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UK-BRITAIN: What Brexit Did to Boris Johnson — And Britain – Opinion

The prime minister’s fake populism led to his undoing—and will keep haunting his country. 

By Anne Applebaum | The Atlantic

Not too long ago, I heard one of the leading Brexiteers describe his political philosophy in a room full of CEOs and senior politicians. He started by talking to this elite group about the great division between “elites” and “the people”, the victors and the victims of globalization, the haves and the have-nots of modernity. The longer he spoke, the more his words began to seem rote, remote, and stale. The energizing slogans of the Brexit campaign of 2016 sounded hollow and clich​​éd in 2022. 

PARTLY, this is because the slogans were NOT true. Boris Johnson was the standout example of this phenomenon:             Continue reading

Christmas gifts from the politicians – Commentary – Stabroek News

Editorial – Stabroek News – 25 December 2018

There is little peace and good will in the political arena this season. And that applies not just to Guyana, but also to some of the leading democracies such as the UK, France and, of course, the US, to name a few. There is President Donald Trump whose administration stumbled into farce a long time ago, and which has since been disintegrating into chaos. As has become customary in more recent times, lawmakers agreed a short-term spending compromise to carry the government over into the new year.

However, Mr Trump has refused to sign the bill unless the Senate attaches funding to it for a border wall fence. So far he has adhered to that position, effectively partly shutting down the government, and sending thousands of its workers home without their end-of-year salaries. Apparently he does not remember that the Republicans paid a heavy price for refusing to sign a compromise when President Clinton was in office.              Continue reading

President Trump & British Prime Minister Theresa May Press Conference

President Trump & British Prime Minister Theresa May Press Conference

Published on Jan 27, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May says President Donald Trump has reaffirmed both countries’ “unshakeable commitment” to the NATO military alliance. Trump had rattled European allies by suggesting NATO is “obsolete” and that the United States might not come to the aid of countries that don’t meet targets for their own defense spending. May’s comments after their meeting Friday are meant to put that concern to rest. She says the two also agreed it is important for member countries to “invest properly to face our shared challenges together.” May also says she extended an invitation to visit England on behalf of the queen and that Trump has accepted.

This is the Most Dangerous Time for Our Planet – Stephen Hawking

This is the Most Dangerous Time for Our Planet

Stephen Hawking | The Guardian UK

Opinion - commentary -analysisWe can’t go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it

As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the world’s great universities. Within that town, the scientific community that I became part of in my 20s is even more rarefied.

And within that scientific community, the small group of international theoretical physicists with whom I have spent my working life might sometimes be tempted to regard themselves as the pinnacle. In addition to this, with the celebrity that has come with my books, and the isolation imposed by my illness, I feel as though my ivory tower is getting taller.

So the recent apparent rejection of the elites in both America and Britain is surely aimed at me, as much as anyone. Whatever we might think about the decision by the British electorate to reject membership of the European Union and by the American public to embrace Donald Trump as their next president, there is no doubt in the minds of commentators that this was a cry of anger by people who felt they had been abandoned by their leaders.     Continue reading

‘Fat and lazy’ Britain is ill-prepared to secure future outside EU – UK Trade Secretary

‘Fat and lazy’ Britain is ill-prepared to secure future outside EU, says Fox

International trade secretary Liam Fox says business leaders have no appetite for the deals and exports needed to survive after the vote for Brexit 

Liam Fox, the international trade secretary

Liam Fox,

 – The Guardian –  Saturday 10 September 2016

Fox, a former GP and staunch Eurosceptic, suggested business executives would rather be playing golf on a Friday afternoon than negotiating export deals.

He made the remarks, first reported by the Times, at a Conservative Way Forward event for business leaders in parliament.   Continue reading

Brexit: UK votes to leave EU in historic referendum – BBC News – various reports

Brexit: UK votes to leave EU in historic referendum – BBC News 

A teller counts ballot papers at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast

BREXIT – LEAVE voters win

The UK has voted to leave the European Union after 43 years in a historic referendum.

Leave won by 52% to 48% with England and Wales voting strongly for Brexit, while London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed staying in the EU.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage hailed it as the UK’s “independence day” but the Remain camp called it a”catastrophe”.

The pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985 as the markets reacted to the results.   Continue reading

Obama: U.K. at Best Helping to Lead Strong Europe – video

Obama: U.K. at Best Helping to Lead Strong Europe

Published on Apr 22, 2016 –  Apr 22 — U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama speak at a news conference. (Source: Bloomberg)

It took Barack Obama to crush the Brexit fantasy – = The Guardian

The US president destroyed one of the Vote Leave campaign’s core arguments, ending a week that may define the referendum debate.  

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