Boris Johnson: Britain’s undiplomatic new diplomat-in-chief (The Conversation) (video)


Within hours of taking office, the UK’s new prime minister Theresa May picked one of the most undiplomatic people in modern British politics to serve as the United Kingdom’s diplomat-in-chief. The surprise announcement that former London mayor Boris Johnson is … Continue reading

John Oliver vents his spleen over UK’s Brexit vote (video)


“John Oliver, already known as a vocal opponent of Brexit, has delivered a furious monologue attacking the British prime minister and key figures in the campaign for the UK to leave the EU. “The United Kingdom,” the British host of … Continue reading

How Brexit could hurt UK-US trade (The Conversation and video)


Barack Obama’s visit to Britain, brings with it plenty of chatter about the so-called “special relationship” between the US and the UK. Coming as Britain prepares for a referendum on European Union membership, the visit has already kicked off a … Continue reading

James O’Brien v Boris Johnson’s self-serving support for Brexit (audio)


If the polls are to be believed, the outcome of the forthcoming EU referendum is finely balanced. For reasons that are apparently obvious to many, but which this commentator is wholly in the dark about both sides of the debate … Continue reading

What Jeremy Hunt isn’t telling you about the junior doctors’ strike will shock you (James O’Brien show)


Yesterday’s James O’Brien Show on LBC was a classic for so many reasons, but mainly because unlike any other broadcast media outlets, doctors involved in the dispute with Conservative policy were given a platform for three hours to explain what … Continue reading

Raising the UK terror threat level from “be afraid” to “panic” feeds public fear and that is what the government wants (video)


Theresa May has raised the UK government‘s official measure of the likelihood of a terrorist attack on British soil to “severe” from “substantial”.  Exactly what are ordinary members of the public supposed to do with that information?  There is nothing meaningful … Continue reading

With ‘poor doors’ you get to live in a great building in a great neighbourhood, what else do you want? Dignity? (video)


“Reformism in local government has a Faustian history, often involving shady deals, compromised principles and unexpected outcomes as much as successful attempts to establish social justice in cities. Play your cards right and you can, like Herbert Morrison’s London county … Continue reading