How Boris Johnson gets away with it

How Boris Johnson gets away with it

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — The British prime minister is once again stretching the limits of what is tolerable in public office. Call it a manifesto promise kept.  As Boris Johnson fields questions from the Metropolitan Police investigating alleged lockdown-busting parties in Downing Street, his premiership clings by a thread and … Read more

Want to know a secret? The Queen of England is hooked on political gossip

Want to know a secret? The Queen of England is hooked on political gossip

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — Britain’s ultimate Westminster insider is actually its queen. As head of state, Queen Elizabeth II must rise above the political fray, playing a largely ceremonial role by formerly appointing ministers, despite having no say about who gets the jobs, and unquestioningly setting out her elected government’s … Read more

Boris Johnson rushes Downing Street clearout after losing top ally

Boris Johnson rushes Downing Street clearout after losing top ally

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — Boris Johnson’s premiership has looked wobbly for weeks. On Thursday the wheels — in the form of a string of top aides — really started to come off. Long-serving Johnson ally Munira Mirza, head of the No. 10 policy unit and an adviser to the British … Read more

Britain calls out Russia in show of post-Brexit strength

Britain calls out Russia in show of post-Brexit strength

LONDON — With troops gathering on the Russian-Ukraine border, Britain senses an opportunity to demonstrate it can be more diplomatically nimble since Brexit. After leaving the EU, the UK has deployed its so-called Magnitsky sanctions — which allow the government to stop targets from entering the country, channeling cash through British banks or profiting from … Read more

Boris Johnson looks to 'blueprint' for boost

Boris Johnson looks to 'blueprint' for boost

LONDON – Boris Johnson is finally set to face the music – whether his plans to ‘level’ Britain really hit the mark. The blueprint for the UK Prime Minister’s flagship domestic policy was originally expected last summer and will finally land on Wednesday after repeated delays. It unveils for the first time 12 “missions” to … Read more

Partygate paradox: Why are Brits so obsessed with Boris Johnson's parties?

Partygate paradox: Why are Brits so obsessed with Boris Johnson's parties?

How do you even begin to explain Boris Johnson’s problems to a foreign audience? The controversial British prime minister has survived so many scandals that his predecessor David Cameron once nicknamed him “the albino greased piglet,” such was his ability to extricate himself from uncomfortable situations. Is he really now at risk of being brought … Read more