Tag: Johnson, Boris

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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For Boris Johnson’s Science Advisers, Pressure, Anxieties and ‘Pastoral Support’

LONDON — When 50 British scientists and government officials got on a Zoom call on May 7, emotions were running high, and not just because Britain had overtaken Italy for having the highest death toll from the coronavirus in Europe. Two days earlier, a prominent epidemiologist on the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, Neil […]

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Boris Johnson Cares About ‘Liberty’ More Than People’s Lives

LONDON — Britain, bruised and wary after months of lockdown, is reopening. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson triumphantly announced a major loosening of restrictions. Much of the country’s cultural and recreational life — pubs, cafes, museums, galleries, cinemas, hotels — will return on July 4, while the distance people are required to keep from […]

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U.K. Grapples With Its Role in Atlantic Slave Trade

LONDON — Britain’s uneasy confrontation with its racist history moved from statues in town squares to corporate boardrooms this week, as two prominent British firms, Lloyd’s of London and Greene King, announced they would make amends for their involvement in the slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. Lloyd’s, the insurance giant, and Greene […]

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England’s ‘World Beating’ System to Track Coronavirus Is Anything But

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain unveiled last month a “world beating” operation to track down people who had been exposed to the coronavirus, giving the country a chance to climb out of lockdown without losing sight of where infections were spreading. As with much of the government’s response to the pandemic, however, […]

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With Brexit Trade Talks at an Impasse, Boris Johnson Finally Engages

BRUSSELS — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, in his first direct talks with Brussels about Brexit since his country left the European Union at the end of January, agreed with European leaders on Monday to push ahead with intensified talks in July and August to try to reach a trade deal by the end […]

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In an English City, an Early Benefactor Is Now ‘a Toxic Brand’

BRISTOL, England — Standing beneath an empty stone plinth, from which the statue of the 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston was toppled last week, Richard Saunders showed his son photos of three black Americans who had been killed by the police an ocean away and 200 years after the end of Bristol’s slave trade. Mr. […]

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Are Nations Safer From the Coronavirus When Women Lead?

Are female leaders better at fighting a pandemic? I compiled death rates from the coronavirus for 21 countries around the world, 13 led by men and eight by women. The male-led countries suffered an average of 214 coronavirus-related deaths per million inhabitants. Those led by women lost only one-fifth as many, 36 per million. If […]

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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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‘Get Rid of Them’: A Statue Falls as Britain Confronts Its Racist History

LONDON — With a mix of pent-up fury and sudden elation, the protesters who toppled a bronze statue of the 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol, England, on Sunday recalled the angry crowds that brought down statues of Saddam Hussein, Stalin and even King George III. But when these demonstrators dumped the monument of […]

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How the Coronavirus Makes a No-Deal Brexit More Likely

LONDON — The coronavirus epidemic in Britain has killed more than 40,000 people, sickened hundreds of thousands more, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and paralyzed the economy. Now it may claim another casualty: a trade agreement between Britain and the European Union. On Friday, the two sides announced that they had made little headway in […]

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Boris Johnson Pledges to Admit 3 Million From Hong Kong to U.K.

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson raised the stakes in a confrontation with China over Hong Kong on Wednesday, promising to allow nearly three million people eligible for a British overseas passport to live and work in Britain, if Beijing were to impose a new security law on the former British colony. Mr. Johnson’s promise, […]

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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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Where the Virus Is Growing Most: Countries With ‘Illiberal Populist’ Leaders

ImagePresident Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil greeted supporters in Brasilia on Sunday.Credit…Evaristo Sa/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The four large countries where coronavirus cases have recently been increasing fastest are Brazil, the United States, Russia and Britain. And they have something in common. They are all run by populist male leaders who cast themselves as anti-elite […]

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Trip by Boris Johnson Aide Thrusts 192-Year-Old Magazine Into Uproar

LONDON — When Boris Johnson became the editor of The Spectator in 1999, he declared that he planned to make the weekly magazine, Britain’s oldest, a “refuge for logic, fun, and good writing.” It would, he promised somewhat paradoxically, “continue to set the political agenda, and to debunk it.” Now that Mr. Johnson is the […]

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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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Boris Johnson Feels Public Anger in Outcry Over Dominic Cummings

LONDON — For more than two months, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has floundered in his response to the coronavirus — abandoning widespread testing, dragging his feet on imposing a lockdown, leaving nursing homes unprotected, and muddling his message about how to reopen the British economy. But it took a rogue 260-mile car trip by Mr. […]

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Outcry Over Cummings Turns Public Against Johnson for 1st Time

LONDON — For more than two months, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has floundered in his response to the coronavirus — abandoning widespread testing, dragging his feet on imposing a lockdown, leaving nursing homes unprotected, and muddling his message about how to reopen the British economy. But it took a rogue 260-mile car trip by Mr. […]

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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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On a Scottish Isle, Nursing Home Deaths Expose a Covid-19 Scandal

On the Isle of Skye off the western coast of Scotland, residents thought they had sealed themselves off from the coronavirus. They shuttered hotels. Officials warned of police checks. Traffic emptied on the only bridge from the mainland. But the frailest spot on the island remained catastrophically exposed: Home Farm, a 40-bed nursing home for […]

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Boris Johnson Backs Top Aide Accused of Flouting Lockdown Rules

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson, defying a storm of criticism, said on Sunday that he would not dismiss his most influential adviser, Dominic Cummings, for breaching Britain’s lockdown rules by driving across the country to visit relatives, even when he was falling ill with the coronavirus. Mr. Johnson’s decision to stand by his adviser […]

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Rattled by a Pandemic, People Turn to Leaders — Any Leaders

As world leaders grapple with when and how to safely reopen their countries, many are also facing a political problem: how to maintain support as they oversee tanking economies, stifling restrictions and staggering death tolls. Unable to promise physical or economic safety, many are instead offering the reassuring image of a strong leader with a […]

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Outrage Grows Over Boris Johnson Aide’s 260-Mile Trip During Lockdown

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced a torrent of calls on Saturday to dismiss his most influential adviser, Dominic Cummings, after reports that Mr. Cummings had visited relatives in northern England while he was ill with the coronavirus — a violation of Britain’s lockdown rules. Mr. Johnson appeared determined to stand by Mr. Cummings, […]

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Britain’s Minorities Are Facing the Coronavirus Alone

LONDON — In early April, Maruthalingam Thiyakumar, a 58-year-old employee of the corner shop in my neighborhood in South London, died from the coronavirus. While some of my neighbors and I were able to follow Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s injunction to “stay at home” and “save lives,” Mr. Thiyakumar continued to provide toilet paper and […]

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Britain’s Minorities Are Facing the Coronavirus Alone

LONDON — In early April, Maruthalingam Thiyakumar, a 58-year-old employee of the corner shop in my neighborhood in South London, died from the coronavirus. While some of my neighbors and I were able to follow Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s injunction to “stay at home” and “save lives,” Mr. Thiyakumar continued to provide toilet paper and […]

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Boris Johnson Avoids Criminal Inquiry Into His Dealings as London’s Mayor

LONDON — A British police watchdog agency said on Thursday that it would not conduct a criminal investigation into Prime Minister Boris Johnson over claims that as mayor of London he had done official favors for an American businesswoman whose apartment he sometimes visited during working hours. It also said there was “some evidence that […]

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Boris Johnson Coronavirus Reopening Plans Leaves Britons Confused

LONDON — When the coronavirus first struck, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain agonized long and hard before closing stores, pubs and restaurants as part of the country’s fight against the disease. But with the spread of the virus now curbed, easing the lockdown is proving harder still. On Monday Mr. Johnson’s long-anticipated blueprint for […]

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Coronavirus in U.K.: Boris Johnson’s Reopening Plans Leaves Britons Confused

LONDON — When the coronavirus first struck, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain agonized long and hard before closing stores, pubs and restaurants as part of the country’s fight against the disease. But with the spread of the virus now curbed, easing the lockdown is proving harder still. On Monday Mr. Johnson’s long-anticipated blueprint for […]

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Britain to Impose Coronavirus Quarantine on Air Arrivals

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that Britain would soon impose a mandatory quarantine on travelers arriving in the country by air to try to avert a new wave of coronavirus infections, signaling how cautious the country will be in relaxing its seven-week lockdown. Mr. Johnson offered no details about how the […]

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