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Too much debate is underpinned by false and grandiose claims about future deals. Time for a reality check• Martin Kettle is a Guardian columnist. You can pick your own metaphor, for there are plenty to choose from. Falling apart like a chocolate orange was the auditor general’s image of choice today. You may prefer collapsing like a house of cards, wheels coming off the wagon, wickets tumbling like an England batting collapse, and many others. Any of them would now serve to describe what appears to be the potentially terminal unravelling of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy one year after she became prime
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Jul 13 2017
We found 19 articles in which Martin Kettle said something. The most recent Martin Kettle’s quote is: “The answer to recent failures is not to abandon but to refine polling, as well as the way we interpret it. It isn’t exactly cool to speak up for the opinion polls these days. The pollsters’ failure to predict the Labour surge in 2017 has now joined the failure to predict the Tory majority in 2015 and the failure to predict the Brexit vote in 2016 to produce a hat-trick of polling incompetence. In some quarters polls are dismissed as not just unreliable but as a malevolent distraction, a form of ideological intervention to be spurned. So to admit, however quietly, to taking the polls seriously means at the very least having one’s tin hat at the ready.”. In addition, all sources we refer have quoted Martin Kettle 20 times. On this page, you will find all of Martin Kettle’s quotes organized by date and topic.
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May 05 2017 - Democratic Party

The party is bubbling with optimism, but after its 2015 wipeout it’s not about to overturn the status quo in this election. There is a gaping Emmanuel Macron-shaped hole in British electoral politics, but no one to fill it. When I wrote this recently, I got a cheerfully indignant email from a Liberal Democrat ex-MP. How could I dismiss Tim Farron’s claims so easily, he complained. Like Macron, he said, Farron was young, liberal, progressive and pro-Europe. And in this general election Farron is campaigning on Brexit, “the overriding national and international issue” of the day, “rather than on mending pavements and saving post offices”. Watch this space, he

May 03 2017 - Trump Presidency

Her statement decrying EU meddling in the election was right out of the Donald Trump playbook. It’s consensus, not conflict, that will get Britain the deal it needs. The opinion polls may show the Conservatives nearly 20 points ahead of Labour, but the signs from Theresa May’s camp this week are that they are getting surprisingly twitchy. Improbable though this may seem – and it almost certainly is a bluff – it is a reminder that May has put her own job on the line for the next five weeks, and that she will be destroyed politically if her snap poll does not

Apr 20 2017 - French election 2017

A victory for Emmanuel Macron would be the best outcome for the French, and the least worst option for us too with Brexit negotiations looming. Britain’s political class has a long and damaging record of not taking politics in continental Europe seriously. A collective insularity tempered only by a worship of all things American ensures that a minor event like this week’s congressional byelection in the suburbs of Atlanta is more likely to register inside the British bubble than, say, the critical contest hotting up for the leadership of Spain’s influential but divided Socialist

Apr 11 2017 - Russia

We shouldn’t overstate the foreign secretary’s powers where Russia and the G7 are concerned. The truth is, the prime minister will make all the big decisions. Boris Johnson is incapable of flying below the radar. So the cancellation of his visit to Moscow last weekend, which would barely have been noticed if Britain possessed a greyer foreign secretary, is being seen by some as another career crisis for this emotionally neediest of politicians. True, it is a tad embarrassing for the foreign secretary to be pulled off the plane to Russia as if he was some surplus United Airlines passenger on an overbooked flight. But let’s not exaggerate it by being wedded to the worn-out narrative that everything that Johnson does is always either fascinating or

Mar 31 2017 - Scottish independence

One needs a deal she can sell in Scotland; the other is being dragged towards a new referendum. For both, the odds of success are slim. In the pivotal scene of Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, the heroine Tatyana writes a disastrously counterproductive love letter to the aloof hero. Mistaking Onegin’s reserve for nobility of character, Tatyana throws herself upon him. The scene that follows is one of the most touching in all of European

Mar 23 2017 - 2017 UK Parliament attack

The core beliefs voiced by the prime minister after the Westminster attack were laudable. Will we ever see them put into practice?Modern politics is remorseless, and modern politicians cannot opt out. Even when life and limb are at stake, a political leader has always at some point to ask the vulgar question: how will this play?feedback

Mar 17 2017 - Scottish independence

From Brexit to Scotland, the prime minister has become one of modern politics’ greatest risk-takers. It could mean the end of the UK. When the horses line up for the Cheltenham Gold Cup this afternoon, it would be astonishing to learn that Theresa May had her feet up and was watching the race on television. Still less that she had put a pot of her money on a well-priced

Mar 02 2017 - Labour Party

The party’s supporters voted two to one to remain, so why does Jeremy Corbyn kowtow to the leavers?If you are unfortunate enough to be standing on a burning drilling platform in the North Sea, you face an unenviable choice. Stay on the platform and the blaze will kill you; leap into the sea and, if you are still alive after you hit the water, you risk a rapid death from

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