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Opinion | Boris Johnson Has Ruined Britain - The New York Times
“He knows that the verdict of history is about to come down on him — and bury him.”
BorisJohnson  politics  Brexit  profile  review  critique  UK  NYTimes  2018 
7 days ago by inspiral
Opinion | Boris Johnson Has Ruined Britain - The New York Times
Because Mr Johnson and Mr Gove were confident that the Leave campaign was a hopeless cause, they were free to make ridiculous claims that they had no expectation of ever having to fulfill. They said that Brexit would make Britain both richer and more independent, with more money for the National Health Service, much greater control of immigration and continued friction-free trade with Europe.
Every earnest warning from the other side — about how any Brexit would damage trade, business and jobs — was dismissed airily by the Brexiteers. There were no costs or downsides in this vision of the future.

This casual dishonesty has had devastating consequences.
The Conservatives’ leaders cannot admit to the electorate that they were deceived without splitting the party. And instead of apologizing for misleading voters, Mr Johnson and the other Brexiteers have doubled down, taking refuge in optimistic slogans and vapid promises, refusing to believe the increasingly agitated evidence from hospitals, airlines, farmers, supermarkets and factories that a hard Brexit will damage them all.
Two years ago, the side effect of Mr Johnson’s ambitious maneuvering was to split the country and risk the prosperity and security of all Britons for decades. Now, just as a fragile basis for negotiation emerges, his selfish drive for vindication, attention and admiration threatens that, too.
by:JenniRussell  from:TheNewYorkTimes  Brexit  politics  geo:UnitedKingdom  BorisJohnson 
8 days ago by owenblacker
Ah the Special Relationship: says Britain “in turmoil” & “a friend” of his, as heads to Europe…
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9 days ago by kohlmannj
Boris Johnson and David Davis resign: As it happened - BBC News
Boris Johnson resigns as foreign secretary amid growing crisis over UK's Brexit strategy
Brexit  BorisJohnson  DavidDavis  BBCNews  Resignations  EuropeanUnion  Crisis  Politics  UKPolitics 
9 days ago by dk33per
RT : didn't resign when he offends whole countries.
Or when he was caught lying about NHS.
Or when he caus…
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9 days ago by kohlmannj
Awaiting the Serbian PM in this jewel box of a theatre & hearing that has resigned. Does it get any b…
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9 days ago by andfilmer
How was the Garden Bridge Trust able to spend £46m on a non-existent bridge?
With the Garden Bridge Trust now 90 days late in filing its accounts, Dan Anderson sifts through the evidence that is available to try and find out how £46.3 million of public funds was spent with nothing to show for it

As of today, the Garden Bridge Trust (GBT) is 90 days past the deadline for filing its accounts with the Charity Commission and is now also late in filing with Companies House. In the absence of these accounts, it is natural for people to ask: ‘Where did all the money go?’ 
by:DanAnderson  from:ArchitectsJournal  geo:London  BorisJohnson  corruption 
11 weeks ago by owenblacker
Boris Johnson has achieved the impossible: he’s been even worse than expected
Again, the surprise is that anyone should be surprised. Dishonesty, ineptitude, truculence and narcissism are the hallmarks of a man who was sacked by the Times for fabricating a quote and by Conservative leader Michael Howard for lying about an affair. In defiance of the nation’s finest economist and statisticians, he has continued to promote the mendacious claim that the UK will gain £350m a week or more if it leaves the European Union (in fact, it is forecast to endure a net fiscal loss of nearly £300m a week).

In normal times, Johnson would have been sacked long ago. But these are not normal times. Theresa May, forever damned after blowing her party’s majority, cannot dismiss Johnson for fear of collateral damage.
by:GeorgeEaton  from:NewStatesman  BorisJohnson  TheresaMay  Conservatives  Brexit  politics  geo:UnitedKingdom 
april 2018 by owenblacker

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