Turkey is sponsoring the jihadists, not guarding against them.3:10 PM, Jul 29, 2010 • By MICHAEL WEISS
Who said this?
Hamas are resistance fighters who are struggling to defend their land. They have won an election. I have told this to U.S. officials ... I do not accept Hamas as a terrorist organization. I think the same today. They are defending their land.
Investigating abuse claims that have been investigated and dismissed before – repeatedly.3:47 PM, Jul 13, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that his government has agreed to investigate torture allegations made by former Guantanamo detainees. The inquiry is expected to last one year. And, according to Cameron, it will look into claims that British officials knew of “improper treatment of detainees held by other countries in counterterrorism operations overseas, or were aware of improper treatment of detainees in operations in which the UK was involved.”
4:55 PM, Jun 11, 2010 • By JOHN NOONAN
Not a bad start for Britain's new prime minister, David Cameron:
Afghanistan is the most important foreign policy and national security issue facing Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday while on an unannounced visit to Kabul.
Can a marriage of convenience between Tories and Lib Dems endure for five years? May 24, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 34 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Republicans, if they learn from Conservatives, can avoid big blunders.12:15 AM, May 9, 2010 • By FRED BARNES
Conservatives came in first in Thursday’s election in Great Britain, but it’s their failure to win a majority that Republicans should examine for the lessons it teaches. If the GOP listens, they’ll improve their chance of winning control of Congress in the congressional midterm election on November 2.
An unlikely Tory/LibDem alliance? 12:59 PM, May 7, 2010 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
At the moment, it is reasonable to assume that the price of Britain's political system would appear to be some sort of governing coalition of the Tories and Liberal Democrats. This might take the form of a formal blue/yellow alliance, with LibDems in a Tory cabinet; or it might mean LibDem support for the Tories on certain votes (the next budget, for example) and abstention on certain issues. In any event, Gordon Brown and Labour have been unquestionably rejected, and any arrangement between Brown and the LibDem leader Nick Clegg to keep the Conservative leader David Cameron out of No 10 Downing Street would lack legitimacy, and lead to a strong rebuke at the next general election--probably in a year.
A Tory majority?
9:40 AM, May 6, 2010 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
I've been looking at the polls and playing around with the ways in which different national percentages can translate into seats in the House of Commons--and for what it's worth (not much!), I think the Tories have a very good chance to win a clear majority (perhaps 25 seats) in the Commons today in the UK.
More viral than Joe the Plumber.10:32 AM, Apr 29, 2010 • By ADAM BRICKLEY
On Wednesday morning, it looked as though Gordon Brown might have stalled Cleggmania, inching back into second place in some polls. But then he met Gillian Duffy.
Duffy, a senior citizen and lifelong Labour supporter, bumped into Brown as the prime minister was leaving a meet-and-greet in the town of Rochdale. Duffy told him she was almost ashamed to say she was a Labour voter, and while she would vote for Brown, she had concerns about the national debt, taxes, and immigration. The exchange ended amicably, with Duffy wishing Brown good luck as he climbed into his car. But the prime minister forgot he was wired for sound and lashed out at his aides for allowing Duffy to speak with him. Brown branded the exchange a disaster and called Duffy a "bigoted woman" as his car was leaving the scene.
Gordon Brown in free fall with 11 days to go.
8:05 AM, Apr 26, 2010 • By ADAM BRICKLEY
The closer Britain gets to election day, the more uncertain things become. One uncertainty, however, seems to have been cleared up - Gordon Brown and the Labour Party are out of contention.
The first debate resulted in Nick Clegg and the third place Liberal Democrats surging into close competition with David Cameron's Conservatives for first place. And while Cameron got a bit of a boost in the second debate, Clegg was able to maintain his rising status. As for Brown, he's now seeing some of Labour's lowest poll ratings ever, and he seems to be losing any chance of winning the most seats despite finishing third in the popular vote.
Thoughts on the election across the pond. 9:45 AM, Apr 22, 2010 • By ADAM BRICKLEY
On the heels of the first televised election debate in British history, the country seems to have become totally enamored with Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrat party. While the LibDems traditionally languish in a distant third behind the Labour and Conservative parties, Clegg's spectacular debate performance ignited a surge that has pushed his party past Labour and into a statistical tie with David Cameron's Conservatives (some polls show a slim Conservative lead, others a slim LibDem lead).
Appeasing the media has reduced the Tory strategy to the twin pillars of inoffensiveness and not being Labour. Mar 22, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 26 • By ANDREW STUTTAFORD
Does the movement have anything in common with the New Left?3:34 PM, Mar 8, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
On Friday, David Brooks wrote a column likening the Tea Partiers to the 1960s-era New Left. "Members of both movements believe in what you might call mass innocence," he wrote. "Both movements are built on the assumption that the people are pure and virtuous and that evil is introduced into society by corrupt elites and rotten authority structures."
Then, over the weekend, Jonah Goldberg wrote a compelling rebuttal:
One of the reasons all of this is relevant is that the basic arguments and outlook of the Tea Parties are simply and profoundly different from the outlook of the New Left. The Tea Partiers are not in any meaningful sense Rousseauians. They certainly don't reject original sin in any serious way. And I suspect if you asked many of them they would say that the American people deserve their share of blame for the financial mess we're in. They do believe, I would bet, that America is a basically decent nation that has drifted into a kind of soft-despotism or Nanny-statism. But that vision isn't Rousseauian, it's De Tocquevillian.
Read the whole thing, as they say.
A lesson for U.S. leaders.1:01 PM, Jan 25, 2010 • By ADAM BRICKLEY
In all likelihood, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will be gone by June, probably after having led his Labour Party to a singularly humiliating defeat at the hands of David Cameron and the Conservative Party. However, recent events indicate that his exit may be even messier than originally thought.