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A Labour government would radically transform Britain

Posted by hkarner - 1. November 2019

Date: 31-10-2019
Source: The Economist

How Jeremy Corbyn’s party is trying to woo British voters

SHORTLY BEFORE the financial crisis of 2008, a little-known Labour MP published a 64-page pamphlet. In “Another World is Possible: A Manifesto for 21st Century Socialism”, John McDonnell laid out an economic vision which clashed with the slick, pro-business mantra of Tony Blair’s New Labour. It praised participatory democracy in Venezuela and hailed co-ops in the Basque country, while calling for the sweeping nationalisation of industry.

The booklet was an attempt by Mr McDonnell, then on the backbenches, to scupper the coronation of Gordon Brown as leader of the Labour Party and prime minister in 2007. Mr McDonnell attracted the support of just 29 MPs. A little over a decade later, Mr Brown is long gone from politics. New Labour is history. Mr McDonnell is shadow chancellor and Jeremy Corbyn, his friend and socialist ally, is leader. Labour will campaign in Britain’s general election, to be held on December 12th, on the most left-wing platform in a generation. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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And the people just love the „bastard“

Posted by hkarner - 16. September 2019

Date: 15-09-2019
Source: The Guardian
Subject: Tories extend poll lead to 12% despite week of political chaos

Boris Johnson also has a far higher net approval rating for his handling of Brexit than Jeremy Corbyn

The polling was conducted after Johnson shut down parliament for five weeks.

The Conservatives have pushed further ahead of Labour in the latest Opinium/Observer poll – despite yet another turbulent week for Boris Johnson.

The latest poll shows the Tories on 37%, up two since last week, while Labour is unchanged on 25%. The Liberal Democrats whose conference opens this weekend in Bournemouth are on 16% (down one), and the Brexit party is also unchanged on 13%.

The polling – conducted after Johnson shut down parliament for five weeks last Tuesday, and Scottish judges subsequently ruled his action to have been unlawful – shows the Conservatives are continuing to consolidate their support among leave voters. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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How Britain’s staid Conservative Party became a radical insurgency

Posted by hkarner - 6. September 2019

Date: 05-09-2019
Source: The Economist

The transformation of the Tory party leaves surviving MPs feeling uneasy

IMAGINE A CONSERVATIVE MP and your mind’s eye might conjure up Philip Hammond. The former chancellor is tall, grey and with a sense of humour that matches his fiscal policy: extra-dry. If not Mr Hammond, then perhaps a figure in the mould of Kenneth Clarke. The rotund, cigar-chomping jazz enthusiast has served in practically every senior government job bar prime minister in a 49-year stint as a Tory MP. Failing that, consider Sir Nicholas Soames, a former defence minister. He has a Churchillian manner, largely because Winston Churchill was his grandfather. The three embody the parliamentary Conservative Party in different ways. Yet they are no longer in it.

The trio were among 21 Conservative MPs to have the whip withdrawn and be barred from standing for the party again after they supported a plan to make Boris Johnson, the prime minister, seek a delay to Britain’s scheduled departure from the European Union on October 31st. The purge was only the most visible part of a revolution that is transforming the world’s oldest political party. Those who advocate fiscal prudence, social liberalism and an orderly departure from the EU have been routed. Those who demand free-spending authoritarianism and a “do-or-die” escape from the yoke of Brussels are ascendant. ConservativeHome, a blog for party activists, described this week as “the end of the Conservative Party as we have known it”. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Behind the Tory claims of bold Brexit action is nothing but empty bravado

Posted by hkarner - 5. August 2019

Date: 04-08-2019
Source: The Guardian by Nick Cohen

The new government has set itself against conformism, but it really hates reasonable doubt

‘The right ought to know that a no-deal Brexit is an act of epic folly.’

Like an enraged bull charging a matador, the British right is putting its head down and stampeding towards a no-deal Brexit. It has to keep moving. Were it to stop and consider where it was heading, it would never take the risks it is taking with Britain’s future.

The left fails so often because it thinks it is enough to hate Conservatives and say they are wicked, rather than understand Conservatives and show them to be dangerous. I cannot emphasise strongly enough that on its own terms the right ought to know that a no-deal Brexit is an act of epic folly and that Boris Johnson’s talk of a new golden age for merrie England is as much bullshit as bullish: the drivel of a man and a movement that have nothing but empty bravado to sustain them. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Mad in Britain

Posted by hkarner - 24. Juli 2019

Date: 22-07-2019
Source: DER SPIEGEL
Subject: How Boris Johnson Turned the British against Europe

Boris Johnson has always wanted to make it to the top, and he’s almost there. The man who helped Brexit pass will now likely have the job of delivering it. But it’s possible that even he doesn’t know what he wants to do. Europe is in for a turbulent autumn.

One day, Boris Johnson had the idea to build a luxuriant garden bridge in London. On another, he urgently pushed for an airport on an artificial island, mocked by detractors as „Boris Island.“ Once, he believed the time had come for a truly enormous construction that would connect England to Europe. And recently, he’s been saying he would like to build a bridge connecting Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Johnson appears to dream of one day walking on water. For now, though, he simply wants to become Britain’s next prime minister.

That’s what brought him here to the seaside resort of Bournemouth in southern England. He ignores the thousands of Brits frolicking on the kilometer-long beach on this summer day, and instead marches straight into the Pavilion Theatre where the „Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club“ regularly performs and the musical „Jesus Christ Superstar“ will soon be staged.

Around 600 members of the Conservative Party are sitting in the cream-colored theater and are currently in the process of electing a new leader — who will also be Britain’s next prime minister. There’s not much excitement in the hall; the whole thing is more reminiscent of a funeral service than a coronation mass, though that probably has less to do with the desolate state of the Tories than with the advanced median age of the audience, which looks to be around 70. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Observer view: now the fight starts to stave off a disastrous no-deal Brexit

Posted by hkarner - 22. Juli 2019

Date: 21-07-2019
Source: The Guardian Observer editorial

Only MPs can stop Boris Johnson, who has demonstrated repeatedly that he cannot be trusted

Boris Johnson faces the most challenging problems of any prime minister since the Second World War.

On Wednesday, a new prime minister will move into Downing Street. He will assume office at a time of burgeoning crisis. While the political system remains gridlocked over Brexit, the west’s deteriorating relations with Iran are fraught with the risk of global conflict. No prime minister has faced as challenging a set of circumstances since the Second World War. And the man who looks almost certain to be making his entrance through that famous door is Boris Johnson.

It’s hard to think of a senior Conservative MP less qualified to assume the premiership in such times. The clash with Iran highlights the wider dilemma Britain will face after Brexit. Isolated from our European allies, the danger is that we simply become a lesser satellite of American foreign policy, buffeted by global events and too weak to resist the pressure to do the bidding of Donald Trump. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Boris Johnson, illusionist

Posted by hkarner - 6. Juli 2019

Date: 04-07-2019
Source: The Economist: Bagehot

The would-be prime minister’s greatest strengths may vanish in a puff of smoke

A few weeks ago the received wisdom in Westminster was that “only Johnson can defeat Johnson.” Now it is that “not even Johnson can defeat Johnson.” The front-runner’s campaign has lurched from one crisis to another—a fiery row with his girlfriend, an ill-thought-out tax break for the rich, a succession of weird interviews—but the race still looks pre-determined. Boris Johnson leads Jeremy Hunt by an apparently unbridgeable margin.

Conservative Party members know very well that they are not electing a saint or a details man. Over the past few weeks even Tory-friendly journalists have called him “epically unreliable”, “all flaw and no character” and a “habitual liar”. But members are convinced that Mr Johnson’s negatives are more than outweighed by his positives. Are they right? Let us examine Mr Johnson’s four great qualities in turn. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Boris to the Rescue, Maybe

Posted by hkarner - 26. Juni 2019

Date: 25-06-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal By The Editorial Board

Britain’s Tories embrace London’s former mayor. Will anyone else?

Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson is on track to lead Britain’s Conservative Party—and be the next Prime Minister—and Britons would feel better about that if anyone knew what it means. Amid a national Brexit meltdown, Mr. Johnson has run a leadership campaign by promising everything to everyone.

Britain is now three years from its referendum to leave the European Union, and two departure deadlines have come and gone with a third looming on Oct. 31. Theresa May, whom Mr. Johnson is vying to replace, failed because she never articulated a compelling vision for Brexit and how Britain might thrive on its own.

Mr. Johnson is pitched as the politician who can ride to the Tory rescue. Brexiteers will trust him more than Mrs. May since he has always been one of them. He also speaks with great fervor about the global trading opportunities for Britain outside the EU.

Yet it’s still impossible to say what form of Brexit he really wants. He has promised Brexiteers he’s determined to leave on Oct. 31 with or without a divorce-and-trade pact with the EU. This may now be the only way to save the Conservative Party from disintegration amid rising support for a Brexit Party that knows for sure what it thinks about the biggest question facing British politics.

The problem is that Mr. Johnson also is winning support from Remain Tories on the strength of his promise to do better than Mrs. May at negotiating a deal, and the premise of that pledge is that there will be a deal. Someone will be disappointed, and those who are will dog Mr. Johnson as they did Mrs. May. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Which Boris would Britain get?

Posted by hkarner - 22. Juni 2019

Date: 20-06-2019
Source: The Economist

Britain’s probable next prime minister cannot resist playing to the crowd. In today’s ugly politics that is ominous

The brexit monster unleashed three years ago this weekend has already devoured two British prime ministers. David Cameron surrendered hours after the referendum result was announced on June 24th 2016. Theresa May began confidently but soon found herself cornered. Conservative mps have drawn up a shortlist of candidates to replace her as their leader and thus as prime minister; party members will make a decision by the end of July. The overwhelming favourite among both mps and activists is Boris Johnson.

But which Boris Johnson? The former foreign secretary, who is looked on with a mixture of amusement and contempt in European capitals, has assumed different guises at different times. As mayor of liberal, cosmopolitan London in 2008-16 he preached the virtues of immigration and the single market. As a leading light in the Leave campaign he effortlessly switched to criticising migration and warning of the dangers of Turkish membership of the European Union, which he had previously advocated. Now, in his bid for the votes of right-wing Tory party members, he talks up the prospect of leaving the eu with no deal—“fuck business” if it gets in the way—and joking that women in burkas “look like letterboxes”.

Depressingly, the con trick is working. Despite valiant campaigns by more moderate candidates, Mr Johnson is the person to beat in the members’ vote. Much less clear is how he would behave in office. As the Brexit saga drags on, Britain is growing ever more polarised. In a starkly divided country, which gallery would Mr Johnson choose to play to? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Surreal Contest to Succeed Theresa May

Posted by hkarner - 19. Juni 2019

Date: 18-06-2019
Source: Foreign Affairs By Tim Bale

Can Anyone Sort Out the Brexit Mess?

In April 1916, a group of Irish Republicans took over much of the center of Dublin and declared independence. The British government reacted swiftly. It sent thousands of troops to restore order, and, once the rebellion had been crushed, executed its ringleaders. Although the Easter Rising failed to end British rule, it did succeed in reinvigorating the Irish independence movement, an effort that culminated in the Irish Free State six years later. A few months after the uprising, the poet W. B. Yeats wrote that things were “All changed, changed utterly: A terrible beauty is born.”

In the wake of some of the worst election results it has ever experienced, the British Conservative Party, the country’s oldest and most successful political force, may be feeling as if it is trapped in Yeats’ poem. Nigel Farage’s upstart Brexit Party—a terrible beauty if ever there was one—humiliated the governing Conservatives at the European Parliament election last month and is now running ahead of the Tories in polls for the next general election. It is in this febrile atmosphere that the Conservatives are choosing their next leader and the country’s next prime minister, praying that he can turn things around. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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