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Boris Johnson Must Change His Act

Posted by hkarner - 22. Januar 2021

Date: 21‑01‑2021

Source: Project Syndicate by Chris Patten

Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong and a former EU commissioner for external affairs, is Chancellor of the University of Oxford. 

The United Kingdom may struggle to forge a close and productive relationship with US President Joe Biden’s administration. After all, Prime Minister Boris Johnson still has much to do to persuade the world that he does not regard Donald Trump as a fitting role model for a twenty‑first‑century liberal democracy.

LONDON – Some of the United Kingdom’s right‑wing newspapers – supporters of both Brexit and its principal advocate, Prime Minister Boris Johnson – have been quick to assure us that US President Joe Biden has already forgiven the Conservative government for its obsequious cheerleading for the departed Donald Trump. The new Democratic administration, they claim, will want to do business with a UK that is now distanced from the European Union and ready to assume a new role as an influential global fixer.

Let’s hope those newspapers are correct. But Biden and his team will have to overlook quite a lot for the sake of such transatlantic goodwill. They will certainly have to turn the other cheek and forget about the UK government’s embrace of a policy that required special pleading to Trump rather than a special relationship with the United States. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Brexiters are waking up to the damage they’ve done

Posted by hkarner - 20. Januar 2021

Date: 19‑01‑2021

Source: The Guardian by Polly Toynbee

From horse racing to fishing to road haulage, British industry is in chaos. No wonder leavers are turning on each other

Brexit has beached the fishing boats at Hastings. The two‑man crew of Paul Joy’s boat Kaya have left for shore jobs, after the price of the huss they land fell to just 2p a kilo. Exports to the European Union are Brexit‑blighted, with fishers across Britain poleaxed by new costs and regulations, their catches rotting before they reach EU markets. It’s costing them millions already.

For the past two years Joy, a passionate Brexiter, has consistently told me he believes his industry would be shafted in any trade deal. “Betrayed, sacrificed,” he says, outraged at the government’s failure to secure British fishing rights for 12 miles around the coast, and now crippled by the export costs. So when foreign secretary Dominic Raab has the effrontery to tell the BBC’s Andrew Marr that this is “a great deal for the fishing industry”, he must know it’s not true. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Majority think Boris Johnson should resign as prime minister – poll

Posted by hkarner - 11. Januar 2021

Date: 10‑01‑2021

Source: The Guardian

Opinium survey finds 43% think PM needs to go, but only 20% say Keir Starmer should step down

The poll showed a slight drop in support for the handling of coronavirus by Boris Johnson’s government.

More people think Boris Johnson should resign as prime minister than think he should continue in office, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer.

The first poll of 2021 found that 43% thought he should resign, while 40% said that he should remain as leader. However, most Conservative voters (87%) think Johnson should stay on as leader, with just 7% thinking he should resign. Just 20% believed Keir Starmer should resign as Labour leader, with 52% saying he should remain as leader. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Businesses Brace for Disruption Despite Post‑Brexit Trade Deal

Posted by hkarner - 27. Dezember 2020

Date: 26‑12‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal

For the first time in almost 50 years, goods moving between the EU and the U.K. will face customs checks and need to meet separate regulations

LONDON—Business groups are calling for more time to adjust to Britain’s new trade agreement with the European Union, saying new rules set to come into force next week risk disrupting the $590 billion‑plus annual trade in goods that previously flowed freely.

The U.K. and EU said Thursday they had signed an agreement over their future relations, setting the seal on the 2016 British referendum decision to leave the bloc. That was a relief for businesses that feared four years of politically charged negotiations could end without a trade pact, resulting in tariffs on goods for both sides.

But despite the reprieve, for the first time in almost half a century, food, motor vehicles and other goods moving between the EU and U.K. will from Jan. 1 face customs checks and need to meet separate sets of standards and regulations. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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No‑deal fears rise as Boris Johnson ‚least willing to budge on Brexit‘

Posted by hkarner - 16. November 2020

Date: 15‑11‑2020

Source: The Guardian

The prime minister remains determined not to compromise over the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union, say senior Whitehall sources

Boris Johnson: facing a mammoth decision over Brexit during a torrid week in Downing Street.

Boris Johnson remains the “hardest in the room” in his unwillingness to budge to secure a Brexit deal, government insiders said this weekend, amid warnings that just days remain to finalise an agreement.

After a torrid week for Downing Street which saw two former Vote Leave figures quit the prime minister’s senior team, ministers in favour of a deal said they hoped their departures would boost the chances of finally signing an EU trade agreement after months of brinkmanship. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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John Major: Brexit set to be ‚more brutal than anyone expected‘

Posted by hkarner - 12. November 2020

Date: 11‑11‑2020

Source: BBC

Brexit may be „even more brutal than expected“ due to the UK’s negotiating „failures“, Sir John Major has said.

In a speech in London, the ex‑prime minister said the UK’s „inflexibility“ and „threats“ towards the EU would make future trade „less profitable“.

And he warned of the „corrosive“ impact to the UK’s reputation of a proposed law giving ministers the power to over‑ride aspects of the Brexit agreement.

It came as the House of Lords rejected parts of the Internal Market Bill.

Peers removed a series of clauses which would give the UK the right to disregard obligations in the Withdrawal Agreement with the EU in relation to Northern Ireland, defeating the government twice by huge margins. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Boris Johnson’s Failed COVID‑19 Launch

Posted by hkarner - 20. Oktober 2020

Date: 19‑10‑2020

Source: Project Syndicate, Mariana Mazzucato, Anthony Costello

Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London and Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, is the author of The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy and The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths. 

Anthony Costello is Professor of Global Health and Sustainable Development at University College London and a former director of maternal and child health at the World Health Organization. 

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has embraced mission‑oriented governance in letter but not in spirit. Far from empowering the state to serve the public interest, his plan for a COVID‑19 testing „moonshot“ threatens to weaken further the capacity of the public‑health sector.

LONDON – An old Zen Buddhist saying cautions, “Do not mistake the finger pointing at the moon for the moon.” By focusing too much on the means, one can lose sight of the ends. A case in point is UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ambitious £100 billion ($130 billion) “Operation Moonshot” to boost the country’s COVID‑19 testing capacity from 350,000 per day to ten million per day by next spring. Owing to its design, Johnson’s plan is at best a distraction from his government’s ongoing failure to implement an effective test‑and‑trace system; at worst, it represents a conscious effort to undermine the public sector.

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Brexit Threatens to Become the Messiest of Messy Divorces

Posted by hkarner - 15. Oktober 2020

Date: 14‑10‑2020


Britain will be leaving the EU common market at the end of the year and there are still important issues to be hammered out. Both sides could be facing a disaster in the form of huge traffic jams, job losses and rising prices.

Truck traffic at the Port of Dover: From an economic perspective, there will only be losers.

Suddenly, everything screeches to a halt in the Port of Dover. It’s a Wednesday in September and dozens of semi‑trucks are backed up on the four‑lane road that leads out of the port to the highway. Diesel exhaust wafts over the compound as some drivers nervously pump the gas pedal.

A red truck has collided with a gray truck in a curve. Nothing major, just a couple of small dents and scratches on the trailers. Yet the column of trucks quickly backed all the way up to the ferries, which were supposed to have immediately begun loading up other trucks for the return trip across the English Channel.

Everyone is going to be late today: the ferry captains and the truckers. Yet the mini‑accident is just a precursor to the gigantic traffic jam that everyone expects to occur on January 1, the day on which the United Kingdom, after a year‑long transition period, finally leaves the European single market. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The UK’s Electoral System Failed

Posted by hkarner - 18. Dezember 2019

Date: 17‑12‑2019

Source: Project Syndicate by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, is Director of Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. His books include The End of Poverty, Common Wealth, The Age of Sustainable Development, Building the New American Economy, and most recently, A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism.  

First‑past‑the‑post voting has been praised for promoting political stability by producing two‑party or nearly two‑party systems. Yet, as the outcome of the United Kingdom’s recent election shows, that supposed benefit comes at the price of a government in which a minority can ride roughshod over the interests and preferences of more than half of the population.

NEW YORK – On the most important issue in the United Kingdom’s modern history – whether to leave the European Union or remain – the UK’s electoral system produced an absurd result. A majority of the UK public wants to remain in the EU, and actually voted accordingly in the parliamentary election on December 12. Yet the election produced a large majority for the Conservative Party, which backs a quick Brexit. The reason is as simple as it is troubling: the failure of the first‑past‑the‑post electoral systems to translate public sentiment into reasonably representative outcomes. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The brains behind Corbynomics

Posted by hkarner - 12. Mai 2019

Date: 09-05-2019
Source: The Economist

A glut of new think-tanks show the left is at last coming up with new ideas—with help from an unlikely source

The exposed brick walls, the east London venue and the bathtub full of free beer brewed specially for the evening did not point to a think-tank launch. Yet this was how Common Wealth, a new outfit aimed at radically overhauling the ownership of British business, announced itself on April 25th. “All of the energy is on the left in politics at the moment,” cheered Ed Miliband, a former Labour Party leader who sits on its board, to a merry audience.

Common Wealth is only the latest think-tank to have sprung up to cater to the thirst for new ideas on the left. Autonomy, which examines the future of work, started life in mid-2017 and has churned out reports calling for a four-day week that have been hailed by John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor. Other research organisations examining foreign policy and the workings of government from a left-wing perspective are in the works. Democracy Collaborative, a progressive American think-tank, has muscled into the British market. Meanwhile, established outfits such as ippr, which provided the ideological backbone of Blairism, have swerved leftward and called for a comprehensive reshaping of the British economy. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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