Medical school plan for Derry Campus now “oven ready” if only an Executive minister signs it off, says NIO minister. Will it happen?

9 Jan

Andrew Adonis, the former Labour cabinet minister and senior adviser to Tony Blair is that rare creature, a British politician who having been introduced to Northern Ireland doesn’t turn away wearily after a short while. He has  decided  to champion our interests. He’s been mocked recently as a fanatical anti-Brexiteer who has had to face defeat. Undaunted, he has  turned to  other causes.  His speech during a debate in the Lords about the Stormont standoff yesterday  triggered an important statement … Read more

With the best will in the world, you can’t know what you’re voting for today

12 Dec

Let’s begin at (your) home. After all the mystery and muttering about tactics after the election, do you know which main party the DUP would support in government? I don’t. But Nigel Dodds sounds as if he’s nuzzling up to the Tories again with or without an overall majority     There is no doubt that if we reach a tariff-free trade deal with the European Union, that will eliminate the need for most if not all customs checks..I sincerely hope … Read more

While you’re waiting for election results, why not take a look at the state of Brexit from the Irish point of view?

11 Dec

Fairly dramatic conclusions about the future of the Union and stability in Northern Ireland have been produced in the  third Brexit Status Report of the Dublin based Institute of European and International Affairs.    Rather disappointingly the Report avoids discussing post Brexit  strategies for restoring  Stormont or if they fail, options such as direct rule, joint authority or an accountability mechanism for the Northern Ireland people on the future of the “frontstop,” assuming it is ratified by Parliament. A border … Read more

What the 2019 Labour manifesto says about Brexit

21 Nov

Labour’s General Election 2019 manifesto has been published today, and its Brexit section is titled, “The Final Say on Brexit”. The key line of the manifesto on Brexit is that Labour will deliver a second referendum: “Labour will give the people the final say on Brexit. Within three months of coming to power, a Labour […]

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The Lib Dems’ economically illiterate “Remain bonus” is based on very dubious forecasts

6 Nov

The economy is a notoriously complex system, which is notoriously difficult to model. This is all the more true because the data on which the models are based are, equally notoriously, prone to estimation errors and revisions. This is not to condemn, or even criticise, the economic models used, for example, by the Office for […]

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Brexit is no right-wing coup, but the means of escaping the EU’s neo-liberal economics that are harming our planet

26 Oct

The mainstream media, New Labour, the Yellow Tories and the Establishment would have you believe that Brexit is somehow a right-wing coup. These siren voices of the Establishment want you to forget that we had a “once in a lifetime” (former Prime Minister David Cameron) referendum that produced a clear result. The biggest single vote […]

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Why the Irish Taoiseach has a vested interest in keeping the UK locked into EU economic structures

14 Oct

The Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has played a strong hand in the Brexit negotiations, bringing in both the Good Friday Agreement and any possible border friction, real or imagined, to try to keep the UK locked into the EU’s economic structure throughout any transition period and then in perpetuity through a future UK/EU Free Trade […]

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A short primer for Philip Hammond on the benefits of free trade deals

14 Oct

The news concerning the negotiations is at present confusing. Different sides put out different leaks and we all remain none the wiser. However the EU is at least engaging seriously with the UK and for the present that has given a number of people hope that something can be agreed. How strange, then, that at […]

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Sajid Javid should use the first post-Brexit Budget to make his mark as a tax-reforming Chancellor

11 Oct

We are now less than three weeks away from what, hopefully, will be the date the British people’s instruction from the EU referendum will be implemented by the Government and Parliament. The likelihood is that a general election and a Budget will follow before 2019 draws to an end. So what ought the Chancellor be […]

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The economic case for a clean break from the EU’s protectionist cartel is stronger than ever

6 Oct

The media furore surrounding Boris Johnson’s proposal to the EU demonstrates once again how the debate around Brexit has shifted. Whereas once the debate was dominated by the economic arguments for and against, often weighed against other issues such as immigration and sovereignty, we have come to the point where politicians are focused on the […]

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