May 1, 2024 - 5:00pm

→ Is Elon Musk going to endorse Trump?

Since taking over Twitter/X, Elon Musk has been increasingly vocal on political issues. But there’s one issue where the billionaire has remained coy: who, if anyone, will he be endorsing this election? Though Musk has said in previous interviews that he was “against Biden”, he has so far refrained from following that train of thought to publicly supporting Trump.

That could all be about to change. According to new reporting in Puck, Elon Musk convened a “dozen or so” of America’s captains of industry at the residence of fellow Paypal mafia member, David Sacks. The names included former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Rupert Murdoch and Steven Mnuchin after Musk reportedly told associates that he was ready to “formalise his running political commentary on Twitter/X into an official endorsement of some sort”. “All were there as members of a burgeoning anti-Biden brain trust,” Puck writes, “united by a shared sense of grievance”. Maybe he just wants Trump to start using X again

→ Monty Panesar stumped on Nato

There’s something distinctly 2024 about a former England spin bowler chancing his hand at politics. Earlier this week, Monty Panesar announced that he would be joining George Galloway’s Workers Party for whom he will stand in the next general election, battling for a seat in the Ealing Southall constituency.

Panesar today appeared on Times Radio to face scrutiny over his new party’s policies. The only problem is he really doesn’t know much about them. The former cricketer extolled the need to “control our borders” by blaming Nato for what he deemed to be out of control immigration. But when presenter Stig Abell pointed out that Nato doesn’t control immigration, Monty was caught flailing. Even for Panesar, this will be a tough one to spin…

→ Humanitarian aid for Columbia students

The revolution will not be televised, but it might be catered — or so hoped the protesters occupying a building at Columbia on Tuesday.

“Do you want students to die of dehydration and starvation or get severely ill even if they disagree with you?” the protester told a gaggle outside Hamilton hall. “If the answer is no, then you should allow basic — I mean, it’s crazy to say because we’re on an Ivy League campus, but this is like basic humanitarian aid we’re asking for. Like, could people please have a glass of water?”

The comments suggest protesters were unwilling to drink tap water, one keen observer noticed.

Their plight evokes memories of the students who occupied a Vanderbilt building in March, who claimed, “we were deprived of medical attention, we were deprived of sleep, we were deprived of food, water, resources,” and told a small press conference that “From Palestine to Nashville, our oppressors are the same.” The people of Gaza can surely sympathise.