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Boris Johnson plans media blitz after criticism he's dodged public scrutiny
Sources claim Johnson’s team tried to downgrade media access to Tory leadership hustings Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership campaign will be forced into the open on Tuesday with a slew of stage-managed appearances, amid mounting criticism that the frontrunner has been dodging public scrutiny by avoiding TV debates and questions on his private life. Multiple Conservative party sources have told the Guardian that Johnson’s campaign team had attempted to downgrade media access to party hustings and he was called a “bottler” for refusing to attend a Sky News debate this week by someone close to the campaign for his rival, Jeremy Hunt. Continue reading...
‘Why take risks?’: Boris Johnson's team keep candidate on tight leash
Frontrunner has kept out of spotlight so far as Jeremy Hunt has gone for maximum exposure The Boris Johnson submarine is about to surface, according to his campaign team, after weeks beneath the radar dodging debates and refusing television interviews. They claim a “media blitz” is about to start that will see Johnson become much more visible with four weeks to go until he potentially enters No 10 as prime minister. Continue reading...
Javid open to regional salary thresholds for visas
Significant shift from Theresa May’s approach on migration
Boris Johnson should 'face the music' and take part in televised debate, his constituents say
'I believe he should get up there and say what he wants even if we're not going to agree with it I think we need to be able to hear what he has to say'
Labour frontbench update: Reed and Foxcroft reshuffled
South London MPs Steve Reed and Vicky Foxcroft, already in Labour’s frontbench team, have been reshuffled today into… The post Labour frontbench update: Reed and Foxcroft reshuffled appeared first on LabourList.
Boris Johnson’s chaotic private life parallels his public pronouncements | Suzanne Moore
The separation between private and public is dubious – when it comes to our politicians, what should be off-limits? They sit in a field, no drinks on the table, loved up as never before – or so we are to believe. We are expected to call them Boris and Carrie, as though they are people we might know or even like. How much can we be played? All that plays in my head is Grace Jones snarling Chrissie Hynde’s superb lines: “Your sentimental gestures only bore me to death / You’ve made a desperate appeal now save your breath / Attachment to obligation through guilt and regret / Shit that’s so wet. Your private life drama, baby leave me out.” When it comes to our politicians, what should be public and what off-limits? This time the snoopers seem to have been invited in. The last lot of snoopers, who alerted the police to a late-night row, were obviously part of the provisional wing of the Camberwell bourgeoisie. Are people who worry about their neighbours dangerous – even if it turns out their fears are unfounded? Who would intervene if they suspected a potential “domestic”? Well me, for one. Continue reading...
Boris Johnson warned Tory MPs will back vote of no confidence to block no-deal Brexit
Jeremy Hunt tells his rival for prime minister to 'man up' and face him in live TV debates
The Guardian view on Tory leadership: politics may not survive Brexit | Editorial
The Brexit virus that is running through the Conservatives may end up shutting down both the party and the electoral system that supports itThe threat by a Conservative minister to bring down the government of the next party leader if he attempts to leave the European Union without a deal shows how the Brexit virus, having hijacked the Tory machine, could end up shutting it down. It would be wrong to regard such warnings as a bluff. When push comes to shove, such MPs are likely to be in no mood for compromise. This attitude will have been hardened if Boris Johnson becomes party leader despite his obvious flaws – especially since Brexit has radicalised Conservative members so much that they would rather break up the United Kingdom than not leave the EU. Depressingly the no-deal option is openly flirted with by both leadership candidates, shamelessly proffered to Tory members in exchange for their votes. It is important to remember that even with the DUP’s support, a few Tory rebels can bring down a wayward government by leaving it. What also seems clear is that the new Conservative leader will not have a majority for either his central policy or for his government. That means Theresa May will in all probability have to assess which party leader will command a majority in the Commons. If it is not the Tory leader then it will be Jeremy Corbyn. If neither can put together the votes then Britain will be heading for a general election. Where Tory rebels would go from there is a tantalising question. Some have argued that the shape of the civil war in the party resembles the infighting that was a prelude to Robert Peel’s 1846 repeal of the Corn Laws, which protected British grain against cheaper imports. Peelites such as William Gladstone, who split the Tories by defecting to what ended up as the Liberal party, could justifiably claim to be on the side of the future rather than the past. That is still a seductive argument that could be used by their would-be heirs today. Continue reading...
Cracks appear in Johnson camp over Brexit strategy
Supporters of Tory frontrunner perplexed and divided on mixed messages
Martin Rowson on Boris Johnson's push to become prime minister – cartoon
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