HS2. All aboad the Ninky Nonk.

27 Jan

This site would scrap the scheme. But sunk political costs as well as economic ones are likely to keep this Cameron modernisation legacy project chugging on and on.

After a momentous 2019, it’s time to feast on the delicious opportunities afforded by Brexit

6 Jan

Optimism abounds as people return to work. Millions of people have new-found enthusiasm, energy and hope, akin to a delicious cake baked with the trusty ingredients of political stability and economic potential. What a difference a few months can do for a major nation’s fortunes. It’s worth reflecting on and correcting some misleading impressions of […]

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‘Necessity hath no law’: Anglo-Britain, the Lord Protector and the Johnson regime

28 Oct

The Johnson-Cummings disdain of Parliament echoes Oliver Cromwell’s struggles with the institution. Brendan O’Duffy (Queen Mary University of London) discusses how Cromwell’s second tenure as Lord Protector tried to establish an ‘Anglo-British’ nation that bears a resemblance to the vision espoused by hard Brexiters. In his admiring review of Graham Allison’s Destined for War, Dominic Cummings discussed the logic of […]

Unlike the Government, the Brexit Party is arguing from a point of principle for a clean break Brexit

12 Oct

Sir John Major recently described the Conservatives as a “Brexit Party Tribute Band”. Ken Clarke pronounced the Conservative Party as “the Brexit Party rebadged”. On her way to the Lib Dems, Heidi Allen complained the Tories had “become Brexit Party Version 2”. Numerous commentators have pointed out that Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings have shifted […]

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We are still perilously close to Hailsham’s ‘elective dictatorship’

30 Sep

In the 1970s, Lord Hailsham warned that Britain was in danger of sinking into an ‘elective dictatorship’ because of the vulnerability of its constitutional arrangements. Julian Petley (Brunel University London) says his warning, which was aimed at the left, is more relevant than ever as Boris Johnson’s government tries to impose its will on Parliament. Not only did Boris Johnson attempt […]

Welsh Labour are more out of touch with voters on Brexit than ever

27 Sep

Within the Cardiff Bay cartel, ‘BDS’ originally meant the ‘Brexit Derangement Syndrome’ of those who see in Brexit the twilight of Wales’ elites. Yet in these heady days ‘BDS’ stands for the ‘Boris Derangement Syndrome’ that has now sent Wales’ devolved governing class into orbit. The EU-signalling from Cardiff Bay shows that Johnson and his […]

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