This week the Brexit waters were muddied further at the Labour party conference, with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer putting forward conflicting positions in consecutive speeches. McDonnell appeared to favour a referendum on a bad deal versus no deal, while the more pragmatic Starmer thought an option to just bin the whole idea ought to be considered as well. While Labour’s position on Brexit has been incoherent for a while, this would have been a perfect opportunity to come up with a real alternative; given there is a very good chance the current government implodes, and this becomes Jeremy Corbyn’s decision.
Elsewhere Donald Trump made a splash at the UN by forcefully laying out his America First agenda and calling out all the other nations he felt had wronged the US. The best single moment was when one outlandish claim over the success of his presidency raised an audible laugh from the audience of world leaders. That a US president could be so isolated at such an event is surely a bad sign for the rapid resolution of the burgeoning trade war.