Großbritannien: Boris Johnsons „Horrorkabinett“

27-07-19 01:41:00,

Drunter macht er es nicht, der Möchtegern-„König der Welt“: In seiner ersten Rede als Premierminister vor dem britischen Parlament kündigte Boris Johnson den „Beginn eines goldenen Zeitalters“ an. Errichten möchte er es mithilfe seines neu zusammengestellten Kabinetts, für viele Briten ein Horrorkabinett. Unter den Kritikern ist der frühere britische Botschafter Craig Murray. Johnson und seine Mannen übertreffen seine schlimmsten Befürchtungen. In Murrays Augen stellt die neue Regierung sogar Margaret Thatcher und ihre Getreuen in den Schatten. Übersetzung von Susanne Hofmann.

Johnsons Kabinett überholt Thatcher von rechts

Von Craig Murray

Ich kann mir nur vorstellen, dass die Medienleute, die sagen, dies sei das rechteste Kabinett seit den 1980er Jahren, in den 80er Jahren nicht richtig aufgepasst haben. Thatcher hatte nie einen auch nur annähernd so autoritären Innenminister wie Pritti Patel, nie einen auch nur annähernd so xenophoben Außenminister wie Dominic Raab, hatte nie einen Finanzminister, der so radikal gegen staatliche Eingriffe war wie Sajid Javid (wenn seine damaligen Amtsvorgänger ihm auch nahe kamen) und nie einen derart kriegslüsternen Verteidigungsminister wie Ben Wallace.

Selbst Thatchers letztes und rechtestes Kabinett verfügte über Typen wie Ken Clarke, Chris Patten, John Major, Virginia Bottomley, Douglas Hurd und William Waldeg. Allesamt Tories, deren Sichtweisen den meinen grundsätzlich widersprechen, und doch steht jeder einzelne von ihnen weit weit links von nahezu allen von Johnsons grässlichen Kumpanen.

Thatcher, die Zerstörerin – Aber es geht noch schlimmer

Thatcher hat die sozialdemokratische Gesellschaft, in der ich aufgewachsen bin, absichtlich und brutal zerstört. Sie hatte dabei das Ziel, jegliche Fähigkeit der arbeitenden Menschen, sich vor den Launen der Reichen zu schützen, zu vernichten. Aber Thatcher hat niemals die Privatisierung des staatlichen Gesundheitssystems NHS oder der staatlichen Schulen eingeführt – das hat ihr Ministrant Blair getan. Sie hielt die freie Universitätsausbildung in England und Wales aufrecht. Auch die hat Blair zerstört.

Wir sollten es genauer nehmen und nicht einfach Thatcher als die ein für alle Mal rechteste Regierung, die nur möglich ist, akzeptieren. Das ist nicht nur bequemes Gerede, es verdeckt auch die Tatsache, dass wir jetzt die rechteste britische Regierung seit 1832 haben.

Johnsons Mannschaft ist ein politischer Schock

Pritti Patel ist eine Innenministerin, die Benjamin Netanyahus Einstellung zu Recht und Ordnung bewundert und gegen eine Maßnahme gestimmt hat,

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Boris Johnson Sad Reality: The UK Now “BIGGEST” Joke of All! | New Eastern Outlook

27-07-19 06:53:00,

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In 1977 Derby County Football Club, champions of England two years before but then in decline, were drawn away to fourth division Colchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup. They were held to a draw in Colchester, and therefore the teams replayed the tie in Derby.

During the first half of the game, Derby’s Welsh international Leighton James dribbled the ball over to the opposition corner flag and played various tricks with it, a common timewasting tactic of the period. This made even match commentator Barry Davies, a smooth professional who never said too much, vent his frustration by exclaiming, “It’s come to this has it? Playing around in the corner against a fourth division team?”

I dread to think how Mr. Davies, who is still living, would describe the way the United Kingdom has selected its new Prime Minister. The party which came fifth in the last nationwide election has asked its remaining members to choose between two candidates with track records of gaffes and policy failures.

They have selected BoJo the Clown, formally known as Boris Johnson. Her Majesty the Queen will now be told by his predecessor (someone called Theresa May, remember her?) that Mr. Johnson has the confidence of parliament, and should therefore be appointed her next Prime Minister. Her Majesty will then be expected not to burst out laughing, or swear profusely, when she hears this.

It’s come to this, has it? Metaphorically playing around in the corner in order to BECOME a fourth division team? Because that is what Johnson’s election by his party is designed to achieve, by an ailing band of once-proud democrats who are so aware of their own impotence that they would rather have Barabbas than anything resembling a way, a truth or a life.

Getting your own back

The Conservative Party may still be the largest in parliament, but since it threw way its majority at the last parliamentary election it has lost touch with the people. It used to think of itself as the Natural Party of Government. Now it is all about which kind of Brexit it wants, if any, and which particular prejudice is used to justify that position.

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Boris Johnson mag crisis verder rekken omwille van één reden: verhinderen dat Jeremy Corbyn eerste minister wordt | Uitpers

16-06-19 08:10:00,

Groot-Brittannië gaat door zijn diepste politieke crisis sinds 1945, volgens sommigen zelfs sinds de invoering van het algemeen stemrecht in 1928. In normale omstandigheden was de Conservatieve regering al lang gevallen over het Brexit-débâcle. Er is maar één reden waarom dat niet gebeurt: na nieuwe verkiezingen riskeert Jeremy Corbyn eerste minister te worden.

De Britse media (en de buitenlandse in hun kielzog) gaan voor het ogenblik voluit in maximale sensatiemodus over de komende interne partijverkiezingen van de Conservatieven voor een nieuwe partijvoorzitter, die in het Britse systeem automatisch eerste minister wordt. Alle kandidaten worden gescreend en pikante details over hun verleden worden breed uitgesmeerd zowel in de tabloids als de ernstige dagbladen. Het wordt meer dan waarschijnlijk Boris Johnson, die in de eerste interne stemronde 36 procent van de stemmen haalde.

De echte vraag die niet wordt gesteld is waarom deze crisis niet tot de val van de regering leidt. De Conservatieve Partij staat op imploderen. Eerste minister Theresa May regeert in feite al maanden niet meer. Brexit was het enige wat haar nog overbleef en daar maakte ze een complete ramp van. Het gebeurde allemaal terwijl de Britse media een zeer merkwaardige lijn volgen. De grootste oppositiepartij werd nog zwaarder bekritiseerd dan de lamentabele Conservatieve regering.

Net nu ‘zwakke oppositie’ van Labour?

Politieke commentatoren van de BBC, The Guardian, The Independent en andere grote media klagen ‘de zwakke oppositie’ van Labour aan, net op een ogenblik dat de regerende Conservatieven over elkaar heen vallen richting politieke afgrond. Het zijn dezelfde commentatoren die er de voorbije jaren alles aan hebben gedaan om partijvoorzitter Jeremy Corbyn in een slecht daglicht te stellen. De hetze tegen Corbyn begon zodra hij grootste kanshebber werd om de interne partijverkiezingen voor de voorzitter te winnen, wat hij ook deed op 12 september 2015.

Van de ene dag op de andere bleek er plotsklaps een groot antisemitisme-probleem te bestaan in Labour. Dat de voorganger van Corbyn, Edward Milliband, zelf een Jood is, dat meerdere prominente Labourparlementsleden Joods zijn, dat het jaarlijks aantal klachten tegen partijleden voor antisemitisme hetzelfde is gebleven als in de jaren voor Corbyn, dat die klachten in het verleden altijd ernstig werden onderzocht door het partijbestuur, dat antisemitisme in de Conservatieve Partij en in de maatschappij in het algemeen groter is dan bij Labour,

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Lies in Politics: Boris Johnson, the Law and the European Union – Global Research

30-05-19 04:18:00,

An enduring memory of the 2016 Brexit campaign, so marked by the foppish-haired blusterer, Boris Johnson, was the claim that the European Union was hungrily drawing out from British coffers £350 million a week.  It was insufferable, unqualified and dishonest.  It was a claim reared in the atmosphere of outrageous deception marking the effort on all sides of the debate regarding Britain’s relationship with the EU.  But some deceptions have the ballast to go further than others. 

Rooted in the machinery of politics, such deceptions might have stayed there, deemed those natural outrages of a not so noble vocation. After all, political figures do make lying an art, if a very low one.  But Johnson has not been so fortunate.  A private prosecution has been launched against the aspiring Tory leader and possible replacement for Prime Minister Theresa May based on allegations he “repeatedly lied and misled the British public as to the cost of EU membership” with specific reference to the £350 million figure.  Marcus Ball, the initiator of the action and a Remain campaigner, had the heavy artillery £236,000 will bring, the very healthy result of crowdfunding.

Johnson’s legal team was quick to suggest that the whole matter was vexatious, an around about effort to question the legitimacy of the 2016 referendum result.  A source close to Johnson (and who might that be?) told the BBC that the case was a “politically motivated attempt to reverse Brexit.”  Adrian Darbishire QC, representing Johnson, was withering in describing the action as a political stunt intended to create mischief in an effort “to regulate the content and quality of political debate” using the criminal law.   

Such debate might well feature figures and claims, and Johnson, at best, could only be accused of using the £350m sum for no other purpose than “in the course of a contested political campaign.”  Such campaigns are bound to contain a range of claims duly “challenged, contradicted and criticised.” 

Ball’s legal representative, Lewis Power QC, took the broader view.  The proposed prosecution was not an attempt to “seek to prevent or delay Brexit”.  There was a larger principle at stake: “when politicians lie, democracy dies”. 

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Boris Johnson’s grotesque comparison: Russia’s 2018 Football World Cup; Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics

22-03-18 08:05:00,

US President Donald Trump has just lectured NATO on it member’s commitment performance and held a controversial meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and is next week to receive EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with trade matters being high up on the agenda.

Juncker is expected to present Trump with a package of proposals to help smooth relations and potentially heal areas of division, particularly those surrounding Europe’s trade relationship with America. Those proposals are precisely what is cropping up as another area of divergence between some members of the EU, specifically France and Germany, just after a major contention on migration has been driving discord within the Union.

This gets down to whether Europe should offer concessions to Trump on trade while Trump is admittedly describing the Union as a ‘foe’ and has initiated a trade spat with the Union by assessing trade tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, spurring retaliatory tariff measures from the EU Commission.

France, specifically, is opposed to any sort of compromise with Trump on the matter, where Trump is perceived as an opponent to the Union and its unity, whereas Germany is economically motivated to seek an end to the trade dispute under the threat of a new round of tariffs emanating from the Trump administration, and is therefore seeking to find some sort of proposal that Trump will accept and therefore back down on his protectionism against the EU, and Germany in particular.

Politico reports:

Only a week before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker flies to Washington, France and Germany are divided over how much he should offer to U.S. President Donald Trump to end a deepening trade war, say European diplomats and officials.

But, they add, Germany has the upper hand. Berlin is shaping Juncker’s agenda, suggesting three offers that he could take to Trump on July 25 to resolve the dispute, according to people familiar with the plans.

The French are uneasy about the wisdom of such a conciliatory approach, however, and publicly accuse Trump of seeking to splinter and weaken the 28-member bloc, which he has called his “foe.”

Despite Paris’ reservations about giving away too much to the increasingly hostile U.S.

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