Category Archives: News and politics

Paradise and taxation

When Sir Vince Cable, having criticised the government for not clamping down on offshore tax havens trading under the British flag, added ‘The Paradise Papers suggest that a small number of wealthy individuals have been able, entirely legally, to put … Continue reading

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A series of ‘Ds’…

The state of the West can be summed up in a series of Ds: ‘demoralised, decadent, deflating, demographically challenged, divided, disintegrating, dysfunctional, declining’. The chronic problems include economic failure as a result of the 2008 financial crash, verse demographics and … Continue reading

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Let the divorce begin!!

With the Article 50 letter sent on Wednesday and the EU response yesterday, we have a (slightly) clearer idea about how the negotiations will proceed over the next two years. Those who said during the referendum campaign that leaving the … Continue reading

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Reviewing 2016: A second stab

After Brexit came the election of Donald Trump as the US President.  If Brexit was a shock, Trump’s election was an earthquake…no one thought he would get the Republican nomination let alone win the election against the experienced if not … Continue reading

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Reviewing 2016

2016, the year that the ‘commentariat’ got just about everything wrong!  It was supposed to be a victory for ‘remain’ and Hilary Clinton preparing for her inauguration as US President half way through next month…well, no.  Britain was supposed to … Continue reading

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The West’s blame and the West’s shame

Watching Newsnight yesterday evening was one of the worst examples of a political post-mortem I think I’ve ever experienced.  The subject was the imminent fall of Aleppo to the Russian supported government of President Bashar al-Assad that commentators think represents … Continue reading

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In denial

One of the things that struck me particularly about last night’s Newsnight Special, was the extent to which Democrats remained in a state of denial not only about the election of Donald Trump but also about the reasons why he … Continue reading

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Globalisation and nativism

Talking to an eminent pollster this afternoon I was struck by the number of occasions she said ‘But that’s not what was supposed to happen.’  But then she’d said the same thing after the Brexit victory in late June and … Continue reading

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Reacting to judgements

Conservative MP Dominic Grieve said the criticisms over the High Court judges’ decision were ‘horrifying’ and reminded him of ‘Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe’.Three High Court judges found that the government could not start the formal process – the triggering of Article … Continue reading

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Brexit…A Never-Ending story

The High Court has ruled that the government does not have the power to trigger Article 50 – to start formal exit negotiations with the EU – without the approval of Parliament. What parliamentary approval means is unclear because the … Continue reading

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1066 and Brexit

In a week’s time it will be the 950th anniversary of the one event that most people in Britain know…the Battle of Hastings.  It is no surprise that this totemic event has been linked to the equally totemic decision to … Continue reading

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A sense of deja vue!!!

Although we’ve become somewhat jaded in our attitude to political polls, there was little surprise in JC’s victory over Owen Smith yesterday. He slightly increased his majority from 59 per cent last year to 61.8 this largely because he polled … Continue reading

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Imploding Politics

Having spent much of the past three years writing about Chartism and its importance in the development of radical working-class politics, it is ironic that during those years that the Labour Party has degenerated from a credible opposition and potential … Continue reading

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A traumatic decision

Moments when one knows history has changed are rare.  In my lifetime, the Suez crisis in 1956 and the election of the Conservative government in 1979 represented important shifts in how Britain saw herself first as a world power and … Continue reading

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Day One

Let us be clear, the decision in a UK referendum was narrow but clear…51.9 per cent for Leave. 48.1 per cent for Remain. It was also a UK referendum not a referendum in which its four constituent parts had no … Continue reading

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