Brexit Means Britain Needs a Constitution
British citizens will no longer be covered by EU law, and courts won’t have the power to protect minorities from the will of the parliamentary majority. Only a codified constitution can ensure basic rights.
Johnson Shifts His Political Calculations on Brexit
The prime minister now expects there will be a delay, but he thinks voters will reward him at the polls for trying.
The Labour Party Can’t Govern Itself, Much Less Britain
If you thought the Tories were a mess, you should have seen Labour's annual conference.
The West Has a Resentment Epidemic
Across the West, the main trigger of populism has been the growing inequality—and hostility—between urban and rural regions.
Jeremy Corbyn Is a National Security Threat
The radical Labour leader is anti-Western, not pro-justice.
The Weapon Britain’s Parliament Can’t Do Without
The mace is a symbol of royal power—and sometimes of lawmakers’ anger.
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The British Bill That Slows a Hasty Brexit
Parliament delivers a blow to Boris Johnson’s power grab.
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Arrests in Hong Kong, a proroguing prime minister, and criticism of World Bank funding in Xinjiang.
Britain Can’t Afford the Queen’s Weakness Anymore
In times of crisis, political legitimacy inevitably depends on practical power.
Shutting Down Parliament Is Worse Than a Coup. It’s a Mistake.
If Boris Johnson is hoping to pressure Europe to accept his preferred Brexit outcome, he has badly miscalculated.
The Queen Can’t Do Anything About Brexit
The suspension of Parliament is outrageous—but it’s all Boris Johnson’s fault.
King Johnson vs. Parliament
By proroguing Parliament at a crucial moment, Britain’s prime minister is following in the footsteps of King Charles I. The result won’t be as bloody, but it will do violence to the country’s democratic institutions.
Boris Throws a Brick Through Parliament’s Window
The prime minister’s statement about proroguing the United Kingdom’s legislative assembly.
Northern Irish Politics Are Broken
The Good Friday Agreement is crumbling, and an Irish backstop may not be enough to save it.
Brexiteers Bear All the Blame for the Irish Border Impasse
The European Union and Ireland are trying to preserve Northern Ireland’s fragile stability. The British government is playing with fire.
Hong Kongers Can’t Always Tell Cops From Comrades
Police infiltration is an old tactic—and not just by autocrats.