No 10 expects rebel move against no-deal Brexit on 9 September

Boris Johnson thinks EU will do nothing until it sees outcome of parliamentary battle Downing Street believes rebel MPs will try to make a move to stop a no-deal Brexit in the second week of September, with the EU unlikely to respond until after that battle has played out. A senior government source said the date for a parliamentary battle was expected to be 9 September a week after MPs return from their summer break. Boris Johnson may meet key …

John Bolton in UK to meet Johnson and Brexit hardliners

US security adviser expected to urge tougher line on Tehran and Chinese tech firm Huawei John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has started two days of meetings in London with key figures in Boris Johnsons government as the US pitches to steer a post-Brexit UK further away from Europe on a range of issues including trade, the role of the Chinese technology firm Huawei. Bolton is the most senior Trump official to visit since Johnson became prime minister, …

From Trump to Johnson, nationalists are on the rise backed by billionaire oligarchs | George Monbiot

The ultra-rich are benefitting from disaster capitalism as democratic oversight implodes, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot Seven years ago the impressionist Rory Bremner complained that politicians had patrimonial wealth accumulation. The largest fortunes are now made not through entrepreneurial brilliance but through inheritance, monopoly and rent-seeking: securing exclusive control of crucial assets such as service monopolies such as trading hubs, software and social media platforms, then charging user fees far higher than the costs of production and delivery. In Russia, …

The Great Hack review searing expos of the Cambridge Analytica scandal

This chilling documentary lays bare the cynicism and chaos surrounding the data research company that harvested information from millions of Facebook users Data rights are human rights is the rallying cry of this gripping, challenging documentary by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, about the biggest scandal of our time: the gigantic question mark over the legality of Trump campaign, the Leave.EU campaign and many other reckless electoral adventures all over the world and their connection with Facebook users and their …

Want to know what a Boris Johnson government would look like? I have just the book | John Harris

Among the would-be PMs backers are the authors of Britannia Unchained, and their vision of deregulated Britain is terrifying, says Guardian columnist John Harris Seven years ago, a group of Conservative MPs who had taken their parliamentary seats in 2010 brought out a slim manifesto for the future of Britain titled one voice: that of unabashed Thatcherites, convinced that hacking back tax and regulation and fixating on the demands of business was as appropriate for the 21st-century UK as it …

Corbyn wishes Amazon ‘many happy tax returns’ on its 25th anniversary

Labour leader sends barbed message to the online retailers founder, Jeff Bezos The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has sent a barbed birthday card to Jeff Bezos to mark Amazons 25th anniversary, wishing the company many happy tax returns and demanding it pays more UK tax, pays its staff better and improves working conditions. Amazon UK only 1.7m in corporation tax in 2017, its most recent annual public filing at Companies House, as pre-tax profits tripled to 72m. Turnover at its …

Revealed: creeping privatisation of London parks in summer

Exclusive figures show extent to which London councils are using parks for ticketed music festivals such as Wireless to plug budget gaps As chugging guitars reverberated over Finsbury Park last Sunday afternoon, crowds streamed through the Manor House gate past a banner commemorating the parks 150th anniversary. Next to it was another temporary sign: Welcome! Your park is open as usual. The statement was at best disingenuous the gates were certainly open, and so were many of the facilities, but …

Uncovered: the 200m theme park, the businessman and the missing millions

A Guardian/ITV News undercover investigation raises concerns about Gavin Woodhouse, who is behind project endorsed by Bear Grylls A new 200m outdoor adventure park, which is being launched with the support of the celebrity adventurer Bear Grylls, is being fronted by a financier who has raised millions of pounds from private investors and whose businesses have a multimillion-pound black hole. The Afan Valley Adventure Resort in south Wales was granted owned and run by Gavin Woodhouse, a businessman who previously …

Ruha Benjamin: We definitely cant wait for Silicon Valley to become more diverse

The sociologist on how discrimination is embedded in technology and how we go about building a fairer world Ruha Benjamin is an associate professor of African American studies at Princeton University, and lectures around the intersection of race, justice and technology. She founded the communities overAmazons own hiring algorithms, which discriminated against women applicants, even though gender wasnt listed on those rsums. The training set used data about who already worked at Amazon. Sometimes, the more intelligent machine learning becomes, …