CSM EDITORIAL The announcement by Nigel Farage that his Brexit Party is now a viable choice for the next European Elections in May – should it need to be used – is key. Should there be any significant delay to Brexit – and the European elections be fought by UK politicians (let’s hope not) – then the Tories and Labour can expect to lose most … Continue reading The Brexit Party Warning Shot
BY JAMIE FOSTER The Guardian was almost drunk with joy that ‘30 top intellectuals’ published their sentimental call to arms in which they claimed Europe was teetering on the brink of annihilation. You can imagine that these 30 top intellectuals have each other on speed dial just in case the moment presents itself to whine about the state of the world and warn of calamities … Continue reading The EU Fails Ordinary People
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN We have learnt a great deal about our friends in Europe in recent weeks. France wants to plunder our fish, Brussels wants to command our army, while Spain wants to grab our land. The current government in Dublin, albeit increasingly rattled, cares far more for the EU than the UK. No wonder a growing portion of the British people – exhausted by … Continue reading The Folly of Focusing on Europe
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