Fatal Idée Fixe

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Sport teaches us the consequences of changing parameters. From racing – the softness of the turf. From fly-fishing – the entomology of larvae. From cricket – final innings, spinner-exploitable pitch cracks. In short, there are horses for courses, flies for certain rivers and months; on cloudy days some bowlers worth shining the conker for. Parameters are rarely if ever fixed entities. The … Continue reading Fatal Idée Fixe

The Winner Takes it All

BY DAVID EYLES Background My analyses of Conservative held constituencies was conducted in July 2018. The first part of the two articles is here. The second part is here. These two articles, and the analyses behind them, looked solely at the Tories by examining each constituency and then interrogating them with a very simple model to test their resilience to attack by a determined and organised UKIP. … Continue reading The Winner Takes it All

Adieu People’s Vote

BY ALEXIA JAMES Such a tragedy that the People’s Vote campaign is disintegrating before our eyes. Is it possible to think of a more noble and democratic campaign in the history of these islands? A campaign that attracted such an array of political stardust? Is that the end of those wonderful marches? No more splendid placards or exaggerated crowd statistics?  I do fear for Supergirl’s … Continue reading Adieu People’s Vote

Localism is Best?

BY PHIL DEEKS Imagine a group of countries, each with varying histories and cultures (some linked, some not), each with distinct economies (some developed, some not) and each with their own domestic concerns. Is it wise for them to follow the same monetary and social policies as each other? I posed this question on Twitter to a follower group of a left/liberal bent. 85% of … Continue reading Localism is Best?

Blessing in Disguise

BY ALEXIA JAMES Jo Swinson is annoying. Her squawking is annoying. Her hardline remainiac position is annoying. Her chatting with the EU behind the back of the British Government is beyond annoying. However, it’s pretty clear already, only months into her leadership of the Liberal Democrats, that – for Brexiteers at least – she’s a blessing in disguise. Rather than splitting the Tory vote at … Continue reading Blessing in Disguise

American Hospital Any Day

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE “Lessons will be learnt” – Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, 2017 “We will obviously have to learn lessons”– Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Health Minister, 2013. “Lessons will be learnt to ensure it never happens again” – Nadine Dorries, Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, 2019. I’d like to preface this glorified rant by testifying that it is not my wish to see … Continue reading American Hospital Any Day