Five Tories Stand for Leader and PM, But Not Johnson -- Nominations for the Conservative Party leadership closed at noon British Summer Time today, and five hats are now in the ring. Justice Secretary Michael Gove, Home Secretary Theresa May, Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom, MP Liam Fox and Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb each has announced an interest in succeeding David Cameron. Missing from that list is Boris Johnson, who surprised everyone with a speech just before the deadline that was slated to be a launch of his campaign but turned out to be a withdrawal. From here, the parliamentary party will select two of the five, and then a postal vote will be held in which the broader party will select the new party leader. This person will also become Prime Minister when Mr. Cameron's resignation becomes effective on September 9. [3 June]
Labour MPs Vote No Confidence in Corbyn, 172-40 -- Yesterday, the Parliamentary Labour Party voted no confidence in their leader, Jeremy Corbyn. The vote was 172 expressing no confidence with 40 supporting the leader. Another 13 members did not vote. Mr. Corbyn doesn't seem to care. "I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60% of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning," he said. A leadership challenge is the only way out of this mess for the party. [29 June]
Brexit Now Requires Parliamentary Action -- The British referendum results continue to rattle markets and bureaucrats around the world. It is as if no one can truly believe that a 52% of the British population are so enraged with their own political system that they voted to leave Europe. Electorates, though, are much like toddlers; they have a load of feelings one way or another and express them inarticulately. When given a binary choice of Remain or Leave, one is surprised it was as close as a 4% spread. Yet, this is not over because the referendum had no legally binding basis. It was advisory. Parliament must now vote to begin the process. Brexit can still be stopped, but it is going to take leadership that exists only in the Liberal Democratic Party and in the Scottish National Party. The window to snatch sanity from the mouth of lunacy is closing. [28 June]
Tories, Labour Leadership Fights Ahead -- The fallout from Thursday's bone-headed referendum on leaving the EU continues. Some two trillion US dollars in wealth got wiped off the books, the unity of both the EU and the UK are now at risk, and both of Britain's main political parties are more or less leaderless. At a time when sensible political leadership is vital, only the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party have someone at the top who has any sense at all. In the Conservative Party, Prime Minister Cameron is resigning after enjoying a full summer of week-ends at Chequers. In the Labour Party, a dozen members of the shadow cabinet have resigned, leader Jeremy Corbyn has replaced them, and it is only a matter of time before he has to face a challenge, probably before the party conference this autumn. [27 June]
Britain Votes to Leave EU -- In one of the greatest self-inflicted wounds of all time, the British electorate voted yesterday to leave the European Union. About 17.4 million voters chose Leave, while 16.1 million opted for Remain. The financial markets are in a panic, and the long process of negotiations regarding the divorce settlement are beginning. David Cameron has announced he will step down as Prime Minister by the Tory Party conference in October. Other European states are considering similar referenda. The future is going to be one long salvage operation to see what can be saved from the mess. [24 June]
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