The Trade Dreams of Boris Johnson

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Binoy Kampmark


My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.

Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary

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Dangerous Political Games

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Hazel Speed

Prior to the Brexit Referendum itself, announced by the then Prime Minister (Mr Cameron), neither he, The Speaker nor the scribes or legal Members in Parliament (either Houses); nor the months of campaigning leading up to the vote gave mention, nor challenge in respect of any irregularities as to possible improprieties or usurping of the Sovereignty of the UK Parliament.

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PMQs or a visit to the Hellfire Club?

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Hazel Speed

Prime Minister’s Question Time yesterday, (followed by the Prime Minister’s statement, then debate, after which a vote took place in respect of a snap General Election), was such a loud, bawdy and undignified affair, that I am sure the historic Hellfire Club would seem more sedate in comparison.

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David Cameron – that’s a bit rich coming from you!

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Hazel Speed

The other day, whilst watching the television coverage in respect to the unveiling of the new Monument at Horseguards to honour the fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan, I noticed that at the end of the formal ceremony, whilst guests were mingling, there was a political ‘clutch’ of Mother Hens having a quiet, but incisive discussion, integral thereto being David Cameron.

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Trident Missile is an ‘In Triplicate’ Issue

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Hazel Speed

It never ceases to amaze me how Mr Cameron is grazing in pastures new while Mrs May and the Citizens of this Country are following him with a bucket and spade!

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Observations of an Expat: A Good Year for Me

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Tom Arms

It has been a good year for journalists. I have never known better. There has been an endless march of upsets, twists, turns, worries, cheers, jeers, doom, gloom and unadulterated surprised joy.

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Still unbeatable? Truck attack shows Merkel’s vulnerability

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Noah Barkin

For months, Germany’s Angela Merkel has looked like the one safe bet in European politics. As Britain’s David Cameron, Italy’s Matteo Renzi and France’s Francois Hollande all succumbed to the scorn of angry voters, the German chancellor promised to fight for a fourth term and seemed destined to win it.

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