The first time I encountered a white fascist – on an internet messageboard I used to run – I pointed out that I was born in London and had every right to be in the country. He replied: "Just because a dog is born in a stable doesn't make it a horse." In a bizarre way I've become fond of that insult over the last 10 years, for reasons that will soon become clear. Bear with my personal stuff, if you can, it's somewhat necessary. It's rare that our sense of identity remains static.
Isis needs European leaders to overreact and polarise people. They want to inspire terror, they want us to cower in their influence and powerYou could say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. But there is a more blunt way to put this: if we want to fight terrorist groups, we need to stop inadvertently helping them in their quest. Yesterday it emerged the man behind Germany’s Dortmund team bus attack wasn’t inspired by Isis but by greed.
If Labour MPs want to avoid losing their seats, they need to ignore Corbyn and focus on opposing Hard Brexit. The very issue that drove Theresa May to call a snap election is now Labour’s best chance against a collapse. The case for this is now blindingly plain to see. By most measures the Labour party isn’t going to do well in June. They are trailing the Tories by 10-20 points, depending on which polling company you ask. One poll last night put their lead at 24%.