Boris Johnson Pushes Unreason to an Extreme

Sep 16, 2020

The Guardian offered its readers what is certainly the most comic and hyperreal sentence of the week when it reported that “Boris Johnson accused the EU of preparing to go to ‘extreme and unreasonable lengths’ in Brexit talks as he defended breaching international law amid a mounting...

Negotiating the End of Brexit
Aug 25, 2020

Negotiating the End of Brexit

How Global Britain Confronts the Asian Century
Aug 21, 2020

How Global Britain Confronts the Asian Century

Brexit Is Heading for the Cliff Edge
May 04, 2020

Brexit Is Heading for the Cliff Edge

The Brexit Transition Period Will Be Extended

The Brexit Transition Period Will Be Extended

Apr 29, 2020

“Can we please go back to talking about Brexit?” For the past few weeks, I got used to seeing this message on Twitter at least once a day, breaking the monopoly of news about the novel coronavirus. For some, it was a joke, half-nostalgically taking us back to the...

Labour’s New Safe Pair of Electable Hands

Labour’s New Safe Pair of Electable Hands

Apr 06, 2020

Like many of the leaders of developed nations, Boris Johnson has been struggling to assert his leadership role in the thankless combat against the current scourge of humanity: a particularly aggressive infectious disease that has now landed even the prime minister himself in hospital. Boris has...

The British Government Is About to Fail on Coronavirus

The British Government Is About to Fail on Coronavirus

Mar 09, 2020

Boris Johnson, the British prime minister who fancies himself a reincarnation of Winston Churchill, who talks of wars and battle plans and war rooms, and who has been pictured wearing something akin to a boiler suit, presides over studied inaction when it comes to the country’s coronavirus...

Europe’s Radical Right Can Help Johnson Get Momentum on Brexit Deal

Europe’s Radical Right Can Help Johnson Get Momentum on Brexit Deal

Mar 04, 2020

This week, the delegations of the European Union and the United Kingdom started the institutional meetings concerning the Brexit deal negotiations. The transition period during which the two sides may possibly find an agreement on a variety of issues — almost everything from trade to...

Is Twitter Killing the Written Word?

Is Twitter Killing the Written Word?

Feb 14, 2020

If Donald Trump had anything in common with a poet, it would be Homer. Homer was a pre-literate poet from Ancient Greece, while Trump is a post-literate US president who prefers to be briefed orally, gets his news from television and boasts that he likes to read as little as possible. Homer refers...

Boris Johnson’s Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Boris Johnson’s Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Feb 13, 2020

Business Insider reminds its readers about Boris Johnson’s incredible plan to physically unite Scotland and Northern Ireland by building a 22-mile bridge between them. The article bears the title, “Boris Johnson is deadly serious about building a £20 billion bridge between Scotland and...

Brexit Is a Suicide Attack on the UK Itself

Brexit Is a Suicide Attack on the UK Itself

Feb 07, 2020

If I were the European Union, I’d be wiping my hands, sighing in relief and slamming the door after the United Kingdom’s long-delayed departure. Britain had been a noisy, pushy houseguest for 47 years, and it was only growing ruder. It spent the last three years hanging out in the foyer,...

Will 2020 Be Another Victory Year for Trump and Brexit?

Will 2020 Be Another Victory Year for Trump and Brexit?

Feb 03, 2020

In early 2017, Europe’s far-right parliamentary bloc met in Koblenz, Germany, to plot its political future. The meeting of the bloc’s leaders — which included Marine le Pen from France, Matteo Salvini from Italy and Geert Wilders from the Netherlands — took place shortly after the...

As the Fog of Getting Brexit Done Begins to Settle, What’s Next for Britain?

As the Fog of Getting Brexit Done Begins to Settle, What’s Next for Britain?

Jan 31, 2020

The week began with a tragic patch of fog in California, continued with the smoke-and-mirrors diplomacy of Donald Trump and Jared Kushner in the Middle East, and is ending with Boris Johnson kicking off his nation’s great adventure into the mists of the future, the great unknown. What’s the...

Living in a World Where Everyone Is Invited to Feel the Impact

Living in a World Where Everyone Is Invited to Feel the Impact

Jan 09, 2020

The year 2020 has started in the West as the year of maximum suspense. The various dramas of 2019 had built to a crescendo that seemed unrivaled in the sheer number of open questions with no obvious answer history had thrown into the arena. Everyone was aware of the conflicts and debates that...

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