The true deep-state conspiracy just benefits the old

The ‘alt-right’ would have us believe that the EU is a leftist cabal. It’s actually working for a much more sinister group

Whatever the outcome of the European Union elections, it is only a matter of months before Theresa May’s successor is handed the task of scuttling over to Brussels in a desperate attempt to secure a fresh Brexit deal.

When they return empty-handed – which is certain when the project aims to secure access to the customs union, minus any treaty obligations or the Irish backstop – failure will be blamed on forces inside Europe’s “deep state”. A no-deal Brexit can only be the fault of Brussels – and that will be the public relations spin.

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Trump arrives in Tokyo and digs Japan for ‘substantial edge’ on trade

  • President says negotiators trying to even out trade imbalance
  • CNN says staffers dread long trips with Trump on Air Force One

Donald Trump kicked off his state visit to Japan on Saturday by urging Japanese business leaders to increase investment in the US – but he also complained about his own central bank and knocked his hosts for having a “substantial edge” on trade, which he said negotiators were trying to even out.

Related: ‘Queen of shade’: five times Nancy Pelosi got the better of Trump

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‘Jim gets it’: Acosta says in new book Trump war on press started as an act

  • CNN reporter credits Bannon for ‘enemy of the people’ line
  • Use of unnamed sources may reignite battle with president

Donald Trump’s war with the US press began as an act in the absence of effective Democratic opposition then spiraled out of control, according to an eagerly awaited new book by one of the chief targets of the president’s fury.

Related: ‘Queen of shade’: five times Nancy Pelosi got the better of Trump

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Richard Ashcroft making up with Mick can’t change the mould | Rebecca Nicholson

The Verve frontman has settled his dispute over Bitter Sweet Symphony but this won’t be the last row over songwriting royalties

Richard Ashcroft received an outstanding contribution to British music accolade at the Ivor Novello awards last week, and took the opportunity to confirm that the rights to the Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony had been transferred back to him after a 22-year dispute with the Rolling Stones.

Famously, the soaring strings that propel the song are a sample of an orchestral version of the Stones’ The Last Time, and the Verve had been granted permission to use part of it in return for 50% of the track. However, the Stones’ late manager Allen Klein eventually sued, claiming a larger portion than agreed had been used, and royalties and joint songwriting credits were passed to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

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Texas officials deny withholding video of Sandra Bland traffic stop

Bland, 28, was found dead in a police cell in 2015 three days after being stopped by a white state trooper

Texas authorities have denied withholding a cellphone video of a confrontational traffic stop involving Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman who was found hanged in a jail cell near Houston in 2015.

Related: Sandra Bland: video released nearly four years after death shows her view of arrest

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