Tag: Conservative Party (Great Britain)

Boris Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’: Inspired Vision or Wishful Thinking?

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his pro-Brexit allies have long promised that once Britain broke free of the European Union, it could play a bold new role on the world stage — one they dubbed Global Britain. For a few days this week, it looked as if they were actually making good on […]

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What Keeps America Divided?

LET THEM EAT TWEETSHow the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality By Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson This book makes its appearance in the thick of a golden age of political journalism. Each Oval Office tantrum has been recounted in graphic detail, every booking at the Trump Hotel given close scrutiny. Never […]

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson Stirs Culture War Over Churchill Statue

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain on Friday stirred a fraught debate over symbols of his country’s past, accusing protesters of seeking to “censor our past” and telling them it was “absurd and shameful” that a statue of Winston Churchill needed to be covered to protect it from being vandalized. In series of […]

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As Prime Minister, Boris Johnson Struggles to Find His Voice

LONDON — After a week when protesters battled with police outside his residence, spray-painted “racist” on a memorial to Winston Churchill and dumped the statue of a 17th-century slave trader into Bristol harbor, Prime Minister Boris Johnson knew he was going to face questions about race and justice in Parliament. Yet, standing in the chamber […]

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Dominic Cummings Is Boris Johnson’s Brain

Anyone else would have been sacked for it. Twelve days ago Britain’s media and social media erupted in indignation and incredulity. Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s most senior aide, had been exposed for breaking the strict lockdown rules he helped to write, and which everyone else had endured for the previous two months. “Stay at […]

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Why Is Boris Johnson Defending Dominic Cummings?

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson went to the mat yet again on Wednesday for his embattled adviser, Dominic Cummings, signaling to lawmakers that he had no plans to dismiss Mr. Cummings for breaching the rules by driving 260 miles to his parents’ house during the country’s coronavirus lockdown. But Mr. Johnson deflected the most […]

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Dominic Cummings Offers a Sorry-Not-Sorry for U.K. Lockdown Breach

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson took a breathtaking gamble with his own popularity on Monday, allowing his closest aide to go public with a detailed, yet stubbornly unapologetic, explanation for making a 260-mile journey that broke lockdown rules and ignited a political firestorm in Britain. In an extraordinary hourlong session with reporters, the aide, […]

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Britain Orders a 14-Day Quarantine on Arriving Travelers

LONDON — Britain on Friday moved ahead with a 14-day mandatory quarantine on arriving travelers, and heavy fines for those who break the rules, outlining strict new travel restrictions as other European nations are thinking about easing theirs. For weeks, the British government resisted the idea of a quarantine on travelers — even as the […]

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For Boris Johnson, Parliament Is Becoming a House of Horrors

LONDON — For Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, debating in Parliament used to be a raucous affair, as backbenchers from his Conservative Party hollered and whooped, booing his rivals and cheering him on like a classmate in a schoolyard brawl. These days, to his evident chagrin, it is more like a legal deposition. Facing […]

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U.K. Coronavirus Testers Pay Price for a Day of Triumph

LONDON — On May 1, a visibly relieved Matt Hancock announced that the British government had exceeded its target of 100,000 coronavirus tests a day. As health secretary, Mr. Hancock had set the goal after enduring intense criticism for the country’s lagging coronavirus testing program. He called the milestone “an incredible achievement.” But leaked documents […]

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Coronavirus Killing Black Britons at Twice the Rate as Whites

LONDON — Black people in England and Wales are twice as likely to die from the coronavirus as white people, even accounting for differences in class and in some underlying health measures, according to official figures released on Thursday, laying bare an extraordinary gap in the toll of the coronavirus. The analysis, conducted by Britain’s […]

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The U.K. Needs a Real Government, Not Boris Johnson’s Puppet Cabinet

LONDON — On the day a paler, thinner, notably less boisterous Boris Johnson returned to work after his near-death coronavirus experience, a Tory member of Parliament tweeted a GIF of a magnificent lion perched on a mountaintop, his mane blowing in the wind. “Good to see @BorisJohnson back at the helm!” he wrote. This fawning […]

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U.K. Extends Lockdown 3 Weeks, With No Clear Exit Strategy

LONDON — Britain confirmed on Thursday that it would prolong its lockdown for at least three more weeks as part of efforts to keep smothering the spread of the coronavirus. But the government was far less clear about the steps it is taking that would allow it to relax restrictions later without causing another outbreak. […]

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People Are Dying and All Britain Can Talk About Is Boris Johnson

LONDON — On the Friday before Easter, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was discharged from the hospital after a week, including three days in intensive care with Covid-19. “Boris is out (now that really is a Good Friday)” cheered The Sun newspaper. Other outlets lingered on his “good spirits.” The same day, Britain’s death toll from […]

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How the Beleaguered BBC Became ‘Comfort Food’ in a Pandemic

LONDON — It may seem unlikely that a country known for being buttoned-up would turn to a man dancing in a multicolored unitard for reassurance and inspiration. Yet each morning recently, about 1.6 million people in Britain have been tuning in to watch Mr. Motivator, real name Derrick Evans, on a BBC program called “Healthcheck […]

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Boris Johnson vs. the Coronavirus

LONDON — Boris Johnson’s war with the coronavirus has turned personal. When the prime minister was admitted to intensive care with severe symptoms on Monday night, it was a reminder to Britons that like it or not, we are all in this together. The virus that has changed daily life across the world knows no […]

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Who is Dominic Raab? Coronavirus Puts to the Fore an Improbable U.K. Leader

LONDON — Last year, when the stalemate over Brexit was dominating the agenda, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain appointed Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, as his deputy and next-in-line. Mr. Raab seemed to have all of the required traits: A true believer in Brexit, he had mostly steered clear of scandal and was never […]

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After Lost Months, Britain Vows to Catch Up on Virus Testing

LONDON — When Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to the British people from isolation on Wednesday, still suffering his own bout of the coronavirus, he said the key to overcoming the pandemic was more testing. “This is how we will unlock the coronavirus puzzle,” he said in a shaky, hand-held video. In fact, the British […]

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I’m a Doctor in Britain. We’re Heading Into the Abyss.

LONDON — Ten days ago, I was asked to see a patient. I’m a respiratory specialist in an intensive-care unit at a hospital in London, so it wasn’t surprising that the patient needed a ventilator. It seemed fairly typical. But the patient turned out to have the coronavirus — our hospital’s first case and one […]

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Johnson Urged to Adopt Stronger Measures to Fight Virus in Britain

LONDON — When Prime Minister Boris Johnson last spoke to the British public about the coronavirus pandemic, four days ago, he was flanked by his chief medical and science advisers and issued a stark warning that “many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time.” Even then, the comparatively relaxed measures Mr. […]

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Boris Johnson Pressed to Move Brexit Deadline Amid Coronavirus Threat

LONDON — As leaders on both sides of the English Channel batten down the hatches for the coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is coming under rising pressure to ask the European Union for an extension in its negotiations to reach a trade agreement — in effect, putting off the next stage of Brexit until the […]

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As Europe Shuts Down, Britain Takes a Different, and Contentious, Approach

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain once said his political hero was the mayor in the film “Jaws,” praising him for defying mass hysteria to keep the beaches open after a constituent is eaten by a shark. As the coronavirus now stampedes across Britain and much of the world, Mr. Johnson is heeding […]

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Boris Johnson Launches War on U.K.’s Own Deep State

LONDON — She is accused of flinging a folder at an aide, hitting the staffer in the head. She reportedly told another offending underling to “get out of my face” and castigated her staff as “useless,” adding an f-bomb for good measure. The allegations of abusive behavior by Home Secretary Priti Patel — all of […]

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Women Will Be Hit Hard by U.K.’s New Immigration Rules, Experts Warn

The British government’s plan for a post-Brexit immigration overhaul was designed to wean the economy off its reliance on cheap foreign labor. But in the process, women’s groups warned on Thursday, women will suffer disproportionately. The new points-based system will give precedence to occupations in which women are underrepresented, favor male migrants over female and […]

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Boris Johnson Aide Quits After Furor Over Racial Comments

LONDON — The warning signs may have been there last month when Dominic Cummings, the influential and iconoclastic aide to Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, invited “weirdos and misfits” to apply to work at Downing Street. On Monday, one new recruit was at the center of a furor over his past assertions that blacks […]

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Sajid Javid, U.K. Finance Chief, Quits as Boris Johnson Shuffles Team

LONDON — Sajid Javid, Britain’s chancellor of the Exchequer and the country’s top finance official, resigned on Thursday, the biggest surprise of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle. Mr. Johnson and his Conservative Party are seeking to define the political direction of a government that faces few constraints after a landslide election victory in December. […]

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Boris Johnson Reshapes U.K. Government

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain on Thursday began a shuffle of his team of top officials, seeking to define the political direction of a government that faces few constraints after a landslide election victory in December. Though his governing Conservative Party has been in power for a decade, the reshuffle was a […]

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Boris Johnson Backs HS2, U.K.’s $130 Billion Railroad Plan

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain on Tuesday pushed ahead with a multidecade high-speed rail project that is now expected to cost more than $130 billion, underscoring his commitment to government intervention in rust-belt areas of the middle and north of England that helped elect him. Delays and spiraling costs had set off […]

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At the Stroke of Brexit, Britain Steps, Guardedly, Into a New Dawn

LONDON — To the recorded peals of Big Ben and the gentle fluttering of Union Jacks, Britain bade farewell to the European Union at 11 p.m. on Friday, severing ties to the world’s largest trading bloc after nearly half a century and embarking on an uncertain future as a midsize economy off the coast of […]

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Battered at the Polls, Pro-Europe Britons Gird for the Next Fight

LONDON — They marched by the hundreds of thousands to stop Brexit. They mourned when Prime Minister Boris Johnson walloped their side in the latest election. And now, on the precipice of Brexit, ardent pro-European Britons, who by some measures outnumber those favoring Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, are looking for new outlets for […]

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