United Kingdom

Boris blasts off

Featured image Boris Johnson has won a smashing victory in the British parliamentary elections. As of this morning, the Tories have secured some 364 seats and, based on that number, a parliamentary majority of 78. The Tories picked up 47 seats in the election. The vile Jeremy Corbyn led the Labour Party to an ignominious defeat. Labour has come away with 203 seats. Two hundred three seats is 203 too many for »

The Best Commentary You Will See on the British Election [Updated]

Featured image Election results are still coming in, but it is clear that Britain’s Conservatives have won a great victory, enough to give them a working majority in the House of Commons that will will allow them to proceed, at long last, with Brexit. Late this afternoon, after exit polls indicated a Tory victory, two of my policy fellows at Center of the American Experiment sat down to discuss the election and »

Labour’s unforgivable shame

Featured image Brits go to the polls today in their lost shot at Brexit. The brilliant Douglas Murray memorably sketches one of the other notable choices confronting voters in the Spectator column “Labour’s anti-Semitism shame must never be forgiven.” The transformation of the Labour Party looks like a harbinger of trends in the Democratic Party. Attention must paid. Murray writes: A huge amount has been written about Corbyn’s anti-Semitism and links to »

The “Secret Labour Files of Shame”

Featured image That’s what the London Times calls the explosive Labour Party files on anti-Semitism that, having been leaked, have now been reviewed by the newspaper. The rank instances of anti-Semitism exhibited by Labour members of Parliament, and the party’s weak response thereto, are shocking: The secret files, seen by this paper, reveal the party is still overwhelmed with complaints about anti-Jewish racism that have been left unresolved for months or years. »

Thoughts on the British election

Featured image Yesterday, John wrote about the upcoming election in Britain. Having just returned from England, I thought I might add the following observations: John is right that the polls favor the Tories. Indeed, the poll by YouGov he cites predicts a big victory for that party. And, as John notes, YouGov’s poll of the last election was just about spot on. The YouGov poll seems reasonably in line with other surveys. »

Poll Predicts Tory Sweep

Featured image The London Times headlines: “MRP election poll: Boris Johnson heads for big majority.” Boris Johnson is on course for a comfortable majority, according to a polling model that accurately predicted the election outcome two years ago. The Conservatives would win 359 seats, Labour 211, the SNP 43 and the Liberal Democrats 13 if the election were held today, according to a seat-by-seat analysis based on current polling by YouGov for »

Going (pro)rogue

Featured image Today comes word that the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court has ruled Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proroguing of Parliament unconstitutional. I thought only our Supreme Court was able to act in such a blatantly high-handed fashion. Here at the Spectator and here at Spectator USA, however, Richard Ekins anticipated this result a few days ago: Who runs Britain? When Boris Johnson’s lawyers made their case in front of the Supreme Court »

Explaining Jeremy Corbyn

Featured image If, like me, you have wondered how a left-wing loony like Jeremy Corbyn can remain in control of the Labour Party, this poll, reported in the Sun, suggests the answer: Labour is a party of left-wing loonies. Marxist zealots have seized control at every level since Jeremy Corbyn became leader — and are poisoning the debate with their hardline views. For example: only a small minority of Labourites believe that »

Goodbye to England

Featured image President and Mrs. Trump have finished up a triumphant visit to the U.K. If Brits followed the visit on BBC, they saw news readers ridiculing the President with a replica of the “baby Trump” balloon floated by leftists on their set. No surprise there: fake news. But if you followed the Daily Mail and the Sun, the newspapers that most Brits actually read, the coverage was overwhelmingly positive. The Daily »

Trump Visits the U.K.

Featured image President Trump is in the midst of his visit to the United Kingdom, tweeting as he goes. For example: London part of trip is going really well. The Queen and the entire Royal family have been fantastic. The relationship with the United Kingdom is very strong. Tremendous crowds of well wishers and people that love our Country. Haven’t seen any protests yet, but I’m sure the…. — Donald J. Trump »

Tories trounced, Farage flying

Featured image I haven’t found exactly what I’ve been looking for in the way of analysis of the European Parliament election results in the United Kingdom. The Telegraph’s weekly newsletter summary put it this way yesterday: The Conservatives have been decimated in the European elections and recorded their worst result in history, as Nigel Farage’s six-week-old Brexit party triumphed. The European elections, which were never supposed to happen, proved disastrous for both »

You May Say I’m an Upper-Class Twit, But I’m Not the Only One

Featured image A few mornings ago, I was eating breakfast at one of the clubs in the Pall Mall-St. James area. A gentleman at the next table was expounding his views, at high volume, to a woman I took to be his wife. If she ever said a word, I didn’t hear it. The man was getting up in years, had longish, silver hair and a wispy beard, and was dressed well »

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, »