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Fresh update on "boris johnson" discussed on Prime Minister's Questions
"Westminster In Review A look a parliament role in the Corona crisis. Boris Johnson finally got the job he'd always wanted, but the job description had changed. I must level with You level with the British public move families, Many more families are going to lose loved ones Before their time. The prime minister was almost one of them A CZ, the global pandemic landed too close to home. It left him with questions to answer. 65,000 people have lost their lives because of covert 19. The promised welcome challenge that could save lives. Bathroom, complaining about it. It was a crisis that overturned centuries of tradition to change the way Westminster works with unexpected results on the BBC are also now racing this by doing this. On a Wednesday afternoon in late January, health minister was summoned to the House of Lords to answer an urgent question on what was described as The Rue hand novel Corona virus Threat to UK citizens. It was the first reference in Parliament to what was to become a global pandemic that has cost tens of thousands of lives here in the UK hundreds of thousands worldwide. The minister, Lady Blackwood tried to reassure Piers We're monitoring closely. The development ofthe.
Boris Johnson insists schools in England must reopen in September
"And the UK is prime minister not on board with keeping schools closed across that country. Boris Johnson says enough is known about the virus to open
Fresh update on "boris johnson" discussed on Prime Minister's Questions
"You very much to speak. I asked, respond on behalf of the prime minister, and I'm pleased to tell the house that he is making a good recovery and he's in good spirits. By the time Boris Johnson returned to work, he had a new opponent secure. Starmer, a senior lawyer in a past life, had been elected leader of the opposition at question time. Each week, he challenged the prime minister over his handling of the pandemic. Here over plans to track and trace those with the virus. I promise to risk making mistakes. You made the beginning the pandemic brushing aside challenge, dashing forward, not estimating properly the risks if 2/3 of those with 19 not been contacted. That is a big problem Yesterday. The right.
New coronavirus tests set for Britain
"The British government says it will soon start issuing coronavirus tests with a quicker turnaround Boris Johnson's advises same results of the new tests should arrive in just ninety minutes the technology can tell whether someone has committed nineteen over another sickness such as the flu or other seasonal respiratory viruses one of the tests analyzes swab of saliva samples well the other focusing on DNA uses a machine to give results without the need to send them to a lab Jocelyn this month London
Fresh update on "boris johnson" discussed on Prime Minister's Questions
"Labor elects a new lead. Yeah, he reckons the prime minister's bluster. He's being found out. He dodges the question. The answer is also on this program. A new chancellor gives a short lived budget. Tensions rise with Russia on DH China. The UK is colonial history comes under the spotlight on DH as new MPs make their first speeches, one tells of her struggle to get into politics. I was not that literally told that the chance that someone like me getting a job in Parliament will be Muslim and not to even bother tryin. Boris Johnson took over from Theresa May in July 2019. But the new conservative leader faced the same old problem, a parliament with no majority to push through his version of the Brexit divorce deal. Attempting to break the deadlock. He tried and failed to call an election. But eventually opposition parties agreed to the ballot and got their fingers.
Boris Johnson Looking for New Spin Doctor
"Boris Johnson is looking for a spin doctor who will. Talk to the public every day. This person's like to get a huge profile plus the large sizes, but you would have to basically well field everything for him. How'd you feel about that? Well. Nobody's called me and asked me to apply for that certainly and I. Think. I don't think it's necessarily from me. I think is it's a real culture change in terms of how British political journalism works. The lobby system had always been quite secretive something behind closed doors and people have been arguing for a while as to whether this, these briefings should be done in public televised but I think one of the risks of this is that you will kind of journalists showboating a bit that you'll get people. Asking the big question in order to to raise their own profile and rather than allow people to persist in actually getting on answers because I think one of the things about Lobi briefings used to be the. People would just cheaper way try and chip away and chip away a spokesperson and and try and get some clarity, and sometimes that detail is exactly quite boring and probably wouldn't make for great
Fresh update on "boris johnson" discussed on Prime Minister's Questions
"The right to decide their own future. Prime minister For Scotland. Nothing dens. BU case, most of cowardly anti Brexit party accepted. It was time to move on. My passionate but UK is better off as a product member inside you than irrelevant. Outsider has not melted away overnight Nazis to rise his opinion outside parliament, But I understand that now the battle to stop Hope House, the bill passed its first Commons vote for filling Boris Johnson's Christmas lunch pledge. But when it got to the Lord's piers inflicted the first defeats on Boris Johnson's premiership, making changes on citizen's rights and legal rulings from the but the biggest route was over unaccompanied child refugees. A labor peer lord dubs who himself came to Britain as a child fleeing the Nazis was unhappy that the withdrawal agreement bill will no longer allow Children to come to the UK to be reunited with their families. Minister said child refugees would be protected by other legislation. Tubbs wasn't satisfied giving young people legally to safety. We are.
Hong Kong: China says it will not recognise UK overseas passports
"China said the UK will pay the price of it pursues Ah hospital policy toward Beijing and hinted it may block Hong Kong citizens from taking up Boris Johnson's offer of a path to British citizenship. China's ambassador in London, says the Chinese government does not consider so called British passports, You know as valid travel documents,
Fresh "boris johnson" from Prime Minister's Questions
"Country. This's the time when we move on and discard the old labels of leave. Remain seem tired to me is I think it's defunct, begins the vendors all Montagues and capital. It's the end of the play. Whether the UK would leave the you on January 30 1st that B a one year transition in which things would remain pretty much the same, allowing time for U. K e negotiations on the future relationship, But boys don't have insisted that, unlike the divorce talks, the transition Wouldn't be extended. This learns the emphatic lesson of the last parliament. Unlike members opposite on rejects any further delay. Theresa May's government was reliant on Northern Islands Democratic unionists to get votes through. Not so Boris Johnson. His version of the Devil still had different arrangements for Northern Island on the Gup weren't happy he needs to understand the concerns about the customs arrangements for Northern Ireland, half differentials potential. He needs to understand the concerns we share because we want to ensure we leave as one nation with labor licking its wounds after its.
Europe on Verge of COVID Second Wave, Boris Johnson Says as He Defends Spain Quarantine
"Up to you to decide whether you want to go abroad. According to the prime minister, but he's given his biggest warning about the state of the pandemic in Europe I Johnson defended the government's decision to place quarantine restrictions on people arriving from Spain. He says the All signs of a second wife in some places, but if you're one of those people. People traveling back. You might want to check. The rules is most the restrictions on returning holidaymakers much more draconian than even at the height of the lockdown. You're not permitted to leave the house to shop unless you've run out of supplies and you can't even leave for exercise. You can read the only reasons though so fascinating can go out of the
England makes masks compulsory in shops
"Mask mania in the United Kingdom asked become mandatory today, even though some they're still argue. They don't do any good bean dispute. I think amongst the scientists over the course of the pandemic, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying experts increasingly believe that masks can help to slow the virus is spread. Anyone refusing to wear a mask risks a $120 fine. In London, Simon Oh, in Fox
The U.K. is offering around 3 million Hong Kong residents a path to British citizenship after a new national security law
"Was referring to Britain's recent decision to offer a path to citizenship for up to nearly three million Hong Kongers after Beijing implemented a national security law, which is shrinking freedoms in the former British colony. The Chinese government has grown more assertive UK has repeatedly pushed back in recent months today. Pompeo also met with China Hawks in the British parliament and what was seen as an attempt to pressure Prime Minister Boris Johnson today can even harder line against China's ruling Communist Party.
Pompeo Visits U.K. To Discuss Joint Efforts To Counter China
"London London Now Now that that is is where where Secretary Secretary of of State State Mike Mike Pompeo Pompeo was was today, today, talking talking with with British British counterparts counterparts about about joint joint efforts efforts to to counter counter China. China. The The secretary secretary congratulated congratulated the United Kingdom for moving earlier this month to ban Huawei, the controversial Chinese telecom giant from the development of Britain's five G network, NPR's Frank Langfitt reports. Compound kicked off today's joint press conference by giving Britain a public pat on the back for supporting a harder line against Beijing. I want to take this opportunity Tio congratulate the British government for its principal responses to these challenges. You made a sovereign decision to ban WOL away from future five G networks. You generously opened your doors to Congress who speak nothing more playing just for some freedom. We support those sovereign choices we think well done. Pompon was referring to Britain's recent decision to offer a path to citizenship for up to nearly three million Hong Kongers after Beijing implemented a national security law, which is shrinking freedoms in the former British colony. The Chinese government has grown more assertive UK has repeatedly pushed back in recent months today. Pompeo also met with China Hawks in the British parliament and what was seen as an attempt to pressure Prime Minister Boris Johnson today can even harder line against China's ruling Communist Party. When a reporter asked British Foreign Secretary Dominic Rob, with pressure from the Trump administration has influenced the UK China policy robbed, denied any questions mean Mike and I always have constructive discussions and actually majority times on views overlap when we work together very well. Today's press conference was designed to affirm an Anglo American stance towards the world's second largest economy. Pompeii went much further, saying countries across the globe should join together to call out China for its moves in the South China Sea along the Sino Indian border. You can't go make claims for maritime reaches that you have no lawful claim to You can't threaten countries and bully them in the camellias. We want. We want to see every nation who understands freedom and democracy to understand this threat that the Chinese Communist Party is posing to them and to work both themselves and collectively. To restore what is rightfully ours. China's criticized the U. S and U K for engaging in what it calls a Cold War mentality. But this isn't just about geopolitics. With more than 140,000 Americans dead from covert 19 in the economy and recession. President Trump is trying to portray Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is soft on China and hopes his increasingly hard line will help him win a second term come November.
U.K. 'Actively Avoided' Investigating Russian Interference, Lawmakers Find
"Parliamentary report on Russian influence in the United Kingdom is out this morning. And it's bad, among other things that says the UK government actively avoided trying to figure out of Russia tried to influence the Brexit referendum for more. We've got NPR's London correspondent with US Frank Langfitt, who's looking at this high, Frank. Hey, Rachel. I mean, I said, it's bad. It's that that the British government would be intentionally trying to avoid figuring out the extent of Russian interference. I mean, what can you tell us? It's well, it's It's completely damning people here. Actually, we've been waiting for this report for months. And we thought we were going to find out if the Russians tried to influence the Brexit vote. The answer, in fact, was different and definitely it was more unsettling. Stuart Hosey is with the Scottish National Party is also in the parliament, and this is what he said today at a press conference. No one in government knew if Russia interfered in or sought to influence the referendum because they didn't know want to know the UK government of actively avoided looking for evidence that Russia interfered. Why, Frank? Why wouldn't anyone in the British government want to know this? That's actually really easy answer, and I think the answer is this. It would have undermined the Brexit referendum. Remember the biggest decision of the British people in decades? It's already changed the course of British history and the person who was front and center and that was a guy named Boris Johnson, who is now the prime minister. So if you say Russia interfered, then it could undermine this thing that has changed the course of British history. You can see why nobody certainly in the government wanted to mess with that. Ah Stewart, Hosey said No one would touch with a 10 foot pole and he went on and said this. This is in stark contrast. To the U. S response to reports of interference in the 2016 presidential elections, No matter how politically all quarter, potentially embarrassing there should have been an assessment of Russian interference in the referendum. They must now be one. Okay, So did this report find Russian influence anywhere in the British government? Yes, it absolutely did. One is the Scottish referendum. This was 2015 when Scotland was voting for independence. And the reason this is important is from the perspective of Russia. Vladimir Putin would want Scotland to leave the United Kingdom to weaken it. It's the same reason why we know that he wanted the Brexit vote to pass so that it would weaken the European Union. But another part and everybody kind of knows everybody knows this, Rachel, But another thing that that's mentioned here is that London is such a Place for money laundering, and this is a really good quote that I liked, frankly from the text. Russian influence in the UK is the new normal. Successive governments have welcomed the oligarchs and their money with open arms, providing them with the means of recycling illicit finance through the London laundromat. So how's the British government responding? Not much of anything, considering what this report says. You might expect something more robust. Dominic Robby's the Foreign secretary, he has has a boiler plate response so far, saying Russia must desist from these attacks. And that the UK has defend its country and democracy and values from such a hostile state. NPR's Frank Langfitt in London. Thanks, Frank. We appreciate it always breaks it
‘Russian influence in the U.K. is the new normal,’ Parliament's report concludes
"Russia meddled in our 2016 presidential election. Did the Kremlin do the same in the 2016 Brexit vote in the UK Correspondent Tom Rivers tells us a new report says maybe hands with many political committee reports here. This one is inconclusive. Parliament's Intelligence and security Committee concludes it would be difficult, if not impossible to prove allegations that Russia sought to influence the referendum. It adds. It's also clear that the government was slow to recognize the existence of any such threat. Reports been collecting desk for months. Critics have claimed the delay was meant to shield Prime Minister Boris Johnson and its conservative party from embarrassment. The report did assert that British political groups, cultural institutions, PR firms in realestate agents became unwitting agents of the Russian state. When you qet politicians allowed wealthy Russians who have strong ties to the Kremlin to gain unfiltered influence and access to thumb
Covid missteps in the UK
"Been seven months in sparse Johnson's conservative scored the best Tory parliamentary majority since the me nine thousand nine hundred. And yet outsiders well, that could be forgiven for thinking that it was Jeremy Corbyn Socialism. That's triumphed. You think about it in response to the Cova crisis, the size and scope of the British state. Well, that's increased dramatically, and what's being called, a radical woke minority that continues to march through British institutions for more on Boris and British politics. Let's turn to is a bill oak shop. She's a former political editor at the Sunday Times I started by asking bill about the state of Boris Johnson's premiership. I think that it is. Fair to say that Boris Johnson's. Administration has. Hit a really difficult patch and you know. Isn't it extrordinary when he achieved? An an unbelievable majority you know against all expectations, and really they only had a few weeks in which to relish that feeling of trial before the corona virus hits, and the handling of the pandemic has been a very widely criticized. You know we have ended up. I think we have the surge worst gas rate in the world from from Carina and his being one u-turn after another. We've got another one today in the only on Sunday at one of our leading cabinet ministers said that it would not be compulsory to wear face masks and short, and now we all told the we'll be illegal requirement, and that is very characteristic old the government's approach to this crisis. They've been too late. To make required changes, you know that has gizzard they have you turned, and of course not help by. The Prime Minister himself was hit very very hard by the virus, and to Cologne time to get back on his feet. You know this is a he. He was in a life, threatening position and the government woes consequentially very weakened for a period. You mentioned that the Johnson government is moving to make these face masks for shoppers mandatory I. THINK THEY FACE A. Hundred pound fine if they gotta shops without Feis mosques, but at the same time on way told the Britain is slowly getting back to its old self that businesses either reopened and travel restrictions. Lifting does all this main? The Brits are to learn to leave covid nineteen I think we have to learn to live with covid nineteen and I would say we should have had begun learning that lot quicker. You know the UK at the moment is a real place. Contrast I live in Oxfordshire about seventy miles from London, and for the first time last week I decided to get the train into loans, and I have been driving list time and I basically had to show the driven train in both directions. I was traveling at what would normally be rush hour peak time going in in the morning and I had the whole carriage, and the won't be on that myself, so I will. Say Small, but there's no need for face off. You've got your exclusive carriage. And Central. Is Much the same. It's a dead zone and yet here in the world's where where I call home and we can mind. It'll town which luckily. was absolutely housing. The big AUDEN's with school. There were a lot of people out in the bounce. So you know we have a real mix pitcher going on by the way, remember that the schools on back. You know this is an extraordinary situation. You know we've got people in big Ordonez in restaurants are. Our children are still not back in school by large. The counterargument to not having that lockdown during April, and my is that you might have seen far more deaths in in Britain it's. It's very lucky for the government that however bad things get. They will always be able to say it would be much worse if we hadn't done. X Y, or said they won't be able to cruise otherwise politically. That is something that they can always fall back on, but I think that all the evidence now shows that it was a big mistake to allow tens of thousands of people every week to continue pouring into the country from some of the worst hit areas overseas. Coming into Heathrow without any checks or any corentin or any restriction. For weeks, so then I mean for months discontinued, and then very belatedly off to the media, worst of the crisis passed, the government changed tack, and and suddenly entered used quarantine measures, but not before all these people had come in and helped increase of viral late
U.K. to Ban Huawei From Its 5G Network
"British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ordering equipment made by Chinese Tech giant Huawei, to be removed from the UK is five G Network by 2027. The move will delay the rollout of five G in the UK by companies such as Vodafone and BT the Trump Administration had been urging Johnson to reverse his earlier decision to give away a limited
UK reportedly poised to backtrack on Huawei inclusion in 5G
"The British government is preparing to change course on plans to give Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei a limited role in Britain's new high speed mobile phone network the government's likely decision comes after the U. S. threatened to sever unintelligent sharing arrangement because it concerns while way a quick mind because a lot of the Beijing government to infiltrate British networks in January British prime minister Boris Johnson had sold to balance economic and security pressures by agreeing to give away a limited role in the so called five G. network one excluding the company feel cool components of the system but the move set up a diplomatic clash with the U. S. with implications for security cooperation unless Britain dumped away Charles the live as well London
Time to make masks mandatory? It's not just a US debate
"Masks of horse has become a way of life here in Massachusetts. And official recommendations do suggest that wearing face coverings help in the battle against Corona virus, however, a startling number of states still leave it up to the user. Now is covert cases surge the debate over the use of face masks. Is getting a little bit heated in New York. We were this first state to start mandatory masks and governor Andrew Cuomo says it weren't we had the worst spike, uh per capita on the globe. And we brought it down. With the new confirmed cases surging in a purse state University of Florida epidemiologist Cindy Prince says there should be no question. We need everyone worrying now, Prince says. While many local governments are requiring masks, states and the federal government must doom or the debate continues in Europe is well. France says it's now considering requiring masks for indoor public places. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's urging residents to wear them in tight indoor spaces, but not making it mandatory.
Time to make masks mandatory? It's not just a US debate
"As the virus pandemic continues blasting the U. S. a debate is raging over whether mask should be required in New York we were the first state to start mandatory masks and governor Andrew Cuomo says it worked we had the worst spike per capita on the globe and we brought it down with a new confirmed cases surging in her state university of Florida epidemiologist Cindy prince says there should be no question we need everyone wearing masks princess while many local governments are requiring masks states and the federal government must do more the debate continues in Europe as well France says it's now considering requiring masks for indoor public places British prime minister Boris Johnson's urging residents to where they made tight indoor spaces but not making it mandatory soccer make ani Washington
A Tech Cold War Looms
"This week Britain's minister, Boris Johnson is expected to reverse a decision. He made in January to allow the Chinese telecom giant hallway to build part of the country's five gene at work. The British public deserve to have access to the best possible. Now if people oppose one brand or not. To tell us what's the alternative. Britain has come under enormous pressure from its biggest America which sees while way as a security threat. It's not the only Chinese firm that America views with suspicion. Last week Secretary of State Mike. Pompeo told Fox. News the government was considering banning the social media. APP TIKTOK. Owned by the Chinese firm by dense. We're certainly looking at it I. Don't want to get in front of the president, but it's something we're looking at. What would you recommend that people download that APP on their phones tonight tomorrow anytime. currently Boley if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party. and American firms are caught to the geopolitical tensions between the world's two biggest economies. Google Microsoft and twitter all said they would stop cooperating with Hong Kong's authorities for the time being because of a sweeping new security law there imposed by Beijing. It all adds up to what's being called. A new Cold War fought on a digital battleground. For the last three or four years, people have talked about the tech. Cold War. Patrick Fouls is the economists business affairs editor. This strange thing is it's been hard to see evidence of much damage on the ground, and in fact, the companies like apple and Hallway in China. It's really been a golden era in some ways with record sales and profits over the last couple. Couple of years was become clear however in the last few weeks. Is The tech cold? War is really beginning to bite. And why is that? Why is that split becoming so much more certain now? Well I think what you can do is look at it at two speeds. The world of software and the Internet was never particularly linked up in the first place so. Chinese consumers can't use most American Internet companies and vice versa, and what we're seeing, there is the final tentacles are beginning to unwind really very quickly, and that's that's example. The TIKTOK BAN THE REFUSAL US tech companies to play ball with the new Chinese law in Hong Kong so that. World really splitting quickly. The thing that's taking more time is the heart where supply chains which are much much more rigid structures is many many hundreds of billions of dollars of equipment in the grand huge numbers of people being employed, and it's really very hard to untangle those quickly, but that does not seem to be happening as well partly, because of the American actions against Hallway, but also because China seems to be deciding okay, we're GONNA have to go alone here which means we're going to have to really ramp up investment, and so, how how prepared are the country's respective? Tech Industries to to make that split complete. Will in the wall, the softwares already in effect pretty much happened in the world of hauled where the answer is, people are beginning to get plans up and running so smick this Chinese semiconductor company not take that seriously in the past by its Western and Asian competitors, but now it's really raising very big box the ideas to supersize the production capacity and sophistication of semiconductors in China. That's a process that's underway. Similarly Wall Way in China is scrambling around to find alternative sources for the key components that it purchases from the West particularly American companies and over the next I think eighteen months will see a sense of whether that's possible. The one thing to make clear is there are some companies. Companies here which are just left in very uncomfortable positions. Apple in China makes over one hundred million dollars a day there on the simply no easy way for it to pick sides in. You know it depends on the US Amazon China similarly. TSMC, which is the huge Taiwanese semiconductor company that really dominates the industry to some degree. It depends on Chinese customers and American ones, and for those companies that are caught in the middle. There really is no simple answer to this, but if the big picture here is that each country has to build up its own set of software and hardware champions, that sounds expensive redundant I mean. How easy will it be for these countries to make those parallel systems? Well I think you can look at it in two ways. One is sort of finances of it almost an and just that you're going to have to duplicate. Supply chains to some degree and I think that could easily cost. Hundreds of billions of dollars to do is not impossible, and arguably within the scale of the overall economy is a super tolerable inefficiency. I think the other call St-, which is much harder to get to grips with is just the risk of this process spiraling out of control. And to give you two ways in which could happen, it could easily for example move from the world of tech to the world of finance with western Chinese banks subject to sudden private. BANS FREEZES OF ACTIVITY. A night could be much more destabilizing because the financial system is very sensitive to changes like that the other risk is just that this becomes the thin end of the wedge, and sooner or later we find out that suddenly American calls or Chinese toys, or a growing list of things deem to be of strategic importance I and instead of this really being an argument bat security, it just becomes an indiscriminate path of protectionism, the house, a huge economic cost, but on technology end of things that is inherently a global business. How do you think other countries are going to deal with this split as it happened? Well the assumption I think of many American policy makers is the world's default is to use Silicon Valley and one of the things that will happen is that assumption is tested a pretty painful way? It's clear that some very close American allies. Japan Australia possibly Burton will. Ultimately vast choose go with America, but I think we'll see. First of all. China's tech industry now has a very big sphere of influence that includes a lot of Asia where people will continue to use Chinese tech, and secondly that some big economies India's the obvious one may take a third off, and you know be equally hostile, friendly to America and shine. And really seek to play both sides off while developing their own indigenous capacity, so the end of the day. You're heading towards a world where America. Controls most of the world's technology, and then there's this Galapagos of China with its own systems. I think instead your heading to world, which is very fractured with the bulk of the world's population living in countries that use both systems and probably mistrust both to some degree. So. Is it sensible to ask who's likely to win the technical door? I. Think will see both superpowers do probably just find because they are huge. Sophisticated markets and the real losers will be the node countries that are sort of stuck between the two places like Taiwan Hall Sibley Career, where really it's impossible for them to pick sides, and where the own technology industry as a result is going to face a very difficult Erie. Patrick thank you very much time. Jason thanks for having me.
Leaders, survivors mark 25 years since Srebrenica massacre
"British Prime Minister Boris Johnson among a number of world leaders who joins survivors of the 1995 servant. It's a massacre. You remember the 25th anniversary of the atrocity? It's the only crime in Europe since World War two that's been declared genocide. Addressing Warner's a top Bosniaks Muslim official called on the world to confront the persistent downplaying of the genocide by Bosnian serve, and Serbian leaders.
Britain pays tribute to National Health Service on 72nd Birthday.
"People across the UK joined in a round of applause on Sunday to mark the seventy second anniversary of the free to use National Health Service one of the country's most cherished institutions, the reverence with which it is held has been bolstered this year during what is being Europe's deadliest corona virus outbreaks though the UK as a whole has a confirmed virus death toll of forty, four, thousand, two, hundred, twenty, the third highest in the world behind the United States and Brazil the chess and everyone who works within it in whatever capacity have been lauded for their work and care. Created by the Labor government after World War Two, in nineteen, forty, eight by bringing together the nation's disparate health institutions, the NHS's founding principles have never changed funded by everyone through the tax system. It provides free healthcare to any UK resident when needed. Prince Charles said the NHS that been through the most testing time in its history, and it was right for the whole country to come together to pay tribute to everyone who works within it after coming down with corona virus himself and spending three nights in intensive care Prime Minister Boris. Johnson credited NHS workers with saving his life, and his insisted it get whatever resources it needs. The main Labour Party opposition said the NHS has been starved of funding for the past decade during the government's austerity drive. Overnight many of the country's major sites, including the houses of parliament and the arch at Wembley, stadium England's National Soccer Stadium lit up in blue to remember all those who died during the pandemic. And before the weekend, soccer matches, players joined in with a round of applause.
"boris johnson" Discussed on Coffee House Shots
"You just had premises, questions and kissed. Decided to go on child poverty and suggested that the government had failed to tackle this, but Boris Johnson had response, so he repeated several times, and it was on schools his, he had to say Roth recall off whether he would say publicly that schools were safe to go back to he honey hold. Now's the time to take. Clearly, schools are safe to go back to Mr Speaker your witness. James. She thinks this was ineffective. Attack nine from Boris Johnson it did seem to not kiss office ribbons. For the first time since kissed almond became Labor leader Boris and clearly bested him at PM keys. STOMAS had some victories there being some kind of school drawers, but today was undoubtedly a abortion victory, because kissed almond just couldn't own Sir Boris. Johnson's question and bosoms undoubtedly helped with. The Tory MP's will make as much noise as you can. This socially distance chamber, but it just got worse and worse. Because he just kept refusing Hans the question, which was I fought very surprising, given that kissed. ALMA has said publicly. He himself was sent his children to school during this crisis because his family. Oh kind of key workers I put it was gonna Weird hesitance, but allow Boris Johnson to portray the fact, the schools open as a result of kind of union in Trans Ralph within government incompetence now in the grand scheme of things. This isn't going to matter because most parents are. Are just crossed a cones, and they told him to school and a blaming the, and that's the government thought essentially, but I thought it was interesting that Boris Johnson was much more bug nations. Matsumoto Rx, and it is your criticism kissed butt born out here, which is that he's not comfortable thinking on his feet now whether that's because he's I think he's legal the intellect Lincoln. I mean he's a very risk, averse politician, and so when forced in that moment to calculate between. I Save, but yesterday safe to go back to school or not. He feels uncomfortable. Taking the risk think Bordon's of noted his success today after what was a difficult week for him to put it mildly. You'll see a lot more visit. PM keys.
"boris johnson" Discussed on Coffee House Shots
"All this is firmly. They're preparing for Briggs blow up and they preparing for that in a matter of weeks. James Do you think we're heading to a NATO brexit or perhaps? I should rephrase Australia style arrangement so I think the differences between the UK and the EU often trade talks. The differences are quite technical. How do you define what it is for example but the differences between the U. K. e? You are much more. High level almost always philosophical details the UK view. Is WE JUST WANT JUSTICE? One A free trade deal. So why won't you give a deal? You've in Canada. South Korea Japan the EU point is the UK is too big too intertwined with the EU economy for that to happen so fast I fall more obligations placed on it to ensure a level playing field. Now I mean the size of these differences all white anniversary so uninterested in extension. Their view is more times. Been sitting around talking or even zooming isn't going to solve phys differences. They think actually that what might might force. An agreement is actually the pressure of a deadline. Because as I said in June you can eat into side whether they are going to proceed with negotiations or whether they're just going to accept that they can't deal and so they will be trading on on WTO. Tom's at the end of always and I think the Dallas reviews in. Look only if you are forced to confront choice. Can you get a deal now? I one of the things that is difficult is that last time round. Everything looked very grim. That was not going to be a deal and then Boris Johnson and earlier. Reicher the our T. Shock Mats. Are Art a form to manoeuvre? His wedding venue in Cheshire. They went for a walk around the grounds on their own justice. Serve them and they basically worked out the sketched out a deal that could be done between the two sides. The problem is that this time round. There are twenty eight countries with interests at stake in this negotiation. And so you got kind of one on one. Diplomacy to come up with a deal is much more difficult. Thank you James. Thank you Fraser. And thank you for listening. Try Four weeks of the spectator absolutely free and for this month. Only you'll receive a spectator wireless phone charger to. Www DOT spectator dot co dot UK food slash charger..
"boris johnson" Discussed on The Daily
"Mark. There are obvious ways. In which the story you're describing. Echoes what we saw here in the US and with President Trump's initial response to the coronavirus having covered both our White House and now Downing Street are there notable differences in the way the two countries and the two governments responded to their leaders dismissing the severity of the situation. Oh Yeah I think there are stark differences and I would group them a couple of categories. I in the United States. You obviously have independent minded governors who chose to respond to the crisis for their own states. Regardless of what President Trump's decision signals were on the federal level. You don't have that here in Britain here Downing Street. The prime minister really sets the policy for the whole country. So that's one obvious difference. I think somewhat more subtly is the role of the scientific community in the United States. You had the CDC Dr Anthony Fao Chee and others very quickly and urgently calling for a very rigorous response for lockdowns here on the other hand. You had a scientific community. That took a slightly maverick initial response. To this virus. There were very prominent scientists who advise the government who are arguing that maybe the best way to deal with the viruses to let it rip through the population. Let the population develop what they call her immunity and that that would build up a natural immunity that would make Britain more resilient to subsequent potential waves of infection so this was an idea that was circulating in the scientific community in those early weeks late February early March and it to some extent also informed where Boris Johnson was coming down on these issues unlike in the United States where Donald Trump has blown hot and cold on his scientific advisers. Boris Johnson has said from the very start. I will be guided by the science. The wrinkle is that in those early days. The science was also calling for a more casual reaction. And that's what you saw in the first two weeks of March that's fascinating so given that what ends up being the official approach to this in Britain well in the second week of March good Austrian. Everybody thank you very much coming. Boris Johnson has a daily news conference very similar to what you saw in the White House with President. Trump. We've done what can be done to contain this disease. And at that news conference he begins to urge a very mild form of social distancing. We are considering the question of banning major public events such as sporting fixtures and the scientific advice as we said the last couple of weeks is that this banning such events will have little effect on the spray. But he's stopping well. Short of asking people to quarantine themselves in their houses closing restaurants closing bars all of things by the way that are being done by France by parts of Germany by Spain by Italy. So at that point. Britain is a clear outrider. And you're really seeing the British. Go off in a very different direction. That is really very striking and beginning to draw notice all over Europe and then on March Sixteenth Imperial College which is one of the leading institutions in Britain that studies infectious diseases published a report. That changed everything. The headline of the report was basically that. If the British government allowed the virus to spread through the population unchecked. It risked anywhere from two hundred and fifty thousand to five hundred thousand fatalities. Wow It's worth noting that this report was written by an epidemiologist called Neil Ferguson. He's probably the leading figure on epidemics and infectious disease in this country. And his reports and his pronouncements have almost a sort of a holy writ quality to them really viewed as something of an Oracle in this area and the report essentially terrified everyone inside the British government. And you could almost see the change in the thinking. Take shape over the subsequent days. As Boris Johnson continued to appear on television each day looking a little more rattled a little more anxious And then finally on Monday march twenty third good evening. The Corona virus is the biggest threat. This country has faced for decades. Johnson addressed the nation at around seven o'clock in the evening. From this evening Imus give the British people a very simple instruction. You must stay at home. You should not be meeting friends if your friends ask you to meet. You should say no. If you don't follow the rules. The police will have the powers to enforce them. So you now. Finally had Britain and alignment with Italy with Spain with France. In a total lockdown. Stay-at-home protect our images and save lives. Thank you but it was at least a week to ten days later. Then those other countries had acted so in essence Britain lost some valuable days and sure enough events began to vindicate that Very Dark Picture. Some breaking news coming into us from NHS England and it is an update of some of the numbers of those who sadly died. The death toll begins mounting. The hospitals begin filling up and in fact and most dramatically. Perhaps the virus actually makes its way into the political establishment and government. Now proof that the virus can affect. Anyone came earlier on Wednesday when it was first dramatic. Moment comes when Prince Charles the heir to the throne the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth announces that he's tested positive. He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual a few days later you begin hearing that senior officials in the government are testing positive. The Health Secretary. The man most directly responsible for leading the response to the crisis has to quarantine himself. He has symptoms. The chief officer is quarantining. Himself he has symptoms and then on March twenty seven hundred bucks. I want to bring you up to speed is something that's happening today. Which is I'm developed. Mild symptoms of the Carina virus. That's to say a temperature and a persistent cough. Boris Johnson announced to the British public. That he has tested positive for Corona Virus. And we'll be going into isolation Vienna Diet that I can continue thanks to the wizardry of technology to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fightback against Kuroda bars. So I want to thank everybody. So what you see in that first. Week is Boris Johnson recording videos in which he says. I'm still at the helm. I'm still directing policy. He runs several crisis meetings from his apartment adjacent to ten Downing Street so he's isolated but he's in command that's the very reassuring message that he's trying to send but then you arrive at an important weekend. The weekend of April fifth when Queen Elizabeth is going to address the nation on this national challenge of the pandemic and she's delivered a handful of such addresses in her sixty eight year reign. So this is a very big historic moment for the country. I'm speaking to what I knew is an increasingly challenging time. She addresses the nation early in the evening. We should take comfort that well. We may have more still to in deal. Better days will return. She finishes her address. But for now I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to all an about an hour. Later Downing Street puts out a press release saying Boris Johnson has entered the hospital.
"boris johnson" Discussed on Today in Focus
"Stay with US coming up. I'll speak to Jonathan Freedland about who is now running the country. But I I WANNA thank you for all your support. In Times of global crisis. Trusted news is more important than ever and the Guardian is committed to accurate reliable news. You can help us to provide the quality information. The world needs by supporting the Guardian. Just go to W. W. DOT The Guardian Dot Com forward slash. Podcast thank you very much. Jonathan Freedland Right. Now as we record. Barry still a huge amount of uncertainty. We've just head from our health editor. Sarah Bosley that people who come out of ICU can take a long time to recover. We are in the middle of an international crisis. What happens now who is running the country. Well there is a formal on so that people are giving to that. And they're saying that Dominic Robb is the designated First Secretary of State and therefore he deputises and if the prime minister is in intensive care for any length of time it is just not possible for him to remain in realistic charge. And I don't think it's really sustainable for long to see Dominic Robb as this sort of action. Prime Minister either. I mean we're talking about people feeling rattled by the news dominic Robb. I looked frankly terrified when he appeared on the ten o'clock news. He did a very short into Greensburg. People be about his health and about. Who's entirely business will continue Ah The prime minister is in safe. Hands with brilliant team at some Thomas's hospital and using the most sort of senior experienced figure around that cabinet table. Who naturally his colleagues would turn to. There will be some other kind of settlement will have to be reached by the cabinet together and somehow through that process. I think somebody who is even if they don't actually get the title somebody who is defacto making those decisions who has the cabinets backing to do so will emerge before we had this news about. Michael gave himself moving into self-isolation. That was a kind of logic the pointed to him. It is just not sustainable to keep on repeating this line that the prime minister remains in charge if he is not fully able to converse we leagues will make decisions which. I don't think anyone would pretend you could in intensive care and I also think as I said that the the formal chain of command even if it remains in place is not the one that counts. Apparently we have heard in reports that that was a caveat Structure where anyone minister could go down and he would be filled but the structure. They came up with. Didn't look at the possibility of the prime minister. Being the person who was struck by the disease. And as you say he can say Dominic Robb is in charge the problem as would others like Michael Gable Matt Hancock accept that and would they take instruction as easily also none of them? Have that big majority that Boris Johnson has just one when you have such a messy chain of command. What does that mean for serious national security questions and for those urgent questions linked to this particular crisis. Well I think all of the day to day decisions will be handled by that. As you rightly term it that covy proof structure they constructed so for example about resources at between these new nightingale hospitals. Say which would be taken a health secretary level and Matt. Hancock can still take those decisions. But what if there was a big decision to take about the titanic the lockdown? You know there was this talk about for example restricting people's right to excise now that feels up to be a prime ministerial decision Very difficult to take that just Without that person there and there is this additional factor which you referred to which I think is right which is more in terms of the longer term a few weeks. While the days which is about the mandate Boris Johnson won a very clear personal mandate. The campaign was about him so I think that's wonderful. Two Months Ahead Rothen an today tomorrow and the day after but there are some big strategic cools to make in fighting ours for the moment for the next twenty four forty eight seventy two hours. I think they can carry on just as they were telling everyone stare home but if any point there is a serious pressure to change the lockdown regime. That is going to be a hard decision for anybody. Who didn't themselves win? That big personal mandate new doesn't themselves legitimately occupied the charity. Prime Minister Jonathan. How does this all look from the outside? What's the international reaction? Well I thought every one of those statements that came very quickly from around the world could have been distilled into a single message. Rich was there but for the grace of God. Go on and then of course. You've got the eccentric outlaw example of of Donald Trump. I also want to send best wishes to a very good friend of mine and a friend to our nation. Prime Minister Boris Johnson. But he you know he's suggesting these going to send the cavalry in with American doctors coming in with their own. You know therapy but when you're in intensive care it's a big deal so They're they're and they're ready. I think we have all around the world. People will be watching this case because in some ways he is Boris Johnson. Now the most high profile person to be ill with this virus. Finally governments obviously have to be ready for all sorts of things as he'd made very clear. This is unprecedented. Jonathan. You've been covering politics for thirty years and looking back on it for decades before that. How does this moment fail to you now? This not ready. You felt like the most traumatic experience for the country collectively since the Second World War. Two locked down the entire population to close the schools to have closed the football grounds at the pubs. Nothing has changed British life so dramatically ever before to add onto that. The prospect of the prime minister incapacitated by the very illness which imperils the rest of nation. I think this is the greatest peace time challenge to Britain and to its system of government. We've ever know Jonathan. Thank you very much. Thanks very much. That was Jonathan Freedland and Sarah. Bosley do go to the website to follow bear reporting and that of all our teams across the Guardian this unsettling time. That's it for today. My thanks to both of them and to you for listening this episode was produced by. Rachel Humphries mightily row. And Courtney usurped sound design was by Nicholas Cox. The executive producers are still may not and Jackson. We wish Boris Johnson. And anyone else suffering with this virus. Well we'll be back tomorrow..
"boris johnson" Discussed on Today in Focus
"Sara Variously Guardian Health editor. We've been talking about the huge impact on people's psyche. The news that Boris Johnson had gone into intensive care has had. It's like a jolt and it's making a lot of people reassess what they think they knew about this disease. We don't have the details about what took the prime minister into hospital. So let's speak generally and not about his case. Was it like when someone gets in. Nineteen what we do know. Is that the initial symptoms are dry cough temperature and shortness of breath. But it seems that this can go from feeding a bit like just a cold or flu to really being something. Quite severe rather rapidly in the first week most cases are considered to be mild to moderate. You may get over that with just rest and taking paracetemol reporting feels a bit lousy but hopefully at the end of the week it's gone. The problem seems to be when it lingers beyond that and it seems to me that a lot of the stories. We're hearing aware people feel like they're on the mend but then they're hit by a second wave seems to be horribly deceptive because you can just think okay. I've got this not viral infection and get over it in a week. Perhaps the COFFEES is a battle. Something of that sort. And then there's a second wave can hit people what the NHS says is that if you want better by the end of the week or if your symptoms of worsened during the course of that week you really should take steps to get medical help. But of course you're not supposed to bring the doctor what you have to do is to go online and look at the. Nhs current virus site and as a former confident which is sort of symptom checker to find out how severe cases and depending on the answers. Then somebody may come to see you or you'll get a cool and so the symptoms that doctors might look for if someone doesn't recover quickly in that first week might range from persistent temperature to a severe shortness of breath or to fainting and confusion. What those symptoms suggest. Those symptoms will suggest the doctor that the Cova nineteen has become severe and it is very likely that they'll have to go to hospital because they need oxygen support right and we know that that can mean new monia. I hope I don't sound stupid. But what is new money? What does that mean? There are two sorts of pneumonia and the most common sort and yesterday for this happened. Bacterial pneumonia and that was quite easily so really with a antibiotics however this viral pneumonia antibiotics will not work and in fact we don't have any drugs to get into sorted out told. The viral infection causes inflammation in the lungs themselves which goes right down into tiny esaq so Alveoli that means that people are going to be very breathless. That can be fighting for breath. They punish sentence without taking extra breaths and their oxygen levels may falling so fast that the urge to breathe faster is is really strong. Okay so that explains who ends up in hospital. What happens when they get the the urgent need for everybody? Who goes to hospital will be oxygen? So the first thing we'll be tests to establish what's going on donate blood tests which will also indicate Duration is in the bloodstream. And there will be scans of the lungs themselves they are going to need oxygen. That may be through a standard oxygen mask or it could be something more than that. At what point would somebody be transferred to an intensive care? Unit intensive care is also known as critical care. At the point. Which people will be transferred? Usually they are critically ill which means they need support with the lungs pedal so probably other organs of that body that will mean the heart and can be kidneys and delivers well. What's going on at this point? Is that the immune system tends to go into overdrive this being really fighting to get rid of the virus from the body but you have the same sort of reaction that happens in. Sepsis in that the immune system system actually attacks the organs of the body and that will mean that some of those organs to function properly. They're endanger actually shutting down. Most people who are in intensive care are going to need mechanical ventilation and that means using a machine called ventilator which will actually push down into the lungs so a tear has to be inserted into the airway of the patient and clearly going to be sedated for that. They all conscious technically but they're not going to be very aware what's going clearly. A lot of people talking about who it is who ends up in intensive care and what factors are is gender a factor for example is wait a factor an. Icu doctor told us last week that she thought obesity was linked to this and also which underlying conditions do we know the Intensive Care National Autism Research Centre has actually been putting out some figures on this. They have a report on the first two thousand two hundred and forty nine patients who've been critically ill and in intensive care units and they do find some interesting things we know anyway that those people who get civilians are more likely to have underlying health conditions and that can be hot conditions it can also be diabetes and there are others as well it also shows us that although we know the risk is greater full older people the average age is around six days nope seventy or eighty so the Roy younger people as well who are in intensive care the most surprising thing perhaps is that over seventy percent ahmen and we absolutely have no clue why this is for that white children already affected badly to what think people have noticed. Is that most people in intensive care with severe Kobe. Nineteen do tend to be overweight or obese. We're looking at figures of something. Like more than seventy three percent actually overweight or obese at the moment. Wow that's huge Dan why it does sound enormous and they don't know why at all it's another one of these conundrums along with white children get it so badly we just don't know their lots and lots of unknowns in curbing nineteen somebody did he emailed me to say look in. Most of the population is overweight. And that's very true. It's something like sixty percent of the population that she released. One thing that everyone wants to know about the people in intensive care is the chance of survival. There have been some very scary statistics. Doing the rounds that it's fifty fifty but I've seen that that has been question. Do you know what the figure is. I think it's really too early to tell what the truth is getting today. The latest report on the in intensive care in the UK shows is the twenty one percent have left so fall so reports of a fifty percent. Death rate really are a bit misleading. Because at the moment we've only got data on twenty one percent of those people who've left intensive carried the UK that six hundred ninety people and yes of those three hundred forty six died so it doesn't look very good but there may be reasons for that such as for instance that they were very very sick when they first arrived in critical care which may be why. They died very quickly. We really have to look at what happens to the rest before we can come to any conclusions again. This is something that we don't understand yet. Clearly Sarah Lotta people not surviving this for those who end up in ICU. And then do recover. What happens afterwards? A lot of people are dying of this for those who do survive it. In fact they are inside the ICU. For quite some time could be a matter of weeks and when they come out of course they've got to recover from that so there will be some rehabilitation time needed that into feel pretty poorly and pretty weak for some somewhile is pretty traumatic to have been an intensive care unit and to have known that she came quite close today so it we'll take questions also getting over that physically.
"boris johnson" Discussed on Today in Focus
"And it was such a Shock Jonathan when we got the initial announcement about the prime minister. I mean I like. I'm sure you're just got lots of WHATSAPP messages saying Boris Johnson Exclamation Mark. And as you say then all these other senior figures all isolating. How did they run the country? Well the temptation and I admit that I succumb to we. In the case of Boris Johnson is was to think about him as a guy who often bends the rule to stick to the absolute letter of the law and said my assumption was that he sort of gone into isolation. That's what I assumed that he would be. You know breaking it every now and again and of course in order to run the country. Either the Cabinet Secretary. Poke his head round the door and they would talk to each other instead. The reporting is that actually he did stick to it in. The food was put outside his door and he was truly on his own. He wasn't with these partner. Carry Science in debt. Even the red box was put outside the door and he would have to go and get it but remember at this stage what we also knew about the virus and partly just from our own friends and family was some people really go very mildly. And that you were in isolation because you had to be but you basically felt okay and in that period. He put a video of himself. I folks I want to update you on the latest steps. The government is taking looking behind. Normal hair tousled in his usual way. Shirt tied suits on and he thought okay. This is this will be over in a few days stay at home protect our NHS and save lives. You didn't put out another video message in which he looked a little rougher it has to be said evening. I want to bring you up to date on some of the things. The government is doing something that was new at tie on and Paler and less robust and then the image which really struck me was that one of him of the front door of number ten taking part in that class on Thursday night for NHS workers way he just had the expression. It was the expression that anything of someone who looked very pain. He looked like somebody needs to be resting in bed. But instead of being dragged out I think a lot of people felt great sympathy at that point but will some worry that maybe he was more ill than previously been metal. Interestingly on Thursday when we watch the prime minister clap for the NHS Guardian colleague had a source suggesting that he was very ill and when they put that to advisors they denied it. Although there's also suggestion that by then they were already preparing. A bad isn't Thomas's hospital. Perhaps it was those rumors that lead Boris Johnson to put out a twitter video on Friday to try to prove he was still in charged. We're working the whole time on our program to defeat the virus. You've seen the big announcement yesterday about one hundred thousand tests per we now on Saturday. He spoke to newly elected. Labour leader kissed armor. Then what happened on Sunday? Well someday now. He didn't talk to other colleagues. Because Dominic Robb is now acting in these places said. The last time he spoke to him was on Saturday and that does suggest that if he wasn't able to speak to his nominated. Deputy on Someday things take a turn for the worse again. The official message was still that he's fine and easing good spirits. Just these high temperature but you know everything's wall okay. He's still leading the government and that was the message on the Sunday morning. Talk shows just how ill is the prime minister. He's okay I've been talking to him everyday often several times. A day throughout this Throughout the time that both of us off. And so he's very much got his Hand on the Tiller and most of the focus on the day was on the message to be given a very rare television message. Brokaw's message from the Queen. I'm speaking to you at what I know is an challenging time. It was a very powerful intervention by her which he very pointedly tapped into cooled on really invoked the memory of the war and nineteen forty. We as children's spoke from here at Windsor two children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety today. Once again many will feel a painful sense separation from their loved ones. I mean this very moving final line. Brilliant pieces speechwriting. She said at the end we will meet again. I think there was a sense of reassurance that came from that and yet within the hour that mood if they will also mood of reassurance was broken. Our after the Queen's address it emerged that the prime minister has been admitted to hospital on the advice of his doctors after having continuous symptoms of the corona virus. And so that Ben Ben. People closed out the weekend back in that state of nervous anxiety their nodes jangled By this news. And I think that led to some of that exile that we've been talking about and then coupled with a sense of mistrust is perhaps at its strongest but a worry that the officials Downing Street on not being as candidates they could impact should be about. The Prime Minister's health and that sense did stretch into the next day when Downing Street brief journalists that Boris Johnson was still in charge that he even had his red box in hospitals. He's other comfortable. Nine instant Thomas's he's in good spirits and he's being regularly updated and he still remains in charge of the government leaving many of us wondering why he was still being allowed to work and if they were being totally straight with us a former aide to the prime minister has suggested Downing Street staff were saying what they knew and they would feel as shocked as stunned by what happened next tonight attend the prime minister. Boris Johnson has been taken to intensive care unless he suffers the effects of corona virus. It's ten days since the prime minister tested positive. He was admitted to hospital last night..
"boris johnson" Discussed on Coffee House Shots
"Last night. The prime minister admitted to intensive care as a result of his escalating corona virus symptoms. James was update on the prime minister's condition. So we just heard from Michael. Go this morning on the program. And he was saying that. The prime minister remains in hospital intensive care. He's received oxygen support but he is not currently on a ventilator. Fraser Claudius very worrying escalation Olo digestion. Last night was the prime minister had been admitted to intensive care as a precautionary measure to be admitted in the fast pace as very serious. It doesn't feel this is completely preemptive. Well that's precisely was warning so many people in government on Sunday nights when they said he was going in for tests people thought that was exactly what it was sure. He's rather important persons. Maybe his tests will be administered in the hospital rather than number ten and then we go from situation where at five o'clock he was still am talking about government affairs and at seven o'clock. He was in intensive care now. If you look at the trajectory of his illness there are lots of examples of people being quite cheerful hospital at seven in the morning calling their wife's joking about being in hospital and then in the evening being in really quite serious condition indeed. So when it accelerates it can do so quite quickly we also know that it can have never like this effect on the vast majority of people were to infect so there is no certainty and telling whereabouts are prime. Minister is difficult to compare it to other diseases. I mean everybody's trying to guest house series is it's how bad and there's a range of outcomes here and I think it's fair to say that right now nobody Downing Street is go to the confidence about where this is going to end. James's clearly the case. The Iranian government is very worried about the prime minister today in his interview on Radio for Michael Graves if there was a development a change. In Boris Johnson's condition. The public would be updated. So is it the case if he moves to ventilator we will be tell quite quickly yes. I think if you look at the fact that yesterday you had donut rob in the press conference five. Pm and the message very much was still. The prime minister was confronting the country. Now I think it was quite clear. Unknown it rob said. He hadn't spoken to Saturday that he wasn't running the country and perhaps the way but lots of us would would would expect was a I saw. His condition was more serious than we have previously fought but then they did get the news out. He'd be moved to intensive cow. Fatty rapidly marks Cabinet Secretary had a conference call with cabinet ministers and then it was press release and I think if if he's condition does change. I think number ten will seek to inform the public but I think this is GonNa be a an unknown period because there is no doubt that having been intense cardboard as he hopefully will leave hospital soon. He will need a period of convalescence. I think there is a there is a feeling among some of the promises friends that it was maybe a mistake for him to be so keen to carry on working even with a stripped back. Dr Last week maybe it would have been better with the benefit of hindsight for him to to arrested more. But I do think it is. I think it would be wise when he leaves hospitals. The people that He he takes a period of rest and I mean that that is going to create a question about how you run the country in that period and I think there's I think in some ways the situation. There is the donut robberies. I actually state that is the constitutional position that means that he is the person who steps up when the prime minister is unavailable. But I think you can also tell that inevitably this is going to have to be more of a cabinet. Government more consensual government in the in the prime minister's absence in the I think wwl was emphasizing this too fast him in his TV clip last night. But if you're going to deviate off. While the prime minister left a plan that's going to have to be done. Something done by agreement across the cabinet. I think what is difficult is one of the big questions for government right now. It's the government. Surgery has because of the word processor. Progress was Z. Then you really started thinking about Robin Having Front and center is how do you get out of his lockdown? And I think I suspect in a way. Vat discussion is slightly frozen in terms of a decision until the prominent returns to work because that is such a cool and could be so defining this government. I struggle to see how anyone other than the prime minister himself could make it as far as a in the press conference yesterday. Dominic Robb was quite dismissive when the topic of an exit strategy was raised. He said now is the time now. Is that she about trying to avoid the peak. And it was a distraction away to talk about that but dominic. Robb is already chairing the morning meeting today when Boris Johnson was technically. These doesn't charge. He is now officially the past. He is deputising for the prime minister making decisions which the Prime Minister is currently unable to do so. What changes in the short time between yesterday and today? Well I do think anything changes. And that's rather the point of having a deputy prime minister under the British System. You do is really how they could've Napoleonic model where there's a prime minister who is automatically replaced when he goes on holiday or if he's incapacitated by deputy prime minister who is also in charge of number ten. I mean in our system. The second most powerful person isn't deputy the second most powerful persons that Chancellor of the Exchequer then after that. You've got the home secretary. Now the foreign secretary is always least powerful of before people. The great officers of state and traditionally the Deputy Prime Minister has made more somebody to fill in for the ceremonial rules of a prime minister. And that might be chairing a committee. Certainly a deputy would not make a change. In strategy now moving from his oppression to strategy of disease to moving to a situation where. You're trying to unwind the lockdown. That would be a major. Controversial strategy would involve overruling lots of other cabinet members and that is something that in the British system. The Deputy Prime Minister would not have the power to do. Remember when William Hague was nominally? David Cameron's deputy? He almost refused to take on the position because he thought it wasn't. It wasn't really worth going through the pretense. Nobody really thought that John Prescott would take charge when winter lear was away. So I think we're so much discussion about this. Who's in charge because we we tend not really had the system with the prime minister has been incapacitated rather than on holiday and this is cast into sharp relief. The absence of a real British system of deputizing. When Gordon Brown went on holiday he would take all of his staff system so he could run the country from his from his shank. And of course this might have contributed to the prime minister's illness when you contracts and the virus aren't really medical supplies that can help you. You've got to take it easy. And her faith in your body's immune system and you've got to let immune system take its course even when you predinner ventilator is just really buying time to see if your immune system can win the battle against the virus so vast we do need together strength and now perhaps the absence of a functioning. Deputy is what leads? Boorda's Johnson to work so much when he was when he was sick and I think that when we come to draw lessons to learn from this crisis and there will be a great many of those lessons to learn. We need to look a bit more closely at the system of deputizing under the British mood of government. Now James The news that Boris Johnson had been admitted to an. Icu was breaking cabinet via conference. Call by Mark said well. Is he going to be taking on an increased role while burst trump's in his absence in the cabinet secretary among the most senior civil servant of it you will obviously dominant? Rahm is going to rely on him for advice. Because there's a question about what the proper constitutional procedures are arm on various points. I mean there are two things were reflecting on. One is one of the reasons why born so keen to carry on working. Last week was that there is a feeling number. Ten government need can of riding hard by the center to deliver results. I think that that was one of the motivations for him carrying on working needs easy to be wise off to the event but I think there is also a question here which is because the British prime minister is the head of government not head of state. There's not going to medical team. Downing Street that there is inside the White House designed to look after the president and I think when you think about all of the security protections at all for example put in place to protect the prime minister do now wonder whether a situation where he was self isolating his flat and takings in temperature and ended up having a video conference. Call for doctor before going to hospital again. These easy to be wise also event but was that the right way to handle it. Do you need. If he's pandemics all going to become a more common feature of life do you need some coin dove medical setup in Whitehall to try and ensure that you can keep these can key decision-makers healthy and out of hospital in these times? That is a difficult question. Moving something that is going to have to be looked at the end of us. It's probably worth mentioning as well. That's under Boris Johnson. Number Ten's influence within government had become even greater be this great triangle power in the middle of government. So you'd have a joint team of special advisers running number ten and betrays ARY. This is the point. This as Javid resigned as chancellor over a few weeks ago so you go out to the prime minister at the head of this number ten Cabinet Office Treasury Triangle of power. Realistically if he's not there it will be somebody else number. Ten News really rangelands operation. It won't be dominant grab but because this is relatively new and emerging system of government. Nobody's risen it down really. There isn't a sort of a program that somebody else can pick up automatically but also the way that the virus response had been constructed. The cabinet was divided into four separate committees pretty much self-governing designs so they can keep going. If somebody will be to be knocked out by the virus I guess. Nobody quite imagined that that that person would be the prime minister. Thank you phrase that thank you James..
"boris johnson" Discussed on Coffee House Shots
"A little bit does relate back to the sacred war which firmly crumble during the election. The Labor Hartland have ten blue. How'd you actually just make? That would change color completely by the time the next election. I think that one of the things when Boris Johnson speak to us about the spending spending rose. Was this idea that the treasury to focused short-term game so the fact that if you invest in areas in the work better because you could see the economic case and it's moving away from that James One of the areas where we are expecting to see this renewed focus on keeping these Labor voters who in the Tories mind many number ten subdued. The votes is going to see every need attempt to reform Whitehall. And I think several strands and we're going to touch on a blog post stat. Some listeners may already read shortly but one of the things. We are expecting a big reshuffle. which is going to be correspond with a shake of Whitehall departments just before the Christmas break resource factor? She makes people stayed in place in the cabinet. But what are we expecting to happen in February. We're expecting a UPI Grecia. Now remember that when Boris Johnson. I became prime minister. He dispensed with foam more ministers cabinet ministers from the May government than happy and expected. It was it took everyone by surprise. By how sweeping it was I think the feary the thinking is that this February shuffle looks like being Pretty Sweeping Ping again. Remember Boris Johnson. At the moment he's not beholden to any one faction in the cabinet which gives him a or in the parliamentary party which gives them the loss of license about what he does in terms of. Ministerial appointments I always say think that they have had an the wheel enough. How little was done in the post? uh-huh selection reshuffle of Nikki. Mugabe NASA stay on as Culture Secretary for a few more weeks suggests that the reshuffle coming is bigger because was essentially said is. We're going to leaving so many pieces around the board come February we really that one day once GonNa make any of our moves now. It was striking during the election campaign. How much the Boris Johnson show? It was on the Tories. I mean there were only a handful. All the cabinet ministers who whoever really made public appearances I would expect the returned anymore which I think will be a sawing varies a way back on the Boris Johnson that he is prepared to bring people back who clashed with in the past? I I think that Brandon Lewis the security minister who is quite prominent in the election campaign can expect a bigger role but I think also I think it would be slightly willingly nervous about as one of his cabinet ministers who is seen as having underperformed over the past few months. Can you name names James. I think Theresa Videos Videos Environment Secretaries is probably an on on a slightly sticky wicket in the year. She's not exactly made waves in that department. I who saving having that one of the things to watch out for his. I think Boris Yeltsin is very keen. Cabinet ministers go on for as long as they have previously and so I think people who speak it often cabinet all probably saw vulnerable to. Yeah I think if he just even look at the figures number ten very keen to onto our during that election and I didn't I was elected the people I trust the most Rashidi necklaces rally off the television. In comparison to Bruce Johnson and jenrette uncouth disseminate. Think at least hold a light on the airwaves. Dominic Robb is some and they've trusted for some time. These could move but there was a sense that and I think finding Michael gave is very clearly someone that number ten relying quite heavily which is way. Look a hairdresser in cabinet. James I if he gets the The value of contribution I think if he's there was a famous can cabinet conference caller brexit strategy. When it was quite clear to you most people at Brussels just wanted to get off the phone and a succession of cabinet ministers could have lined up to say to the province of Winstons? Know How much he had their support as he undertook undertook this difficult tricky negotiation. It was quite clear on Sunday. And it's quite clear. He just wants to get back to do whatever he was doing. So no is is an element. I think he's also telling what media people would chose were off to do and I think that they if all the run INS I also Michael. Oh go ahead in the polls I think that relationship I. It's never going to go back to where it was preaching two thousand sixteen but I think he's he's. He's as close to to be repaired as it is possible to be now. Another element. NECE is we expect to have a slimmed-down cabinet was some new faces and many faces leaving but there's also a plan to try and reform the civil service and the public sector free that we have been treated to a blog. Post over the Christmas season from. I'm Dominic Cummings Boris Johnson senior aide. That's available to read on the Coffee House website as well as his personal blog depending on your preference and in it he said the number ten a hiring and several categories for data driven rose to being simply being cummings assistant moving onto communications patients along with the various things. You'd eat lead for each row. Now there's been some amusement from the Java on social media and elsewhere part heart I think due to the various reference to characters novels when it comes to whether it'd be good and also the warning and some of these jobs will ruin your love life so you better not how it was the story. Fraser what did he take from that block paced. It's what like lots of people. I was nodding along when fervent agreement with lots of some of that I did think was a bit much Shamin. Let's see what is fundamentally Ryan saying there are. Some jobs are so important that you ought not really to expect of a work life balance. If you're giving your life to the country of really important government rule like that you should for the length of time you're doing it should be and the most important thing that you do. You shouldn't be expecting to have much of a social life in the evenings remains to be seen gene in West Wing actually when Liam Gary's wife was complaining job-seeking is told her marriage and you. Sing job isn't more important than your marriage and Leah replied to her actually is. I'm chief of staff of the President for the duration of time. Doing this job is more important than my marriage and I think that that deserves to be said. Sometimes there are some jobs that do require a everything and I think rather than Poopie will off it with intriguing. Lots of people that stuff such unappealing job description saying if you didn't fit in our been used in two weeks as one of the things he says and he was going to leave a well-paid job outside government. I for something like that but then again it sounds crazy. Razia think he's going to be inundated with applications. I also think these rights and saying there is there far too. Many people like me in other words people with arts degrees who don't really have any sort of scientific method mathematical training who put in charge of government policy where the skill which you've really got to Blang on pretending ending you know but something when in fact you don't. This is the quintessential sort of arts graduate stroup. PP Skill Dominic Cummings had enough of it. Even though he's an arts graduate graduate from oxbridge himself. He wants people with them in a more sign more scientific background. I think he's wrong to say that we should be looking at people straight straight from university or a very unique. We do our spectator recruitments. We set a very difficult anais together. A few people did get in touch to say that they read dominant Cummings blog post. They had a slight feeding of nope have stage. Iv but it boosts some resemblance to spectator in in ten applications. He says something that we say. which is that of your character and your obscene temperament will trump experience or seniority? The right if you love the job and you've got an ability for it shouldn't matter too much where you're from which also my opinion. It shouldn't matter what your degrees in there shouldn't matter. Ah Agr when we do our internships we get people one of the most successful interns cath enforced. It was a forty eight year old mother three and without any of them the scientific degrees behind her so if I were Dominic Cummings there'd be a bit more open-minded than where you might find exceptional talent. I also set napster test relief. Because he's GonNa get soon he will eat the house. You're going to sift them out. It will be the quality of her letter and I suspect that arts graduates will be best at writing the persuasive letter anyway but fundamentally it shows as importantly as you said in your blog about Katie it shows. He's thinking outside. The box intends to recruit outside just to government the meth the very fact that he's recruiting for number ten on this sort of personal blog in this very personal very don. Cummings way m shows that this government. We're going to do an act and speak very very differently to what we're used to and James just on that one of the things I was struck in that block was aligned where dominant comes to Saint Park. The reason season they can do various stages of change in plans that they have is because they ultra-mini as a government majority of eighty had the space and time to make some changes change that. Perhaps we'll be unpopular but this time to put them in place and improved from that. So I suppose for these people. Who've suggesting that now we had a majority government things things quite get could potentially get quite boring? Perhaps this podcast but have less to talk about it. If if his suggest the opposite one prediction of total and confidence about this year in politics is that it won't be dull. I mean I was speculation about dominic. Cummings leaving was Rav off-beam because this is is a guy he's been a long time thinking about how the pretty stage Ron how it should work you. He's not gonNA pass up a chance to to try and persuade. Boris was Johnson to to implement that vision. The thing life will really not up as but this is sensible in the has been in some quite big profound developments in the way that the in intellectual fort in the last decade or so and that is not really reflected acted in Whitehall. I suppose the nearest you get to. It is the kind of nudge unit in the Cabinet Office. On the success of of making the workplace pension. OPT OUT RAV THAN OPT in. So they're definitely definitely things that can be alert aunt there. I would add one those those someone else. He's very influential. Remember the boys Donaldson Team and they were saying. The Labour leadership contest will have a big impact on this government than people realize. Because there's no doubt the doubts about Jeremy Corbyn basically kept label. Vote down at the general election year. Corbin was one of the big drags on Labor support if Labor could find a new data who didn't act the drive on that support and labor went ahead in the polls but would be a very different atmosphere to operate in for this governor than than is currently there are lots of new pieces Paulin and one thing about new pieces but yet very jumpy about the opinion polls when you go for a period of being behind joined so I think the Labor leaders washy have quite an impact on how radical was government..
"boris johnson" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"Amanda Sloat here in the jungle studio to discuss Britain's recent election what it means for Brexit uh-huh and what it might portend for the future of the United Kingdom. It's the l'affaire podcast. Amanda sloat on Boris Johnson and Brexit. Amanda when we last spoke about this we had a great deal of uncertainty as to where things were heading on just just about all fronts and one of the eventualities that we did not discuss. Was We talked about whether the Conservative Party party was imploding. We talked about you know uncertainty for Brexit. Going forward one thing. We did not discuss the possibility a sweeping historic victory for Boris Johnson. That would leave all of his non Conservative Party Competition Russian in the dust. How did we get from you know? Boris Johnson can't govern take here so when we talked and looking at the opinion polls going into the election they were consistently showing the Conservatives up around ten eleven points even higher at at previous moments even though there had been some misleading polls going into the twenty fifteen and the twenty seventeen elections. You are a right that this was a sizable win for the Conservative Party. But I would say a couple of things to put that into context They want around three hundred sixty five out of six hundred fifty fifty seats which gives them a solid governing majority and forty four percent of the vote share which is the highest that they got since Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister in Nineteen Seventy Wendy nine but if you look at that in context when Tony Blair was Labor prime minister he actually got an even higher percentage of that in elections in ninety seven. Two Thousand One and two thousand five. So this was certainly a sizable win for the Conservative Party. But not among the largest that we have seen in recent years and rather than necessarily seeing this as much as a conservative win. I think the big story of the election was the complete implosion of support for for the Labor Party. It only one two hundred three seats. which was the party's worst result in eighty four years and what was particularly significant? Was that seats held by the Labor Party since the Second World War including seats held by former Labor. Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown flipped into the Conservative Party. All right and there are basically two competing or maybe competing and overlapping overlapping account. Maybe three of the Labor Party implosion one is the sort of person The toxic person. Jeremy Jeremy Corbyn one is related. Ly- The hard left stamps that the Labor Party took and the third is The party's confusion about its brexit. Stand hadn't sort of inability to present a popular killer clear alternative in roughly. What percentage explanatory power? Do you give each of these. Three factors it does absolutely are the three factors and the willingness to adhere to different ones. Depends on who you ask. Certainly Jeremy Armie Corbin. The official Labour Line seems to be that people were supportive of Brexit. And this is why they voted for the Conservatives. Tony Blair was out today blaming wing the Essentially Socialist policies of the Labour party the hostility towards Western foreign policy The antisemitism that Corbin urban was not handling well within the party but there was an interesting opinion poll that came out in the last couple of days. Looking at the main reasons why voters voters did not vote for Labour. The three explanations that you cite were the three that were given the overwhelming majority show the unpopularity celerity of Jeremy Corbyn himself Among everybody who did not vote for Labour forty-three percent said that was the reason and among Labor defectors to the Conservatives gives forty-five said that was the reason among those who didn't vote for labour seventeen percent said it was brexit twelve percent said it was the economic policies and and among Labor defectors to the Conservatives thirty one percent said it was the stance on Brexit in only six percent said it was the economic policies So I think the the general conclusion is that there was distinct unpopularity of Jeremy Corbyn himself. And you and I have talked about this. Previously there was a divide between lean. How Hardcore Party members that had selected him tend to see him and how he is seen in the general public and then also a component of the brexit policy? Interestingly interestingly does not seem that some of the economic policies many of which had been quite popular in the two thousand seventeen election seems to have not been the main contributing for beating reason for Labor having done so badly It's also worth noting that Theresa may have made some inroads into these labor areas in two thousand seventeen but made lots of mistakes during the campaign. And so- Boris Johnson really finished the job by focusing intensely on northern England and stressing plans to finalize brexit. Is it especially in some of these areas that were more rural had been hit harder by economic globalization and were more supportive of Brexit. All right so so. How should we understand Boris Johnson? And he has this quality of being dismissed as a buffoon. Ah which of course he cultivates with a kind of oddly clownish personality but he is notwithstanding certain superficial physical similarities. He is not like Donald Trump in in being emotive or you know lacking kind of strategy as so should we understand this as a kind of stroke of brilliance On Boris Johnson's part. Is it luck in his sort of choice of political opponents. Is it demagoguery. What is the explanation for the rise of Boris Johnson? In this moment where things were supposed post to be ungovernable. His friction within his own party that led to the loss of his majority. And then you know pulling this. There's very strong victory out of a hat. So certainly part of this has to do with weakness on the opposition side. We've talked about some of the flaws that the Labor party faced If you look at the first past the post system within the UK that contributed to the Liberal Democrats not doing as well and if you look at the overall numbers conservatives who support brexit one forty five percent of the vote those who back a second referendum and and remaining in the EU one fifty two percent of the vote so there certainly was an element of an unpopular. Opposition leader. The vagaries of a first-past-the-post the system which tend to work well in an American model with two main parties. Not as well any system where you have multiple competing parties and fragmentation of the opposition. Leaving some of those personality and structural issues aside and turning to Boris Johnson. There certainly is an argument that he played the politics of this well. He was able to achieve something. That Theresa May did not which is renegotiating. The brexit divorce deal in particular removing the very unpopular backstop for Northern Ireland and replacing it with the Irish protocol. He was able to effectively target disenfranchised voters in northern England who were supportive of Brexit. And who particularly did not like Jeremy Corbyn himself and he is also essentially been able to hive off the far right in the form of Nigel Garage and the Brexit party that has been creating lots of problems for the Conservatives over the last number of years Niger Carajas brexit party got two percent of the vote but it failed to win a single seat. It did not contest any of the conservative seats. And there's estimates that Labor could have lost an an additional twenty seats to Farraj if he had stood down completely in so Johnson really is in a place now where he is empowered for the next five five years according to the Fixed Term Parliament Act. You don't need elections for another five years. He has a sizeable governing majority that is going to enable him to get legislation through true. So the real question now is. What does Boris Johnson actually want? He is not dependent on coalition partners formally or informally Cameron was on the Liberal. Liberal Democrats Theresa May was on Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist Party. He is not beholden to Nigel farage and hardliners within his own party on questions of the future future relationship with the EU. And so the real question now is. How is Boris Johnson? Going to govern. What is he going to do on domestic economic policy issues? And and what is he going to do in terms of negotiating future relationship with the EU. And what do you think the answer to that question is I mean Boris. This Johnson is one of those figures that you know whether he has fundamentally opportunistic or fundamentally believes in something thing. Is You know something that people argue about. But now presumably. He actually has an opportunity opportunity to do what he really wants to do. What do you think five year term of conservative government under Boris Johnson auctioned realistically looks like that's absolutely the question right now? You had raised the comparison with Donald Trump. And I think those comparisons only go. Oh so far Johnson certainly has seen the populist wave the sentiment of people that are unhappy with the institutional system. He's been able to make these inroads into these traditional labor areas. He is very aware that these are not necessarily natural Labor supporters. He acknowledged that in his victory speech each and so in terms of looking at where he goes on the policies he unlike. Donald trump is a product of the system. He went to Eton he went to Oxford. He it tends to be a a social liberal a bit more fiscally conservative really falls in line with some of these traditional Conservative Party values that some of his predecessors have even if it is sometimes couched any much more populist an opportunist approach to policy on the economic side we did see the Conservative Party in their manifesto giving up. The party's recent adherence to austerity policies. A lot of his argument during the campaign was we need to get brexit done so we can focus on these bread and butter issues that are important to voters and so there's going to be an effort to increase spending to increase spending being on the National Health Service to increase spending on things like security. There's been a number of knife crimes for example in London in recent months that are causing concern spending ending on things like police on teachers on education so I think we will see a more robust economic policy that is focused on some of the suspending mechanisms than what we necessarily have seen in the recent history from a conservative government on the Brexit side. There's going to be tension there because you have had the hardliners in the party advocating a much more rigorous departure from the EU on things like level playing field commitments for example example. And that's something that Boris Johnson seems to support the Labor and other parties. Who of wanted a softer? Brexit have argued for much more alignment one of the things. That was quite right interesting. And I think gives you a sense of where Boris is likely to go on that is that he is looking to amend the withdrawal bill legislation to make it illegal for his government government to agree in extension to the negotiating period. Four formalizing these trade arrangements with the EU so he's essentially trying to legislatively retie his own hands to prevent him from doing something that he doesn't want to do anyway so I think there's a strong message from him that he is going to move forward quickly quickly with getting the UK out of the EU. I think he is likely to face conflict with the EU in terms of trying to reach agreement on what that future relationship looks like. And I think we are likely to see more spending an investment on domestic economic policies. At least in the near term all right. So let's you've you've sort of done this and this last answer but let's do it explicitly now. Let's turn this from British electoral politics. which in principle is kind of beyond the scope of Law Fares interests to the kind of Brexit and security issues. That you know cause us to be interested trysted in the subject to begin with so we have a January thirty first next deadline. I take it the immediate practical. A practical consequence of this electoral vote is that that deadline for the withdrawal agreement will be Matt and Britain is now functionally out of the EU. Is there any reason to think that that's not correct. No I think that is correct So on Thursday December nineteenth. The Queen is going to open parliament. She is going to give a speech setting out. The government's agenda members will then go home for the holiday period and when they come back in January or number one is going to be passing the U. Withdrawal Agreement Bill that implements brexit on the UK. Side Boris I. Johnson had already gotten provisional support for that from the old parliament before elections and so now that he has the sizeable majority it is likely that that will go through through very quickly. the European Parliament then needs to ratify the divorce deal on its side which is largely expected to be a formality and so it seems almost certain that the UK okay we'll be able to leave the EU before the January thirty first deadline. No chance of a second referendum at this point absolutely not and Boris. I Johnson was extremely clear on that in his election speech or his his victory speech where he said quote. The selection means that getting brexit done as the irrefutable notable irresistible unarguable decision of the British people and this puts an end to all of those little miserable threats of second referendum these little miserable Drubel Frat I liked that line Not Because I agree with it just because I think it's poetic all right but the one thing to to flag on that is is Boris. Johnson has been talking talking about getting brexit done and just because that part is going to be done by January thirty first that really is only the end of the beginning the UK and the EU then need it to negotiate their future relationship. And that's going to entail coming to agreement on what sort of economic relationship they are going to have in the future feature. Will it be a free trade agreement. How much alignment were though beyond? Regulations the current deadline to complete that process is December thirty. One twenty twenty twenty and this is what Boris Johnson has said. He is not prepared to extend if he did want to request an extension. He would need to make that request next June. Most experts experts believe it's going to be impossible for the two sides to reach agreement on this relationship..
"boris johnson" Discussed on Post Reports
"The Center for American Progress Action Fund district productive and protect the investigation in season to the acid explains how trump is trying to use the government of Ukraine to help him win in twenty twenty. Download the APP today from the newsroom. The Washington imposed at the Washington. POST THIS CLEVELAND TO WATCH ELLEN NAKASHIMA with Washington this is post I reports Martine powers. It's Thursday December fifth today. Britain's Britain's upcoming election. The price of wrongful imprisonment into the house precedes with articles of impeachment. The Brits actually don't like having elections every every year but the frequency collections in the last couple of David Cameron left Theresa May came and Theresa May than stage election. They kicked Theresa may out. Boris comes in and Boris and parliament in parliament ends itself. Then they go to another election so it would be fair to say. They're tired of elections as they're tired of Brexit but they're tough people and they are. They're going to go for one more more. This is William. He is the Post Bureau chief in London where people are headed to the polls next Thursday to vote for their new government. There's a general election happening now a snap election because and the parliament a couldn't get anywhere with anything because Boris and lost his majority in parliament. So they had a hung. Parliament is stuck parliament and so the various sides fought but they decided to shut down parliament and go to early elections. So that's why we have a general election now so who is running in this election. Boris Johnson Johnson and the Conservative Party is running. His main opponent. Is Jeremy Corbyn and the Labor Party and they are in. I guess you'd call it second place. And then there's some other independence and the Liberal Democrats and some other folks but it's really it's become more and more each week a head to head a Boris Johnson v Jeremy Corbyn Conservatives versus Labor and. Is there a real possibility that Boris Johnson won't win well. Jeremy Corbyn thinks this and his Labor activists hope I think this it looked like more of a possibility before the election started right now. It's pretty much looking like Boris Johnson's race to lose though the big question here his whether he takes a big majority and he can really run the government or whether they stumble and they have a hung parliament or just a little. squeaky small razor thin majority in parliament which wouldn't be good for him. It makes governments unstable so clearly prime minister. Boris Johnson has been a very polarizing zing. Figure I think a lot of people really love him because they love his candor and the way that he's outspoken and can kind of be performer and also his hair but a lot of people don't like him because they think that he's maybe not a responsible prime minister or not a rigorous thinker. An actual person who can get things done so. I'm wondering for Jeremy Corbyn his biggest opponent. What is his kind of character on the political stage? Well well Jeremy Corbyn has been demonized for years by the sort of pro conservative though the right wing press the tabloids as kind of Comrade Corbin Wild Loonie far lefty Trotskyite And and Corbin is fed that furnace by by appearing on you know Iranian TV and supporting Moss and all these other things so so to kind of affair hit so he's seen as not a leftist but more of a communist by the people who don't like him and that's the rap on Corbin even though the ideas he promotes are very popular. And when you watch him speak he's very grandfatherly. It is nice seventy year old guy who rides his bicycle and prefers to eat vegetarian meals. He's he's a little bland nice fellow so the more Lor Corbin campaigns the more people usually tend to like him but he's but he's kind of demonized and the press series not well liked by the British media. So what are the key issues. That people are going to be voting on as they come into this election. Well Boris Boris. Johnson's big thing is his slogan is Brexit it done and unleash the potential of the whole United Kingdom. And if that sounds like a tooth extraction or an uncomfortable a a probe exactly right and that's how I think how voters see it here we can leave the EU one UK whole and entire and perfect as we promised on day one of the new parliament in December. We will start getting our deal through so we can get brexit done in January and unleashed this country's potential. I hope very much that you support us. He's very focused on a get this thing don on and once we get it done we will unleash the genius of the British people in the economy and will soar to to great heights. The Conservative Party here is often blamed Labor for saying well. They're spend too much money in their tax and spenders but Boris Johnson himself. It's now found the magic agile money tree last election. We were told by your predecessor. Mr Johnson there was no magic money tree. Have you found a magic money tree Mister Johnson and have you found impose northern one of them. Mr cogan breaking mummy forest it and is promising all sorts of things for infrastructure police and hospitals. But if Jeremy Corbyn were to win what is his his stance on Brexit like is he running on. Never mind we're just not going to have brexit anymore or what. What does he say that he has? He say that he'll navigate brexit if if he were to become prime minister. Okay so I'm going to dodge that question for one second just to explain what would corbin with Jeremy Corbyn and would like to do through his manifesto was the party would like to do is a pretty radical transformation of the British economy. No one can deny the thirst for a real change in Britain. I believe that was the driving force behind the referendum. Vote in two thousand and sixteen. He wants to re-nationalized nationalized mail. Rail Water Electricity Give Free Internet. Everybody and spend lots of money on on people and put the workers more in charge. Okay okay so that would be a big change. And that's what he's selling in an election offering a once in a generation chance for real change we we can end privatization rescue on National Health Service. We can get brexit sorted and bring our country together. Ah we can tackle the climate emergency that threatens us all and we can rewrite the rules of our economy to work for the many not the few okay now to the boring bit okay. So if Jeremy Corbyn and labor wins Brexit. What they've said is they will go quick as a bunny honey over to Brussels and they will renegotiate the withdrawal agreement? They re-negotiate the brexit deal with the wily Europeans. They will give the Europeans more or what they want. The would boris gave them and then they will come back to Britain with that deal within three months and they will have a second referendum where the poor British voters will have to decide. Whether they like Jeremy Corbyn Corbin's Brexit deal or they think now I don't know what this his fever dream was over the last four years. Let's just stay in Europe. That sounds great to me. which feasible anything's feasible? Here that could actually if if Labor won which I don't think they will. I mean that could happen. They would negotiate a very soft brexit. Come back they'd offered the two and it's possible that Brits would stand up and vote and say it's forget it we just want to stay so then is this basically just a brexit election or are there also other things that people are thinking about in voting on us. We're going into this excellent question because it's not really a brexit election saw Johnson would like it to be just a Brexit Alexa. Unlike let's get it done. Let's get the tooth extracted. But there's lots of discussion about what they WanNa do with their very beloved National Health Service and what they want to do with the public investment investment and ownership where the country should be going after. This boring bit is over so it is kind of about other things and the third parties are certainly stressing that they're saying that enough with brexit. Let's move onto all this other stuff like like climate in the overheating of the planet. In in how are kids are educated and all these other things and and there's pent up desire for heard talks about that they have this other thing in the way. The B word of maternal work themselves through that one bell. Thank you so much anytime I love doing blame booth. Is the London bureau.
"boris johnson" Discussed on The Economist: The Intelligence
"Blends and these are places where traditional sort of working people have not voted Tory possibly never vittori before and they didn't have a tradition of aging the Boris Johnson's Brexit deal is likely to run in quite a loss of northern seeds where they would hope to take seats from the Conservatives and conceivably even win one or two seeds haven't got it through parliament I'm going to deliver brexit on the city I suggest age of the whole process of leaving the European Union and it may not make ministry enough position to negotiate future trade relationship with the European Union and to handle all the master.
"boris johnson" Discussed on Today in Focus
"I've been tasked one way or the other to get brexit done. Boris Johnson wants to talk about getting brexit done that message just plastered all over this week's Tory conference and he wants the public to hear his new spending promises on schools hospitals and buses says simple things like buses right. We go the boot about buses. His message tweets being fractured by two separate scandals. Have you got a woman that problem. I always been a big champion old. we mean at what would you would you use to count to raise relationship with Jennifer occur. I've said a great deal about that you will say that when a distinguished journalists said grabbed by what do you tell us about this. I obviously look I dated minimize the importance of such abrogation when he stands up to address the party faithful today he won't talk about his relationship with technology business owner Jennifer Curie when he was London man and he probably mentioned groping allegations by journalists Charlotte Atwood's for the questions of his character that they have raised will continue to loom over the finale of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester from the Guardian. I'm curious Donna today. In focus the allegations that Boris Johnson Kennel shape they might weaver Guardian reporter. Our story begins in London in two thousand twelve. The Boris Johnson won reelection London Maher. Lot seems to be going wrong for him now but it was once a time when he seemed to have the MIDAS touch which seems odd now that back in two thousand twelve he had a real appeal. This is merely divide all the things that you associate with shortage in this part of the city on the tell. Ya Not who's kind of personality that happened to be a Tory politician to thirteen years ago that a group of thrilling thrusting getting young British scientists and technicians created the role institution that drove the Industrial Revolution avait eight this city the heart of the greatest industrial commercial and part of the world has ever seen and it is in that tradition that we have today announcing in this fantastic vision for is on rabbi hop buzzy place tech city centered around silicon roundabout straight great attention and money had come from government into this burgeoning industry and he wanted to be seen to be at the heart of that goes can meet and ideas kind cross-pollinate entities could be dragged in London at the same time is a woman cold whole Jennifer Arcuri who shea so Jennifer Carey is a Californian student she comes to London to study for an MBA at the Holt international business school before coming to London. He was an immortal and a bit part actor she was in in two thousand and eleven Apollo would film code naughty at forty nine Hollywood and she also played a May West character in a TV series that SORTA spoofed like white films she joined Johnson's mayor election reelection campaign in two thousand twelve and there's a picture of her with Boris Johnson campaigning on top of a double decker bus and there's another one of her holding better off with Boris Placard so at about this time in two thousand and twelve fuel say launches and a firm called in we know tech which is a kind of an events company for bringing people together on the burgeoning London texting the reason this massive focus on the relationship between Johnson. Jason Anarchy is because it's now embroiled in allegations about conflicts of interest around speaking events grants sponsorship hip trade missions coming through them one by one starting at the same time even telling me about back in two thousand twelve in April it appears they then that there link was beyond her volunteering in his campaign yet curiously for a high profile man in two thousand and twelve Boris Johnson launches appears at the launch event of in Tech and speaks very warmly about both the the firm and Jennifer Carey at one point he says Vive inner tech and and Ford with all your deliberations and then turns Jennifer occurrences will that do Jennifer can I go now and Innotech then used a clip of him saying that on a lot of his promotional video since Bieber in a templates have unfolded full with that do go. Thank you very much These comments really point to the fact that they killing you each other pretty well in the anti spoke four times her events in another one he said in a Google hangout to hang out in tech come to London build. Your Business is here. The mayor of London supports you everyone at tech supports you. Thank you so so much. Thank you very much. Thank you for coming in an hanging out with us for you like hanging out with us. We've got to hang out in a tech and she he certainly made Johnson feel very welcome. At these events at one of them she had a cake made in the shape of City Hall with three Icing Figurines James Boris Johnson and one picture of her putting one of these figurines in your mouth. What was that big cake really elaborate it had it had a a sort of ice ing image of City Hall Nary. Sorry Wolf thing on a bicycle one of Johnson sort of speaking at an event in another grand screen. He'll have made doc h gonNA bake off sounds amazing and she used at the time she also posted to friends that she listed Johnson on her phone as Alex great using using his real name Alex Okay say very clearly. LA as Elliot's teeth thousand twelve or is Johnson knows Jennifer accurate. They clearly have a professional relationship. She supported him politically typically. He's really supported startup in attack. I'm has continued to do that. I guess that brings us to what has been the biggest focus of the story okay for the second question here around sponsorship for her company what what was given to her in two thousand thirteen so there at this this time the Mayor's promotional agency London partners gave a accurate company initially ten thousand pounds worth of sponsorship and it later gave another one and a half thousand pounds of sponsorship took a to an event now. We don't know how much Johnson was involved moved in these decisions but this was a an agency that was his responsibility and under the list of the the declarations of interest that he declared as mad as they're still available online. There's no mention of or companies. It's understandable but there's controversy over for this ten thousand pounds sponsorship from a group that's literally described as the Mayor of London's Promotional Agency. Now it's clear they had a professional relationship Asian ship but there have been reports that he visited her shortage flat at the time what are they based on the landlord of the flat as as confirmed that has do friends of curious at the time. We don't know quite how many times he visited but it said that he was having technology lessons flat okay so questions being about that money not clear whether he's had any personal role in that the next part of the story does seem to get closer to Johnson himself around a series of trade missions. Can you explain what happened so she applied for places on trade missions that were being run jointly by London partners this disproportional agency and the man's office they were trips to New York Tel Aviv and Singapore and she was initially denied access to these trips because she didn't fit the criteria but off intervention crucially from the mayor's office. She was granted a place on these trips. What does intervention by the Mayor's office main. There's an email trail that shows that she was initially turned down and after she appealed as it were Johnson's office had a word with partners and she was allowed on so that that meant she got to go to New York Tel Aviv Singapore with Johnson and the rest of the team. How valuable would that be to a company like us. Yes well again. It's a big thing for her. She can then hop nope not just in London but internationally it would have given her huge. Qudos in that world over liberal the money you've told me about safe close to the total that was suggested initially in the Sunday Times of one hundred twenty six thousand pounds worth a public money to occupy. That's because two of the ground swell from bodies not directly linked to Johnson. Can you tell me about them. She won a a highly sought after entrepreneur visa under the government's a serious program NASA program that's run by the Department of Trade and and she also got a fifteen thousand pound Graham for some of our vents under that program and then in the meantime she sets it's up an organization called Hacker House which was designed for kind of ethical hackers and earlier this year rolling owning for two thousand and nine thousand nine she was awarded one hundred thousand pound grown by the Department of Digital Culture Media and sport for scheme aimed at fostering digital skills sales in the UK and this has raised questions because although it was designed to foster talent in this country the the company's ties to the UK fairly tenuous she moved back to the states in two thousand eighteen and the company is registered as an address in the UK. It was registered in companies house at an address in Cheshire which was then changed last week to an address in Free Street. We went down there last week and the receptionist there freely admitted did this was a virtual office in there was there. They weren't actually based there. So how did you have out finding out whether based well. The government was asked about how this girl was awarded. The comments Northwest Department appears to have given House eight one hundred thousand pound ground in January.
"boris johnson" Discussed on Politics and More Podcast
"Is the political seen a weekly conversation with new yorker writers and guests about politics. It's friday september sixth. I'm dorothy wickham executive editor of the the new yorker this week. The prime minister and the house of commons engaged in one of the most vicious political battles in british history. The revolt nope began after boris johnson who has been in office for only six weeks received the queen's approval to suspend parliament between september eleventh at october fourteenth that gave m._p.'s virtually no time to pass legislation that could stop the united kingdom from leaving the european union without a deal deal on october thirty first twenty-one members of johnson's conservative party dubbed. The rebel alliance were prominently among those who fought back. They passed a bill that would block a no deal exit from the e._u. And denied johnson's call for a general election johnson banned the mall from the the party and threatened to call an election in october and that was only the star on thursday a press conference at a police training center in yorkshire. You're johnson answered questions about brexit. Can you make to miss a day to the british public. You will not get back to brussels and ask for another delay to tobacco yes and and which gave ditch to give it design fast prime minister than going. Also that glad i had stayed. I i really cost two billion filed them on it. Achieves absolute auto what on earth is the point of a further delay same night. A new yorker staff writer joins me from london to discuss johnson's rise to power and what this week's dramas signal about the future of brexit and and the potential damage to british democracy sam welcome back. Hello hello very nice to be back. He had quite a week yeah yeah very much so we spoke last in march. When theresa may was still prime minister and she was experiencing her own parliamentary humiliations over brexit. She stepped down in june. Boris johnson could not be more different. <hes> she was known for her very sober kind of grinding brexit strategy johnson who is convinced that the british public is sick of this seemingly endless departure process and i'm sure he's right about that but he prides himself on his opportunistic kind of come what may approach to politics tell us a little bit about his journey from journalism awesome to ten downing street you completely right johnson. Theresa may couldn't be more different as has political creatures. Johnson is more like a celebrity. You know johnson razor a famous person in the u._k. Since the late ninety s firstly as a as a journalist to the daily telegraph russell's yes. I think you know within sort of political circles. He's really license his mid twenties when he was a really responsible for if you like creating a new genre of british journalism which started to see the european in union as something almost hilarious this kind of overreaching bureaucratic monster that wanted to get rid of bendy bananas and create uniform foam condoms sizes and all sorts of things johnson who had the kind of a taste for the absurd and for humor sort of started extremely successful career in right of british political commentary and so his gift are for you know some of this will sound familiar saying unstable is payable things coming up with something on the spur of the moment grabbing all the attention successfully but also we shouldn't underestimate johnson. He has a feel feel-good factor. Most people around the world probably know the image of johnson sagging on a zip wire during the twenty twelve olympic games games in london. When he was the mayor of london which are the politician could turn that to their advantage and yet everyone sort of lofts and says that goes along with his gaffes and his his lies and the rest of it and you know i think i think things are changing fast at the moment but that certainly the finger that that arrived in downing street this summer a completely different character to resume but inheriting exactly the same article situation and political challenge so you wrote yesterday for the new yorker dot com about the good chap theory of british government which i i loved. I'd never heard of that before. What is that and is it now gone forever. The theory of government coined by distinguished british touring coupe <hes> pity hennessy and it describes the way the british constitution works and the british constitution is is it was a kind of tricky phrase. The truth is that britain has a constitution. That's written down in literally thousands of different places in terms of parliamentary tree procedure in terms of court cases. It's this kind of pilot zest of processes that have kind of gone into the way that britain has been sort of more-or-less last democratically governed for the last five or six hundred years on the good chap theory of government is that people observe tradition. They stay within precedent. I think probably the kind of the best single example of this is the idea of commanding the confidence of the house of commons. When you've lost the confidence the ability to function and exert authority you are supposed to resign and that really is down to people ah in moments of extreme crisis intention sort of knowing that the game is up did know when the game was up yeah. I mean isn't black and white. Nothing's kind of black and white in this process resume certainly took advantage of certain situations according to parliamentary procedure but nonetheless in her showdowns sounds with parliament she basically played straight back and that is not johnson's way at all so give a sense of the mad scene this week and parliament parliament you know over here were so accustomed to cravenly compliant republicans in the house and the senate so it was just stunning to see the the audacity of the rebel alliance in action yeah so i think i'll take a step back and sort of say you know what was johnson awesome trying to achieve this week and sort of how did it go so wrong. Yes okay so he's sort of goal is to try and get britain out of the e see you on october thirty first and the play that he comes up with is to suspend parliament shut down both houses entirely full this critical period when m._p.'s could be passing motions. Oh passing thing laws trying to sort of get in his way. I'm johnson misjudged several things here. He misjudged how furious the house komo he misjudged how organized they would be and he misjudged the as you describe it the audacity acidy of really long-serving mainstream in many cases fairly unremarkable absolutely loyal conservative m._p.'s to go against him including nicholas soames churchill's seventy one year old grandson churchill churchill. I gather as a great hero figure to johnson. I mean it's remarkable. Nicholas soames former defense secretary grandson of of of of winston churchill. He goes door to door in his constituency during elections on horseback. He's almost a character he sort of embodies this kind of one one nation moderate conservatism he rebelled against the government three times in thirty seven years and once was enough for the johnson administration to to throw him out of the party <hes> and and i think to sort of add to these miscalculations the chilton miscalculated the public sympathy that would be on the side of of some of these longstanding m._p.'s w._n._y._c. studios is supported supported by i._f._c. films presenting offical secrets from the director of eye in the sky based on the untold true story here nightly stars as katharine gun a british spy with evidence evidence. Her government is lying to take the country to war with iraq. When she goes public. The administration tries to sweep it under the rug and she must risk a death sentence and the deportation of her family you to ensure the people know the truth. 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"boris johnson" Discussed on FT Politics
"Yet. The government has tried to behave as if it has one that is at the root of everything that's going on now. The government's position george was to say as saying. It's all about domestic legislation. Boris johnson got his bold new agenda on the n._h._l. And education and crime and he needs to put all these bills through and the spin from the ten is very much. It's only four extra days on what would have happened and if confidence recess had gone ahead but that was scuppered by hot mike moment by ben wallace the defense secretary already. He basically gave the game away and said it was down. I'm to the fact that robert was saying that the government doesn't have a majority and they want to squeeze the parliamentary timetable that nobody really believes that it's essential for boss johnson to have a queen's speech in the middle of the biggest biggest domestic crisis. We've seen since the war. We all know that the measures in the queen's speech are essentially just manifesto commitments because given the majority of one in the house of commons is very little chance any of this. We'll get got three so it's obvious one course johnson's doing it certainly politically outrageous but the constitution's being flexed all the time. It's not just by boris johnson and the government is also by the speaker of the house of commons. John burke whose us maximum flex in the constitution to allow parliamentary opponents of a not alexis have their say in the house of commons as well as mattie. A lot of people people as we've said said this is a constitutional outrage and there's actually been a legal case that was very briefly how in scotland on friday morning which put a temporary ruling to throw this thing out here. It's not really breaking the constitution here. You know it's a bold political. Move of both jordan rub have said but it's entirely within the executives powers to do this. Whether it's the right thing to deal not is a very different question. I think that's right. It's trading a very fine line. Also a marker of what the government might be prepared to do. I mean this is why for example. The queen was never kinda. Refuse what the government recommended to do because technically is within the government's power and they aren't stopping m._p. Sitting entirely autumn there will be some opportunities left m._p.'s he's but of course the fact that they know m._p.'s want to express your brexit want to try and have a say and they are purposely limiting. Those opportunities i mean clearly is a place go outrage age at this point using the word outrageously convenient because it's completely imprecise as many has clearly they are within their rights in doing this but what has been striking about the way this battle has been fought in palm column is that neither side has been prepared to do the one thing which each of them could do to force the case when the government is blocked from pursuing its fundamental policy there are to normal positions you can go to one is to have a vote of no confidence. Bring down the government but the tory rebels are not willing to do that and the other is for the government to say you are stopping all legislation we we are going to activate the mechanism to call election and the government doesn't want to do that which instantly is a curious thing too. If you believe you're embodying the will of the people you would not be frightened of them so i think the reason awesome we're here is because neither side is doing what the conventions expect you to do. In these circumstances politically george what do you make of the move of boris johnson to do this because obviously obviously we knew we were going to head to this big parliamentary battle which is going to start next week about how n._p._s. Will try and stop his plan potentially. Take out the without a deal but my doing. This isn't confrontational way. It's almost as if she wants to have this fight and the briefings you've been getting from number ten about dominic grieve dominic lieven philip hammond have become. I'm these bet new laws for boris johnson in a way so as trees may was trying to shy away from five johnson is going headfirst into them yeah by squeezing the parliamentary timetable..
"boris johnson" Discussed on PRI's The World
"Is it direction so if russia for some reason after the putin era would move back towards embracing democratic ideas and enhancing democratic institutions shinzo integrating into the west. That's the right time to have that conversation. Just bring them back in without them changing their behavior. I don't think that serves america's national interest interest while speaking of american national interests there have been all these attempts over the past well twenty years <hes> under putin at resetting diplomatic relations with russia a mostly. They a have seemed to fail including under obama when you were ambassador. Why will markazi that history a little more with a lot more variation. I don't think it's been consistent assistant failure and the first years of the reset between president obama and president medvedev right it wasn't president putin we accomplish concrete things we signed nine. The new start treaty getting rid of thirty percent of the nuclear weapons in the world. We got new sanctions multilateral sanctions on iran. We got new supply route staff ghanistan in all of those things. It's not about good relations bad relations. I think this is a big misunderstanding about diplomacy obama engagement yet to achieve deep concrete outcomes. The prisoner obama believed were in america's national interest and when we looked today to president trump's engagement with putin <music>. I'm hard pressed to think of one concrete outcome as a result of happy talk that the two of them have now <hes> that has been good for the united states so take the medvedev our relationship out of the mix. Do you think the answer to why several resets maybe not all of them. I have not succeeded is the answer putin. Yes i think i think a lot of it is about putin's mindset. <hes> you know in fundamentally. He believes that the united states is an enemy of russia. He believes that the united states is out to thwart russian power and violate russian sovereignty. I dealt with him upfront and personnel on this. You know if you have that mindset about us. It's very difficult to find of win. Win outcomes in dealing with putin right now. Michael mcfaul was u._s. ambassador to russia during the obama administration. He's now at stanford university. Thanks very much michael. Yeah thanks for having me one of the big topics. We'll be talking about it this year. G. seven is economic inclusion which has more than a hint of irony for britain's new prime minister boris johnson. That's because job number. One for johnson is to prepare for great britain's exit from the european union from london. Here's the world's orla barry for four weeks. Boris johnson has avoided meeting his e. You counterparts. That's because of brexit neither side has a quick answer for johnson's biggest challenges challenges prime minister exiting the e._u. Old this week johnson is charging through meetings with the host of foreign leaders. I there was angela merkel in berlin clean transparent gator. Thank you so much for that amazing. Welcome that i've just had didn't the guy in my in my life and for her part was equally pleasant. Dominant town is michigan. I'm delighted to the british. Prime minister boris johnson in here in berlin to him very warm. Welcome indeed wasn't long before warm. Turn to the issue that has dominated e._u. Talks for three years. Markle erkel gave johnson what some see as a sliver of hope that the might be a way out of the worst case..
"boris johnson" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk
"A major I will all democracy and nuclear armed superpower is to be led by a shambling tousled blond with a complicated relationship with his ex wives and the truth who made his name principally as a professional media buffoon and has demonstrated a persistent willingness to pander to the worst instincts of his party and his country if he thinks it will serve his animating purpose on E. himself. What could possibly go wrong? We have a really good man is going to be the Prime Minister of the U._K.. Now for a Saxon is tough his spine <hes> <hes> this a Briton trump they call in Britain trump and people are saying. That's a good thing that they liked me over there. That's what they wanted. What they what they need? He'll get it done. Boris is good is going to do a good job comparisons. Between Boris Johnson and Donald Trump are as irresistible as cheap shots usually are and do not finish a complete picture one.
"boris johnson" Discussed on The Heat
"Of being slightly unkempt and so on doesn't really ring true when you actually study the man well those are two very senior in frontal positions on mayor of London as well as being foreign secretary. How did he do in those jobs? What do they tell us about in the way you might governor well? He certainly is best best legacy for being London. Mayors across London Olympics oversaw that in twenty twelve. It's actually difficult once you look beyond that to think. What did he really do for London? That was already a global city. Did he make it more global probably because he likes to encourage investment and so on ad there was some infrastructure projects for railways and so on kind of local things that you'd expect any mattered to get hold of FERNS secretary wealth by that point his I was probably on Brexit and I love how he he could become prime ministers. He doesn't really have and and hugely significant successes name as foreign secretary but he was in those offices and that's what counts so you could say has a record of governance a good record of governance well. We're talking about brexit. I mean that's the issue that brought on his predecessor to resume. She was unable to convince the party that Herbert's deal was the best for the country and that was the best country could get from Europe is Boris Johnson going to be able to do better this. This is where he gets so difficult and this is why this podcast could be very tricky actually in any of the Times if we were talking about electing a Prime Minister Great Britain I would think well this is easy enough but it's so complicated. The one thing you can say about Boris Johnson is he has house a defined position which is if we don't get what we want from the European Union will have the hard brexit and for anybody who doesn't know what that means and by the way this whole brexit process has been full of the most incomprehensible and unwieldy terms this would mean Britain Baxter this exactly this would mean Britain crushing out of the European Union having to revert to what the World Trade Organization at calls a bilateral this whole thing on with leaving the E._U.. Is like a game of Polka really can these politicians like Boris Johnson. They want to call the bluff of countries like France and Germany and wants to find out. How much do these countries need the U._K.? Even outside of the e you think about the trade ramifications the financial ramifications London. It's one of the world's leading financial senses you're absolutely right. How much is it all posture would sorta starting to find that out because the European Union keeps giving Britain extensions to deadlines for leaving the E._U.? What we can say though about Boris Johnson as he has a defined position or so he says Theresa? Theresa May's position was much earlier. It was much harder to pin down. You could say in that respect. She was a genuine public servant. She was trying to do what was best for the U._K.. My personal is Boris. Johnson wants to see what's best for Boris Johnson into resumes biggest problem with says she couldn't get the on her side of the majority of the body side. <hes> is the potty going to get on the side of Boris Johnson when it becomes prime minister because they already seemed to be some who's saying well not so sure about this. No deal breaks this is it and of course I those people have constituents to answer to run a big companies small companies who trade with the European Union so on the one hand they might cheer Boris Johnson at coming into office on the other hand. They probably got one eye on this seats as well and know that if Britain goes into were forecast big recession Britain loses value any kind of slump. They're going to be answerable to the voters but having said all of that he he's the man for the hour. If you like this party has lurched far to the right in recent years and here's the man who talks their language you ask me is really going to happen. It's impossible to answer. Ask this question continuing. I've been asked this question for the last nearly four years since the referendum it's impossible to know no because ultimately parliament has to decide on this and as we've seen so far it's been deadlocked might end in the general election is possible might end with another referendum that's possible to but that would be rather tricky because as the people that voted in the original referendum would feel defrauded surely if there's a second referendum the votes to remain although I hear people tell me increasingly in the U._k.. We didn't know what we will voting for. Let's have a second referendum so all of these different options a replay Canberra's Johnson force it through well. You just mentioned the backstop on and so now we have to talk really technical. What's the backstop? The Irish backstop is this is quite a difficult thing to visualize podcast hospital. I'll I'll do my best. It all hinges on the United Kingdom. A northern the Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom but Northern Ireland is also pas of the island of that includes the Republic of Ireland. We're essentially talking here about how northern island has an arrangement with Republican violence continued trading once it's out of the European Union the backstop was conceived as a kind of temporary arrangement that allow trade to continue between Northern Ireland on the Republican island. It gets complicated because Northern Ireland is the U._k.'s only physical border with the European Union. If you think Scotland Wales England those Foam Great Britain that is an island the reason it so sensitive is that we had thirty s plus of a sectarian violence in Northern Ireland and the Republican violent at all of this of course over this sectarian violence over demands for United Ireland. We had the Good Friday Agreement back in one thousand nine hundred eight which brought peace and bloodly settled this now there is any kind of heart border between the nor- Northern Ireland and the Republican violent could lead to resurgence in violence between people who say you are once again dividing the I land of Ireland is really sad so effectively. You'd have that border going up again. This is it now we went from this concerns about hard border to you and I that would include some sort of physical barrier between those two countries with customs TMZ checks Boris Johnson come on board with the idea they call it an alternative arrangement. It could be done in a low key way so as not to give people the idea that vehicles are being stopped one thing that's people I think outside of the United Kingdom might not grasping press people even in the U._k.. As well some people in the Republican and another line would see even that a some kind of border even if it's a customs officer with a scanner scanning fruit and vegetables they would see that as sort of digital divide if you like so it's it's much much more. It's much more critical than just the idea of a border. There's sort of that's a an emotional side to this as well. Boris Johnson is on board with this idea. There's the jury's out on whether this were according to the European Union in even these sort of spot checks would constitute some sort of physical surge and the idea in the European Union is the customs union and that your goods are allowed to pass through unchecked largely all that we have support. I've been talking to on faircloth..