Tag Archives: Boris Johnson

Standing in for the Prime Minister…

Downing Street announced earlier in the week that should the Prime Minister become incapacitated through illness, Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, will stand in for him. Although the term ‘designated survivor’ has been used, it appears … Continue reading

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Alice in Wonderland, or more on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act

As readers will be well aware, I have done various posts on the consequences of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, including one at the beginning of the month.  In 2017, some thought the ease with which Theresa May gained a two-thirds … Continue reading

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Yet more on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act…

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act is again centre stage.  As regular readers know, this is an Act that has been the subject of several posts, usually for the purpose of correcting misunderstandings about its provisions. I gave evidence to the House … Continue reading

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Maggie and Boris: polar opposites

I have no idea how Margaret Thatcher would have voted in the current Conservative leadership contest, had she been alive.  Given that she is not with us, no one knows for sure, though I doubt if that will stop some … Continue reading

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Effective prime ministerial leadership?

Some years ago, I published an article analysing prime ministerial leadership in terms of purpose, skill and circumstance. Prime ministers need certain skills to navigate an increasingly pluralist political environment.  As I wrote, ‘The individual in the office will largely … Continue reading

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Great orators

If we look at history, we can identify politicians who were renowned for their capacity for all three types of oratory – ceremonial, forensic and deliberative – listed in my previous post.  In the United States, a good example at … Continue reading

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‘Challenging’ for the leadership…

I have made the point previously that rules and structures are not neutral in their effect.  Utilising one set of rules can result in a different outcome than if another set is employed.  In a previous post, I observed that … Continue reading

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