Boris Johnson must avoid being overconfident and prepare to play hardball with the tricky EU negotiators

18 Dec

Be boosted by the election and the rout of Remain – but don’t get too confident. It ain’t over yet. Prime Ministerial honeymoons are shorter these days and the rampant Remainers will regroup and revive; the most difficult bit is still to come and negotiating with the EU is like getting cows not to fart. […]

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The absurdity of Labour’s enthusiasm for the European project

28 Oct

I’ve never been able to understand my party’s ignorance of economics and production. We’re good at fostering consumption and excellent at the NHS, education, social services and welfare, but appalling at understanding the basic economics of building and sustaining an industrial base on which everything rests. Instead of growing the economy by state backing and […]

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Brexit has challenged the comfort and authority of the Establishment

24 Oct

I’ve always thought of the Establishment as a vague but useful description for the clusters at the top of the tree in politics and society: those who have the power to shape our ordinary lives rough hew them how we may; paternalist chaps and chappesses rather like the eighteenth century aristocracy, but a bit more […]

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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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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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Do Labour’s Rampant Remainers also have an agenda to thwart Jeremy Corbyn?

21 Sep

Do the Labour MPs who are making such efforts to stop Brexit and overrule the 2016 “People’s Vote” know what they’re doing? Has their Europeanism driven out their concern for Labour, creating a desperate desire to protect the few from the many by reversing the people’s will? Or is there a more sinister motive? To […]

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Too many of our Remainer politicians are living in a horror-filled fantasy land of fear and economic ignorance

19 Sep

The great majority of the British people are getting on with their lives wondering why the politicians haven’t yet left the EU. Our political class has moved into fantasy world. Terror, fear and unimaginable horror stalk the land in fairytales invented as the last desperate attempt to keep Britain in the EU. It’s a realm […]

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The recalcitrant Remainers propose a Brexit delay because they can’t agree on anything else

2 Sep

I can’t help admiring the way Recalcitrant Remainers – apart from lunatics and other Liberals – have managed to disguise their desire to stop Brexit. For two years of parliamentary tactics and fear creation, they’ve held Brexit up rather than killed it – but defenestrated poor old Theresa who attempted to accommodate them. Now, as […]

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Theresa May fell into the traps set by the EU and caved into their demands

26 Aug

The failure (thus far) to implement the people’s wishes on Brexit must be the greatest cock-up in British history. It has created a political mess in which we wallow while the world laughs. So it’s worthwhile to ask what went wrong and learn the lessons. We wasn’t just robbed. We failed incompetently. Brexiteers assumed that it would […]

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Welcome to constitutional wonderland

14 Aug

Stopping Brexit is becoming a desperate game. It’s produced a manic inventiveness which is turning out more constitutional crap than thirty years of Liberal Party conferences. Only the EU can impose “No Deal” by refusing to admit that Theresa May’s deal is as dead as May, so a new government means a new negotiation. Logically […]

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Some more friendly advice from me for Boris Johnson

26 Jul

The next few weeks will see an outpouring of advice for Boris Johnson. All the commentators who’ve spent the last few weeks denouncing him as a walking disaster, womaniser and serial liar will rush to tell him to redeem himself by doing what they want. Which makes me, as someone impartially opposed to his politics, […]

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