United Kingdom

Do the Brexit Shuffle!

Featured image This is the time of the week when I assemble the Week in Pictures for Saturday morning (it’s now mandated in the Constitution and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights), and our research team that scans the globe for material sometimes comes up with videos that are indeed tempting, though for the time being we’re sticking with just still shots for WIP. But some things do deserve notice. You »

Liberals and the Death of Comedy

Featured image Everyone understands that the left is against comedy, because humor punctures their precious earnestness. It is widely understood that Mel Brooks couldn’t make Blazing Saddles today, even if Richard Pryor wrote most of the script again. But there’s another movie what can’t be made today: Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Although the film is mostly a satire of political extremism, at the time of the film’s release a lot of »

Global Establishment Closes Ranks Against Tommy Robinson

Featured image I wrote here about the strange case of Tommy Robinson, and Scott followed up here. The case is strange indeed: Robinson was live-streaming on Facebook from the street in front of a courthouse in Leeds where a number of defendants were on trial for rape. Reportedly, he was reading the names of the defendants and the crimes with which they were charged. That was enough to bring out the paddy »

Bruce Bawer: The Tommy Robinson affair

Featured image Bruce Bawer has been covering the Tommy Robinson affair for our friends at the Gatestone Institute. Today’s column is “UK: You’re Not Allowed to Talk about It. About What? Don’t Ask.” Please see Bruce’s column at the Gatestone site for the relevant links. With the kind permission of Gatestone, here is the text of the column: On Friday, British free-speech activist and Islam critic Tommy Robinson was acting as a »

The Strange Case of Tommy Robinson

Featured image Tommy Robinson (whose real name reportedly is Stephen Lennon) is one of the founders of the English Defense League, which opposes mass Islamic immigration. On Friday, he was standing outside a courthouse where several Muslims were on trial for sex-related crimes, “reporting” on the trial via Facebook live, when he was arrested for breaching the peace. You can see the arrest in this video; as far as I can see, »

Back In the Saddle

Featured image I hope you’ve noticed that I haven’t written anything for a while. This is because I have been on vacation in England, and generally offline, for the last 11 days. So, did anything happen while I was gone? Just kidding. I’ll have more to say about events of recent days before long, but for now just want to comment on conversations I had with Brits about politics while on vacation. »

U.K. News Is Eerily Familiar

Featured image There have long been similarities between politics in the United States and politics in the United Kingdom. For example, one could argue that Ronald Reagan = Margaret Thatcher, George H.W. Bush = John Major, and Bernie Sanders = Jeremy Corbyn. Recently, though, the parallels have been rather uncanny. Here in the U.S., Democrats have refused to accept the results of the November 2016 election. They view President Trump as illegitimate »

Memo to the U.K.: Don’t Be Boring, Go for Boris!

Featured image I don’t know what’s ahead for Britain after this total cluster-you-know-what election, but can we please, PLEASE have this man as the next prime minister? I mean, c’mon, why is this even a question? »

Theresa May: Blunder Woman

Featured image I haven’t had time yet to compose my “Five Ways To Think about ComeyCon,” then the shocking U.K. election pops up to overtake the Comey Conundrum. Some observations: 1. Hindsight is always 20/20, but calling this snap election was a mistake. Don’t say we didn’t warn you that May was in danger of blowing it. Analysts will slice up Theresa May’s mistakes and how the recent terrorist attacks may have »

Multiple Terror Attacks in London, Days Before Election [Updated]

Featured image The details are even murkier than usual, but multiple terrorist attacks, apparently coordinated, killed at least seven people in London tonight. Five or more Muslims apparently collaborated in the attacks, which employed a vehicle that ran down pedestrians on London Bridge as well as knives and possibly one or more firearms. With Britain’s election scheduled for June 8 and Labour supposedly closing rapidly, the attacks, along with the recent mass »

British Government Funded Manchester Bomber

Featured image Can a Western welfare state defend itself against Islamic terrorism? Perhaps, but it will require fundamental changes. The Telegraph reports that last week’s terrorist attack in Manchester was funded by the British government: The Manchester suicide bomber used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, police believe. Salman Abedi is understood to have received thousands of pounds in state funding in the run up to Monday’s atrocity »

Labour Reduced to Advertising on Twitter For Candidates

Featured image Democrats may sometimes feel like an endangered species, but they haven’t fallen as low as Britain’s Labour Party. Prime Minister Theresa May has called an election, and, with a lot of Labour MPs deciding not to stand for re-election, the party has over 400 vacant slots to fill. Where can Labour find good candidates? On Twitter, they hope: Could you be a brilliant local MP? We’re looking for parliamentary candidates »

The Trumpocalypse Goes Global

Featured image It isn’t just in the halls of Washington where Trump has everyone in an uproar. In the House of Commons over in Britain, the Corbynite Labour Party had a conniption fit, culminating in this nice exchange between Corbyn and Prime Minister Theresa May, who I must say is reminding me more and more of Margaret Thatcher all the time (about 1:30 long): There was a similar debate up in Canada »

Reactionary Socialism in Action

Featured image We haven’t been keeping up sufficiently with the meltdown of the Labour Party over in the UK under Jeremy Corbyn, who makes Bernie Sanders look like a Ripon Society Republican. (Actually, come to think of it . . . never mind.) Anyway, what till you get a load of Corbyn’s latest: Corbyn wants to ban ‘sexist’ after-work drinks for quite sexist reason By Ashitha Nagesh Jeremy Corbyn has said after-work drinks »

Meanwhile, Across the Pond. . .

Featured image While we await the summa of Trumpismo tonight, it’s worth a look across the pond at the early outings of Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May. I’d never heard of her before the Brexit vote, but at least two early moves look promising. First, she appointed Boris Johnson foreign secretary, which is more recondite punishment for John Kerry. Second, May has indicated her government will shut down or downgrade climate »

Piers Morgan Has a Stopped-Clock Moment

Featured image Like most sensible people I found Piers Morgan completely insufferable when he was on CNN. I didn’t think anything could make me miss Larry King—until Morgan began his haughty huffings. I’d rather watch a Justin Bieber concert than listen to Morgan speak another word about the Second Amendment. I’d submit to listening to the Oak Ridge Boys sing “Elvira” for a month nonstop rather than listen to Morgan (though I »

Brexit Week in Pictures

Featured image There’s just so much good material on Brexit piling up that it can’t wait for Saturday. So here’s “Brexit Week in Pictures.” Enjoy! And finally (okay, so there’s no gun, but this is close enough for Brexit work, as it explains why Brexit won): »