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Theresa May’s party remains shackled to deficit reduction. As a result, her chancellor’s job is impossible. History has few iron laws. Yet a reading of British history suggests at least one exception. Those who are at first described as mutineers invariably win the argument. Mutinies happen because a system has reached breaking point and cannot continue.feedback
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Nov 15 2017
We found 30 articles in which Martin Kettle said something. The most recent Martin Kettle’s quote is: “Kowtowing in Beijing and a stunning election defeat to the Democrats show how steadily his power and influence are eroding. It is one of Donald Trump’s favourite and most sneering insults. He has used it publicly about such people as Cher, John McCain, Rosie O’Donnell and Jeb Bush. In Trumpworld, all these people have been dismissed in tweets as “losers”. Right now, though, there is only one big loser in Trumpworld, and that loser is President Trump himself.”. In addition, all sources we refer have quoted Martin Kettle 31 times. On this page, you will find all of Martin Kettle’s quotes organized by date and topic.
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Jul 13 2017 - Brexit

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 minister.feedback

Jun 30 2017 - Brexit

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.feedback

Jun 26 2017 - Northern Ireland

The prime minister has just given every single voter in Britain a genuine grievance. If ever there was proof of her ineptness, this is surely it. When Martin McGuinness arrived in 10 Downing Street for his first talks with Tony Blair in the build-up to what became the Good Friday agreement, he looked at the cabinet room table and remarked: “So this is where all the damage was done.”.feedback

Jun 23 2017

June’s election didn’t prove that voters long for a leftwing programme. The truth is far more complex. At a memorial event yesterday for the political scientist Anthony King, John Bercow recalled one of the things that always made King such an illuminating commentator on British elections. The House of Commons Speaker – a student of King’s at Essex University – observed that, while party politicians reflexively respond to election results with exaggerated claims and pitiful denials, King had a simple motto that cut through the spin: “Focus on the evidence.”.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - British elections 2017

If she continues to seek a hard exit from the EU, the prime minister will split her party and be remembered as a fleeting, failed leader. When a political party has existed for as long as Britain’s Conservatives, nothing is entirely without precedent. This even goes for the dire situation in which Theresa May finds herself after she threw away her majority in a snap election before setting out to govern with a divided party in a hung parliament.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Northern Ireland

In the scrabble for a majority, Theresa May seems to have again rushed into an unnecessary response, overlooking the unionists’ cumbersome baggage. “I’m the person who got us into this mess,” Theresa May told Tory MPs on Monday, “and I’m the one who will get us out of it.” The prime minister is right about the first half of that statement. But she is wrong about the second half. She has not learned from her humbling at the polls last week. In April, she rushed into an unnecessary election. Now, amid the political debris of that error, she is again rushing prematurely into an unnecessary response, in the shape of a destructive pact with the Democratic Unionists in June.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - British elections 2017

The stability of the 2010-2015 government was ensured by collective leadership: the ‘quad’ of the four senior cabinet members. This prime minister needs her own. In a hung parliament, the art of political survival is to retain control of events and not to become their victim. This is far from easy. It is 24/7 political work, as Labour found between 1974 and 1979, a process brilliantly depicted in James Graham’s play This House. But Theresa May or her successor must master that art if the Tories are to prosper as a minority government.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Labour Party

Britain’s political system requires exhausted party leaders to rush into decisions. They should take time to think instead• General election 2017 live: final polls show Tory lead as Corbyn and May cast votes.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - British elections 2017

Britain is caught in a trap of the prime minister’s making: between a Europe it rejects and an America it should reject. Which is the real ally?Six weeks ago Theresa May stood in Downing Street and announced that Britain needed a general election to strengthen her hand on Europe. This week, after a reputation-denting campaign in which she has failed to debate Europe or anything else, she has returned to the Brexit theme.feedback

May 18 2017 - British elections 2017

The prime minister offers a new kind of conservatism, promoting good government over free markets. But she lacks a broad base of support across her party. At the end of her election manifesto launch press conference in Halifax, Theresa May was asked whether the document she had just launched embodied something we could now describe as “Mayism”. Her reply was emphatic. “There is no Mayism,” she intoned, “there is good solid conservatism which puts the interests of the country and the interests of ordinary working people at the heart of everything we do in government.”.feedback

May 11 2017 - Labour Party

While this is a more nuanced prospectus than the right claims, it is too starry-eyed about the state’s role – and has some glaring fudges. How seriously should one take the Labour manifesto? In a serious election it ought to matter a lot. Yet everything about Labour at the moment – the manifesto included – reflects the sleepless battle for control of the party, rather than any serious engagement with non-Labour Britain. Oddly, though, this means there is some unity about the manifesto. The Corbynites want to run on a leftwing manifesto for reasons of ideology, but Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents want that too, so that Corbyn can own the defeat they expect on 8 June.feedback

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 wrote.feedback

May 03 2017 - Snapchat

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 work.feedback

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 party.feedback

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 important.feedback

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 opera.feedback

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 outsider.feedback

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 exposure.feedback

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