BY STEWART SLATER How do you solve a problem like Sir Keir? With an approval rating of –48% in the latest Yougov poll, something needs to be done, but what? Perhaps he needs more policies – there is a plethora of think tanks which can supply those. Perhaps he needs to appear a bit less stiff – there are plenty of left-leaning comedians happy to … Continue reading Labour’s Poshness Paradox
BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE Haunting the Prime Minister throughout the corona crisis have been the ghosts of crises past: Blair, Brown and May. Voices one would only risk hearing at after dinner speeches were it not for a media all too ready to resurrect them. We could add Major to this list, but it seems he is watching the cricket more nowadays – his carping from … Continue reading Backseat Drivers
BY PAUL NEWALL Every dog has its day and Donald Trump is about to have his. The Mueller Investigation has found him to be innocent of any crime, which is quite amazing when you think of a two-year investigation and the extensive resources that the American justice system brought to bear, pressured by Democrats who detest Trump. Trump is in effect squeaky clean but the … Continue reading May & Steele?
CSM EDITORIAL The Conservative Party is split by Brexit – to the extent that Soubry and Wollaston may jump soon. The Government is an odd mix of Remainers and Brexiteers and so hardly the meritocracy of days of yore. Perhaps that can be excused in the run up to Brexit – which dominates everything political these days – but afterwards the Government should take care … Continue reading Vegetarians Don’t Eat Fish
CSM EDITORIAL Sir Vince Cable calls us Brexiteers “fundamentalists”. We are to blame for future years of economic pain and are supposed to have had an “erotic spasm” in voting to leave the EU. We’ve taken a lot in the last years. I guess that is the price of winning the EU Referendum. The last standing Remainers are as Nick Clegg predicted for the Brexiteers … Continue reading Salzburg May’s Munich?
BY JAMIE FOSTER With the resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis, the good ship Theresa May is taking on water. It may be that the Brexit negotiations sink it entirely. Now Mrs May is attempting the impossible. On the one hand she is trying to reach agreement across the deeply divided Tory Party. On the other hand, she is looking for something that the … Continue reading May’s Flank Now Truly Exposed
BY REBECCA HARRIS The next Local Government Elections will be held on Thursday 3 May 2018 and will include: London Boroughs Metropolitan Districts Shire Districts Single Tier Shire Districts For more detail on future elections, the Department for Communities and Local Government publish a list of election cycles by type of local authority in England . It is hard to believe that anyone with a … Continue reading Vote Tory or UKIP in May
CSM EDITORIAL From Anglophile Donald Trump’s seat at the Resolute Desk – a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880, built from the English oak timbers of the British Arctic exploration ship HMS Resolute – Britain does not seem so friendly after all. One would even forgive President Trump looking across the Atlantic these days and preferring Monsieur Macron to Mrs … Continue reading Resolute, Trump
CSM EDITORIAL The upcoming General Election’s top issue is unquestionably Brexit, followed closely by a forensic examination of Jeremy Corbyn’s character. Corbyn seems out of his depth. Meanwhile his party’s views on Brexit are flip-flopping between Remain & Leave, between a second referendum and no second referendum, and there’s a lack of coherence about whether Britain should pay any kind of EU exit bill. Theresa … Continue reading The EU Flip-Floppers