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09 декабря, 01:41

Sadiq Khan takes Transport for London into new business territory

The London mayor insists he can honour his election pledges by making his transport agency operate more efficientlyRows about the finances of Transport for London (TfL) were prominent during this year’s election campaign and also a bit odd. For years, Conservatives had claimed that the large and powerful mayoral agency is a bloated bureaucracy in need of ruthless trimming, yet there was the Tory candidate – a Mr Goldsmith, you might recall - insisting that it could not cope with its fares being frozen for four years, while Labour man Sadiq Khan was pledging to transform it into a paragon of enterprise and efficiency.Seven months on from Khan’s big win, the first TfL business plan of his mayoralty has appeared. The sums are there on paper. So are Khan’s ambitious plans. Political opponents, naturally, say neither add up, with Tory AM Keith Prince worrying that the number crunching bites too deeply into TfL’s reserves and even using the word “socialist” to describe them - on Her Majesty’s BBC too! He also points out, quite correctly, that borrowing is going to soar. Continue reading...

09 декабря, 00:12

Allies defend Boris Johnson after No 10 disowns Saudi remarks

Several Conservatives speak up for gaffe-prone foreign secretary, saying May should not have been so quick to issue slapdownBoris Johnson’s allies have spoken up to defend the under-pressure foreign secretary, saying he was right to accuse Saudi Arabia of waging “proxy wars” in the Middle East, despite Downing Street disowning the remarks.Several Conservative MPs defended Johnson as he prepares to visit Saudi Arabia and Bahrain this weekend, saying Theresa May should not have been so quick to slap down the gaffe-prone minister. Continue reading...

08 декабря, 22:55

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson: plain speaking without a purpose | Editorial

Bluntness can be valuable, but foreign secretaries should deploy it for a reason and not on a whimA foreign secretary, Harold Macmillan observed, is forever poised between cliche and indiscretion. It should be no surprise that Boris Johnson – who is, as a better diplomat might say, the possessor of a lively mind – tilts persistently toward the latter. His avoidance of the circumlocutions favoured by most politicians led to a popular misconception that he is a straight shooter. It would be more accurate to say that he frequently shoots from the hip or goes off half-cocked, as his public criticism of Saudi Arabia, revealed by the Guardian, shows. When he was a columnist, MP or mayor of London his remarks could be embarrassing and offensive; now that he is Britain’s top diplomat the potential consequences are far graver. As shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer observed this week, those watching from Brussels “are not particularly amused by jokes about prosecco [or] references to ‘cake and eat it’. They want a professional, constructive set of negotiations.”Though diplomacy has many registers it is often associated with a delicacy that may seem overly cautious at best, hypocritical at worst, and ridiculous either way. (Even when diplomats are blunt they call it being “honest”, “candid” or “forthright”.) But as Mr Macmillan’s remark reminds us, there is a reason why foreign secretaries usually speak with care, even when it frustrates them. First, some messages are delivered privately either because that is more effective or to avoid offending. Riyadh already knows that, while the UK supports the Saudi-led coalition formed to back the ousted president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, it has concerns about airstrikes which have repeatedly hit civilians, schools and hospitals. It also knows that the UK considers its other interests in the region more important. Second, the ability of people with very different cultures, histories, priorities and interests to engage with each other on complex and fraught issues depends upon a shared language. A more honest language might well be better; but what matters most is that it is consistent, so that diplomats understand each other. When a foreign secretary chooses between muted or harsh criticism, or between dropping a word in someone’s ear and calling them out in a speech, such calculations are – or should be – part of the message. To veer from one register to another haphazardly leads to confusion or contempt. Continue reading...

08 декабря, 22:10

The British government doesn't agree with its top diplomat about Saudi Arabia

Boris Johnson put his foot in his mouth again.

08 декабря, 20:28

Theresa May cuts Boris Johnson adrift ahead of his visit to Gulf

PM’s slapdown for foreign secretary over Saudi comments renews questions over suitability for role as UK’s chief diplomatFaced with a choice between admonishing her foreign secretary or damaging UK strategic interests in the Gulf, in which she had just personally invested such capital, Theresa May saw only one option – to cut Boris Johnson adrift. Thursday’s slapdown will do him little good in cabinet, or benefit his standing in the Gulf, to which he now travels, no doubt offering his trademark apologies and explanations to the Saudi royal family. Continue reading...

08 декабря, 18:19

‘Puppeteer in proxy wars’: Boris Johnson accuses Saudi Arabia of ‘abusing Islam’

Key UK ally Saudi Arabia has become the latest target of Boris Johnson's extravagant rhetoric. The British foreign secretary claims the Gulf monarchy is the puppet master behind wars in the Middle East. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnews Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_com Follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rt Follow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RT Listen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttv RT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

08 декабря, 17:58

Письмами Алеппо не накормишь: Минобороны ответило западным "писателям"

В Минобороны России прокомментировали опубликованное правительством Великобритании совместное заявление лидеров Канады, Франции, Германии, Италии, Великобритании и США о ситуации в Алеппо.

08 декабря, 17:58

Письмами Алеппо не накормишь: Минобороны ответило западным "писателям"

В Минобороны России прокомментировали опубликованное правительством Великобритании совместное заявление лидеров Канады, Франции, Германии, Италии, Великобритании и США о ситуации в Алеппо.

08 декабря, 17:45

Saudi comments: 'I wouldn't put it that way'

Former Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt says he would not have made the same comments as Boris Johnson in public about Saudi Arabia.

08 декабря, 16:54

For Chris Grayling trains are always about ideology, not passengers | Christian Wolmar

The leak of the transport secretary’s letter shows he is willing to take out his political frustrations on London’s mayor – and Southern rail commutersWhen the railways were privatised in the mid-1990s, ministers took it in turns to say this would mean that government would no longer be able to interfere. Tell that to Chris Grayling, the Conservative transport secretary, who is set to be the most politically motivated of recent transport ministers, and seems to be spending most of his time playing with trains.The leak of a letter he wrote to Boris Johnson, the then Conservative London mayor, three years ago expressing his opposition to handing over more of London’s suburban rail services to a future Labour mayor, demonstrates that political considerations – rather than a desire to improve the lot of benighted commuters – appear to dominate Grayling’s decision-making process. Continue reading...

08 декабря, 16:14

This time it’s Saudi Arabia: even when Boris Johnson gets it right, he’s wrong | Simon Tisdall

If our bigmouth of a foreign secretary is serious about saving children in Yemen, he should suspend UK arms sales to Riyadh, and support Saudi reformersBoris Johnson’s criticisms of Saudi Arabia’s illegal bombing in Yemen and lethal proxy war with Iran in Syria are broadly accurate. Sadly, they do not signal a shift in British policy – as the government’s statement distancing itself from his comments makes very clear. Rather, they are further proof of the foreign secretary’s talent for posturing – and his unfitness as Britain’s chief diplomat.A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, a proposition Johnson reinforces whenever he opens his mouth. His scathing remarks about the Saudi leadership in Rome last week, revealed by the Guardian, were no exception. Remarkably, Johnson was on the Andrew Marr show only days later, defending the same unpleasant regime. Continue reading...

08 декабря, 15:43

Boris Johnson's Saudi 'proxy wars' comment 'not UK's view'

No 10 says Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's comments on Saudi Arabia are "not the government's view".

08 декабря, 15:11

Boris Johnson's remarks about Saudi Arabia 'not the government's view'

No 10 distances itself from foreign secretary’s comments that Saudi abuses Islam and is puppeteer in proxy warsBoris Johnson was not representing the government’s views on Saudi Arabia when he accused the state of abusing Islam and acting as a puppeteer in proxy wars, Downing Street has said.The foreign secretary was setting out his own views on Saudi Arabia and Iran at a conference in Rome last week, the prime minister’s spokeswoman said on Thursday, but would be sticking to the government’s line when he visited Saudi ministers this weekend. Continue reading...

08 декабря, 14:59

Борис Джонсон: саудовское королевство провоцирует войны на Ближнем Востоке

Министр иностранных дел Великобритании Борис Джонсон обвинил союзника своей страны Саудовскую Аравию в ведении прокси-войн на Ближнем Востоке.

08 декабря, 14:19

Кукловод обвинил кукловода: Борис Джонсон выступил с критикой политики Саудовской Аравии

Странная критика прозвучала из уст главы британского МИДа. Борис Джонсон во время совещания в Риме обвинил Саудовскую Аравию в ведении прокси-войн на Ближнем Востоке, назвав королевство кукловодом.

08 декабря, 13:56

Лавров рассказал, как можно развенчать миф о российской угрозе

Министр иностранных дел РФ Сергей Лавров сообщил, что миф о российской угрозе развенчает проведение объективного анализа военных потенциалов в Европе.

08 декабря, 13:33

Boris Johnson says Saudi Arabia is playing proxy wars

Boris Johnson has accused Britain's ally, Saudi Arabia, of engaging in "proxy wars" in the Middle East.

08 декабря, 13:02

Британия обвинила Саудовскую Аравию в провоцировании конфликтов на Ближнем Востоке

Министр иностранных дел Великобритании Борис Джонсон обвинил союзника своей страны Саудовскую Аравию в ведении прокси-войн на Ближнем Востоке. Об этом пишет Интерфакс со ссылкой на The Guardian. В распоряжении издания оказалась запись беседы главы британского

08 декабря, 13:00

Борис Джонсон назвал Саудовскую Аравию «кукловодом» конфликтов на Ближнем Востоке

Министр иностранных дел Великобритании Борис Джонсон заявил, что Саудовская Аравия злоупотребляет исламом и выступает в позиции кукловода относительно конфликтов на Ближнем Востоке, пишет The Guardian. «Есть политики, злоупотребляющие религией в целях дальнейшего продвижения своих собственных

27 июня, 00:49

Brexit и новая сложность

Большинство экспертов прохлопали и Brexit, и восхождение Дональда Трампа только лишь потому, что полагались на старые представления о том, что «неизбежно», а «чего не может быть никогда». Эта беда поправима. Куда хуже будет, если у нас по той же причине не зададутся отношения с США и «Европой наций» после того, как этот богатый на политические события год закончится

24 июня, 22:00

Экономика. Курс дня. Эфир от 24 июня 2016 года

И все-таки победа евроскептиков! Великобритания проголосовала за выход из ЕС. Дэвид Кэмерон уже объявил об отставке. Главный претендент на место премьер-министра теперь - бывший мэр Лондона Борис Джонсон. Возможные последствия Brexit и реакцию рынков на итоги референдума сквозь призму экономики рассматривает ведущий программы "Курс дня" Николай Корженевский.