Starmer on ‘Cor-binned’
In the first story of the Daily Briefing today, we report further on a story that broke yesterday, and has been all over the news ever since: the sacking of the former leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn. Following the report on antisemitism in the Labour Party, Corbyn stated that he believed the report was “dramatically overstated”, which led to Starmer suspending him. Starmer did make clear that anyone downplaying the severity of the antisemitism problem in the party was “part of the problem” – so it wasn’t as though this came without warning.
Nonetheless, Starmer has today defended his move to remove the whip from the former leader – and his old boss. He stated that although it was always going to be a difficult day for Labour, he hoped a line could be drawn under it and the party could accept wrongdoing and move on in implementing the changes. He said that he had spoken to Jewish leaders and the Jewish community, and this is what they have said they wanted too.
Corbyn’s allies have also spoken up today – hoping to try and get him reinstated. Len McClusky, a key Corbyn ally, has stated that the sacking has caused chaos in the party and may even lead to them losing the next general election.
Whether Corbyn will be reinstated at some point in the future, and exactly how the wider Labour Party reacts to the news is still unfolding, and is yet to be understood.
Early Voting in the US
We’ll now move to the US to discuss the early voting in the upcoming presidential election. It has so far been reported that a whopping 81 million people have already voted. That’s more than the population of the UK – by a significant margin. What’s even more interesting about this news is that Texas, who historically has a low turnout, is actually the #1 state for early voting. Already, there have been more than 8.45 million early votes cast – which is almost the same number of votes cast in total in Texas is 2016 (early votes and election day votes combined)
One of the obvious reasons for such a spike in early voting is likely because of the pandemic, and voters are likely trying to avoid human contact in order to keep themselves safe. Although Biden is ahead in the polls, it is not clear which way these early ballots have gone. We will have to wait until next week to see whether most of these ballots have put a mark next to former Vice-President Biden or President Trump.
A Rule of 6 Loophole
For our final story of the Daily Briefing, we move back to the UK to discuss a very interesting loophole. While the UK has a national restriction on meetings of more than six people socially, there are exemptions in place. Obviously, those that need to work in an office do not need to adhere to such a rule, as many workplaces employ more than six people.
This gave Fenn Settle, a financial advisor, an idea. He registered his house as a business and employed his family on zero hours contracts. This means that any meetings between them can be classed as a business meeting and, therefore, not subject to the rule of six. This only cost him £6 to do.
He claimed that he did this because he couldn’t meet his grandfather in the two months leading up to his death. He did make clear also that he was not trying to mock coronavirus, just highlight the hypocrisy that people can meet for work but not to see their families.
We are waiting to see when and if this loophole is going to be closed.
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