Blog Archive

  • How much harm can one man do?

    Donald Trump defeating Hillary Clinton wasn’t the result most of us wanted or expected, but it’s what we’ve got. The question now is what next? Trump’s promises on the campaign trail were variously bombastic and implausible. He couldn’t keep them all, even if they were […]

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  • Who’s the judge?

    Speaking at Heathrow airport today, prime minister Theresa May said:  “I think we all have to remember, and what MPs and peers have to remember, is that we had a vote on 23 June.  The British people, the majority of the British people, voted to […]

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  • A democratic scandal

    There’s been a lot of reporting lately on what deal the government might have offered Nissan. The Japanese car manufacturer (part-owned by Renault) has a major manufacturing plant at Sunderland which exports a large proportion of its output to the EU27. What happens to that […]

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  • Punished by the EU

    I borrowed a dog yesterday. There’s a website where people who don’t own dogs but want to walk them can make contact with dog owners who want to put their feet up for a bit. A few minutes on the site and the exchange of […]

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  • What if the government wanted to stay in the EU?

    The referendum on 23 June was only advisory. A majority of those who voted may have voted to Leave, but that result was not binding. Had the vote in the electoral reform referendum been in favour of AV, by contrast, the legislation that created the […]

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  • Parliament still matters

    In parallel with the court case on whether parliament is required to authorise the departure of the UK from the European Union (read about it here and here), there has been an equivalent case in Northern Ireland. The High Court in Belfast has been asked […]

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  • A circular argument

    The high court bench has retired now to consider its judgment in the case of whether parliament has a say in triggering article 50. If not, the government can take the UK out of the European Union without a parliamentary vote. Andrew Blick makes the […]

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  • Clinton vs Trump

    During previous American presidential elections, this website has published analyses and reports of the candidates and their policy proposals. It may be a domestic election but it has implications for the whole world. Such analysis this time seems rather unnecessary. There can’t be many readers […]

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  • Who needs a trade deal?

    Debate rages, in the House of Commons and elsewhere, about what remains after Britain leaves the EU. (OK, debate doesn’t particularly rage in the House of Commons, but it needs to, even if the government would rather it didn’t.) In particular, there is the question […]

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  • The biggest lie

    At an event to analyse the implications of the Brexit vote and try to predict what comes next. One question from the audience – what was the biggest lie told during the referendum campaign? There was general consensus among the panel that £350 million for […]

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