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How Boris Johnson could trigger the breakup of the United Kingdom

The prime minister may end up doing more for Welsh independence than the nationalist hero Owain Glyndŵr Martin Kettle In a distant echo of a medieval monarch’s royal progress around the realm, Boris Johnson has been journeying on a prime ministerial grand tour around the country to show his new subjects who is boss. Last weekend it was northern England; on ...

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No-deal Brexit was once a sick Tory joke. Now it’s serious

Boris Johnson is stepping up planning for a stunt that analysts agree invites economic disaster. Britain is playing with fire Simon Jenkins No-deal Brexit has suddenly gone serious. It is no longer an exercise in bombast and biceps-flexing. Boris Johnson is about to impose a massive economic sanction on his own country. He is playing with fire: it is a political stunt ...

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Liberals, it’s time to forget the Mueller-fuelled impeachment fantasies

The Democratic obsession with Mueller is symptomatic of a party that’s lost touch with the real concerns of working people Nathan Robinson What a time-wasting farce this has all been. Robert Mueller’s confused, lethargic testimony before Congress this week confirmed how foolish Democrats have been to hope Mueller would “bring down” Donald Trump. For years, people have hoped that Mueller would swoop ...

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Now that Putin is Xi’s ‘best and bosom friend’, where does that leave the west?

An ever closer alliance between Beijing and Moscow has the Pentagon worried as a threat to US power in east Asia Simon Tisdall It sounds unpleasant, even painful. But as they ponder the linked challenges posed by China and Russia, Pentagon strategists are earnestly discussing whether Vladimir Putin, Russia’s famously athletic leader, will perform a “reverse Nixon”. This is neither a ...

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Our writers give their verdict on Boris Johnson’s new cabinet

The new prime minister’s first action was a dramatic ministerial shake-up. What does it mean for the party and the country? Aditya Chakrabortty, Sonia Sodha, Katy Balls, Paul Mason and Martha Gill Aditya Chakrabortty: ‘It’s Thatcherism with knuckle-dusters: slash taxes, burn red tape, strip workers of their rights’ Is he serious? You could almost hear the country asking the question as Boris Johnson doled out ...

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