Tag: Brexit

Boris Magnus?


Image credit: The Daily Telegraph.

Health warning: the following is a long essay where I necessarily had to ‘get into the weeds’ of Labour Party politics. As you can probably imagine, that involved a journey to a certain creek with an inevitable deficit of paddles. Whether that describes the Labour Party or my ability to evaluate them is an open question. Plenty of Conservative stuff too so don’t be put off by Jeremy Corbyn, sorry, I mean obviously you should be put off by Corbyn but don’t hold it against me….

As is so often the case, a cartoonist nailed it. The Daily Telegraph carried the picture of a galloping lion; its paws gathered together, all four off the ground in that moment between one explosive bound and the next. On its back sits the figure of Britannia, pressed back to an angle of almost forty-five degrees by the lion’s momentum, one hand desperately clasping her helmet to her head, the other gamely hanging on to the Union Jack-embossed shield at her side. The lion’s face – even in profile – is unmistakably that of Boris Johnson, its mane his trademark blonde mop. The ‘Torygraph’ should know, it has been Boris’ own parish for many a decade.

It’s Boris, and Brexit, or Bust!


Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, New York born British politician, will take on his new role of Prime Minister tomorrow afternoon.

But first, he became (I’m pretty sure), the first member of the British Conservative Party to work the honorific, “dude,” into a political speech.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America serve up three more delicious martinis. First, they cautiously applaud the selection of Boris Johnson as the new British prime minister in hopes the UK can finally deal with Brexit in a good way and they eagerly await the Trump-Johnson press conferences. They also commend Democratic House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal for not bowing to the progressive whims to demand Trump’s New York state tax returns immediately. And they enjoy hearing 2020 hopeful and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard insist that Sen. Kamala Harris is not qualified to be Commander-in-Chief.

Biden, Trump, and the New Normal


Politicians love fighting the last battle. Every four years, we see a slew of candidates relitigating the last presidential race, often using the same strategy that lost the previous time.

This trend is dominant in 2019 with the rise of Biden’s candidacy and the continuing rear-guard battle by anti-Trump Republicans. Joe’s main message is a return to the supposed normalcy of 2008-2016. “Know what I was most proud of?” Joe said Wednesday, “For eight years, there wasn’t one single hint of a scandal or a lie.”

Hey, there’s a lie right there. Has it never occurred to him that the Obama years are what created Trump?

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the recent charges brought against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and dismiss his claim of being a journalist. They also cross the pond to the UK, where Prime Minister Theresa May is resigning over the Brexit debacle and size up the race to replace her. Finally, they collectively cringe at what may be the most embarrassing book interview of all time, as a British host politely points out feminist Naomi Wolf based a major portion of her book on an incorrect assumption about historical records.

Soup for the Republican Soul


The last two months have been unkind to Democrats. Since being sworn in as the majority in the House of Representatives, the Party of Government seems hellbent on losing one news cycle after another. In the roughly eight-week period between Virginia governor Ralph Northam admitting to having performed in blackface to last Thursday when Jussie Smollett’s lawyer suggested that her client’s alleged Nigerian attackers may have been wearing whiteface, it’s tempting to think that God loves Republicans and wants them to be happy.

So overwhelmingly has the GOP dominated the news cycle that merely the last two weeks have provided ample Soup For The Republican Soul, from the self-immolation of Michael Avenatti to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s deeming itself a hate group. Let’s take a look at five more examples.

University Admissions Scandal

It’s a very busy day on the Three Martini Lunch.  We begin by thanking Townhall.com for highlighting our podcast and close by discussing the sentencing of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and the most popular Christmas movies in various states (three states get it right and Nevada, of course, is very wrong).  In between, we tackle three big martinis.  We applaud President Trump for keeping the cameras rolling in Tuesday’s border wall discussions with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and plead for more transparency in our government.  We groan as a no confidence vote for British Prime Minister Theresa May unfolds after her failure to get a Brexit plan approved.  And we shake our heads as a judge orders Stormy Daniels to reimburse President Trump nearly $300,000 in legal fees, but attorney Michael Avenatti says it’s not a win for Trump because he’s really sure he’ll win his other case against Trump.

On this AEI Events Podcast, AEI scholars Stan Veuger and Desmond Lachman host a panel of policy experts to discuss European economic challenges in the age of Trump. Guests Mahmood Pradhan and Alessandtro Leipold of the International Monetary Fund, along with Athanasios Orphanides from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, detail the European economic outlook and the policies needed to reground European economic recovery. They also examine the prospects for greater European integration in light of Angela Merkel’s waning political star.

Even after considerable progress, Economic disparities between the north and south remain, the European Central Bank will soon start normalizing monetary policy, Brexit negotiations are ongoing, and political uncertainty now characterizes Germany and Italy. How can we place recovery on sounder footing?

In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Claude Barfield and Michael Strain host the Right Honorable Liam Fox MP, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Trade, to discuss international trade policy in the wake of Brexit. Dr. Strain welcomes Dr. Fox back to AEI and delivers introductory remarks.                                 

Following Dr. Strain’s introduction, Dr. Barfield sits down with Dr. Fox to discuss the steps the UK is taking domestically to form a sovereign trade policy and the future of UK-US trade relations. Dr. Fox is leading the effort to redesign the UK’s trade policy after the departure from the European Union. He believes the UK undoubtedly will leave the EU by March 2019 — the question that remains is the process by which it will leave.

In this AEI Events Podcast, leading experts join AEI’s John R. Bolton and Desmond Lachman to discuss the challenges and opportunities of Brexit after the United Kingdom elections. Ambassador John R. Bolton, senior fellow at AEI, discusses the EU’s “secular theology,” which argues the EU has brought peace and prosperity to Europe. David O’Sullivan, ambassador of the European Union to the United States, disagrees, asserting that the EU had allowed peaceful resolution of conflicts. He highlights that defining a post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the EU will take several years.

Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute, addresses the negative economic shocks the UK will face if, because of Brexit, it loses tariff-free access to Europe, its largest trading partner. Hugo Gurdon, editorial director of the Washington Examiner, pays tribute to the EU as a project for peace but argued that the UK’s history of constitutional stability and relations with the world, rather than Europe, means Brexit was the right choice for the UK. Finally, AEI’s Desmond Lachman emphasizes that the EU, especially the eurozone, faces severe economic problems associated with the risk of a breakup.

This week on Banter, Dr. Desmond Lachman discussed the UK’s June election and its implications for Brexit negotiations. Dr. Lachman is a resident fellow at AEI where he studies the global economy. He previously served as deputy director in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Policy Development and Review Department. This week, Dr. Lachman hosted a seminar at AEI on the likely outcome of Brexit negotiations and Brexit’s effect on the UK and European economies. The link below will take you to the full event video.

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Melissa O’Sullivan of the Danube Institute: Two Europes?


On this episode of Whiskey Politics, we discuss President Trump’s recent speech in Poland, paying NATO, the reality of two Europes, Immigration, Putin, Brexit, and much more with Melissa O’Sullivan, the Deputy Director of the Danube Institute in Budapest, Hungary, and Washington DC. Melissa represents the Danube Institute through her involvement with the International Women’s Club and other organizations. A former professional in the field of security working with the federal government, she is a graduate of the University of Alabama and a commentator on the political scene on both sides of the Atlantic. Melissa works with her husband John O’Sullivan, former senior policy writer and speechwriter for Margaret Thatcher when she was British prime minister, Editor at National Review, and former Editor in Chief at UPI.

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Hi there, My daughter who lives in London sent me an article published in The Guardian called “The Great British Brexit Robbery: How Our Democracy was Hijacked,” by Carole Cadwalladr. In the same article is a link to another article written by the same author called, “Robert Mercer: The Big Data Billionaire Waging War on Mainstream Media” […]

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The drama in Washington? A pittance compared to the upheaval across the pond: British prime minister Theresa May’s disastrous snap election. Hoover Institution senior fellow Niall Ferguson, a native Scot, assesses May’s future and that of Brexit, plus where the Trump presidency stands as it approaches the five-month mark.

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Theresa May Remains Prime Minister


Theresa May has been to Buckingham Palace and will continue as Her Majesty’s Prime Minister. One seat is yet to declare the result of yesterday’s general election. That it is Kensington, one of the safest of Tory strongholds, and that it is in doubt is the election in a nutshell; Mrs May gambled on gaining and lost her base. From working majority to minority government in six weeks and blowing the largest slice of goodwill the Conservative party has enjoyed in a generation.

Already we have calls that the Conservatives were not left wing enough, that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour with its hard socialist message shows the electorate has moved left. Utter rubbish. The Tories got their largest vote share in decades despite their ruinous manifesto. What we have just had is a re-run of the referendum from last year with no one really mentioning it. Mrs May was right to believe that UKIP’s vote would collapse and totally wrong on how to woo them. Mr Corbyn’s vague promises on Brexit going ahead was enough to tempt former Labour ‘kippers back into the fold once Mrs May failed to follow up her Brexit rhetoric with any conviction. Worse still her policy proscriptions showed a complete failure to diagnose the Brexit coalition, to treat it as a malady rather than a rejection of the governing consensus. Endless time has been spent trying to determine the reasons for Brexit, with no concrete answer because there is not one. Rather there were a whole host of reasons, the one unifying theme was that the liberal elite were taking the country down the wrong path, whether that was immigration policy or sovereignty issues or any of the other reasons people voted to leave the EU. If the vote last year was a rejection of Third Way centrist Blairism, offering a Blairite manifesto was the height of idiocy. Failure to galvanise this base with a positive vision of the future – as the Leave campaign did last year – while the remnants of the Remain campaign quietly and carefully coordinated their side with a simple stop ‘Hard Brexit’ message, was the real reason for this complete cock-up.

Michael Caine Says It All


I’m late coming to this, but as the first anniversary of the vote on Brexit approaches — June 23 is the date — I see that the actor Sir Michael Caine caused a furor a few weeks ago. Caine’s crime? Admitting that he had voted for Brexit. “For me,” Caine said, “it was about freedom. I’d rather be a poor master than a rich servant.”

In a single sentence, Caine summed up the entire case for Brexit — and several centuries of the sheer groundedness and common sense of the ordinary Briton.

Hoover political scientists David Brady and Doug Rivers diagnose the Trump presidency’s health based on polling data and the state of antiglobalization populism on the eve of France’s presidential vote. Will European Union resentment, like many a would-be invader, fail to make it across the English Channel?