Matthew d'Ancona

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It’s the role of all chancellors to urge caution. But his Tory enemies merely want a cheerleader for the hardest of EU exits. The book The Power of Positive Thinking introduced the notion that you can shape reality by mere “affirmations”. It has many adherents, as does the more recent nonsense of The Secret, which ascribes similar potency to “visualisation”.feedback
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Oct 15 2017 Brexit
We found 20 articles in which Matthew d'Ancona said something. The most recent Matthew d'Ancona’s quote is: “The best the prime minister can do now is smooth the path to national power for Ruth Davidson – for a strong union and a sane Brexit. We have been here before, and so has Theresa May. I recall visiting her at the 2003 Conservative conference in her makeshift office at the Blackpool Winter Gardens. As Tory chair, she was obliged to insist that Iain Duncan Smith, the embattled party leader, was safe from the mischievous plotters, and would march on regardless. But her wan features told a different story.”. In addition, all sources we refer have quoted Matthew d'Ancona 25 times. On this page, you will find all of Matthew d'Ancona’s quotes organized by date and topic.
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May 21 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

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 more.feedback

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 day.feedback

Apr 30 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

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 here.feedback

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 nonsensically.feedback

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 50.feedback

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