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Checkmate

Brexit checkmate in Salzburg

Believe it or not, EU leaders were attempting to bolster Theresa May’s position ahead of what is likely to be an unpleasant Tory conference ten days from now.    EU negotiator Michel Barnier had unexpectedly indicated that the so-called “Chequers proposal” provided the basis for a future Brexit deal.  Crucially, however, …

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Where good intentions lead

Road to hell

Labour MP Lucy Powell’s Ten Minute Rule Bill to be presented to Parliament today has all of the hallmarks of the good intentions that pave the road that leads to you know where.  At face value, it is packed with banal measures aimed at tackling one of the thorniest issues …

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How the left enabled Hitler

Nuremberg exhibition image

Given the current fashion for hurling the words “fascist” and “Nazi” at anyone we happen to disagree with, it is worth remembering that the Nazis were elected to government (as the largest party) in 1932.  Not that they would not have seized power by other means in future if need …

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You’ve been Trumped

Trump Joker

There were two messages on the back of Melania Trump’s now famous jacket (no, one of them was not an Italian fascist slogan).  The first was the one aimed at the US media – “I really don’t care; do U?”  That is, in the age of 24 hour news and …

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What is happening to the global elite?

American corporate flag

Public relations firm WPP is in the news today because of a shareholder revolt over the resignation of former CEO Martin Sorrell: “Almost a third of shareholders did not back the company’s pay and bonus scheme and almost 17% did not support the re-election of chairman Roberto Quarta. “Shareholders have …

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Brexit is the backstop

Brexit is the backstop

As an exercise in creating unnecessary constitutional crises, Brexit is turning out to be a humdinger.  The underlying reason for this is that at no stage in the process has any decision in the chain been about Britain’s relationship with the European Union: The decision to include the promise of …

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Faux outrage at a media whore

Evening Standard

It is often said of the internet that: “If you are not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.”  What many don’t realise is that the same goes when you pay a lot less than something costs.  Newspapers are a case in point.  Back in …

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Brexit: Millionaires jump ship

Brexit millionaires

Both sides of the Brexit have economic forecasts that show just how good/bad things are going to be when somebody finally figures out what leaving the European Union actually means.  But that’s the trouble with forecasts – you only get to find out how good/bad it actually is when it …

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A breadless circus

Royal wedding - Breadless circus

Like most of my countrymen and women, tomorrow I will be doing anything but tuning in to the circus that is the Royal wedding.  This is not because I have anything against the young couple themselves – both strike me as decent individuals (although that is, perhaps, a luxury afforded …

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Brexit: “crackpot realism” in action

Brexit crackpot realism

Among the many changes to government in the last four decades, one stands out.  Government no longer does things.  To a greater extent with every year that goes by, government uses legislation and regulation to force others – corporations and individuals – to do the things that government used to …

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