Like the bind of a tortuous finger trap, Britain’s Brexit conundrum grows tighter and more painful the more the country wrestles with it.
Tom McTagueThe cretinous stupidity of Britain’s four-year diplomatic disaster—a story not about rights and wrongs, but strength and (self inflicted) weakness. My attempt to pull the camera back a bit on Brexit, Boris, law breaking and all of that👇
Tom McTagueI wrote this for Politico in April last year: How revolutions, like Brexit, develop momentums of their own, as those that brought them about seek ever-more radical solutions to achieve aims that go beyond the original cause to something deeper
Low cancer referral figures also suggest backlog of undiagnosed cases, say experts
Tom McTagueI took someone to hospital last week to check pacemaker after they felt unwell. Original appointment been put back to Nov! While there, she asked for blood pressure to be taken on advice of GP. No, they said—need a separate appointment for that. Madness.
Boris Johnson has faced his share of blame for the country’s death count. But the British system was failing long before the coronavirus struck.
Tom McTagueAs one senior British government adviser put it to me, “We’ve had our arse handed to us recently.” A piece on Why Britain Failed—And Why It Keeps Failing.
Tom McTagueToday's GDP figures are a grim reminder that Britain's pandemic failures go WAY beyond case counts and excess death figures. They are deep, widespread—and deadly. They are systemic.
My long read on Why Britain Failed—And Keeps Failing.
Tom McTagueBritain failed. It KEEPS failing.
The list of recent calamities is sobering:
Brexit negotiations, Northern Ireland 2017-2020, Syria, Libya, Scottish referendum, bank bailout, Iraq, Afghan.
As one aide said: “We’ve had our arse handed to us recently.”
John Hume helped bring peace to Northern Ireland. But the true legacy of his life lies in his understanding of complexity.
Tom McTague"When giants die they are sanctified, but they do not often become giants by being saints. As Hume would have acknowledged, life is more complicated." A piece reflecting on the lessons of John Hume: a giant and every bit a politician
It was a familiar rural scene I saw last week: a farmer gathering up his sheep. Tailgate open, ramp and side-barriers in place, his lorry waited at the field’s gate, the only way out. His border
Tom McTaguePerfect column: clean, crisp idea, beautifully explained. The Brexit Trap (rather like the Irish Backstop Trap before it come to think of it). Will Johnson escape it practically, or merely politically?
The world is used to loathing America, admiring America, and fearing America (sometimes all at once). But pitying America? That one is new.
Tom McTagueRight, I've written 5,000 words on America and why it *really* matters still (theatlantic.com/international/…). But what I *really* want to know is how do I stop flies coming in my house without shutting all my windows and doors? I suspect whatever it is, I will buy it from Amazon...
Tom McTague💥🇺🇸💥America’s uniquely humiliating moment (and what it means for the rest of the world, still trapped in its “Trump-induced coma”). A long read👇
Tom McTague“Is the revulsion at the US simply another bout of ‘politics as performance art’... America’s imperial possessions metaphorically taking a knee to signal their opposition to the values the Empire has come to represent?”
A piece on 🇺🇸 and what it means👇
During the past 12 months, Boris Johnson has become prime minister, suffered repeated defeats in the Commons, been thwarted by the Supreme Court and forced to apply for a Brexit extension — before
Tom McTagueVery good by @PaulGoodmanCH on the method in Boris Johnson’s madness. To repudiate his style, as some demand, would be to repudiate his own sense of self—something he won’t do. After all, it got him where he is
A touch more circumspection—rather than just bulldog bravado—might have saved the prime minister’s moral and political authority.
Tom McTagueThe Churchill Questions Boris/Dom Failed To Ask:
1. *Can* I get away with it?
2. *Should* I get away with it?
In ‘42, Churchill asked his lawyer these Qs when weighing a challenge to a new tax bill (yes, really).
Be more Churchillian: that is, *smarter*
Thrusting once-anonymous health experts into leadership, however, creates a tension when political decisions must be made.
Tom McTagueIn war, generals who vie with prime ministers and presidents for power and affection; today it is chief medical officers. The US has Fauci, the UK Whitty and Ireland Holohan. Their stories reveal a lot about the countries they serve. My latest👇
To combat the coronavirus, the state has grown more powerful. What does that mean for liberty and the democratic norms that protect us?
Tom McTagueWhat used to be unthinkable is now anything but; the illiberal policies of yesterday repackaged as the liberating innovations of tomorrow. Can the norms which bind our societies withstand the pandemic? I take a look
COVID-19 is proving to be a disease of the immune system. This could, in theory, be controlled.
Tom McTagueBrilliant piece by my colleague @jameshamblin explaining why some people get sicker than others. I would say this, but I think @TheAtlantic is producing the best journalism on the planet right now. "Our immune system is not strong."