Grimes

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE After two years of polluting the political ether with conspiracy and conjecture, an illusionary truth formed in Britain’s liberal elite mirroring that of the Trump-Russian collusion conjured by their US counterparts. It is now received wisdom in much of Britain, and indeed Europe, that Britain’s freedom from the EU was won by unscrupulous means. Not that truth and accuracy is still expected … Continue reading Grimes

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Bursting the Cardiff Bay Bubble

BY PAUL DAVIES Last weekend at our Welsh Conservative conference in Llangollen, I told some hard truths to the members of the Cardiff Bay Bubble. The Bubble is a fragile and delicate entity, and is fiercely protected by the elite within it – and by those who wish to be in it. Its devotees took to social media to pillory the Welsh Conservative heretic – … Continue reading Bursting the Cardiff Bay Bubble

The Dwindling Sect of Rejoin

BY EFFIE DEANS I was sleeping when we left the EU. It is a matter of complete indifference to me if a fifty pence coin turns up in my change marking the event. If something about being European trends on Twitter I feel slightly amused that some people might think that such things matter. Symbolism doesn’t matter. Reality matters. It’s already clear that nothing bad … Continue reading The Dwindling Sect of Rejoin

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?