2018-12-23 by W.M.
Windrush, Brexit, Trump and Cambridge Analytica: looking back at 2018 – podcast | News
When the Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman first broke the story of the Windrush scandal, there was very little political reaction. Her reporting revealed members of the Windrush generation had wrongly been classified as illegal immigrants. By the end of April, the scandal had claimed the job of the home secretary, Amber Rudd.
The Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner, recounts how the story developed over months of reporting, and looks back at the other major stories of the year. There was the exclusive report from Carole Cadwalladr that Cambridge Analytica used personal information harvested from more than 50m Facebook profiles without permission.
In March, a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury. Two suspects were identified as Russian intelligence operatives. Summer brought a royal wedding and England’s morale-boosting World Cup campaign.
But overshadowing everything was the ongoing saga of Brexit as the government continued its tortuous negotiations with the EU. The Trump administration also continued in chaotic fashion as the investigation into the president’s 2016 campaign snared more of his inner circle.
Plus: Michael Braithwaite on how he got caught up in the Windrush scandal.