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Straight talking Boris levels with the Russians and it’s a bit of a culture shock

Boris was in Moscow today and his straight talking left the Russians reeling.  It was the first meeting for five years between a British Foreign Secretary and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Russian soil. 

Boris believes it is important not to shy away from the difficult situations we are involved in with the Russians.  He tackled the thorny subject of Russian interference in Western politics head on,  and he made the point, there was no successful interference in any of our elections. He also brought up the question of the Ukraine.  Continue reading

Independent thinking Boris will meet the President in Washington this week

Boris Johnson is travelling to Washington on Tuesday for a series of high level meetings when he will meet with some of President Trump’s closest aides, and likely the President.   Boris is emerging as a key channel for the Americans in recent weeks, reports Tim Shipman in the Sunday Times. His constructive relationship with Jared Kushner ensured that British people are exempt from the President’s attempted ban on some predominantly Muslim countries. Boris will meet with his opposite number, Rex Tillerson, and talk with US intelligence chiefs, soothing the recent hiccup over spy rumours.  He will meet with senior Congressional Republic readers , and is likely to meet the President. Continue reading

Boris Johnson grabs the ear of the Russian bear

The  suffering in Syria and the Ukraine is still so terrible,  a face to face exchange of views has been judged the best way to progress the situation. Foreign Secretary borischurchill3Boris Johnson will therefore be taking up FM Lavrov’s invitation to visit Russia. No Foreign Secretary has visited Russia for five years, but this visit will certainly not be a resumption of the status quo. Boris had only been Foreign Secretary for a couple of months when he was thrown in at the deep end over Syria.  Continue reading

Sir Tim Barrow, the Kremlinologist who stood up to Putin, replaces Sir Snitch

Sir Tim Barrow, replacement for Sir Ivan Rogers,  is known as a fixer, who gets the job done.  He has worked with Boris Johnson on a daily basis, who described him as  brilliant, and they get on great. A Whitehall source says Sir Tim knows everyone and is an amazing diplomat. timbarrowHe has solid achievements to his credit.  While in Brussels, he defeated repeated attempts to create a European army.   He has proved his mettle by standing up for British businesses in Russia and held tough conversations on Ukraine and Syria. Continue reading

Boris charisma melts ice wall surrounding the Russian Bear

Recently Anglo/Russian relations had sunk to well below zero, but Boris’s charisma and his appeal to Putin that he has a chance to show leadership have melted the block of ice separating the two nations.borislavrovBoris said:   “I had a recent phone call with my Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov where I reinforced the UK’s concern about the grave humanitarian situation in Syria. I urged Russia to use its influence with the Syrian regime to stop the assault on Aleppo, allow much needed aid into the city and help end the suffering of hundreds of thousands of innocent Syrian people. Continue reading

Boris in Berlin: You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube

Boris Johnson handled a frosty meeting in Berlin  with his German opposite number, Steinmeier with his usual placid charm today.  Steinmeier tried to rattle Boris with criticisms of the problems over Brexit,  complaining Germany had been “left in limbo”.   He also said acidly he “didn’t appreciate” Boris’s attitude during the Referendum.  The German FM confirmed there would be no single market without free movement. borisbrexit13Instead of sniping back, Boris said reasonably:  “”It’s very important to understand this is one stage in a legal process. We will go on and appeal, but I don’t think it will interfere with the timetable for that process.” Continue reading

PM mocked for arguing low fares on Sleazyjet more important than losing democracy

On BBC Question Time last night David Cameron was roundly mocked for arguing from Planet Fear fares might rise on SleazyJet.  The PM clearly believes that preventing this matters more than losing British democracy and the primacy of British law.  If that is how he views our priorities, his view of the British people couldn’t be lower.davegormlessLiz Truss’s argument for REMAIN:   Do you know how long the EU takes to do things?  It took 20 years to open up the market for British beef, still not done! This is an argument to stay?  hahaha Continue reading