Category Archives: UK Politics

Gibraltar airport key to Spain-Britain deal, says Spanish foreign minister 

Joint use of Gibraltar’s airport has to be included in any agreement between Spain and Britain over the future of the territory, Spain’s foreign minister said. In an interview published Sunday in El País, Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares made clear that the airport wouldn’t be left out of the deal, asking “what sense would […]

Court backs UK government’s veto of Scotland’s gender self-ID plan

LONDON — The U.K. government acted lawfully in moving to block Scotland’s plans to make it easier to legally change gender, a top Edinburgh court ruled Friday. The Scottish and U.K. governments have been locked in a court battle over the reforms, which were comfortably passed by the Scottish parliament last year. The Scottish government […]

UK’s botched Rwanda deportation plan comes with £290M price tag

LONDON — How much does it cost Britain’s feuding Conservatives to talk about deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda? £290 million. The governing party has spent the week fighting over its flagship asylum policy, aimed at sending people seeking refuge in the U.K. to the east African nation for processing and possible resettlement there. But the […]

The art of the political apology

Listen on Spotify Apple Music Google Play EN_Google_Podcasts_Badge Created with Sketch. Acast Amazon Music In the week Boris Johnson finally said sorry for the mistakes made by his government during the COVID-19 pandemic, host Aggie Chambre explores the art of the political apology — and asks how politicians can redeem themselves after completely screwing up.  Johnson’s former […]

‘Fuck you Daily Mail,’ raged Daily Mail’s Boris Johnson

LONDON — Well, this’ll make for an awkward Friday news meeting. Boris Johnson — the former U.K. prime minister — launched into a four-letter tirade against Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper over its coverage of coronavirus rules, the country’s official pandemic inquiry heard Thursday. It’s an awkward one for Johnson, whose current employer is … the […]

UK accuses Russia of ‘sustained’ cyber-attack on politicians and journalists

LONDON – The Russian security service has compromised private conversations of high-profile U.K. politicians and media figures, the British government claimed Thursday. The Foreign Office announced it had summoned Russia’s ambassador after warning that hacking groups controlled by Russia’s FSB security service have been behind “sustained unsuccessful attempts to interfere in U.K. political processes.” Foreign […]

Boris Johnson’s COVID inquiry grilling: all the bombshell moments

LONDON — Boris Johnson’s in the dock. The former prime minister, who led Britain through the coronavirus pandemic before his administration spectacularly collapsed in 2022, faces a two-day grilling at the country’s official inquiry into the pandemic.  He’s on oath to tell the truth, and is being pressed to give his account of what worked […]