No Deal No EU Army

BY JAMIE FOSTER Should the unlikely happen and a deal materialise, a group of Tory MPs are considering voting against Boris Johnson’s divorce deal unless commitments to EU defence are removed from it. At present the divorce deal promises to keep the UK linked to a series of EU military structures including the European Defence Fund, the European Defence Agency and Permanent Structured Cooperation. This … Continue reading No Deal No EU Army

Slagfest

BY JON ALEXANDER Well, Wednesday night was a total shambles, wasn’t it? Just a lot of MPs pretending they were on EastEnders and having a slanging match with Kat Slater. We were told that prorogation of Parliament was unlawful and stopped our best and brightest MPs from debating Brexit and steering us onto a path that would unite both Leavers and Remainers whilst pleasing the … Continue reading Slagfest

Expect a Boris Bounce

CSM EDITORIAL The Labour Conference was weak fare. A party split by Brexit, feuds between Trotskyites and Blairites and a leader who has been reduced to changing his spectacles every couple of weeks just in case they give him a new look which some might mistake as Prime Ministerial. Every now and again the electable facade slipped – nationalising cutting-edge drug companies (pharmaceuticals are one … Continue reading Expect a Boris Bounce

The Real Lib Dem Führer

BY TIM DAWSON “Bollocks to Brexit!” they screamed. “Bollocks to Brexit!” This was less a conference, more a collective breakdown. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, with sandals and vegan salads. For three days, the Liberal (not that they’re liberal) Democrats (not that they’re democrats) tore up Bournemouth – and democracy. Their headline act was Guy Verhofstadt. Verhofstadt, as readers will know, is a deluded … Continue reading The Real Lib Dem Führer

Circumventing Threats

CSM EDITORIAL The greatest tangible threat to Britain is a Corbyn Government – whether for a few days or many years – as the Corbynites are self-confessed Marxists who want nothing less than a revolution. When Rod Liddle was just starting out as a journalist when Robert Mugabe took power, back in 1980, he asked his predecessor, Ian Smith, how he thought Mugabe would manage … Continue reading Circumventing Threats

Get Out of Our Way

BY NIGEL RAFFERTY Continuity Remain and the unrepresentative parliament has reached new heights of annoyance. Their ridiculous attempts to delay Brexit make even puny, little countries look from abroad at us and giggle. The idiots dressed in blue and yellow singing pathetic ditties in the streets can’t even sing in tune. Pro-Europe commentators are shabby dimwits or war criminals. The tiresome bias of newscasters grinds. … Continue reading Get Out of Our Way

While Others Lose their Heads

CSM EDITORIAL So Momentum is calling for hundreds of thousands of people to occupy and blockade our towns and cities, while “peacefully engaging” to restore democracy. Meanwhile the ex-BBC Newsnight journalist Paul Mason is calling for a storming of Downing Street this weekend, as one does. Sir Philip Pullman said in a tweet that he thinks of “rope” and “the nearest lamp-post” when he hears … Continue reading While Others Lose their Heads

Yellows Leak Yellowhammer

CSM EDITORIAL So, some Remainer has leaked the dossier known as Operation Yellowhammer which warns of food and medicine shortages in a no-deal exit. Cabinet minister Michael Gove said it outlined a “worst-case scenario”, that the cross-government study was old and that Brexit planning had accelerated since Boris Johnson became prime minister. The warnings in the report are not actually that scary. Project Fear seems … Continue reading Yellows Leak Yellowhammer

Wooferendum

BY CHARLES SULLIVAN There are certain moments in political campaigns when you know the side not seeking publicity has developed unstoppable and winning momentum. In the post-vote People’s Vote campaign, one such moment was the arrival of EU Supergirl, Madeleina Kay – she personified the whining, out-of-tune position of Continuity Remainers and helped turn Remainers away from the Continuity remain cause. Another was the rise … Continue reading Wooferendum

Varadkar Playing With Fire

BY SEAN FLYNN The Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar recently admitted that “we (Irish) should be afraid” of a no deal Brexit taking place. Meanwhile Irish businesses, like the alcohol industry, have warned that a no-deal Brexit could see Irish jobs at risk, businesses shut down and expensive ­tariffs tacked on to drinks. A report from the Central Bank of Ireland (ICB) has also predicted that a no-deal … Continue reading Varadkar Playing With Fire

Plot or Die

BY JAMIE FOSTER The expression “falling between two stools” is an old proverbial phrase. The full version is ‘between two stools one falls to the ground’. It is first cited in John Gower’s Confessio Amantis, 1390: “Thou farst [farest] as he betwen tuo stoles That wolde sitte and goth to grounde.” The first recorded use in modern English is in Matthew Prior’s comic poem Alma; or, The … Continue reading Plot or Die

Major Headache

BY JAMIE FOSTER Ex-Prime Minister John Major seems to have seriously lost the plot as he threatens to judicially review Boris Johnson if he decides to prorogue parliament to get a no deal Brexit through. Former British PM Sir John Major will "seek a judicial review" to prevent the next prime minister suspending Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit #r4today https://t.co/MyWlMEV8nK pic.twitter.com/0aLl8Ej5H5 — BBC … Continue reading Major Headache

Little Macron’s Threats

BY JAMIE FOSTER Boris Johnson certainly struck a nerve in Paris when he suggested that under his leadership the £39B divorce bill may be retained. President Macron said that if we were to not pay the bill it would be like a sovereign debt default and there would be ‘consequences’. This sinister, threatening tone conjures up images of being punished by international markets with a … Continue reading Little Macron’s Threats