history Archive

  • On leaving the European Union

    If I had to pick a period of time to be out of politics for various personal reasons, I couldn’t really have chosen a worse few years than those just gone.  Vladimir Putin was making his first moves on the Crimea, with all that implied […]

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  • John Pinder: Inspirer of the Young

    John Pinder: Inspirer of the Young

    Richard Laming, chair of Federal Union, spoke at the memorial service for John Pinder on 25 April 2015. I have been asked to speak on behalf of young people, which I haven’t had to do for 20 years, but I was indeed a young federalist […]

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  • John Pinder (1924 – 2015)

    John Pinder OBE was that rare thing: an intellectual leader in politics. A résumé of his career speaks for itself: after maths and economics at Cambridge – at King’s College, that of Alan Turing and Maynard Keynes – he joined up to the Royal Artillery […]

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  • Stab in the back

    A persistent complaint from the eurosceptics is that the British people were lied to about membership of the EU.  Joining wouldn’t reduce our national sovereignty, we were told, and we are suffering now as a result of this deception. There are three responses to this. […]

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  • Who started the first world war?

    This year sees the centenary of the start of the first world war.  There will be commemoration of this sad anniversary throughout the country during the year, but there will also be much debate about the causes and consequences of the war, too.  While Federal […]

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  • How much does a war cost?

    A previous post on this blog investigated how it was worth to Britain that it was no longer at risk of fighting a world war against Germany.  For all the attempts to quantify the benefits to the economy from EU membership in terms of larger […]

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  • The cost of EU membership

    A new pamphlet from the Taxpayers’ Alliance claims to set out some acts about what it costs Britain to be a member of the European Union.  The size of the net contribution, what proportion of the EU budget goes on agriculture, that sort of thing. […]

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  • 75 years since Munich

    Today is the 75th anniversary of the Munich agreement, when British prime minister Neville Chamberlain and his French opposite number Eduoard Daladier met German dictator Adolf Hitler and Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini to settle the fate of Czechoslovakia.  Chamberlain thought he had come away […]

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  • The worst day in history

    Today is the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden, when the invading army led by James IV of Scotland into England met with disaster on the Northumbrian fells.  A better armed and better led English force triumphed on the day, the last major battle […]

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  • The Spring of Civilisation?

    By Ian Hackett This September, as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Palestine (to name just a few countries, or not-quite countries, in or near the one-time cradle of civilisation) stubbornly refuse to find a way from chaos to anything worthy of the word, […]

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