten Broeke, a former Dutch MP specialising in EU affairs. Hes a pleasure to …