Boris Johnson is a Conservative Party politician.
The G7 leaders have been urged not to water down commitments on climate change amid growing fears they are set to pursue “disastrous” fossil fuel projects to ease supply problems stemming from the Ukraine war.
His Holiness Pope Francis must be green-eyed with envy this weekend. He is surely gazing longingly from his Vatican perch, agog at the Irish way of doing things. As the powers of the papacy diminish and he searches for alternative models of exercising undemocratic authority, he should look no further than the office of Ireland’s Attorney General. The pontiff will be dumbstruck with admiration for Ireland’s answer to papal infallibility.
Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser resigned last night, a day after saying the his boss in Downing Street at may have breached the ministerial code for partygate breaches that led to him being fined by police.
With his trademark dismissiveness and misguided self-confidence, Boris Johnson has declared the unilateral breaching of an international agreement as “not a big deal”. The British prime minister can’t even recognise the import of his legislation to override key sections of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has accused British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss of making “no effort” to resolve the Northern Ireland P rotocol row and suggested she may be more focused on trying to succeed Boris Johnson as p rime m inister.
Down one of the long and winding corridors at Stormont on Friday, Keir Starmer’s team is huddled around a long green table. Their heads are buried in laptops and phones as they meticulously plan the Labour leader’s next move on an essential visit to Belfast.
Not known for his forensic attention to detail, Boris Johnson is to have been closely following events in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court at Belfast’s Royal Courts of Justice. But what is transpiring there before Mr Justice Colton could be a key moment in the British prime minister’s downfall because it threatens to unravel his lies around the Irish Sea border.
The neighbours have been very noisy lately. Truth is, the neighbours are going through a bad patch. Their reigning figurehead, Elizabeth Windsor, had a big party because she’s been queen for 70 years and her subjects have been bowing and scraping even more vigorously than usual. Recreational grovelling.
I was saddened to hear that Ray Coyle, founder of Tayto Park, passed away. About 10 years ago I brought my girlfriend, her seven-year-old daughter and two of her pals to Tayto Park. When we arrived, the kids made a beeline to the zip-line only to be measured by a burly bouncer who told them they were a centimetre too small to go on the ride.
First, the good news. It’s only a matter of time before Boris Johnson is replaced. Inevitably, he will follow in the footsteps of David Cameron and Theresa May, to become the third consecutive prime minister to topple amid Britain’s flailing Brexit strategy.
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