The lesson of Scott Morrison’s defeat in Australia is that no government is immortal. In a democracy, that is exactly how it should be.
After numerous protests, leaders have been forced to rethink their insistence on repeated lockdowns.
The deal sends a starkly clear message to China – and will reassure India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan that their security interests are also British interests.
The three countries will work “hand-in-glove to preserve security and stability in the Indo-Pacific” (i.e: to contain China).
If Britain cannot do a trade deal with a country with which it shares a common language, history, and standards, then who can it do a deal with?
Home to some of the fastest-growing economies of the 21st century, it has never been more urgent to build new trading relationships there.
It is incredible that he has allowed this attack on the Prime Minister’s integrity to be published now – amidst this existential global pandemic crisis.
Politicians rushed to wish the Prime Minister well as he was moved to intensive care in St. Thomas’ Hospital in London.
From the outset, he framed both himself and his government as acknowledging the concerns of everyday Australians. It was a voice that rang with authenticity.
The President’s support for Johnson may do the latter no good among voters, but it’s likely to do him no harm among another electorate – Tory activists.
So in short, talk up the country, listen to the ‘somewheres’ outside the Westminster bubble – and cut taxes.
Amidst the gathering leadership election debate, there is a lack of focus on who such voters are and where they live.
Australia’s centre-right coalition defies the polls and the pundits to see off Labor against all expectation.
Labour is still the favourite. Scott Morrison, the new Prime Minister, has had success in binding wounds and campaigning effectively.
Plus: Norcott and Brandreth triumph at Edinburgh. Turnbull and Dutton circle in Australia. And: Corbyn’s shoddy copy of the Trump playbook.