BY SAM HOOPER Laughing at Britain’s Brexit woes might be justified if other countries were successfully tackling the pre-eminent problem of the early 21st century — reconciling meaningful democracy and self-determination with the imperative for global regulation and governance. But since no-one else has bothered to pick up the torch of destiny, maybe it’s time to rethink the self-satisfied mockery. Spare a thought for poor Ryan … Continue reading Is Brexit Boring You?
BY JAMIE FOSTER There is an air of desperation that surrounds Theresa May’s letter to the people of the UK, published on the 25th November. It is a call to join her in support of the deal she has made with Brussels sent over the heads of her MPs. It is hard to think what she believes it will achieve. Is it designed to cause … Continue reading Thoughts on May’s Letter
BY DAVID EYLES Thursday 15th November 2018 might perhaps go down in British political history as one to remember. More likely is that it will be remembered as only one of a series of skirmishes by the Westminster political classes. But by the end of the day, two cabinet ministers had resigned, and four junior ministers had done likewise. Initially it was thought that 48 … Continue reading May’s Vichy Britain?
CSM EDITORIAL Watching Theresa May doing a tour of radio stations has been eye-opening. No doubt one of her wonks has written her a list saying “sell the Brexit plan to the Cabinet, the DUP, the EU (twice), Parliament and the People. Radio and TV tour vital”. They left off the adjective “dead”. It is the wireless tour that May has been focusing on this … Continue reading Out of Touch
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN It was pouring with rain. In a cloudburst and with a metal plate holding one’s leg together, Green Park underground station is a trek too far from Berkeley Square. I was close to late for my teatime appointment in Westminster. A black cab sat in front of me with its orange light on. I had some spare, shiny nuggets on me after … Continue reading A Most Unfair Divorce
BY ANDREW KELLY Among all the failures of the disgraceful capitulation of the UK PM’s deal, no doubt the biggest was accepting that the Eire/Ulster issue is the UK’s problem to solve. This was a trap set by the EU that our (useless) negotiators willingly entered and is now the central complication in an apparently intractable problem (for the UK to solve). As an aside, … Continue reading Seeing Through the EU’s Irish Trap
BY ANTHONY WHITEHEAD My Dad didn’t talk much about the war and was not particularly heroic about it. Recalling his landing on the Normandy beaches he commented: “It was D-day – plus one – thank God!’. But he did say this: “That I should point a gun at another young man like me and shoot him dead just because he has a different colour uniform … Continue reading Don’t Mention the War
CSM EDITORIAL Rarely has a Prime Minister and her cabinet been so cornered. Partly this is due to weak leadership. Partly this is because of what in retrospect was a foolhardy decision to call a General Election in 2017 resulting in weaker leadership. Mostly because the EU is a power and money-grabbing mafia and want to make an example out of the UK, whatever it … Continue reading #ChuckChequers
BY PAUL NEWALL Bono was one of my first heroes, I bought all of U2’s records and in my wide-eyed desire to make the world a better place I read a little too much into their earnest lyrics as was the case with many teenagers during the 1980’s. I was travelling towards the left at a speed my parents found disconcerting, so much so that … Continue reading St Bobo