A colourful, entertaining, and apparently Teflon-coated Deputy Prime Minister falls foul of a change in political culture.
Posts Tagged: Boris Johnson MP
Albie Amankona: We need a real National Health Service – to make healthy living easy and unhealthy living difficult.
There needs to be a paradigm shift in policy and culture. Our state should work to keep us healthy and allow us as individuals to be responsible for our actions.
Stephen Booth: A possible Cabinet Brexit compromise is brewing. It would mean mirroring parts of the Customs Union.
When ministers meet at Chequers this week, they must find a solution to the seemingly intractable question of whether to align or diverge from the EU.
Gisela Stuart: This is a crucial moment for May and her government. There must be no backsliding on a clean Brexit.
Any deal that leaves the UK aligned with EU rules or which deprives us of control over our trading future would not be honouring the referendum result.
Plus: Johnson’s EU speech. Turnbull’s sex ban. Horror in America. Change in South Africa. And: order your popcorn for this weekend’s UKIP conference.
Daniel Hannan: Johnson – a Tigger among Eeyores – is right to restate the positive, uplifting vision of Brexit
Many voters – Leave and Remain – appreciate his spirit of boldness, and want to move on from past divisions, not reopen them. There are opportunities to be grasped.
Martyn Rady: The Prime Minister should replace the negotiating team and follow Barnier’s tough-talking example
The EU is willing to deploy both clarity and menace in its dealings with us. This might once have been avoidable, but we must now do likewise in return.
“It is our stubborn attachment to running ourselves that will end up making our society fairer and more prosperous.” Johnson’s Brexit speech – full text
“It has become absolutely clear to me that we cannot take the argument for granted.”
Johnson’s speech today and the Commission’s basic take are strangely similar – Brexit points to a Canada-type settlement on alignment and divergence.
Plus: Soubry may quit the Tories, which I would regret. And: Why Labour’s silence on 100 years of votes for working class men?
P.S: Only one Tory Prime Minister in recent years was “taken down” by Tory MPs. Clue: it was neither Major nor Cameron.
We are likely to get a deal with something for everyone – a ‘softish’ Brexit with May-style immigration controls. But the longer-term offers great opportunities.
I finish by imploring you to consider the effect on our Brexit negotiations if we change negotiators half way through.
Bonar Law’s words in 1922 apply to the present leader: “The party elects a leader, and that leader chooses the policy, and if the party does not like it, they have to get another leader.”
A bright start in our Cabinet League Table for McVey, Lewis, Hancock & Hinds. Hammond’s rating heads west.
And the Prime Minister, tenth in the table last time round, is back in negative territory and second from bottom.