Time to Get Under Bercow’s Skin

BY DAVID EYLES Last week John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, discussed the mechanics of leaving the EU directly with the President of the EU Parliament, David Sassoli. The YouTube clip of Mr Sassoli’s statement on this subject is here. The following is my transcript of Mr Sassoli’s statement to the EU Parliament on the 9th October: ” …I also had a fruitful discussion … Continue reading Time to Get Under Bercow’s Skin

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

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

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