India: Could BJP Leaders' Comments on Islam Harm Diplomacy? – Foreign Policy

India: Could BJP Leaders’ Comments on Islam Harm Diplomacy? – Foreign Policy

Offensive remarks about Islam by ruling party leaders have consequences for New Delhi in Persian Gu…
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Boris Johnson engaged in ‘destruction politics’, says Keir Starmer – The Irish Times

British prime minister Boris Johnson is engaged in “destruction politics” and has destroyed the trust between the Irish and British governments, said British Labour Party leader Keir Starmer after a meeting in Dublin with Taoiseach Micheál Martin. During a visit on Thursday, Mr Starmer also said that questions about a Border poll are “totally hypothetical … this is not even on the horizon”. In an interview with The Irish Times after his meetings at Government Buildings, Mr Starmer dismissed Mr Johnson’s claims to be defending the Belfast Agreement by introducing legislation to set aside the Northern Ireland protocol, which is widely expected to be published next week. “I don’t think that’s right. I think with a deeply divided government he is involved in destruction politics,” said Mr Starmer. “And what I’ve been struck by when I was in Belfast and here in Dublin is that levels of trust in the British prime minister are very, very low. One of the things that has been very important to me and the Labour Party in all this is the notion of the UK as an honest broker under the Good Friday Agreement … and that honest broker role is being lost under this prime minister.” He said that problems with the protocol “which I completely understand and which I think everyone understands” could be resolved “around the negotiating table if there is statecraft, graft, goodwill and trust”. He added: “And it’s that element of trust which is missing — and as I list those attributes, those are the attributes which I fear the prime minister doesn’t have, which is why we’re in the difficulty that we’re in at the moment.” Mr Starmer also met Irish Labour Party figures and paid a courtesy call to President Micheal D Higgins. He is due to travel to Northern Ireland on Friday. Mr Starmer — who along with his party voted for the protocol in the House of Commons — accepts that there must be some special arrangements for Northern Ireland. But he declined to say exactly what changes should be made so that it gains acceptance among those parts of unionism that object to it. “Look, the protocol is there,” he said. “But lots of businesses, they are saying to me, ‘we are making this work, there are problems that can be resolved and what we expect of our politicians is to get round the table to resolve those issues.’ So I think if the trust is there, these are resolvable issues.” The Labour Party leader has previously said he would campaign for Northern Ireland to remain in the UK in any future referendum on the issue. But he declined to be drawn on the subject — or on the criteria for a Border poll if Labour were in government in London. “I don’t think a Border poll is even on the horizon so this is all a hypothetical question,” he said. “This is not even on the horizon … it’s a totally hypothetical question. But a Labour government led by me will stick to the letter and the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement.” Asked if a government led by him could consider rejoining the single market or the customs union, Mr Starmer ruled out any return to the EU’s trading arrangements. “I do not think that having exited the EU that there’s a case for returning. What we need to do is to make Brexit work and build on the agreement that we’ve got. But there’s no case for re-entry, rejoining, we’ve got to make what we have work.”
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Boris Johnson news: PM confirms return of Right to Buy to boost home ownership

Log in New to The Independent? Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in Please refresh your browser to be logged in Boris Johnson confirmed plans to extend the right to buy to tenants of housing association homes. He said there are 2.5 million households whose homes belong to associations, saying “they’re trapped, they can’t buy, they don’t have the security of ownership, they can’t treat their home as their own or make the improvements that they want”. Mr Johnson added that some associations have treated tenants with “scandalous indifference”. However, the government’s right to buy plan has been labelled a “dangerous gimmick,” by housing charity Shelter with the group’s chief executive calling on the prime minister to “stop wasting time” on failed policies. Shelter CEO Polly Neate said the government’s promise to replace sold social homes through Right to Buy “has flopped.” “The government needs to stop wasting time on the failed policies of the past and start building more of the secure social homes this country actually needs.” Labour former spin chief doctor Peter Mandelson has warned that Sir Keir Starmer has “got about a year” to turn things around for the party. “Between now and the next year… we’ve got to see more powerful brushstrokes, put down on that canvas.” he told Times Radio. Tony Blair’s former top adviser is set to make a speech in which he will warn the current Labour Party leader he needs to show more “ambition and hard thinking” if we wants to do better than “sneaking over the finishing line”. He will also suggest there is a “desperate need” for Sir Keir to ape some of Boris Johnson’s policies on research and innovation. Mr Blair had urged Sir Keir to do more to “project his personality” in a bid to win round more voters in the next general election, he revealed. Boris Johnson is not suited to the top job because he gets bored with things quickly, a former girlfriend says. Petronella Wyatt said he was in a “mess of his own making” after the rebellion from 41 per cent of his MPs. “His qualities are very endearing but they’re not necessarily the qualities of a great prime minister,” she said. Thomas Kingsley reports: Bosses at pollster YouGov suppressed publication of a survey during the 2017 election campaign because it was “too positive about Labour“, a former manger at the pollster has claimed. Jon Stone reports: The prime minister’s biggest problem is that he is now in so deep in a world of his own, he can’t even see that nobody believes him any more, writes Tom Peck. Mr Johnson will be in denial to his final breath: British politics has been defined for a very long time now by the undoubtedly impressive salesmanship of one man, shifting tickets to his own magic world of the palpably untrue The government’s borders inspector has expressed his “frustration” at not being able to meet Priti Patel once since his appointment more than a year ago, my colleague Adam Forrest reports. David Neal – appointed the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration 14 months ago – told MPs he was “disappointed” to have had five or six meetings with the home secretary cancelled. “I’ve not met the home secretary yet,” he told the home affairs select committee. “I’ve asked to speak to her on a number occasions, and pre-arranged meeting have been cancelled on maybe five or six occasions now.” Asked if the experience was different from experience with other departments, Mr Neal said: “It is – I’m disappointed I haven’t spoken to the home secretary, and frustrated, because I think I’ve got things to offer from the position I hold.” Labour MP Richard Burgon has called for mass protests and strikes to force Boris Johnson’s government to take stronger action over the cost of living crisis. Writing in the Morning Star, the former shadow cabinet member said that “over the next year, as the crisis bites even harder, the scale of protest will need to match the scale of crisis”. Mr Burgon called for the Trades Union Congress protest on 18 June to be “a spark for further actions that make 2022 a year of protest against this Tory government”, adding: “That’s key to defeating the living standards emergency the Tories are choosing to force on our communities.” His calls were backed by Diane Abbott, who said: “We need mass mobilisation to make the Tories do something about the cost of living crisis.” The government remains committed to cutting taxes but will only act when it is “responsible” to do so, Boris Johnson’s press secretary has said. Mr Johnson has faced renewed calls from Tory MPs to bring down the level of taxation following Monday’s wounding confidence vote. The press secretary said: “We have been clear we want to cut taxes but we are in a very difficult position following the global pandemic so as soon as it is responsible we will set out plans for doing that.” Boris Johnson’s press secretary has dismissed reports suggesting he could replace Rishi Sunak as chancellor with former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt in a reshuffle held in the wake of Monday’s damaging no confidence vote. “There is no vacancy for this role. We have an excellent chancellor and he and the prime minister are working closely together. There are no plans for a re-shuffle,” she said. She played down reports the prime minister could seek to root out ministers who failed to publicly back him in the run up to the vote and said she was “not aware” of the prime minister sanctioning comments by culture secretary Nadine Dorries attacking Mr Hunt. “There were various things that were said before the vote took place and now is the time for us to unite and focus entirely on our job, which is delivering for the British public,” she said. The Foreign Office has “lessons to learn” after the chaotic evacuation from Afghanistan last year, the head of the department has said. Sir Philip Barton, the permanent under-secretary, again expressed his regret that he did not return from holiday as Kabul fell, after a scathing report by MPs called on him to consider his position. Giving evidence to the House of Lords International Relations Committee, Sir Philip said: “If I had my time again I would have come back from my leave earlier. That is what I should have done.” He said the crisis after the fall of the Afghan capital Kabul to the Taliban was “one of the most complex and challenging” the department had faced, adding: “We did manage to evacuate 15,000 people against an original planning assumption of six. That is more than any other country apart from the US. All of us wish we could have evacuated more people.” Sir Philip added that once the immediate crisis phase was over he put in place a “proper exercise” to establish what lessons could be learned, which had led to a series of changes, saying: “We did embed those in the way in which we approached the invasion of Ukraine in February.” The Daily Telegraph’s letters section today will likely make uncomfortable reading for Boris Johnson, with many of the dozens of contributors offering a damning verdict on his leadership. In a piece at the foot of the page headlined, “a leadership contest is the Tories’ best hope”, columnist Madeline Grant suggests that the prime minister “has turned out to be less of a Churchillian figure than a leader in the Anthony Eden mould – vain, ambitious, coveting the trappings of power rather than the responsibility that comes with it, squandering parliamentary majorities in record time”. 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