The enemies of British PM, Boris Johnson, smell blood in the water. They should be careful what they wish for.
A report on partying (social not political) in No. 10 Downing St has been delayed while the police consider the case for prosecution for breach of lockdown regulations; there have been five resignations from his inner circle of staff; and he is being roundly pilloried by the great and good for his diversionary attack on the leader of the opposition Keir Starmer.
According to the bookmakers, it’s odds-on that he will be gone by year end.
Continue reading “Boris on the brink”
At last, a glimpse of bipartisan analysis in the chaos engulfing Boris Johnson’s premiership.
Say what you like about Tony Blair, but he is a serious politician. What he says is worth taking seriously.
It is also not great for Boris. And worse for everyone else.
Continue reading “Blair and Boris – who would have thought it?”
Kwasi Kwarteng – Britain’s top business minister – is smart.
King’s Scholar at Eton; Double first from Cambridge; University Challenge winner; Kennedy Scholarship and a PhD in Economic History – from Cambridge. With prizes along the way.
Continue reading “Sometimes cleverness can’t get you out of a hole”
As the Omicron wave washes through, it’s hard, even with the seasonal perspective, to reckon what things might be like in say a year’s time.
But perhaps necessary.
Because the day-to-day measures seem less and less meaningful – except where they provide a pointer to the direction of long-term policy.
Continue reading “Covid divide in 2022: you ain’t seen nothing yet”
Another sharp take on the resignation of Lord Frost – Boris Johnson’s chief European sherpa – from the folk at Eurointelligence.
Wonk-in-chief Wolfgang Munchau argues Lord Frost was one of the few (perhaps the only one?) of Boris’s close advisers that really understood the needs of a post-Brexit strategy:
“What Brexit requires, first and foremost, is a post-Brexit economic model.”
Continue reading “Late Frost in Brexit Britain”
Experience suggests one should only call a turning point after it has actually – well – turned.
That said, it might be wise to keep an eye on developments in the UK over the Christmas and New Year period.
While Europe is fast locking down for fear of Omicron, Britain’s cabinet is the fulcrum of a political battle over whether any policy response would be meaningful.
Continue reading “In Britain, Christmas locks itself down”
We said a few days ago that British PM, Boris Johnson, still looked to be the indispensable man.
It’s hard to tell if subsequent events are qualifying or confirming that.
First, Lord Frost, Minister of State and the government’s EU strategist resigned citing the general drift of policy, most recently towards Covid authoritarianism.
Continue reading “Boris: holding out till Christmas”
British politics is proving a fine laboratory for times of transition.
Boris Johnson’s enemies are exultant at his latest woes: a crushing by-election defeat and a parliamentary vote in which he endured the biggest Conservative party rebellion since – well since the Brexit horrors a few years ago under his predecessor Theresa May.
But oddly enough, it looks like he might keep on standing.
Continue reading “Boris: Bad reaction to Omicron”
Winter by-elections are rarely kind to governments. But Boris Johnson’s Conservative party held on to a south London stronghold on a low turnout with a tolerably-reduced majority.
More worrying was that 1,400 voters got out of bed (one presumes) on a bitterly cold day to vote for the relatively anonymous candidate of a rebranded populist Reform party. That’s about as many as the Greens and Liberals could manage between them.
After two years of setting the agenda, the talk now is of Boris losing his grip. But might it be the change in his agenda?
Continue reading “Climate change has Boris wilting”
A week ago we wrote about the British PM’s move to check an out-of-control Parliamentary watchdog. It ended in a populist revolt and he sacrificed a former minister, Owen Paterson, to the mob.
This seems to have worked as well for him as it did for Charles II. One of his Tory predecessors, Sir John Major, broke the first rule of party loyalty by branding the government “politically corrupt”. And the opposition started baying for the head of former attorney general Sir Geoffrey Cox because, as a backbench MP, he had also worked as a barrister and had committed such heinous offences as missing the deadline to register his earnings.
Continue reading “Boris: right idea, wrong execution”