Matthew d'Ancona


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The failing Tories are wrong to see Wednesday’s budget as their saviour. But by showing some humility, Philip Hammond can start the rehabilitation. Like one of those gloomy American highways lined with liquor stores and gun shops, the road this government limps along is distinguished only by a series of last-chance saloons. Since the Conservatives’ disastrous performance in the election, we have been told that the prime minister’s Florence speech on Brexit would restore her authority, unite the party and energise her administration; then the Tory conference in Manchester (cough); and now – most absurdly – Philip Hammond’s budget on
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Nov 18 2017
We found 24 articles in which Matthew d'Ancona said something. The most recent Matthew d'Ancona’s quote is: “Her government is in paralysis, held together by a fear of Jeremy Corbyn. But the Tories have far more to worry about. The National Theatre’s new production of Network – Lee Hall’s reworking of Paddy Chayefsky’s Oscar-winning 1976 film – is riveting not only because of Bryan Cranston’s extraordinary performance as Howard Beale, news anchorman turned raging prophet of the airwaves. Four decades on from the original movie, its warning about the power of technology to weaponise populism seems more powerful and topical than ever.”. In addition, all sources we refer have quoted Matthew d'Ancona 29 times. On this page, you will find all of Matthew d'Ancona’s quotes organized by date and topic.
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Jul 10 2017 - Labour Party

The party leader’s name reverberates, but the old leftwing assumption of inevitable victory is his Achilles heel• Matthew d’Ancona is a Guardian columnist. Two years ago, in the thick of Jeremy Corbyn’s first Labour leadership race, I wrote that he “has stormed through the crash barriers of contemporary politics as if they weren’t there” and warned the Tories not to be smug about facing him across the despatch

Jun 26 2017 - Immigration

The Conservative appetite for harder borders ahead of prosperity is waning as voters’ priorities shift too. Conservative leadership candidate of the week is Philip Hammond. Well, it is his turn, and he has been in clover since the election, relishing his transition from soon-to-be-sacked to impregnable chancellor. His Mansion House speech on Tuesday last week was a triumphant brandishing of the spreadsheet at his fallen or diminished foes in Downing

Jun 18 2017

The response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy represents a far more serious challenge to the party than the election result. Philip Hammond’s television appearances today reminded me of Nigel Lawson’s deadly critique of Margaret Thatcher in a landmark interview with Brian Walden in 1989. The difference is that this chancellor is still in post. But his stiletto blade was no less

Jun 12 2017 - British elections 2017

The prime minister’s deal with a gang of homophobic creationists spells disaster. The only answer is a leadership contest and another general election. I agree with Jeremy. As the Labour leader told the BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday, the present parliamentary configuration is more or less unsustainable. There is every chance that there will be another general election before the end of the year, and in my view there should

May 21 2017 - British elections 2017

A prime minister often dismissed as risk-averse is now pursuing a dramatic break with her party’s history. In the seven years since she became a senior cabinet minister, it has been commonplace to describe Theresa May as risk averse. I have done so myself. Well, no

May 14 2017 - Labour Party

Labour has the ideas, but the Tory leader is more popular than Jeremy Corbyn. And, crucially, the electorate believes in her. David Blunkett used to say a successful government gets its betrayals in early. It is no less true that a campaigning party that senses it is going to lose an election starts honing its excuses long before polling

Apr 30 2017 - British elections 2017

Conservatives who want the prime minister to have a stronger hand in the Brexit negotiations must realise that she may use it against them. Welcome to the momma-cussing, rap-battling, “are you disrespecting my family” phase of the Brexit talks. Though the official negotiations have yet to begin, the insults are already flying. It cannot be long before a senior EU figure says of Theresa May: “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries.”.feedback

Apr 17 2017

After decades of US dithering over the regime, it’s time for Eisenhower-style deterrence to will the peace. In December 1952, having visited the Korean front, mingled with US troops and eaten outdoor from a mess kit, President-elect Eisenhower made a statement on the Korean war. “We face an enemy,” he said, “whom we cannot hope to impress by words, however eloquent, but only by deeds – executed under circumstances of our own choosing”.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Syria conflict

There is a strong, principled case for Britain to help the US in every way: diplomatic, humanitarian – and yes – military. During her trip to meet President Trump in January, the prime minister’s aides were struck by the frequency with which her presence stirred memories of Margaret Thatcher. As one US grandee put it: “It’s so good to have her back.”.feedback

Apr 02 2017 - British politics

EU ‘red tape’ has been the Conservatives’ favourite excuse for 40 years. Now, after the great repeal bill has done its work, the buck will stop with them. You Brexit, you own it. Or to put it another way: once the repatriation of pooled sovereignty from the EU to these shores is under way, MPs will no longer be able to moan about Brussels and its diktats. No more will the shadowy Eurocrat be the reliable fall guy of British politics. The buck will emphatically stop

Mar 27 2017 - Immigration

The broad claims of the EU referendum campaign are starting to give way to the reality of policy, practicality, compromise – and the fear of economic chaos. The speed with which the emergency services responded to last week’s attack on Westminster was rivalled only by the hard right’s eagerness to blame the horror on migration. I mean, why wait for the evidence?feedback

Mar 20 2017 - NATO

From the travel ban to healthcare to Nato funding, the president is realising that there are limits to the power of his falsehoods. The great philosopher-novelist Umberto Eco once declared that we will always come up against “the hard core of Being” and the “lines of resistance” that tell us when we are talking rubbish, or acting

Mar 12 2017 - Article 50

The row over national insurance for the self-employed is a sign of a party struggling to accept a revolution in the way we work. ‘Why don’t they write about Matthew Taylor’s review of employment practices?” This question was put to me by a senior ally of the prime minister a few months ago, when the papers were full of Brexit – as they will be, once again, this week. The point this person was trying to make was that the government is not exclusively preoccupied by the EU. To paraphrase the exasperation: here we are, taking audacious steps such as appointing Tony Blair’s former policy chief to examine the world of work, and all anyone wants to talk about is article

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