BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE It seems to be a feature of British conservatism that its acolytes tend to spend more time convincing people they don’t belong to it than they ever do trying to convert them to it. Many of them will give the impression that they aren’t truly committed to conservative aims sooner than they would defend them. Trump was a blessing to these cock-crowing … Continue reading Imagining a Trump Win from Here
BY FRANK HAVILAND Most people have the good taste not to know what gender means anymore, but it wasn’t always the case. When I was at primary school 30 years ago, most kids could accurately identify the contents of their pants. On one solitary occasion, a boy famously strayed into the girls’ toilets, and was thereafter accorded the sort of hushed respect usually reserved for … Continue reading War on Y
BY JAMIE FOSTER The Supreme Court has issued its judgment – 8-3 – in favour of MPs being given the opportunity to vote on triggering Art 50. While I have the greatest respect for our independent judiciary, and while I have yet to read the judgment, it fascinates me to imagine that it could in anyway put the genie back in the bottle. As many of … Continue reading The Judgment – Time to Crow or Wait for Doves?
BY JAMIE FOSTER Today the Supreme Court begins its hearing of the Brexit Challenge originally brought in the High Court by Gina Miller, a fund manager whose wealth has allowed her to ensure that the Courts review the lawfulness of the Government using prerogative powers to trigger Art 50. The Media has portrayed this case as a battle between unelected judges and the voting public. … Continue reading The Hearing
BY JAMIE FOSTER We have reached a moment in history where it remains a mystery whether going to extremes is a voluntary action or an inevitable, equal and opposite reaction. It would appear clear that when the waves are crashing under our feet the best we can do is have faith in the Captain and the Boson. If one can’t tell one’s sparrows from one’s … Continue reading 50 Articles of Faith
BY JAMIE FOSTER There was always a danger when our highest court was called Supreme a time would come when we would have to discover whether a court can be both supreme and independent. A group of parliamentarians is currently lobbying the government to put off that moment and not to appeal a high court’s view, presumably in case a higher court takes a decision … Continue reading Laughter & Forgetting