Tag: Johnson, Boris

How Labour’s Working-Class Vote Crumbled and Its Nemesis Won the North

BARLBOROUGH, England — They trudged through a stinging rain to polling stations, streams of people who once powered the left in Britain: ex-miners, supermarket clerks, retired schoolteachers, health aides. But when they re-emerged, they had voted not for the Labour Party, the side that had shepherded them through decades of political upheaval, but instead for […]

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Britain’s Ominous Portent for Democrats

When Britain flummoxed and flabbergasted the world by voting in 2016 to leave the European Union, it seemed like a one-off: An unexpected gamble by a normally prudent country, but nothing that signified a profound shift beyond the United Kingdom and Europe. Donald Trump’s election a few months later proved otherwise. Brexit was a portent, […]

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Labour’s Crushing Loss in Britain Adds to ‘Too Far Left?’ Debate in U.S.

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. conjured the prospect of headlines like, “Look what happens when the Labour Party moves so, so far to the left.” Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said that “Jeremy Corbyn’s catastrophic showing in the U.K. is a clear warning.” And Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke of the need to “build […]

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Boris Johnson and the Coming Trump Victory in 2020

Donald Trump, in his telling, could have shot somebody on Fifth Avenue and won. Boris Johnson could mislead the queen. He could break his promise to get Britain out of Europe by Oct. 31. He could lie about Turks invading Britain and the cost of European Union membership. He could make up stories about building […]

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It Was a Great Day for Trump, Except for That ‘Scam’

WASHINGTON — President Trump had plenty of good news to talk about on Friday, beginning with the news from across the Atlantic that a close ally, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, had just seen his party win a decisive majority in Parliament. There were also his accomplishments at home to promote: finishing the first […]

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For Scotland and Northern Ireland, a Weakening of Ties

LONDON — While voters across England embraced Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party, it was a different story in Scotland and Northern Ireland, where Thursday’s electoral earthquake has strained the ties that bind the United Kingdom and increased the risk of its eventual breakup. In Scotland a constitutional crisis looms after the dominant Scottish National […]

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The United Kingdom Has Voted. Will It Remain United?

Of all the agonizing twists and turns of British politics since the narrow vote on June 23, 2016, in favor of leaving the European Union, the landslide victory of Boris Johnson in Thursday’s election may be the most stunning. It also should have been the most predictable. After three and a half years of debilitating […]

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In Johnson Victory, Democrats and Republicans See Lessons for 2020

LONDON — Britain was still counting the final votes in its landmark general election early Friday morning when Democrats and Republicans on the other side of the Atlantic began speculating whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s landslide victory was a good omen for President Trump’s re-election chances in 2020 — and a cautionary tale for Democrats. […]

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Brexit Is Going to Get Done. But on Whose Terms?

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s landslide election victory clarifies British politics in one important respect: Efforts to reverse the Brexit referendum are now dead. Britain will leave the European Union next month. But on what terms it will do so remains unclear, perhaps even more so in the wake of the election. Mr. Johnson’s […]

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Brexit Once Meant a Weaker British Pound, but Not Anymore

LONDON — When Britain voted in 2016 to leave the European Union, its currency plummeted on world markets, reflecting agitation over the economic and financial disruption that seemed to lie ahead. Three years later, with Brexit still not achieved, trading in the pound has been telling a different story. The pound, which made steady gains […]

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Boris Johnson Gambled Everything. And Won.

LONDON — Boris Johnson gambled everything on an election and won. Called to resolve the intractable problem of Brexit, the election on Thursday — undertaken in winter, itself a sign of political crisis — delivered the Conservative Party its first commanding majority in over 40 years. The scale and shape of the victory surpassed projections: […]

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Conservatives Headed for Commanding Majority in U.K. Vote: ‘Brexit Will Happen’

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party appeared on course Thursday to win a commanding majority in the British Parliament, a striking victory that redraws the lines in British politics and paves the way for the country’s exit from the European Union early next year. The Conservatives were projected to win 368 […]

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The Fate of Boris and Brexit

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Britain is voting in a general election today. During his campaign, Prime Minister Boris Johnson appealed to voters who believe that his promise to “get Brexit done” will mean restoring the country to its past glory. […]

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A Vote For Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party Is a Vote For Anti-Semitism

Back when Donald Trump was running for president — and Republicans were still capable of feeling politically ashamed — a conservative friend made what was, to my mind, the decisive case against voting for him. No, a ballot for Trump did not automatically mean that his voters shared his bigotries. Nor did it necessarily mean […]

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Photos of the U.K. in the Shadow of Brexit

Britain is dragging itself through its fifth major election in five years: a third general election, even though Parliaments are supposed to last for five years; and two referendums, one on Scottish independence, which lost, and the other on Brexit, which won. The Leave victory in June 2016 has defined and marred British politics ever […]

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Britain’s Miserable Election

LONDON — This is the dejection election. Not in my lifetime has Britain faced such a miserable choice. Two vain, incompetent, mediocre charlatans are competing to become prime minister. For the Conservatives, we have the blustering, lying, oafish puffball Boris Johnson. In the Labour corner is the querulous, wooden, sanctimonious Jeremy Corbyn. The two candidates […]

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Boris Johnson Tries On a New Campaign Persona: Disciplined

UTTOXETER, England — On the second-to-last day of Britain’s landmark election campaign, Prime Minister Boris Johnson drove a backhoe through a wall of Styrofoam bricks. The wall was labeled “Gridlock,” while the backhoe was emblazoned with a Union Jack and the slogan “Get Brexit Done.” As political stunts go, it was hardly subtle. But it […]

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Jeremy Corbyn, U.K. Labour Leader, Races to Close Election Gap

BIRMINGHAM, England — The chants are the same as in 2017: “Oh JER-e-my COR-byn, Oh JER-e-my COR-byn.” The message, taking on “the rich and powerful” and ending austerity with a burst of nationalizations and public spending, is largely the same, too. Yet, two years later, the magic that seemed to envelop the opposition Labour leader’s […]

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A Sick U.K. Boy’s Story Was True. But False Posts Followed.

LONDON — The photo of a sick 4-year-old boy lying on the floor of an overcrowded hospital in Yorkshire because there were no beds available for him sent a jolt through the British election. A local newspaper, the Yorkshire Evening Post, had published a story about the episode on Sunday after the boy’s mother reached […]

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U.K. Health Service Poses a Late Election Threat to Boris Johnson

COVENTRY, England — Along with millions of Britons, Jules Barcroft bought into the bold promise made by Boris Johnson in the 2016 Brexit campaign: that leaving the European Union would bring buckets of new money into the long starved National Health Service. So she voted for Leave, staking her own health — she has multiple […]

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In U.K. Vote, Online Disinformation Is the New Normal

LONDON — Manipulated Twitter accounts, doctored videos, dodgy websites and questions of foreign meddling. In just six weeks, the campaign leading up to Britain’s general election this Thursday has had a taste of what the dark arts of online campaigning have to offer. But in addition to concerns about material originating with shadowy groups or […]

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Worried, Scared and Paralyzed: Lives Caught in Brexit Limbo

Britain’s halting march toward Brexit has prompted two changes in prime minister, two general elections (including one on Thursday) and a paralysis in Parliament as the debate over leaving the European Union has overwhelmed everything else. But away from the political cut and thrust, Brexit has brought a new level of uncertainty for many of […]

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