The Conservative slogan "Get Brexit done" suggests a quick and easy path to leaving the European Union (EU), allowing the UK to focus on other things apart from Brexit. But it's not that simple.We know the Brexit deadline has been delayed again - this time until 31 January 2020.If the Conservatives win a clear majority in this election, Brexit day could be earlier than that, otherwise it could be delayed again.Either way, though, it won't be the end of the matter. Boris Johnson wants it to happen as soon as possible."It is fair to say you're getting Brexit done because you are coming out of the EU and you're coming out of the legal order of the EU," the prime minister told the BBC."You are really taking back control of all the things - money, border, rules - you are doing all that."But while the day of Brexit would certainly be a big symbolic moment (loved and hated in equal measure), it would also leave an enormous amount unresolved.That's because Brexit is not really a single event - … [Read more...] about General Election 2019: What does ‘Get Brexit done’ mean?
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Photo: Adult Swim Genndy Tartakovsky is the world’s greatest living action filmmaker, and his show, Samurai Jack, which starts its fifth and final season on Adult Swim March 11, is the most aesthetically daring series on TV. Amazingly, both statements were true back in 2004, the last time Samurai Jack aired new episodes. If you’re new to this show about a samurai stranded in a post-apocalyptic future while battling a demon, you may find my proclamations excessive and weird, for three reasons: (1) Samurai Jack is a cartoon, and cartoons aren’t often mentioned when Quality TV is discussed — especially cartoons about swordsmen stranded in a post-apocalyptic future while battling a demon, because anything so described must be trite; (2) Samurai Jack looks at first glance like a parade of action sequences with little plot or dialogue, and after even a few minutes of watching it, you realize that yes, in fact, that’s unapologetically what it is; and, most … [Read more...] about In Its Final Season,
BoJack Horseman Season 3 premiering on Netflix on July 22, 2016. The series stars Will Arnett, Aaron Paul and Amy Sedaris. (Photo Netflix) Photo: Netflix Very sad and serious things happen on BoJack Horseman. The third season alone, which recently dropped another motherlode of Hollywood satire and unrelenting bleakness onto Netflix, features story lines involving tragic drug overdoses, abortion, pop songs about abortion, alcohol abuse, sexual harassment, and potentially terminal cancer diagnoses. Everyone on this show is miserable, self-involved, and either in the middle of an existential crisis or merely taking a brief break before the next round of soul-crushing “Why am I here and what’s the meaning of life?” questions start again. Yet somehow, improbably, watching this show is a joyful, even giddy, experience. What should be the most depressing series on TV and/or mobile devices is actually one of the most pleasurable ones, and not just because so many of the … [Read more...] about Deep Down,
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Nigel Youngberg was in the upstairs bathroom for seven hours straight the weekend he went missing. A late-night shower always made him feel better. His mother thought of it like the hug machine invented by Temple Grandin to soothe herself when autism made life too stressful. Nigel would hug himself with the warm water when his schizophrenia became too painful. But this was an unusually long shower, reported the Idaho Statesman (http://bit.ly/2c90gbE). Nigel’s father, Mark Youngberg, woke at 9 a.m. that Saturday to find water coming through the kitchen ceiling. The deluge stopped when Mark turned off the water to the whole house. By then, Nigel had barricaded himself in the bathroom. He left the water running because — he later told his mother — he thought it would clean up the germs. He could tell his parents were upset about the water, so he hid in the bathroom. Then he ran. He climbed out the window and grabbed a bicycle with two flat tires … [Read more...] about Family of man who died in psychosis couldn’t get any help
You may not have noticed it yet, but next week's Autumn Statement will be a big test of the prime minister's seriousness. Theresa May is making an extraordinary claim - to be the Western leader who gets the zeitgeist, who has the answers others are too timid to grasp, without being so headstrong that she threatens the whole system of world capitalism. The overarching question about the chancellor's first major economic pronouncement will be "What does it say about Brexit?".This is entirely right and proper. Philip Hammond wouldn't be in charge of the UK economy without that vote - George Osborne would still be in post. The direction Mr Hammond takes will depend on whether he thinks Britain is more likely to boom or bust outside the European Union. In some quarters, he is already castigated for not sticking to a "happy clappy" script.Sensible people agree Brexit is an economic leap in the dark, destination unknown. But to some, acknowledging this is akin to heresy. Our leap, they … [Read more...] about What will Philip Hammond reveal about Theresa May’s Brexit plans?
Heidi Schreck, creator and star of What the Constitution Means to Me. Photo: Joan Marcus “Thank you all so much for being here!” Heidi Schreck beamed, effervescent in a sunny yellow blazer, as she made her entrance at the start of What the Constitution Means to Me. Then she kept smiling, but something flickered behind her eyes as she added, “Especially tonight.” It was Thursday, the day of the Kavanaugh hearings. In the tiny pause that Schreck let hang in the air before she took a breath and moved forward, my thoughts plunged through the events of the preceding twelve hours like a lead weight dropped into a sinkhole. The world was in the room with us — her courage, his floundering spinelessness, the dead-eyed indifference of a wall of men with no recognizable consciences to appeal to, no interest in uncovering truth, no intentions beyond shoring up the foundations of their own power. Schreck began to speak again. Her eyes flashed back into brightness … [Read more...] about Is Personal, Political, and Uncannily Timed