Drink!

BY JAMIE FOSTER A delightful book to dip in and out of, Bruce Anderson’s ‘Drink!’ is a collection of his columns from The Spectator. Published by Quiller, this slim volume is a series of vignettes full of joie de vivre. Each column recollects a different occasion on which Anderson is drinking wine and it is a joy to be transported by him to so many … Continue reading Drink!

The Fake News Factory

BY JAMIE FOSTER David Sedgwick’s book ‘The Fake News Factory’ is a polemic on the state of the BBC. It pulls no punches from the outset in covering what Sedgwick perceives to be the BBC’s dishonesty and malfeasance. The BBC is portrayed as the source of fake news on a number of subjects ranging from Brexit and Donald Trump to Hungary and Russia. The book … Continue reading The Fake News Factory

Article 50 Illegality a Sideshow

BY JAMIE FOSTER Having entered the transition stage of the Article 50 process Boris Johnson will now negotiate Britain’s future relationship with the EU. This stage will come to an end on the 31st December this year at which point the UK will officially leave the EU and its regulations. It is Boris Johnson’s aim to have secured a trade deal with the EU by … Continue reading Article 50 Illegality a Sideshow

Time to Neutralise the HIU

BY JAMIE FOSTER Senior Tories are demanding that Boris Johnson cut the powers of a historic investigations unit (HIU) as part of his deal to get power sharing back on at Stormont. The unit is tasked with investigating the deaths caused by the British Army during the troubles. There are real concerns that the unit will investigate all 302 deaths caused during the period. Tory … Continue reading Time to Neutralise the HIU

Revoke for Euro Schengen Hell

BY JAMIE FOSTER Donald Tusk getting involved in the UK General Election is strange. Maybe he is missing the limelight now that his EU role has ended and he is so easily seen through back in his homeland – increasingly Eurosceptic Poland.  His suggestion that Remainers should not give up is also peculiar – what they are calling for in Revoke no longer exists. The … Continue reading Revoke for Euro Schengen Hell

No Deal No EU Army

BY JAMIE FOSTER Should the unlikely happen and a deal materialise, a group of Tory MPs are considering voting against Boris Johnson’s divorce deal unless commitments to EU defence are removed from it. At present the divorce deal promises to keep the UK linked to a series of EU military structures including the European Defence Fund, the European Defence Agency and Permanent Structured Cooperation. This … Continue reading No Deal No EU Army

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

BBC’s Social Media Achilles’ Heel

BY JAMIE FOSTER At a time when the BBC is losing licence fee payers at a dangerous speed and needs to endear the nation, the organisation has chosen the suicidal path of changing its editorial guidance on social media in order to allow Gary Lineker and Chris Packham to keep on ranting over Twitter. The guidance still bans political journalists from expressing a view on … Continue reading BBC’s Social Media Achilles’ Heel

Major Headache

BY JAMIE FOSTER Ex-Prime Minister John Major seems to have seriously lost the plot as he threatens to judicially review Boris Johnson if he decides to prorogue parliament to get a no deal Brexit through. Former British PM Sir John Major will "seek a judicial review" to prevent the next prime minister suspending Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit #r4today https://t.co/MyWlMEV8nK pic.twitter.com/0aLl8Ej5H5 — BBC … Continue reading Major Headache

Little Macron’s Threats

BY JAMIE FOSTER Boris Johnson certainly struck a nerve in Paris when he suggested that under his leadership the £39B divorce bill may be retained. President Macron said that if we were to not pay the bill it would be like a sovereign debt default and there would be ‘consequences’. This sinister, threatening tone conjures up images of being punished by international markets with a … Continue reading Little Macron’s Threats

Pipsqueaks Trumped

BY JAMIE FOSTER Both Sadiq Khan and Jeremy Corbyn are guilty of embarrassing virtue signalling with their silly Westminster protest. They are a disgrace to Britain. Their arguments with President Trump are largely confected. Trump has said things that many people disagree with but on a state visit he comes as the office holder of President of our closest ally. The relationship between the US … Continue reading Pipsqueaks Trumped

Shameful Labour Antisemitism

BY JAMIE FOSTER Antisemitism is on the rise in the US and Europe according to two reports out this month. Jews around the world were feeling an ‘increased sense of emergency’ said Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress while launching the Kantor Centre Report into Global Antisemitism. The analysis by the group, which represents Jewish communities across Europe, found a rise in all … Continue reading Shameful Labour Antisemitism