Tag: Kettle

Sort: Date | Title | Views | | Random Sort Ascending
View:

Johnson doesn’t see poor asylum seekers. He sees a way to win byelections and survive

22 Views0 Comments

Perhaps to his own surprise, Boris Johnson finds himself part of a generation of western leaders who are compelled to grapple with much more daunting global issues than they expected a few years back as they rose towa...

A smart cabinet would be plotting to get rid of Johnson. This one is neither smart nor brave

11 Views0 Comments

This ought to be the cabinet’s moment. A prime minister who exults in his own uniqueness is dragging his party down in the polls. Byelection reverses loom, and perhaps even a general election defeat. An unexpectedly l...

Boris Johnson won the confidence vote but in every other way he is the big loser

25 Views0 Comments

After a snap contest whose abbreviated timetable was tailored to his advantage, Boris Johnson won the vote of confidence tonight only by 211 to 148 votes, with all 359 Conservative MPs casting ballots. It is a win, bu...

This jubilee is not like any other: we look back but can also see the future

28 Views0 Comments

That was the jubilee, that was. Well, almost. The celebration is not over yet. Lots of people had a good time and their enthusiasm overflowed. Lots of others were less bothered but enjoyed the show all the same. For a...

Andy Burnham is a prime Labour leader candidate, but also a mayor. That’s a problem

18 Views0 Comments

Call it the Andy Burnham problem in British politics. Yet the Labour mayor of Greater Manchester is more a victim than a source of it. Nor is the problem confined to him, or indeed to the Labour party. The same thing ...

Ignore the pomp: thanks to Boris Johnson, Britain has never been less united

33 Views0 Comments

You had only to watch a few minutes of the state opening of parliament to know that, in Britain, an old order is passing. Most comment has focused, naturally enough, on the enforced absence of the Queen, and on Prince...

In an era of electoral fragmentation, Labour must learn to embrace power-sharing

17 Views0 Comments

You have got to hand it to Charles de Gaulle. The electoral system he created for France’s Fifth Republic has stood the test of time. More than six decades on, this week’s re-election of De Gaulle’s latest successor, ...

Johnson will win this vote, but what about the next one? His days are numbered

42 Views0 Comments

One way or another, Boris Johnson will survive the Commons vote tomorrow on whether he misled parliament over the lockdown parties in Downing Street. That bit’s a certainty. But it’s also, very importantly, not the re...

Lie, deny and move on – the Johnson mantra is a plague on British politics

33 Views0 Comments

Boris Johnson was never going to resign if he didn’t have to. This is all about the Tory party’s view of him now. The party knows as well as you or I that Johnson lied about the lockdown parties. It knows that the lie...

The UK is cut adrift by Johnson’s Brexit fantasy – when Ukraine shows the need for solidarity

44 Views0 Comments

Two years ago, during the first Covid lockdown, Boris Johnson came face to face with a reality which until that moment he had seemed reluctant to acknowledge: the unwelcome truth that he was not the all-powerful prime...

Rupture is not an option: after this war, the west must learn how to live with Russia

28 Views0 Comments

Two weeks into Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, the outcome of Vladimir Putin’s war remains in the balance, remarkably so. Uncertainty on this scale was not predicted on either side or by outside observers, al...

Fighting the threat from Putin will take teamwork. But who trusts Johnson’s Britain?

25 Views0 Comments

The default view at Westminster and in most of the media is that Vladimir Putin has saved Boris Johnson’s skin, for the present. The reflex on the Conservative backbenches is that the prospect of a European war means ...

The Prince Andrew affair has shown us how fragile the monarchy really is

28 Views0 Comments

If a uniformed flunkey holding aloft a vellum scroll had stood in front of Buckingham Palace and read it out for the benefit of the world’s cameras on Tuesday afternoon, the message from the official proclamation woul...

No amount of ‘reboots’ or reshuffles can hide the truth: Johnson is finished

22 Views0 Comments

Looking back on the 1990 ousting of Margaret Thatcher as Conservative prime minister, her chief whip Tim Renton concluded that Thatcher had lost power because she “had ceased having an open mind” about how to unify he...

Reckless, Trumpian leadership is losing Johnson allies. It should lose him his job

22 Views0 Comments

In writing about politics you can either try to explain what you think is happening or you can say what you think should happen. Right now, there is a complete convergence between the two. Boris Johnson’s premiership ...

Why is parliament still banning itself from talking about the monarchy?

51 Views0 Comments

With Boris Johnson reeling, the House of Commons was a stormy place at prime minister’s questions last Wednesday. The impact on the prime minister’s fate was minutely scrutinised. As a result, a separate exchange duri...

« Prev