Trump Attempts to Get a Handle on Brexit’s Timing

June 07, 2019

As Theresa May’s resignation becomes official, Donald Trump encourages her to “stick around” for a “great” trade deal. US President Donald Trump, like the pussycat in the nursery rhyme, has “been to London to visit the queen.” He even visited another female leader who, under normal...

Is Theresa May about to Cry “Mayday”?

May 23, 2019

Theresa May has tried one more time after trying again and again, and to her surprise, she has failed yet again. British Prime Minister Theresa May appears mystified. But at least, after so many attempts, she is now in a position to tell us why everyone else is wrong and how pitiful the outcome...

Is Brexit Just an Example of Politicians Following the Fads?

April 09, 2019

As the plot continues to thicken with no denouement in sight, Brexit is keeping the entire world on tenterhooks. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains.  Like the classic silent film serial Perils of Pauline, Brexit has turned into a never-ending series of cliff-hanging news cycle episodes...

The Sharp Horns of the Brexit Dilemma Keep Getting Sharper

April 04, 2019

The Brexit melodrama has had the merit of exposing how political decision-making takes place, or more accurately how it is prevented from taking place. In an article on April 3, The Guardian highlights (in an earlier edition) not only the quandary of British Prime Minister Theresa May, but also...

Theresa May’s Surreal Game: Playing with Time

March 18, 2019

With her third attempt likely to fail, the British prime minister may never withdraw her proposal for withdrawal. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary reports. As this week begins, the UK and Europe find themselves less than two weeks away from the official cutoff date for Brexit. In the nearly three...

Unless Britain Is Better Informed, a Second Referendum Will Only Make Things Worse

March 11, 2019

As facts and civil discourse are abandoned for misinformation and hysteria, the democratic waters are becoming murkier. On March 12, Theresa May will be given another opportunity to get her Brexit deal through Parliament. The British prime minister’s position is not envious. Jean-Claude...

Brexiteers Are Not After Compromise

February 16, 2019

Leading Brexiteers are after catharsis, not compromise. Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton explains. In the UK, a no-deal Brexit has become increasingly likely. This is because Prime Minister Theresa May has decided her priority is to avoid a split in the Conservative Party. She has...

Theresa May Promises More Talks But No Walks

February 08, 2019

Newspapers have their own ways of talking about talks and influencing imminent disasters. The Daily Devil's Dictionary explains. Published simultaneously on February 7, following a meeting in Brussels between British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU leaders, here are two contrasting versions of...

EU Tells May to March On

January 31, 2019

Before being swept from power and leaving Britain unmoored, Theresa May has had one last sweep with her parliamentary broom.  In a January 30 headline, The Daily Mail can't contain its excitement at what it sees as a historic moment: “Sweeping victory for May as she wins all but one vote in...

The Case for a Second Brexit Vote

January 25, 2019

Democracy is all about people changing their minds.  It’s not in the text of Dante’s Inferno, but I suspect that those residing in the upper circles of hell regard their neighbors in the bottom circles with a mixture of pity and relief. Cleopatra, buffeted by strong winds in the second...

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