Boris Johnson is prime minister of what is still, for now, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland — and he would very much like to keep it that way. Mindful of his own place in history, he has no intention of agreeing to a new referendum on Scottish independence that would risk, even invite, the break-up of Britain.
No wonder he announced this week that he refused to countenance such a vote. By doing so, he bought his government time. But this is a battle postponed, not a battle won. The question of Scotland — and, with it, the question of the United Kingdom itself — has neither been answered nor gone away.… Seguir leyendo »
Bleak times, these. If the lights are not going out all over Europe they are, at least, flickering. From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, revanchism and nationalist resentment are back in fashion. The theory of marginal gains, long championed by liberal democrats and guardians of what the first President Bush optimistically deemed the “new world order”, no longer feels like manifest destiny.
Most of the world really has never had it so good. Globalisation has been a wondrous, if still incomplete, success for billions of people in Asia and Africa. But gains in the east and south have come at the expense of the west and north.… Seguir leyendo »
David Cameron spoke for Britain on Tuesday. Asked by a reporter if there was anything to report from the latest rounds of interparty negotiations over building a government from the rubble of last week’s election, Mr. Cameron, the leader of the Conservatives, joked: “I don’t know. No one tells me anything any more.”
Most predictions these past few days were as durable as sunshine in England in spring but, nevertheless, Mr. Cameron is our prime minister, replacing Gordon Brown, and our three-sided parliamentary version of the War of the Roses has come to an end.
The best and worst aspects of Mr.… Seguir leyendo »