Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson: Another four years as mayor and then Party leader?

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson: What's in his head?

With a second term of London mayoralty looming for Boris Johnson, A.P. Schrader asks whether another four years as London Mayor is necessary to shed his buffoon image? And, with the shedding of the buffoon image, what are his prospects for party leadership?

What is Boris up to? It is a question I find myself pondering more and more of late as the Mayor of London continues to run foul of his Continue reading

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A review of the August riots

London Calling

London Calling by Andrew Hamilton-Thomas

The August riots have died out and the streets have returned to calm. Politics On Toast’s contributors came out unanimously in opposition to the rioters. No  sociological thinking was professed, no excuse making: The rioters were to blame. However, there was still contention within the ranks. Here is a review of Politics On Toast’s opinions: 

Claire Porthouse was first to report on the August Riots when they were concentrated in the Tottenham area, immediately following the killing of Mark Duggan. In What The Tottenham Riots Have Shown Us Porthouse argued that the police were right to shoot dead Mark Duggan and that the looters and rioters were in the wrong both legally and morally. With some quarters of the British public liable to uncivilised mayhem, she says that we need a strong police force more than ever. Continue reading

A very British riot

riots

A very British riot

These riots present David Cameron with the opportunity to convince us that Britain is broken and to do something about it. We should help Mr Cameron and not hinder him by complaining, writes Olivia Jackson.

As a nation, we don’t tend to go in for rioting and looting: it’s not our style. But several very British aspects of the disorder seem to be emerging. Continue reading

Dear Boris, Mayor of Jo’burg

Joburg

Joburg, police fire rubber bullets...

Dear Boris,

I wonder what our friends in the Middle East and the Maghreb are calling the riots that are diffusing through London and now the other cities of the country? The Albion Spring? The Rose Revolutions? Seeing as the English people are so unhappy with their government, would it not be fair to expect the Syrians or the Continue reading

The Rise of the Underclass: The gloves need to come off in tackling the riots

London Riots

London Riots

The Tottenham riots diffuse throughout London. The cause of the riots – the killing of Mark Duggan by an armed officer – is almost forgotten. We are seeing that these riots have no political agenda. Rather, it is just low thuggery and criminality. Our politicians need to get tough, writes A.P. Schrader. 

As I write this I am very tired. In fact, tired is not the right word really. Continue reading

Dave and George, 100% happy?

George Osborne

George Osborne: 100% behind the PM?

Following a shrink of 0.3% in the UK economy from last quarter and reports of friction between the No. 10 and the Treasury, the PM has issued a statement saying he is 100% behind his Chancellor’s growth plan. But just how strong is the relationship between George Osborne and David Cameron? William Sharman investigates.

0.2% was the reported growth of the UK economy between April and Continue reading

Boris vs Dave

David Cameron and Boris Johnson

David Cameron and Boris Johnson

Boris Johnston has a history of contradicting his leader, David Cameron. During the Hackgate scandal, Boris has failed to provide unequivocal support to Cameron. Just what is he playing at? Asks David Vaiani. 

Just when you thought he’d learned his lesson, Boris does it again by putting his size 10 foot right back into it. Not content, seemingly, with ruffling a few feathers at a recent Tory Party Conference with his call for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, the Mayor of London has, once again, managed to irritate Downing Street, by failing to provide the unequivocal support over ‘Hackgate’ that the PM, quite understandably, demands. This is what Boris had to say, when questioned by Continue reading

Taking The Rap – Who Should Be Apologising For Hackgate?

Brooks and Brown

The News of the World phone hacking scandal is engulfing Downing Street and David Cameron is on the rack. But the alleged phone hacking crimes happened under the Labour government’s watch. We should remember who really is to blame for this mess, says Simon Emmett. 

It not be a popular start, but may I say that I think that “Hackgate” is spiraling out of control, and needs to be reigned in. We need to get a sense of perspective into this. At present the investigation is still centered around the records of the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, and his dealings with the former News Continue reading

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