A missed opportunity? Revisiting the euro referendum that never was from a historical perspective

3 Dec

In 1997 all the main parties promised a referendum on whether Britain should join the euro, but eventually Labour ruled out membership. Anti-euro campaigners went on to hone their arguments in the 2016 referendum. Stuart Smedley (King’s College London) suggests that this may have been a missed opportunity for the government to tackle Eurosceptic narratives. … Continued

Daniel Hannan: £1 million? £1 billion? £1 trillion? McDonnell is relying on you not knowing the difference.

27 Nov

Labour is banking on our innumeracy. I don’t say that they are taking us for fools. Plenty of clever and educated people can’t process numbers on that scale.

Whether I vote for a new Brexit deal rather depends on what’s in it

2 Oct

The below is an edited version of an address delivered to the Bruges Group in Manchester on 30th September 2019. I stand before you, as someone making what I believe, is a reasonable request, but who has been excoriated as a ‘right wing extremist’ as a result. Here is the shocking thing I crave: I […]

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The Superstate into which the EU is evolving makes our departure all the more urgent

28 Sep

Back in April, after we didn’t leave the EU on March 29th, my view was that whatever got concocted by the various interested political and civil service/EU parties in the ensuing days and months would be regarded as stale and unsatisfactory by many across the UK. Now I think that the majority of people want […]

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A key driver for Scots voting intentions is not Brexit, it is the Iraq war

21 Aug

Gordon Brown, writing in the Observer, is the latest in a long line of Remainiacs to try and blame a bad thing, in this case Scottish independence, on a WTO Brexit. I can’t be certain if Gordon Brown simply does not understand what is going on in Scotland, or perhaps he is in denial, or is […]

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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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