No third way: Tony Blair is right on Brexit. Now he should get into the trenches or back off | The Economist

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The Economist suggests that if the former prime minister wants to return to British politics, it describes how he should do it.

Source: No third way: Tony Blair is right on Brexit. Now he should get into the trenches or back off | The Economist

Although I’m on holiday in New Zealand, my wife and I debated this theme over dinner. Of course, we’re both biased, having been passionate Remain advocates.

Simply, Tony Blair makes good sense and he’s an extremely eloquent orator. But as the Economist argues, he’s had his day and brings a lot of baggage to the table. Nevertheless, if Blair has the drive and stamina to redeem himself publicly, I would support him on Brexit (and I’ve voted Conservative all my life). Sadly, I fear Blair’s had his day and we must still watch the Brexit pantomime unfold, knowing the result.

Thoughts?

Opinion – Theresa May’s criticism of John Kerry Israel speech sparks blunt US reply | Politics | The Guardian

The left-leaning Guardian reports that the US State department voiced surprise after UK PM’s spokesman says US secretary of state’s comments on settlements were ‘inappropriate’.

Source: Theresa May’s criticism of John Kerry Israel speech sparks blunt US reply | Politics | The Guardian

The Guardian cites the state department: “We are grateful for the strongly supportive statements in response to Secretary Kerry’s speech from across the world, including Germany, France, Canada, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and others.”

Well done Theresa May for highlighting the weakness in the Kerry statement and standing proud. She is also offering a friendly olive branch to the the incoming US administration of Donald Trump.

Historians should note that for eight years Obama has undermined the historical special relationship between the UK and the US. Obama knew best – pivot US foreign policy towards Asia and bring the US troops home, never mind the geopolitical consequences. The evidence is clear – Obama’s foreign policy, with ineffective foreign secretaries in Clinton and Kerry, has been a series of disasters. Is it surprising that terrorism has proliferated on Obama’s watch?