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The left needs to give up hope

Some years ago I got into one of those online spats that can never be resolved with just 280 characters.  It was in response to someone who, in November 2016, claimed that “conservatives just cannot get over the fact that we [the left] keep winning the arguments.”  This, I suggested, …

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The cold light of day

After four decades of neoliberalism, Britain’s political geography has changed for good.  The enduring result of last night’s general election is that there is no longer such thing as a “traditional Labour seat.”  The old pattern in which working class voters unthinkingly voted for a Labour Party that was their …

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This dismal election

The announcement of the 2017 general election drew the comment, “not another f**king one!”  This time around, the rage appears to have dissipated into a generalised apathy among anyone who is not a party activist.  Polling expert Sir John Curtice has referred to it as an “unpopularity contest,” describing Boris …

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Beware the allure of green policies

At face value, green politics is the way to go.  With evidence of a changing climate mounting all around us – bush fires in Australia and California, flooding in Venice and Yorkshire, etc. – and in the wake of the Extinction Rebellion protests, there is growing concern about the environment.  …

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Boris’s Brexit Bear Trap

If you are the kind of person who believes everything you see written on the side of buses, then you probably believe that voting Tory next month will bring “closure” to the Brexit saga.  This undoubtedly will be the Johnson line going into the 12 December general election.  Having set …

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A curious lack of imagination

In the late 1970s and early 1980s a former British MI6 agent named Ted Allbeury became a moderate-selling spy fiction writer.  Although never ascending to the heights reached by other British ex-spies such as Ian Fleming and John le Carré; Allbeury churned out a series of books with titles such …

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It became necessary to destroy the party to save it

As the latest feeble attempt at (not) reaching a deal with the EU27 comes to its inevitable conclusion, Prime Minister Johnson will seek to blame everyone but himself for the failure.  First among those upon whose head he will cast blame will be the shady “Brussels bureaucrats” who have supposedly …

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Between anger and bargaining

Last week my local BBC new channel posed the question, could lower speed limits end air pollution?  According to the article: “Speed cameras to enforce 50mph limits designed at improving air quality on the M4 and other roads have been activated… “The Welsh Government said the cameras would help deliver …

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The petty crime that kills the Green New Deal

A rise in petty crime has always been an indicator of hard times.  Statistically, the poorer people get, the more property-related crime increases.  Car thefts are just one of many property crimes that are on the increase just now.  As Will Dron at the Sunday Times Driving reported earlier this …

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Second time farce

The funny thing about Britain’s self-proclaimed “educated class” is that it is often far more delusional than the unwashed masses that it so readily disparages.  Nowhere is this truer than in the current fiasco around Britain’s no-deal Brexit on 31 October; a prospect that has become far more likely now …

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