January 03, 2020
After more than three years of near-total chaos, Boris Johnson’s election victory looks set to calm things down in UK politics.
Brexit, New Leaders And More Elections: What To Expect From Politics In 2020
The prime minister’s massive 80-seat majority means there will be a lot less parliamentary drama, with knife-edge votes highly unlikely over the next five years.
As a result, Johnson will have the power to ignore many of the factional disputes that have hamstrung the Tories in government since the 2016 EU referendum.
But if you thought that meant a bit of breathing space to worry about other things, think again: between Brexit, the Labour leadership and Scottish independence, 2020 looks set to be another hugely significant year in UK politics – never mind what’s going on across the Atlantic.
So what’s happening?BrexitMPs return on January 7 and will immediately begin debating Johnson’s Brexit deal, which is expected to pass through the Commons by the end of next week.
Peers in the Lords will then take over and may send amendments back to the Commons, but in truth Johnson is likely to get his deal passed by parliament fairly unscathed.
That will pave the way for the UK to leave the EU on January 31 and enter a standstill transition period to the end of 2020.
But critics warn that Brexit will be far from “done” as negotiations will begin immediately on a long-term future UK-EU trade deal.
The PM has promised not to extend the transition, leaving the UK counting down to another “cliff edge” at the end of 2020 to get a trade agreement done or leave on near-no deal terms, creating the potential for fireworks.
Michel Barnier, who will again lead negotiations for the EU, may repeat his mantra: “The clock is ticking.”Johnson uses his powerWith Britain out of the EU, Johnson will attempt to get the country to move on from Brexit and will lay down a marker with what is expected to be a major cabinet reshuffle in February.
Many observers are predicting radical changes to the PM’s top team, with departments potentially facing the axe and the size of the cabinet reduced.
Whatever happens, the reshuffle is likely to be the first major indicator of how Johnson intends to govern at home.
Following this, Sajid Javid, or whoever is chancellor, will deliver the first budget of a Johnson government.
And it could look very different from past Tory budgets, with the party keen to address the concerns of working class ex-Labour voters who backed the Tories in the 2019 election. Labour elects Jeremy Corbyn’s successor Labour’s national executive committee will meet on January 6 to set out the timetable for the contest to replace Jeremy Corbyn, with a new leader expected to take over in March.
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer is the early frontrunner, ahead of the left’s anointed successor, shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey.
But as previous Labour leadership elections have shown – not least Corbyn’s stunning 2015 victory – a lot can change over the course of the campaign.
Whoever wins has a huge job in hauling the party back from its worst election defeat since 1935.  The Lib Dems replace ousted Jo Swinson The Liberal Democrats’ underwhelming election performance ended the short leadership of Jo Swinson, who disastrously lost her seat to the SNP.
The party’s federal board will meet on January 18 to set out the timetable for a contest to replace Swinson.
But with just 11 MPs, the Lib Dems are lacking experience and standout candidates.
Layla Moran, who ducked out of last year’s leadership contest, and Sir Ed Davey, who lost it to Swinson, appear to be the frontrunners.Make sense of politics. Sign up to the Waugh Zone and get the political day in a nutshell.More electionsJohnson and the new Labour and Lib Dem leaders will face their first post-Brexit electoral tests on May 7 as voters go to the polls to elect 118 English councils and eight directly elected mayors – the highest profile being the mayor of London, currently Sadiq Khan.
Labour will be looking for its new leader to start turning around the party’s ailing fortunes, while the Tories will hope the party’s new support among working class ex-Labour voters can hold once Brexit is delivered.Scottish independence"Scotland made very clear last week that it does not want a Tory government led by Boris Johnson, taking us out of Europe."@NicolaSturgeon says she has an "unarguable" mandate for a second Scottish independence referendum. More on this story here: https://t.co/kA2QL0rlbFpic.twitter.com/CdYf2lvygO— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 19, 2019The backdrop to all of this will be a 17-month argument over Scottish independence as first minister Nicola Sturgeon argues that she now has a mandate for a second referendum.
Johnson is set to refuse Sturgeon’s request for powers to hold another vote but the SNP leader is unlikely to give up, having won 47 out of 59 seats in Scotland, which voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU.
She will be looking ahead to 2021’s Scottish parliament election to secure a mandate for “indyref2”.Donald Trump’s last stand? So, there will be a lot going on over here – but if you get bored, there’s always Donald Trump.
The US presidential election takes place on November 3, with Trump expected to contest the White House having survived a Senate trial following his impeachment.
Barack Obama’s former vice president Joe Biden is currently the favourite to win the Democratic nomination to take on Trump, with left-wingers Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren close behind.Related... Keir Starmer Favourite To Lead Labour Party, Poll Suggests Why Labour Could Find It Hard To Depose Tories In The New ‘Blue Wall’ Rebecca Long-Bailey Reveals Her Labour Leadership Ambitions
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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NBA Names Clare Akamanzi CEO Of NBA Africa
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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