Since taking office in 2017, Mr Varadkar has been hamstrung by a lack of majority, an experience Theresa May would have known well after her agonising electoral disaster that same year. They both got by on confidence and supply agreements, in Mr Varadkar's case with Fianna Fáíl (and various independents), and for Mrs May with the Democratic Unionist Party. Westminster's recent bout of turbulence has seemingly inspired the Irish Parliament, after its members assailed Mr Varadkar's ministers with motions of no confidence, forcing him – like Mr Johnson – to go back to the people in search of a clear mandate. … [Read more...] about Leo Varadkar shouldn’t trash Boris Johnson – he owes him for getting Brexit done
They include Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former Downing Street press secretary, who said he would be asking shopkeepers for “two 20p pieces and a 10” over the new 50p, which bears the message “peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations”. … [Read more...] about Remainers vow never to use Brexit 50p coins as they accuse Boris Johnson of ‘rubbing our noses in it’
Over the weeks that followed he pottered around his temporary home, inseparable from the bathroom nail brush that became his favourite toy and unaware that up in Westminster, discussions were already underway to find a dog for the latest incumbent at No 10. … [Read more...] about How Downing Street dog Dilyn went from wags to riches: Born on a puppy farm with a wonky jaw, sold to a dodgy dealer then saved by a real life fairy godmother – but what happened to his brother Jed who was left behind?
'I was in a state of shock and it was as if everything I believed [was] being ripped up before my very eyes, that everything we fought and we're so proud of was suddenly invalidated, [that] no-one wanted us, no-one wanted socialism,' she said in a recording leaked to the Huffington Post website. … [Read more...] about ‘That’s b******s’: Rebecca Long-Bailey says Jeremy Corbyn’s catastrophic election defeat does not mean voters rejected socialism but admits the result left her ‘in a state of shock’ because she was convinced ‘everyone loved the Labour party’
The full plans, released by Downing St officials, reveal that Cabinet ministers will assemble in the north of England for a meeting during the day, before Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a special address to the country at 10pm. … [Read more...] about Downing Street reveals detailed plans for Brexit Day celebrations