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?

An optimist’s guide to Brexit – Andrew Marr – The New Statesman

BBC Politics journalist Andrew Marr on the red...

BBC Politics journalist Andrew Marr on the red carpet at the BAFTA Awards, held at the Royal Festival Hall, on the Southbank in London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an outstanding, must-read article by Andrew Marr published in the New Statesman. He argues that Remainers are paralysed by fear of leaving the EU but suggests that it offers huge opportunities for change, on both left and right.

Source: An optimist’s guide to Brexit

Personally,  I argued passionately for ‘Remain’ but now recognize that it’s time to draw the line and move on.

It’s time for politicians to hammer out a new strategy for the UK. Because of Brexit radical reform is more likely now than incremental change – bring it on.