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Archive for the ‘UK POLITICS’ Category

WELL DONE, PRINCE HARRY

October 5, 2019

Congratulations on ignoring all the cautious advice given to you, and saying loud and clear what you really think. These clever diplomatic people (advisers) ignore the fact that what you feel, deep down, is a valuable signal and an indication of how you might act if you got the chance. If somebody really hates me, […]

BORIS. WHAT NEXT?

September 1, 2019

Is it possible for the confusion over Brexit to be worse today than it was yesterday? apparently, YES. One result of the confusion is that emotional decision-making looks a better option than ever. I want OUT, and I believe BORIS has a good chance of delivering. The opposition seeks to make a NO DEAL exit […]

NO DEAL BREXIT. THE BENEFITS OF A STIMULATING EXPERIENCE.

August 20, 2019

The news has recently been concerned with the expected consequences of leaving the EU without any deal. Just how much disaster awaits us? A report was published over the week end (leaked, of course) which was full of gloom. It was dismissed by the government as out-of-date and failing to include the latest planning. Boris […]

DEMOCRACY IN TROUBLE

November 13, 2016

  The Brexit vote in the UK and the Trump victory in the USA  are protest votes by people who see themselves as ignored by an intellectual, political elite. I connect this with a comment by Kenneth Clarke, , a senior Tory in the UK, who lamented a change in the way democracy works. He […]

BEST NEGOTIATOR?

July 3, 2016

The UK press today is full of the contest to become leader of the Tory party and (presumably) the next Prime Minister. The winner will have to decide when to trigger Article 50. (With the extreme possibility of a second referendum and reversing the OUT verdict.) Before that action the PM will need a clear […]

MAY 22nd 2014

May 30, 2014

  My last post but one considered whether I should or should not vote for UKIP in the election for the European Parliament on May 22nd. That date has come and gone, and I did vote for UKIP. So did a great many other people in the UK. Many others in other European countries took […]

SHALL I VOTE FOR UKIP ON MAY 22nd?

April 30, 2014

I live in a part of the country which is unlikely to elect a Westminster MP other than a conservative. So my influence on a UK election will only ever be zero. But in the European election the size of the vote for a minority party like UKIP is of interest to the major ones. […]

MORE ON SCOTLAND AND INDEPENDENCE

April 9, 2014

This issue comes up more frequently as the referendum gets closer. I am English, but a great admirer of the Scots and would be sad if they decided to leave us. It does not seem at all clear whether an independent Scotland would be better or worse off economically. So it looks like an emotional […]

SCOTLAND AGAIN

November 30, 2013

I posted on the Scotland issue yesterday but felt that I had missed something. I wonder if the deepest motive in the SNP campaign is just a historic ANTI-ENGLISHNESS. They have got some reason to feel this way because, on the whole, they came off worst in our various conflicts. But they did remarkably well in fights […]

BRITAIN, SCOTLAND AND EUROPE

November 28, 2013

Right now some Scots want out of Britain and some Brits want out of Europe. The arguments for and against an independent Scotland seem very complex and will never be proved either way because you can’t go back afterwards and try the other thing. But I can understand the emotional need for an independent identity, […]