Tag Archives: Theresa May

Hire education | Britain signals an about-turn on immigration

Hire education | Britain signals an about-turn on immigration

Foreign students will be allowed to work for two years after study, rather than the current four months AS THE TORY leadership election hobbled on, the London Evening Standard hoped that Boris Johnson would prove a “big-hearted, optimistic, liberal” leader. They expected that as prime minister he would reassure millions of socially liberal voters who backed Remain. Yet …

Bagehot | When two tribes go to lunch

Bagehot | When two tribes go to lunch

Despite being locked in conflict, Leavers and Remainers have some striking things in common THE MOST powerful tool at the political journalist’s disposal is the lunch invitation. You take a senior politician out to an expensive restaurant in the hope that good food and hot gossip will loosen the ministerial tongue. This was easier in the …

Politics this week

Politics this week

The squabble over Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union intensified in Parliament. MPs in the House of Commons defied the government by passing a bill that seeks a delay to Brexit until January 31st if a deal has not been passed in the chamber by October 19th. Boris Johnson purged the 21 MPs who rebelled against him from the …

Bagehot | The unlikely Tory rebels

Bagehot | The unlikely Tory rebels

A mild-mannered bunch of Conservatives are bent on taking no-deal off the table THE REBEL boot is on the other foot. For years the most prominent Tory troublemakers were Eurosceptics, who were willing to do anything to get Britain out of the European Union. Now the Eurosceptics have captured the government and the most prominent rebels …

Tanker geopolitics | What Britain’s release of an Iranian tanker says about its post-Brexit foreign policy

Tanker geopolitics | What Britain’s release of an Iranian tanker says about its post-Brexit foreign policy

Britain is caught awkwardly between America and Europe A SUPERTANKER LOADED with oil headed east from the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean, bound for Greece, just before midnight on August 18th. Nothing unusual in that—120,000 vessels navigate the strait each year, carrying a third of the world’s oil and gas. But the Iranian-flagged Adrian Darya 1 was no …