Boris Johnson is amongst "world beating" politicians in his willingness to sacrifice principles and people to gain and hold on to power. We saw it when Northern Ireland was abandoned in No Man's Land as the 'Get Brexit Done' offensive faultered earlier in the year. As this blog argued in the past, the next likely … Continue reading John Chapter 15: inverse 13
Boris Johnson and many of the Brexiters became fond of drawing facile historical parallels when arguing in favour of the UK leaving the EU, be it the Battle of Britain to defend UK sovereignty or the Dunkirk Spirit in facing down a Europe dominated by Germany, or the Blitz in facing up to the hardships … Continue reading Where History Leads, Disaster Follows.
The Prime Minister has lost the confidence of many of his MPs, much of the Tory press and the electorate and is a painful disappointment to his party members. On top of mismanaging the worsening economic and social chaos of the pandemic, the PM still pretends to be willing to increase that chaos by completing … Continue reading Stop Boris: Stop The Clock
This blog argued on 4th February that Johnson’s established behaviour pattern was one of ”speak loudly and carry a white flag”. That having thrown his Unionists allies in Northern Ireland under the bus to achieve the Withdrawal Agreement, his next step, already presaged in the Political Declaration, would be to do the same with the Hard … Continue reading Here Comes the Bus: Who’s Next?
We have watched as Trump has sought to corrupt the Justice Department, the FBI, the Postal Service and rafts of other parts of the Federal Governent. Now he has the Supreme Court in his sights. When it comes to filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court there are two arguably and constitutionally ‘respectable’ factions in … Continue reading A Not So Nice Calculation
Will Trump name his candidate for the Supreme Court, but slow the appointment process so that it will depend on whether he wins the election, or will he appoint her before the election to secure an ever more conservative majority in the Court irrespective of the outcome of the election? One suspects that the Republican … Continue reading A Nice Calculation
“If I see the rule of law being broken in a way that I find unacceptable then, of course I will go”(emphasis provided). Those words might be spoken sincerely and be adhered to strictly by any dictator such as a Putin, a Kim Jong-un or a Xi Jinping without hindering in anyway their tyrannical reign and their … Continue reading The Law Rules: OK or Not?
It may seem that Boris Johnson and Donald Trump live in parallel universes. In both their universes, they came to power and remain in power on a raft of lies calculated to fire up nationalism and mislead an already resentful 'left behind' working and middle class. Both have found scapegoats in erstwhile friendly allied countries … Continue reading Parallel Universes
We and our cousins in the USA once lived in societies where Presidents and Prime Ministers who wished to impose their will on their country would ask "May I do it: does the law allow it". On either side of the Atlantic we now have a President and a Prime Minister who ask a much … Continue reading Maybe I Can
The populist herd that voted in the likes of Balsonaro in Brazil, Trump in the USA and Johnson in the UK may be about to become immune to their infection. The one comforting fact about populism is that, like a virus exposed sunlight, its virulence evaporates once it is exposed to facing and dealing with … Continue reading Herd Immunity