“A week is a long time in politics” was a famous saying of Labour prime minister Harold Wilson. It means a month is an eternity. A lot has changed since the UK was set on a course leading, unexpectedly, to the European elections this Thursday in the UK to vote in British MEPs. That set of events was triggered
Parliament’s inability to agree a withdrawal deal meant the UK did not leave the EU on 29 March. Theresa May’s government confirmed a new target date of 31 October with Brussels. This gives fresh hope to those wanting Brexit softened, if not cancelled, as progress remains stalled.
No one who has ever quit a dead-end job could fail to recognise the look of relieved bliss on Theresa May’s face last Saturday as she busted out her favourite Pinocchio-like moves to ABBA at Henley Festival. It was the dance of a woman who has weathered every political storm, been called every name under the sun, and chosen
A few days ago, the UK’s former spy chief warned his country is going through a political nervous breakdown. The leak of confidential memos by Britain’s ambassador to Washington about Donald Trump’s administration only seems to make that official. Thanks to the disclosure of two years’ worth of cables by diplomat Kim Darroch, the US
So far, I have said that Boris Johnson is likely to be heading for disaster. He seems unlikely to get a Brexit deal through parliament, and parliament is unlikely to allow him to take Britain out of the EU without a deal. Thus he seems to be heading for a “people against parliament” election, in which he asks
Labour’s new push for a second referendum is the right call and at the right time. Jeremy Corbyn has challenged the next prime minister to back putting his deal or no deal to the public with Labour campaigning for Remain in a new referendum. The shift brings to an end what critics have called Labour’s “constructive ambiguity” and fence-sitting
One of the most important things that losing my mum has taught me is that the burden of care falls to women and girls. My mum died of ovarian cancer 10 years ago, when I was 11. So, in my teens, I took on a different role in my family than most of my peers who still had their mums.
The European elections have made a Final Say referendum more likely. Although Nigel Farage opposes a public vote as yet another “betrayal”, his undisputed victory will not stop this momentum. Labour, which had hoped to come second, finished third behind the re-energised Liberal Democrats
People, like political parties, have their ups and downs. I am no exception and nor are the Liberal Democrats. Now we are back on the up – with the party’s biggest advance in seats at local elections ever – it is right to remember where we came from.
It seems the man with the Mandela placard is seen as no more trustworthy or principled than Boris Johnson. An Opinium poll published over the weekend found that less than a quarter of the public thinks Corbyn is “trustworthy” — a lower share than Johnson — and 36 per cent find him principled, the same