A writer who’s afraid to tell people what they don’t want to hear has chosen the wrong trade.
Tom McTagueGod, this is just brilliant. And why so rare? Thoughtful, original, honest and brave. The best and most important piece you’ll read for a long time. If I had the balls or talent, I’d like to think one day I might write something half as good
Ottawa’s ability to balance its interests and partners offers lessons for London.
Tom McTagueForget Canada's trade deal with Brussels, Britain should look to Canada *in general* after Brexit. Prosperous, open, devolved and free-trading—but without pooling sovereignty with the giant next door
Their decision to “step back” from the Royal Family reflects their distaste for the British press.
Tom McTagueThat @helenlewis really is good. "Like many other Millennials, Harry is more socially liberal than his elders ... (Also like many other Millennials, he was only able to afford a house thanks to money he got from his parents.)"
Brexit poses an existential dilemma for Northern Ireland’s communities.
Tom McTagueThis, perhaps, is the time to remember Boris Johnson’s victory does not change the reality of the challenges he has:
1. Northern Ireland is divided, angry and close to ungovernable
2. Scotland is pushing at the door
3. The EU doesn’t care about majorities
His impact on the country’s politics has been revolutionary, and his resounding victory means he can remake it.
Tom McTague"To win this election, the Tory Party needed Boris Johnson, but he could not have won without Brexit, and Brexit could not have happened without him." This is now Boris's Britain, whether he meant to create it or not. My long read on *How Boris Won*
Tom McTagueIt’s Boris Johnson’s Britain, Now. Here’s why, and how it happened.
The beams of a low sun hit the road as it crests a hill to reveal Workington untidily huddled along the sea, blue-marl in the morning light. Thrust into the election spotlight five weeks ago when a...
Tom McTagueLovely @elliotttimes piece on Workington man: “There’s a lot that are ashamed to admit they’ll be voting Conservative.” This is a sentiment I've picked up in the North East. Lab MPs are worried that those who are saying undecided are really saying Tory
The poisoning of a double agent sparked an intelligence and PR battle between London and Moscow, the details of which are only now emerging.
Tom McTagueI went inside Britain’s secret six month spy war with Russia sparked by last year’s attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury. As Nato leaders meet in London today, here’s what really happened, who won—and what it all means. A special report👇
A terror attack in London carries parallels to one in 2017, and once again challenges a prime minister.
Tom McTagueRobert Caro observes that while power corrupts, it also *reveals*. National crises do the same, with political leaders empowered and expected to lead. How they do reveals part of who they are. Johnson and Corbyn must now show themselves
Its two main parties took entirely different lessons from 2017. Both are testing their conclusions to destruction.
Tom McTagueBoris Johnson is running the campaign Lynton Crosby told Theresa May to run last time, but was ignored. I went back to the plan Crosby wrote in April 2017 to show just how close Johnson is sticking to the script. It’s uncanny. My latest👇
Corbyn and Trump are both populists and in a battle with ‘the swamp.’ Brexit aside, Johnson is not.
Tom McTagueIgnore Brexit for a moment, what does a Boris Johnson govt look like? As one of his closest aides quipped, it's just Blairism, but a bit harder on crime. If you're looking for Trump-style populism, Labour's your team, not the Tories (yet)
Tom McTagueBoris Johnson is not Britain’s Donald Trump. Jeremy Corbyn is. Here’s why👇
Tom McTagueCorbyn and Trump share their supporters’ instincts—it’s why uncomfortable revelations about them are discounted.
Johnson supporters require a different cognitive dissonance: to believe his instincts are theirs, even if the evidence suggests they’re not.
While Brexiteers believe the threat of “no deal” increases British leverage, the EU calculates that it increases its leverage and is therefore happy to play along. The result: an inevitable crisis.
Tom McTague“If history repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce, the tragedy of the past three years of protracted and bitter negotiations is that it was all so predictable. The farce is that it might be about to happen all over again.”
Tom McTagueHere’s the next Brexit crisis—and how it plays out👇
Once Brexit eventually happens, the two will have to compete. It’s only natural.
Tom McTagueOf course Merkel’s right, Britain and Europe will be economic competitors. She is following in a long line of Brexit commentary: Applying logic to decisions that have already been made. My latest👇
The British leader’s efforts to reach a breakthrough on Brexit speak to the importance of personality when it comes to politics and foreign policy.
Tom McTagueIn Brexit, like politics generally, personality matters—as May discovered to her misfortune. But so too does legal, economic & diplomatic gravity—as Johnson discovered to his. Brexit Phase I exposed this clearly. Phase II will paint it in technicolour💥
Tom McTagueThe inside story of how Boris Johnson sealed his deal: A study of what personality and politics can achieve—or not—in an unequal power struggle against economic, legal and technocratic gravity