Dominic Cummings

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For Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s special adviser, Brexit is  a wrecking ball aimed at the British institutions he despises: parliament, the judiciary, the Tory Party, the civil service, the BBC, Oxbridge. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP  via Getty Images

It is June 24th, 2025 and Britons are celebrating their 10th annual Independence Day. They have so much to celebrate. The United Kingdom is now Europe(...)

Former British ambassaror to the EU Ivan Rogers in Dublin in March last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Britain’s former ambassador to the European Union Ivan Rogers has predicted that Britain will leave the post-Brexit transition at the end of this year(...)

The particular problem of ‘freedom’ in the Brexit project is that you can’t free yourself from imaginary oppression. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

What has brought the UK to the point of openly declaring its intention to break international law is not just English nationalism. It is the strangely(...)

 British political adviser Dominic Cummings and prime minister Boris Johnson: Britain is Britain with all of its strengths and weaknesses. Johnson-Cummings have played to those weaknesses. Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty

Anyone who is surprised by the latest turn of events in Brexit Britain hasn’t been paying attention. Modelled in part on the Bannon-Trump experiment i(...)

 EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier and  entourage: There is dismay that London has dragged the intractable Northern Irish issue back into the talks. Photograph: Neil Hall

It was widely expected in Brussels that Britain would up the ante ahead of this week’s round of talks with the European Union. Declarations about sove(...)

Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis: In the same way as Phil Hogan, his attitude underlines the dangers of arrogance in national and international politics. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki

“Golfgate” has not only exposed the fact that some public figures think they can ignore the rules observed by the rest of us, but has also created a h(...)

Minister Gavin Williamson, a key aide in Johnson’s personal rise, stays in place. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Nobody puts it quite like Boris Johnson. Last week the British PM told distraught school pupils that their exam results had been “derailed by a mutant(...)

The Station House Hotel in Clifden. The great mystery of  Golfgate is that the looming scandal could not have been more obvious if the hotel had erected a giant screen saying, Abandon Public Trust All Ye Who Enter Here

They were sleepwalking at a time when everyone else was wide awake. On RTÉ radio’s Liveline on Monday, Cormac (his surname was not broadcast) told Ka(...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson: Tory party grandees are becoming increasingly concerned that errors made by Downing Street are often unforced. Photograph: Jack Hill/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Senior members of Boris Johnson’s UK government have expressed their concern at the recent string of policy U-turns, questioning the prime minister’s (...)

HSE staff and volunteers from NUI Galway simulating Covid-19 testing. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Scientists rightly say say there is a lot we don’t know about Covid-19. That doesn’t mean we know nothing or that we have learned nothing. For instanc(...)

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