by | Jun 7, 2019

Barely over a week after the British establishment’s disastrous performance in the European Union elections, it seems increasingly likely that a similarly dismal fate awaits them at home.  The EU election, held from May 23 through 26, saw significant gains…

by | May 29, 2019

Washington Well, the UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May has run out of gas. She is going to retire. Now the question is who will replace her. All the talk is of Boris Johnson, the former Foreign Secretary and twice mayor…

by | Nov 26, 2018

A British politician who lived by his pen, enjoyed a chequered reputation attracting supporters and detractors, warned of an existential threat to his nation, while boasting American antecedents? Many will answer “Winston Churchill.” Full marks, though, for taking a contemporary…

by | Aug 15, 2018

Washington A fellow Spectatorian is under enemy fire, and we all must rally around him, particularly because he has done nothing wrong and because if those attacking him triumph we shall all suffer. The cause is free speech. The free…

by | Aug 15, 2018

Two of Britain’s most prominent politicians have come under fire this week for supposedly promoting division and hatred. But for Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson, the circumstances surrounding their respective controversies have shared little else in common. Johnson, the former…

by | Aug 13, 2018

The Boris Johnson Burka row has raged much longer than it should have. It is almost becoming boring. Yes, I’m getting tired of winning. But like any semi-competent writer, I can still squeeze the last drops of juice from this…

by | Jul 10, 2018

Serena wins the ladies’ draw, Roger the gentlemen’s. Or so the unstoppable momentum of the best players of the 21stcentury would suggest. But it ain’t over till it’s over, and Miss Williams next faces a Camila Giorgi who is enjoying…

by | Jun 21, 2018

Queried about the Waterloo battle that witnessed the defeat of Napoleon and his dream of continental conquest, victorious British general the Duke of Wellington replied: “It has been a damned nice thing — the nearest run thing you ever saw…

by | Oct 9, 2017

“Our first and most important duty is to get Brexit right.” So vows Prime Minister Theresa May at the conclusion of the Conservative conference at Manchester. In the early 19th century, this northern English city nurtured faith in free trade….

by | Dec 20, 2016

At a recent Med 2 conference in Rome, Boris Johnson, the irascible former Mayor of London and Britain’s new foreign secretary, steered the conversation to what he saw as the root causes of some of the Middle East’s trials and…

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