Theresa May Takes the Reins
David Cameron held his last Prime Minister’s Questions today. It was a rousing affair, full of verbal jousts with the opposition, witty remarks about Jeremy Corbyn’s tenuous position atop the Labour party, and a palpable relief at finally …
Brexit Update: Lyin’ David, the Bayeux Tapestry and Ever Closer Union
Britain’s Brexit debate has moved onto zany ground with, among others Hitler, bananas and the supposed Brexiteers (if you believe David Cameron) of ISIS all making recent appearances, but this CapX article by a number of German lawyers and …
The Strange Endurance of Jeremy Corbyn, and Other Mysteries of British Politics
London — In September 2015, only four months after David Cameron’s Tories pulled off an unexpected victory in Britain’s general election, I was asked by the newspaper the Australian to explain a strange paradox in U.K. politics: The Labour …
Does Obama Want to End the ‘Special Relationship’?
President Obama more and more gives the impression that he has lost contact with the real world, or maybe has no interest in it. He is busy promoting the enemies of the United States and demoting its allies. This self-damaging …
Jay, Michael Gove’s commendable decision to back Brexit is already being spun hard by the other side.
The Spectator’s James Forsyth has the details:
David Cameron and George Osborne have responded to Michael Gove’s decision to campaign …
Say what you will about old Joe Stalin, he knew that that the spontaneous stormy applause had to come after the great speech/heroic feat/record-breaking harvests.
Not all of Britain’s Tories are quite so savvy.
The BBC reports:
‘As a Christian Country …’ (!)
A few days ago, I had a post on Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour party, who was said to have “canceled” Christmas because he refused to issue a traditional Christmas message. I mentioned that Castro (Fidel) actually …
Impromptus: Trade secrets, &c.
I don’t know why President Obama understands that free trade is beneficial. There is so much he does not understand. And support of free trade seems to contrast with his overall ideology.
But maybe I shouldn’t question — …
David Cameron’s Ruthless Path to Victory
EDITOR’S NOTE: A version of this article first appeared at CapX.
‘You gotta do what you gotta do,” a reelected Bill Clinton told an aggrieved Bob Dole, who was complaining about Clinton’s attack ads. David Cameron went one …
The British Elections: One Man’s Joy
I gather there’s not much joy in Rightville over the Conservatives’ smash victory in Britain last week. Well, there’s much joy in my heart (which is usually the equivalent of Rightville).
My favorite Election Night story of all …
The 52–48 win for Brexit in yesterday’s referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union was more momentous than any election result in the U.K.’s history. It was swiftly followed this morning by David Cameron’s announcement …
Playing The Verdun Card: Cameron’s Turn
I have written before (often) about the way the EU’s defenders play the ‘Verdun card’ whenever the debate or the polling is turning too strongly against them. The EU, so the argument runs, is all that stands between Europe …
Obama to Brits: America Expects
As you may have noticed from afar, the Brexit debate in Britain is proving to be a dramatic and divisive affair, both domestically and internationally. It’s quite an event when eight former U.S. Treasury secretaries sign a manifesto …
David Cameron’s Referendum Won’t Solve EU Tensions
The British Empire was acquired in a fit of absent-mindedness, historians say. One day, much the same might be said of Britain’s continued membership in the European Union (EU). The issues raised by the EU referendum that will take …
As expected, my man Michael Gove has come out in favor of Brexit: in favor of Britain’s exit from the European Union. To read his statement in The Spectator, go here.
It takes a lot for me to click …
Brexit: Will Calais Come To Kent (and Other Matters)?
David Cameron’s ‘renegotiation’ of the terms of the UK’s membership of the EU was designed to encourage reluctant Brits to vote to remain in the union in an in/out referendum that may be held as early as June (…
Two Terms and Shredded Wheat
In the recent British election campaign, David Cameron pledged to serve just two terms as prime minister. The way he put it was, “Terms are like shredded wheat.” (See this article.) “Two are wonderful, but three might just be too …
The torch, it appears, is being passed:
George Osborne is to cement his position to succeed David Cameron as Tory leader by standing in for him at Prime Minister’s Questions this week.
The Chancellor will appear at the Despatch Box …
Re: The British Elections: One Man’s Joy
Jay, I’ll take your word for it that there was “not much joy in Rightville over the Conservatives’ smash victory in Britain last week”. Speaking for myself, however, I was delighted.
As I noted on election night, Cameron’s …
Newt, on What Republicans Can Learn from the Tories
Former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich had advice for Republican candidates on Sunday’s Face the Nation:
The number one thing that Cameron did was emphasize working Britons. I’ll give you an example that’ll probably …