Jul 27th 2019

Britain finds its BoJo · Ditching the gags (and his enemies) Boris Johnson claims his prize

Britain finds its BoJo · Ditching the gags (and his enemies) Boris Johnson claims his prize

Britain’s new prime minister will lead a fragile—and potentially short-lived—government THE NEW prime minister’s first statement to the House of Commons on July 25th summoned the ghost of his hero. The rhetoric was Churchillian; in the absence of Nazis, “sceptics and doubters”, “negativity” and the Labour Party would have to do as enemies. His mission, he …

Bagehot · The loneliness of Boris Johnson

Bagehot · The loneliness of Boris Johnson

The trouble with Britain’s new prime minister? He hates to be hated IN BORIS JOHNSON’S biography of Winston Churchill, the author deals with a number of accusations against his subject, including the charge “that he didn’t really have real friends—only people he ‘used’ for his own advancement.” This line, like many in the book, could have …

Social liberalism · Culture wars, Canadian-style

Social liberalism · Culture wars, Canadian-style

The government’s liberalism can sometimes stray into illiberalism THIS YEAR British Columbia’s human-rights tribunal ordered Bill Whatcott, a conservative agitator, to pay Morgane Oger C$55,000 for inflicting on her and other trans people “detestation and vilification based on their gender identity”. In 2017 Mr Whatcott had distributed a flyer calling Ms Oger, who was then running …