David Cameron Comes Under the Spotlight for His Business Dealings

The former British prime minister has lobbied the government on behalf of an Anglo-Australian finance firm, Greensill Capital. While apparently legal, his activities set off a debate about lobbying by former leaders.

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Boris Johnson’s Government Is Built on Cruelty

Determined to make good on the nativist promise of Brexit, it has embraced anti-migrant authoritarianism.

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U.K. Government, Sensing an Opportunity, Wraps Itself in the Flag

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative allies have seized on a dispute over ostentatious displays of the Union Jack as a way to keep opponents on the defensive.

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Johnson Hopes Vaccine Success Can Inoculate Him Against Brexit Critics

The British prime minister is riding high on a strong vaccine rollout, despite a bumpy departure from the European Union and earlier pandemic missteps.

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As Europe’s Lockdowns Drag on, Police and Protesters Clash More

In Britain and beyond, protesters on the left and right are rebelling against virus restrictions, drawing harsh police responses — and questions about the officers’ legitimacy.

#bristol-england, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #europe, #great-britain, #johnson-boris

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Johnson Lays Out a Cautious Path for Ending the U.K.’s Covid Lockdown

Having confused and angered Britons in the early stages of the pandemic, he is determined to make the step-by-step plan “irreversible.”

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Richard Sharp to Be Named BBC Chairman

Richard Sharp will step into a role that requires a politician’s touch as the broadcaster faces threats to its funding from the governing Conservative Party.

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Brexit, Lockdown and a Vaccine: A Head-Spinning Day of Change in U.K.

Britain put millions more people under severe virus restrictions and approved a new vaccine, while Parliament approved a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union.

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The Brexit Fight, Through a Reporter’s Prism of a Changed Continent

Alan Cowell, a longtime New York Times correspondent, recalls a different Europe, one of currency controls, cumbersome paperwork and burdensome cross-border regulations.

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Brexit Deal Poses Threat to Boris Johnson and U.K. Conservative Party

Conservatives are united for now over the British prime minister’s trade deal, but as details emerge, he could face challenges from hard-liners and business groups.

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Andrew Sullivan on the War Within Conservatism and Why It Matters to All of Us

Edmund Fawcett’s “Conservatism” is a sweeping history that reaches deep into the past but with startling relevance for the present.

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On Brexit and Coronavirus, Boris Johnson Leaves It Late

Critics say the British prime minister’s penchant for last-minute decisions has complicated the handling of the coronavirus and narrowed the window for scrutiny of any trade deal with the E.U.

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Boris Johnson Once Mocked the Eurocrats of Brussels. They Haven’t Forgotten

As a newspaper reporter decades ago, he made plenty of enemies there with his inflammatory articles. Now, those officials may determine his political fate.

#brussels-belgium, #conservative-party-great-britain, #european-union, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #von-der-leyen-ursula

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England Votes to End Lockdown in Favor of New Coronavirus Measures

Lawmakers approved new coronavirus restriction rules, but members of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party showed growing opposition to the measures.

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England’s Lockdown Will Lift, but Many Pub Doors Will Stay Closed

Some Conservative lawmakers are calling Boris Johnson’s plans to continue restricting most of England’s bars and restaurants “authoritarian.”

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Johnson Basks in a Rare Burst of Good U.K. News

The current lockdown is ending and a successful British vaccine could vanquish the virus by spring. But will that be enough to rebuild his sagging political fortunes?

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Is Margaret Thatcher’s Hometown Ready to Put Her on a Pedestal?

The first woman to be prime minister of Britain is seen as a political colossus abroad, but her 11 years in power have a complicated legacy at home.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #grantham-england, #great-britain, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #thatcher-margaret-h, #vandalism

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Instead of Regaining Momentum, Johnson Is Stalled at Home Again

The British prime minister begins 14-days of self-isolation after meeting with a lawmaker who tested positive to Covid-19 just as he tries to shake off bitter infighting within his administration.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cummings-dominic-1971, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #quarantines

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Brexit Hard-Liners Lose Battle as Aide to U.K’s Johnson Quits

A Downing Street feud could indicate the prime minister is ready to make the compromises needed to strike a deal with the European Union.

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Trump’s Defeat Weakens Boris Johnson in Urgent Brexit Talks

As the European Union knows, the British prime minister can ill afford to threaten peace in Ireland, an issue close to the President-elect Biden’s heart.

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As Boris Johnson Plays Scrooge, Marcus Rashford Works to Feed Hungry Britons

A campaign begun by the soccer star Marcus Rashford to provide free meals to children who need them is being taken up by small-business owners, who themselves are often struggling.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #johnson-boris, #lunch-and-breakfast-programs, #manchester-united-soccer-team, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rashford-marcus-1997, #soccer

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England Weighs Another Nationwide Virus Lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet met on Saturday as medical experts warned that the virus would soon overwhelm hospitals if the government did not take draconian action.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #national-health-service, #shutdowns-institutional, #starmer-keir

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As Coronavirus Surges and Brexit Deadline Nears, Boris Johnson Stalls

The prime minister’s delaying strategy carries severe risks if he misplays his hand, with the pandemic worsening and a Brexit deadline approaching.

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While Boris Johnson Sinks, Rishi Sunak Is on the Rise

A virtual unknown 10 months ago, the wealthy and polished British finance chief gained stature during the pandemic, while remaining in his boss’s good graces.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #sunak-rishi-1980

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Britain’s New Measures to Control Virus Inflame North-South Tensions

Boris Johnson campaigned on a promise to “level up” struggling northern areas, but his three-tier plan threatens to keep them in economically debilitating lockdowns.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnson-boris, #liverpool-england, #london-england, #manchester-england, #scotland, #shutdowns-institutional

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For Boris Johnson, and Maybe Trump, Covid as Metaphor Is Hard to Shake

The British prime minister’s personal battle with the disease has come to symbolize his government’s fumbling efforts to halt the pathogen.

#britain, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #johnson-boris, #trump-donald-j

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‘It Really Was Abandonment.’ Virus Crisis Grips British Universities

With no bailout forthcoming from the government, financially strapped British universities beckoned students back to campus, with predictably dire results.

#colleges-and-universities, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dormitories, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #manchester-england, #manchester-metropolitan-university, #quarantines

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For Boris Johnson, a Grim Premiership That No One Foresaw

“What on earth happened to the freedom-loving, twinkly-eyed, Rabelaisian character I voted for,” asked one columnist.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cummings-dominic-1971, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #london-england, #starmer-keir

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A Somber Boris Johnson Offers Britain a New Plan to Halt the Virus

Fighting a second wave of infections that scientists warn could grow exponentially, the prime minister is imposing new restrictions and penalties for up to six months.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #scotland, #shutdowns-institutional, #starmer-keir

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U.K.’s Boris Johnson to Order Pubs and Restaurants to Close Early

As Britain endures a second wave of coronavirus, experts fear much worse is yet to come. But critics argue that restrictions damage the economy and threaten liberties.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #europe, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #northern-ireland, #politics-and-government, #scotland, #wales

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As Second Wave Builds, U.K. Enters New Coronavirus Testing Crisis

Surging demand following the reopening of schools has generated a backlog of 185,000 tests, just as the pace of infections threatens to explode.

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Boris Johnson Pushes to Backtrack on E.U. Deal, Despite Party Revolt

The British prime minister’s move to rewrite a treaty that settled Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit status raised fears that trade negotiations with the European Union could be impaired.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #northern-ireland, #politics-and-government

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Boris Johnson, Covid, Brexit and the Art of Policy Improvisation

Even by the British prime minister’s lofty standards, his reversals this week on the two dominant issues facing his country were breathtaking.

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Boris Johnson Facing Revolt Over Northern Ireland Pact

The government’s top lawyer has quit, and even a government minister admits the prime minister’s effort to rewrite the treaty violates international law.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #european-union, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #may-theresa-m, #northern-ireland

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As Brexit Deadlines Loom, the Posturing and Bickering Flare Again

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is threatening to cut off negotiations by Oct. 15 if there is no progress. The European Union says the British are not negotiating.

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London’s Bridges Really Are Falling Down

Three major crossings on the Thames are closed to cars — one of them considered too dangerous even to walk across. Even the landmark Tower Bridge was recently shut for two days.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #conservative-party-great-britain, #england, #hammersmith-bridge-london, #hammersmithfulham-council-london, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transport-for-london

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BBC Lost a Battle Over British Songs, and the War Is Far From Over

Boris Johnson came into office aiming to defund the BBC and let in rivals. The coronavirus has delayed that, but the broadcaster again finds itself a punching bag for Conservatives.

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As Britain Climbs Out of an Economic Pit, Tough Questions Loom

The government’s aid programs are winding down, and officials are so far resisting pressure to extend them. But what if the virus resurges?

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Conservative U.K. Lawmaker Is Arrested Over Rape Accusations

The arrest of the lawmaker, who has not been publicly identified, poses problems for the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #great-britain, #house-of-commons-great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes

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Pompeo Praises Britain for Getting Tough on China

The secretary of state praised the British government for recent actions on China as the Trump administration tries to build a global coalition against Beijing.

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‘No One’ Protected British Democracy From Russia, U.K. Report Concludes

Russia weaponized information to interfere in the British political system and was widely ignored by successive governments, according to a long-awaited report by Parliament.

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Boris Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’: Inspired Vision or Wishful Thinking?

Post-Brexit Britain is going it alone at a time when globalization is in retreat. But a clash with China over Hong Kong has shown the limits of what it can do.

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What Keeps America Divided?

“Let Them Eat Tweets,” by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson, examines the ways in which the wealthy control the Republican Party.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson Stirs Culture War Over Churchill Statue

After “racist” was scrawled on a Churchill statue during protests over the killing of George Floyd, Mr. Johnson has spoken up for his political idol.

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As Prime Minister, Boris Johnson Struggles to Find His Voice

He expected to be the Brexit leader. Instead, he has presided uncomfortably over a public health crisis, an economic collapse and a racial reckoning.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #bristol-england, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #imperial-college-london, #johnson-boris, #london-england

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Dominic Cummings Is Boris Johnson’s Brain

How in the world did Dominic Cummings survive?

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Why Is Boris Johnson Defending Dominic Cummings?

The aide, Dominic Cummings, has the ideas and organizational skills that the British prime minister himself knows he lacks and badly needs.

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Dominic Cummings Offers a Sorry-Not-Sorry for U.K. Lockdown Breach

The top adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson caused a furor after it was learned he had driven 250 miles to his parents’ home.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cummings-dominic-1971, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #quarantines

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Britain Orders a 14-Day Quarantine on Arriving Travelers

Officials say it will prevent a “devastating resurgence” of the coronavirus. Critics say it should have been imposed three months ago.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines, #travel-warnings

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For Boris Johnson, Parliament Is Becoming a House of Horrors

In a mostly empty chamber, the blustery prime minister is sorely missing the usual whoops and catcalls as he is picked apart by the lawyerly new opposition leader, Keir Starmer.

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