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Pollsters: Britain’s Governing Conservatives Heading For Electoral Wipe-Out

Britain’s governing Conservative Party faces an historic loss in next month’s European Parliament elections, warn party insiders and pollsters, as a result of its handling of Brexit and the delay of the country’s departure from the European Union.

Half-a-dozen opinion polls suggests the Conservative government of Prime Minister Theresa May could fall off a cliff and the center of British politics could be eroded, benefiting a new Brexit party founded in January by populist Nigel Farage and the Labour Party, which, under the leadership of socialist Jeremy Corbyn, has moved significantly to the left.

“Populist parties are resurgent, politics is re-fragmenting, trust has all but vanished and left, center and right are in a rage. The atmosphere is surly, nasty and vicious,” according to Allister Heath, a commentator.

Few voters expected

Some opinion polls are forecasting Conservative candidates in the May elections for the European Parliament will attract only 15 percent of the vote, which, if accurate, would be the party’s worst electoral performance ever. The forecasts suggest Farage’s Brexit party, which wants an immediate clean break with the European Union, regardless of the economic or political consequences for Britain, including Scotland opting for independence, will top the election.

The Labour Party likely will come in a close second, thanks mainly to pro-Remain voters, who want Britain to stay in the European Union, the pollsters say.

The polls bring home how Brexit is reshaping British politics and setting the country up for a major realignment not seen since the 1920s and the rise of the Labour Party. The likely biggest casualty of the political shift will be the Conservatives, also known as Tories, party insiders admit.

Opposite camps

Voters now identify more strongly with either the Leave or Remain camps than they do with Britain’s parties, in a division that’s falling more along socio-cultural lines than traditional socio-economic ones.

When it comes to a possible general election in Britain, which many politicians expect to happen this year, polling data suggests that just half of the Conservative Party’s lifelong voters would back it.

A quarter say they will switch their vote to Farage’s group or his old UK Independence Party, setting up the likelihood of Labour emerging as the largest parliamentary party and reliant on the support to govern of Scottish Nationalists, Liberal Democrats and a breakaway pro-Remain party called Change UK, made up of Labour and centrist Conservative defectors.

Until this month it was unthinkable that Britain would have to take part in European elections. The country was due to leave the bloc on March 29, but now has a new departure date of October 31.

But deadlock in the British parliament, where lawmakers refused to approve an exit deal negotiated by Prime Minister May with the European Union and also have not been prepared to leave the bloc without a deal, forced the exit delay. EU leaders had no option under the bloc’s rules but to demand Britain participate in the elections for as long as it remains a member.

Political system in crisis

The Euro-elections couldn’t have come at a worse time for a British political system that’s cracking and creaking under the strain of an ill-tempered Brexit, which has seen Leavers demanding a sharp break with the Continent and pro-Europeans trying to salvage a so-called soft Brexit.

May is holding talks with Labour in an attempt to secure a compromise exit deal involving a deeper, permanent customs deal with the European Union, a move that’s infuriating hardline Brexiters in her party.

Dozens of local party chairmen and hundreds of grassroots activists the party relies on for campaigning have said they will shun the elections and offer no help. The Conservative Party is also running out of money with big donors on both sides of the Remain and Leave debate, withholding their normal funding.

“Many long-standing Tories are on strike,” says Daniel Hannan, a Brexiter and Conservative European Parliament lawmaker. Writing in Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper, Hannan raised the prospect of a complete Conservative meltdown next month.

“There comes a point when a political party gets so badly hammered at a national poll that its position becomes irrecoverable. It happened to the Canadian Tories in 1993. It could happen to the British Tories next month,” he warned.

 

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Pollsters: Britain’s Governing Conservatives Heading For Electoral Wipe-Out

Britain’s governing Conservative Party faces an historic loss in next month’s European Parliament elections, warn party insiders and pollsters, as a result of its handling of Brexit and the delay of the country’s departure from the European Union.

Half-a-dozen opinion polls suggests the Conservative government of Prime Minister Theresa May could fall off a cliff and the center of British politics could be eroded, benefiting a new Brexit party founded in January by populist Nigel Farage and the Labour Party, which, under the leadership of socialist Jeremy Corbyn, has moved significantly to the left.

“Populist parties are resurgent, politics is re-fragmenting, trust has all but vanished and left, center and right are in a rage. The atmosphere is surly, nasty and vicious,” according to Allister Heath, a commentator.

Few voters expected

Some opinion polls are forecasting Conservative candidates in the May elections for the European Parliament will attract only 15 percent of the vote, which, if accurate, would be the party’s worst electoral performance ever. The forecasts suggest Farage’s Brexit party, which wants an immediate clean break with the European Union, regardless of the economic or political consequences for Britain, including Scotland opting for independence, will top the election.

The Labour Party likely will come in a close second, thanks mainly to pro-Remain voters, who want Britain to stay in the European Union, the pollsters say.

The polls bring home how Brexit is reshaping British politics and setting the country up for a major realignment not seen since the 1920s and the rise of the Labour Party. The likely biggest casualty of the political shift will be the Conservatives, also known as Tories, party insiders admit.

Opposite camps

Voters now identify more strongly with either the Leave or Remain camps than they do with Britain’s parties, in a division that’s falling more along socio-cultural lines than traditional socio-economic ones.

When it comes to a possible general election in Britain, which many politicians expect to happen this year, polling data suggests that just half of the Conservative Party’s lifelong voters would back it.

A quarter say they will switch their vote to Farage’s group or his old UK Independence Party, setting up the likelihood of Labour emerging as the largest parliamentary party and reliant on the support to govern of Scottish Nationalists, Liberal Democrats and a breakaway pro-Remain party called Change UK, made up of Labour and centrist Conservative defectors.

Until this month it was unthinkable that Britain would have to take part in European elections. The country was due to leave the bloc on March 29, but now has a new departure date of October 31.

But deadlock in the British parliament, where lawmakers refused to approve an exit deal negotiated by Prime Minister May with the European Union and also have not been prepared to leave the bloc without a deal, forced the exit delay. EU leaders had no option under the bloc’s rules but to demand Britain participate in the elections for as long as it remains a member.

Political system in crisis

The Euro-elections couldn’t have come at a worse time for a British political system that’s cracking and creaking under the strain of an ill-tempered Brexit, which has seen Leavers demanding a sharp break with the Continent and pro-Europeans trying to salvage a so-called soft Brexit.

May is holding talks with Labour in an attempt to secure a compromise exit deal involving a deeper, permanent customs deal with the European Union, a move that’s infuriating hardline Brexiters in her party.

Dozens of local party chairmen and hundreds of grassroots activists the party relies on for campaigning have said they will shun the elections and offer no help. The Conservative Party is also running out of money with big donors on both sides of the Remain and Leave debate, withholding their normal funding.

“Many long-standing Tories are on strike,” says Daniel Hannan, a Brexiter and Conservative European Parliament lawmaker. Writing in Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper, Hannan raised the prospect of a complete Conservative meltdown next month.

“There comes a point when a political party gets so badly hammered at a national poll that its position becomes irrecoverable. It happened to the Canadian Tories in 1993. It could happen to the British Tories next month,” he warned.

 

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Pope’s Good Friday Meditations to Focus on Sex Slavery Victims

On Good Friday, Pope Francis presides over the Passion of the Lord service in Saint Peter’s Basilica taking part in the candle-lit Way of the Cross procession, attended by thousands of faithful at Rome’s ancient Colosseum. The meditations for this celebration have been written by Sister Eugenia Bonetti, an 80-year-old nun who, along with her missionary sisters, has spent the last quarter century fighting human trafficking.

 

Pope Francis has called forcing women into prostitution “a crime against humanity” and has urged Catholics “to open their eyes” to victims. The aim of Sister Bonett’s meditations will be to show the way in which Christ still suffers today. The 80-year-old is president of the Italian association “Slaves No More”, which provides assistance to women and children forced into the sex trade.

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis celebrated the mass of the Lord’s Supper in the prison of Velletri, south of Rome. The prison is overcrowded and home to over 500 inmates, 60 percent of whom are foreigners. The pope reflected on the gesture of washing the feet, which at the times of Jesus, was the job of slaves and servants.

 

“Every one of us must be the servant of others,” the pope said in his short homily. “This is the rule of Jesus and the rule of the gospel. The rule of service, not of domination, of hurting or humiliating others.”

The pope told the inmates to be brothers in service, not in ambition, adding “The one who thinks he is the strongest, must be a servant. We must all be servants.”

Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates, including nine Italians, and one each from Morocco, Ivory Coast and Brazil. Also on Holy Thursday, the pope celebrated a morning Chrism mass in which he blessed the oils that will be used during the year.

 

An Easter Vigil will take place on Saturday evening in Saint Peter’s Basilica, ahead of Easter Sunday mass in the square, at the end of which the pope will give his traditional blessing to the city and to the world.

 

 

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Pope’s Good Friday Meditations to Focus on Sex Slavery Victims

On Good Friday, Pope Francis presides over the Passion of the Lord service in Saint Peter’s Basilica taking part in the candle-lit Way of the Cross procession, attended by thousands of faithful at Rome’s ancient Colosseum. The meditations for this celebration have been written by Sister Eugenia Bonetti, an 80-year-old nun who, along with her missionary sisters, has spent the last quarter century fighting human trafficking.

 

Pope Francis has called forcing women into prostitution “a crime against humanity” and has urged Catholics “to open their eyes” to victims. The aim of Sister Bonett’s meditations will be to show the way in which Christ still suffers today. The 80-year-old is president of the Italian association “Slaves No More”, which provides assistance to women and children forced into the sex trade.

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis celebrated the mass of the Lord’s Supper in the prison of Velletri, south of Rome. The prison is overcrowded and home to over 500 inmates, 60 percent of whom are foreigners. The pope reflected on the gesture of washing the feet, which at the times of Jesus, was the job of slaves and servants.

 

“Every one of us must be the servant of others,” the pope said in his short homily. “This is the rule of Jesus and the rule of the gospel. The rule of service, not of domination, of hurting or humiliating others.”

The pope told the inmates to be brothers in service, not in ambition, adding “The one who thinks he is the strongest, must be a servant. We must all be servants.”

Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates, including nine Italians, and one each from Morocco, Ivory Coast and Brazil. Also on Holy Thursday, the pope celebrated a morning Chrism mass in which he blessed the oils that will be used during the year.

 

An Easter Vigil will take place on Saturday evening in Saint Peter’s Basilica, ahead of Easter Sunday mass in the square, at the end of which the pope will give his traditional blessing to the city and to the world.

 

 

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У Києві три станції метро закриті на вхід і вихід – поліція

Станції київського метрополітену «Олімпійська», «Палац спорту» і «Льва Толстого» закриті на вхід і вихід, повідомляє поліція Києва.

«На даний час усі три вищевказані станції закриті на вхід і вихід. Станції «Палац спорту» і «Льва Толстого» працюватимуть лише як пересадочні на іншу гілку метрополітену», – йдеться в повідомленні.

Обмеження діятимуть до закінчення запланованих заходів на НСК «Олімпійський», йдеться в повідомленні.

Читайте також: День дебатів: живий блог про все, що відбувається в Києві і на НСК «Олімпійський»

19 квітня о 19:00 на НСК «Олімпійський» мають пройти дебати кандидатів Володимира Зеленського і Петра Порошенка. У зв’язку з цим у центрі Києва посилили заходи безпеки, обмежили рух транспорту і запровадили обмеження в роботі метрополітену.

21 квітня відбудеться другий тур виборів президента.

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У Києві три станції метро закриті на вхід і вихід – поліція

Станції київського метрополітену «Олімпійська», «Палац спорту» і «Льва Толстого» закриті на вхід і вихід, повідомляє поліція Києва.

«На даний час усі три вищевказані станції закриті на вхід і вихід. Станції «Палац спорту» і «Льва Толстого» працюватимуть лише як пересадочні на іншу гілку метрополітену», – йдеться в повідомленні.

Обмеження діятимуть до закінчення запланованих заходів на НСК «Олімпійський», йдеться в повідомленні.

Читайте також: День дебатів: живий блог про все, що відбувається в Києві і на НСК «Олімпійський»

19 квітня о 19:00 на НСК «Олімпійський» мають пройти дебати кандидатів Володимира Зеленського і Петра Порошенка. У зв’язку з цим у центрі Києва посилили заходи безпеки, обмежили рух транспорту і запровадили обмеження в роботі метрополітену.

21 квітня відбудеться другий тур виборів президента.

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Macron, UNESCO Officials Discuss Notre Dame Reconstruction

French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting officials from the United Nations’ cultural agency, where he is expected to set out ideas for the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral. 

He will meet with state delegates from UNESCO, which oversees global heritage issues, in the Elysee Palace Friday. 

Macron’s push for a speedy rebuild indicates he wants the fire-ravaged monument’s reconstruction to be part of his legacy, and is seizing the moment to try to move on from the divisive yellow vest protests. His initial wish for it to be rebuilt in just five years was met with incredulity.

Macron had been scheduled to deliver an uneasy speech Monday setting out long-awaited plans to quell anti-government protests that have marred his presidency, but it was postponed after the fire broke out. Instead, the French leader immediately went on the scene of the fire and announced: “We will rebuild Notre Dame.”

According to an opinion poll by BVA institute published Friday, the first one carried out since the fire, Macron gained three points in popularity, from 29 to 32% compared to last month. It places him at a level equivalent to last September, before the yellow vest crisis, BVA said. 

All French polls show that Macron’s popularity have hovered around low levels for more than a year — they started plunging when he applied a tax rise on retirees.

Yet the same pollsters predict that Macron’s party may be ahead in May 26 European Parliament elections, in close competition with the far-right party of Marine Le Pen, the National Rally. 

The French leader is now expected to detail his measures to respond to the yellow vest protests next week. 

According to the text of his pre-recorded speech, Macron was planning to respond to demonstrators’ concerns over their loss of purchasing power with tax cuts for lower-income households and measures to boost pensions and help single parents. 

 

A new round of yellow vest protests is planned Saturday across the country, including in Paris. 

 

Even the reconstruction of the cathedral will not provide the French leader with a topic for consensus, as experts and politicians debate whether to build it exactly as it was, or whether to introduce new technologies and designs.

 

Macron’s office said that since the collapsed spire wasn’t part of the original cathedral, “the President of the Republic wants … a contemporary architectural gesture to be considered.”

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Macron, UNESCO Officials Discuss Notre Dame Reconstruction

French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting officials from the United Nations’ cultural agency, where he is expected to set out ideas for the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral. 

He will meet with state delegates from UNESCO, which oversees global heritage issues, in the Elysee Palace Friday. 

Macron’s push for a speedy rebuild indicates he wants the fire-ravaged monument’s reconstruction to be part of his legacy, and is seizing the moment to try to move on from the divisive yellow vest protests. His initial wish for it to be rebuilt in just five years was met with incredulity.

Macron had been scheduled to deliver an uneasy speech Monday setting out long-awaited plans to quell anti-government protests that have marred his presidency, but it was postponed after the fire broke out. Instead, the French leader immediately went on the scene of the fire and announced: “We will rebuild Notre Dame.”

According to an opinion poll by BVA institute published Friday, the first one carried out since the fire, Macron gained three points in popularity, from 29 to 32% compared to last month. It places him at a level equivalent to last September, before the yellow vest crisis, BVA said. 

All French polls show that Macron’s popularity have hovered around low levels for more than a year — they started plunging when he applied a tax rise on retirees.

Yet the same pollsters predict that Macron’s party may be ahead in May 26 European Parliament elections, in close competition with the far-right party of Marine Le Pen, the National Rally. 

The French leader is now expected to detail his measures to respond to the yellow vest protests next week. 

According to the text of his pre-recorded speech, Macron was planning to respond to demonstrators’ concerns over their loss of purchasing power with tax cuts for lower-income households and measures to boost pensions and help single parents. 

 

A new round of yellow vest protests is planned Saturday across the country, including in Paris. 

 

Even the reconstruction of the cathedral will not provide the French leader with a topic for consensus, as experts and politicians debate whether to build it exactly as it was, or whether to introduce new technologies and designs.

 

Macron’s office said that since the collapsed spire wasn’t part of the original cathedral, “the President of the Republic wants … a contemporary architectural gesture to be considered.”

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