Enough is Enough

23 Feb

Another week another media stooshie – hyped and sent viral by social media. Should we participate? Are we culpable? The woman on Question Time – (in case you missed it) – spewed forth such a barrage of confused racist ramblings that everyone shuddered….

You’re So Vain

20 Feb

Despite a two-decade commitment to the principle, the SNP has, so far, failed to achieve gender balance among its elected representatives. There is a sense of a new commitment to the idea, however. Gender balance is customarily seen as an equality issu…

The Maybes

15 Feb

When I first heard Nicola Sturgeon’s Speech on the 31st January my initial feeling was one of deflation. I wanted to be fired up! Ready to go! Then I reflected on why? I was both these things, I had been ever since 2014. What did I expect from her? A c…

Irish Futures

10 Feb

As huge swathes of British media struggle to understand either the forces behind the rise of Sinn Féin (or even the electoral system itself), we try and make sense of the election by listening to Irish accounts of the vote.  To get a sense of the scale…

Hope in the Dark

9 Feb

As Storm Ciara lashes across mainland Britain its time to bunker-down and get safe. That seems to be the tactic of the SNP in announcing a possible delay of their Spring conference. If its a move designed to deflect the critics of their softly-softly a…

The Population Bomb

5 Feb

Oftentimes, economic performance is used as the primary measure of a country’s success. It would be a good idea for us to stop relying on such measures, if we are to move forward – or even continue at all – as a society and as a species. Another way in…

Trade Unionism, Not Kamikaze Unionism

3 Feb

The Labour party was founded to give the trade union movement a voice in parliament. The party drifted from its founding purpose and took voters for granted, falling into decline after 2015. Increasingly, Scottish trade unionists are speaking out in fa…

From Mr Brexit to Saint Brigid

1 Feb

As a sort of tableaux of the moment nothing much can beat Jim Davidson unveiling a painting of Nigel Farage, “Mr Brexit” in a When Did You Last See Your Father sort of way. If the photo of the scene evoked the drab shitness of Britain in 20…

It’s time to seize the opportunities of Brexit and embrace a Global Vision

30 Jan

We are so nearly there. After three long years, in which increasingly exasperated ordinary voters were pitted against the massed ranks of an establishment which seemed desperate to lock the UK into the EU, Britain is finally leaving. It is a testament to our fellow citizens’ indomitable spirit and the determination of the ‘little guy’ […]

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The Brexit Story, as told by BrexitCentral

30 Jan

It all began for BrexitCentral back in September 2016, less than twelve weeks after the June 2016 referendum at which more people voted for the UK to leave the EU than have ever voted for anyone or anything in British electoral history. And it began on a consensual note, with prominent Remain campaigner and Tory […]

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Boris has a mandate to get Brexit done – but don’t underestimate how slippery Brussels will be

29 Jan

As the Grauniad comes out edged in black, I’ll be celebrating Brexit day with a quiet pint of milk from non-farting Yorkshire cows. We should make it a genuinely national celebration by a magnanimous gesture to those who’ve buggered us around for the last three years: why not give a pound bag of Brussels sprouts […]

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We told the EU if they didn’t change, we’d go; they wouldn’t change – which is why we’re going

29 Jan

It was back in the late 1990s that a colleague of mine informed me of the impending demise of British Standards. What nonsense I thought, as only a madman (Tony Blair) would allow our country to lose one of its best trademarks. We were still digesting the EU’s Working Time Directive (WTD) along with a […]

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Highlights from the European Parliament Vote on Approving the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement

29 Jan

Guy Verhofstadt concedes that Brexit is happening…  .@guyverhofstadt “In my opinion, yes, Brexit is also a failure of the Union… There is a lesson to learn from it, and this lesson is not to undo the Union, as some are arguing here. No, this lesson is to deeply reform the Union.” pic.twitter.com/N1KVQN7wYE — BrexitCentral (@BrexitCentral) […]

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On Friday, let’s toast absent friends whose labours helped us achieve Brexit

28 Jan

BrexitCentral has played an essential, indeed existential, role in the EU debate since the referendum. Its absence in 2020 will now be felt. But it will not be alone in that regard. In many a British Army mess, the last of the customary port toasts is made to “absent friends”. The arrival of Brexit Hour, […]

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Home Rules

28 Jan

The Labour candidates competing to inherit the advanced shambles of the Labour Party were today falling over themselves to make statements about Scotland and the constitution. The result was, as you might expect, complete and baffling confusion. Emily …

After all the Remainer legal chicanery, I’ll be closely monitoring the next stage of talks with Brussels

27 Jan

We formed Lawyers for Britain in early 2016 just before the start of the referendum campaign. We had two aims. One was to campaign for a Leave vote amongst the legal profession – a “small-c” conservative group who generally hate change of any kind, and most of whom therefore supported the prevailing orthodoxy of staying […]

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