Courting politics

4 Oct

I don’t worry all that much about the rampant Remainers trying to get the courts to become political. They might regret it if the election result is a Labour government with no majority, but at the moment the legal profession is pleading poverty because of the legal aid cuts – so a new job on […]

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While No Deal may not be optimal, it’s a Brexit outcome the Government can manage

4 Oct

Despite being the legal default, the path to No Deal at the end of this month is difficult to see. The Benn Act passed by MPs is a tightly drafted piece of legislation. And the Government’s bold new proposals for a deal are likely to be rejected by the EU – not least because the […]

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How did the party of Asquith degenerate into a sanctimonious anti-democratic rabble?

4 Oct

I‘m so old I can remember the Liberal Party, a party of the masses not the classes, of social reform and a brave northern non-conformist tradition of independence. All that still lingered in my early political life as I went on my meat round wearing a yellow rosette in the 1950 election. What’s happened since […]

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Proposals Published to Make Parliament ‘More Inclusive’

4 Oct

Parliament’s Administration Committee has published its proposals to change access rights for passholders on the Parliamentary estate, in an attempt to make it “more inclusive.” The leaked draft proposals Guido reported back in July have held true and the proposals are sure to prove unpopular. One of the most controversial proposals is that of opening […]

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Big spend didn’t guarantee success in Euro poll

4 Oct

The big winner of the European Election was the Alliance’s Naomi Long who managed to increase her party’s share of the vote by from 7.1% five years ago to 18.5%, winning a seat from the Ulster Unionists. For the other parties it was a mixed bag: Sinn Féin only took the third seat having topped the poll in the previous two elections; the SDLP thought they could win back the seat they lost in 2004 but didn’t even come close; … Read more

Movers and shakers

4 Oct

So we’ve done a new poll, and this one’s a little different than usual. The sample was 1007 Scottish voters who said they would vote SNP with their constituency vote at the next Holyrood election. Which makes these findings pretty interesti…

Episode 54: The political mobilisation of Britons in Spain before and after Brexit

4 Oct

In episode 54, Dr Michaela Benson discusses the rapid rise of transnational campaign groups lobbying for the rights of British citizens living in the EU26 with Prof Jeremy MacClancy.

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Baroness Hale Makes Digs at Boris in New Speech

4 Oct

This morning, the President of the Supreme Court, Baroness Hale – who 10 days ago ruled Boris’s prorogation unlawful – opened an education conference with the phrase “let’s hear it for the girly swots” as she stood in front of a presentation titled “Spider woman takes down Hulk: Viewers transfixed by judge’s brooch as ruling […]

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It Shouldn’t Happen to a Radio Presenter 67: Corpsing

4 Oct

We all do it from time to time. Something happens and we just start to laugh uncontrollably. Sophie, my producer unearthed this clip from last year. The context is that around 6.30pm each day, she and I disappear into a recording booth to record a 10 second trail, which is then played out at 6.50 to tease ahead to what is coming up in my show at 7. This is what happened…

On Tuesday of this week I got a text alert to say that Spurs were losing 7-2 to Bayern Munich. Inwardly, I burst out laughing, although I have to say I will support any UK team in a European competition. Anyway, we were coming up to a break so I thought I’d have some fun…

Yes, it was puerile, self indulgent and I don’t regret a second of it!

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Stormont Consent-what does it mean?

4 Oct

Angela Merkel gave Boris Johnson 30 days to submit alternative proposals to replace the backstop. After a long wait (where it was speculated that the Prime Minister would merely amend the Withdrawal Agreement with tip-ex) the UK Government has finally submitted its plans. Spanning seven pages, Johnson’s proposals are a mis-mash of different ideas. All the hits you know and love are back. Remember Max Fac? It’s there. Nostalgic for Customs checks? Want a border down the Irish Sea? The … Read more

The Ulsterisation of Brexit: “…the worst of them is the bitter envenomed dislike which they have to each other”

4 Oct

Today in his column, Alex Kane worries about the general polarisation around Brexit and the general rigidity of opinion which has set in. He writes: I once met a woman in Easons in Belfast who told me that she never read my pieces about Brexit (she was a Remainer) because she was ‘scared’ that she might find herself agreeing with me on some points. Her argument was built around her admission that she tended to agree with me on everything … Read more

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Rory Standing To Be Mayor of London

4 Oct

I am running as an Independent candidate for Mayor of London, and here’s why. Please join me in my campaign: https://t.co/8y3xWpl9hY#Rory4London pic.twitter.com/jnaNy8IF0s — Rory Stewart (@RoryStewartUK) October 4, 2019 The MP for one of the most northern constituencies in the country is not only standing down and quitting the Tories, but moving 300 miles south […]

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Ben Bradshaw’s Shameless Gove Fake News

4 Oct

Ben Bradshaw successfully caused a storm in a teacup last night over a mild-mannered speech by Michael Gove at the German Embassy. Bradshaw himself heckled Gove with the word “nonsense” and then proceeded to tell the world how awfully the speech, which received sustained applause, went down.  Listen to the exchange above… Gove: “Britain and […]

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