Jeremy Corbyn’s flip-flopping Brexit fudge lives on in Labour’s leadership hopefuls

After Jeremy Corbyn led Labour into the electoral equivalent of the Charge of the Light Brigade last month, those vying to succeed him are in no doubt as to why that happened — even if they did little to stop it at the time.

“We weren’t trusted on Brexit," Rebecca Long Bailey declared on the Today programme this morning, insisting that she "certainly" argued privately against the fudge Mr Corbyn settled on. Her fellow leadership contenders are similarly unanimous in blaming Labour’s Brexit policy (which is just the tip of the iceberg), as they pitch themselves as candidates who would make put and end to the constant prevarication, triangulation and flip-flopping.

But judging by how Mr Corbyn’s…

Turkey’s shameful support for Hamas terrorists could provoke a full-scale Middle East war

An investigation by this paper has made clear that Hamas terrorists have been planning attacks against Israel from Turkey. President Erdogan knows this but denies it. He even denies that Hamas is a terrorist organisation despite the group’s categorisation as such by the US and EU. 

According to Erdogan, Hamas is “a resistance movement trying to protect its country under occupation”. This is a lie. In fact, Erdogan’s support for Hamas is itself an act of aggression against Israel. In 2015 Turkey agreed to prevent Hamas planning attacks from its territory but has never done so. This inaction harms Israel but is even more damaging to the Palestinian people. Rather than developing Gaza, which it…

With a stonking mandate, the Tories must seize this chance to make the case for conservatism

The result of the 2019 general election has brought elation to the hearts of Tories up and down the country. To see opponents who have so viciously attacked good people as ‘fascist’, ‘far Right’ and ‘racist’ for the high crime of considering voting conservative lose so comprehensively, abandoned by their traditional heartlands after generations, must be immensely satisfying.

The talk ever since has been of a party now firmly ensconced in office for a generation. Andrew Neil said at the close of play Labour had lost this election, and probably the next. Over at the Corbynista media outlet Novara Media, the crestfallen presenters, whilst saying that this was not a fait accompli, betrayed their…

Multilateralism is no closer to tackling climate change

There is a certain ritual to climate change summits. They begin with warnings that, unless agreement is reached on dramatic carbon reduction targets, the world will sink beneath the waves.

Then there are weeks of talking by thousands of delegates, where the earlier ambitions are reduced as it becomes apparent that they will never be agreed.

Finally, when all seems lost, a deal of sorts is reached that satisfies few participants but represents a modest advance on what went before. The COP25 summit that ended in Madrid yesterday has followed a similar pattern to those past conferences in Kyoto, Paris, Copenhagen and elsewhere.

Inevitably, some of the world’s biggest polluters, such as China, India…

Is Putin Corbyn’s puppet master, or is the Labour leader just a useful idiot? 

My co-author on two books, Colonel Oleg Tsarev, was a KGB professional who spent seven years at the London rezidentura under journalistic cover. After his return to Moscow he boasted to me that he had influenced a large proportion of the JFK assassination literature. How? He and several other First Chief Directorate colleagues had circulated forged documents and photographs to gullible writers who were predisposed to believe that the CIA had actively participated in a plot to murder President Kennedy.

The KGB’s purpose? Apparently there was no masterplan, or belief that this would be part of some sophisticated, machiavellian, command-and-control deception campaign directed by a politically-motivated…

The young embrace socialism because they are ignorant of its destructive power

You think broadband is expensive now? Just wait till it’s free. You don’t like the energy companies? Wait till they’re run by the state. Fed up with late trains? Oh boy, wait till someone tells you about British Rail.

The facts of life may be Conservative. But the facts of life are, by definition, learnt rather than intuited. No child – pace Gilbert and Sullivan – is born a little Conservative, because Conservatism rests on experience rather than theory. Or, to put it the other way around, socialism sounds perfectly reasonable until you try it.

Why, after all, have two companies producing the same thing when one can be reallocated to a more socially useful purpose? Why leave the economy to arrange…

Labour’s plan to scrap universal credit is welfare vandalism that will do nothing to help the poor

Sixty per cent of low-income voters believe "no political party really cares about helping people like me". Fifty per cent of them believe the Conservative Party "only cares about the rich". And yet just a third of this group plan to vote for the Labour Party. 

Labour’s new report Poverty Britain, published today, is at least a welcome attempt to try and address these voters, but its prescription – what it terms a war on poverty – shows just why it is struggling to win them over.

Fighting poverty is not about pounds and pence, it’s about life change – supporting people to reach their potential. Labour’s report, however, delineates the haves from the have-nots by using a simplistic measure of…

For the sake of Hong Kong’s future, a political resolution must be found

Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK, had some stern words for the British government over its alleged interference in the affairs of Hong Kong. As the unrest continued in the former colony, with police laying siege to a university, he denounced the Western reactions to the unrest and the violence being used by pro-democracy protesters.

Mr Liu is right that the use of petrol bombs and other weapons cannot be condoned. But most western commentary on the upheavals has been to urge restraint on all sides, which Beijing considers partisan but is hardly a call to insurrection. Moreover, the UK is not a disinterested party seeking to undermine Beijing’s position in Hong Kong. 

The hand-over in…

A historic anniversary for the Telegraph, Europe’s first newspaper website

Twenty-five years ago, the Daily Telegraph became the first daily newspaper in Europe to launch its own website. The Electronic Telegraph, a selection of articles uploaded daily, was hailed in the newspaper’s pages as the Daily Telegraph’s “first step on to the global information super highway”.

Yet while observers marvelled at some of the possibilities of this new technology, there was still little popular sense of just how seismic the online shift would become.

A quarter of a century ago, the “jungle of networks that make up the internet” was a very different ecosystem. There was no Google, let alone Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. A mere 25 million people worldwide had access, compared to more than four billion today.

For the print media, the transition to digital has certainly brought with it challenges. But it has also brought fantastic opportunities. In 1994, we highlighted our new website’s “electronic mail facility” and the convenience of “special electronic links called hyperlinks”.

Today a vast array of digital formats and techniques, from interactive graphics to podcasts, have transformed the possibilities of online journalism.

Meanwhile, the use of comments, analytics and social media have brought us closer than ever before to our readers. The modern site, free to access today as a celebration of our historic milestone, is a testament to 25 years at the forefront of exploring the myriad possibilities of the internet.

While some things change, others stay the 
same. Underpinning everything remains our commitment to quality journalism in all its forms. That is as true now as when the Telegraph was founded in 1855.