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#Coup

CG Forrester

“The most frightening scenario is where the dispute remains unresolved on January 20, 2021, the date for the inauguration of the new presidential term, and the military is uncertain as to who is entitled to receive the nuclear codes as commander-in-chief.”

What does ‘Equalities’ mean to you?

Gale Waller

We all have skills and talents though mine may not be the same as yours. For example, as a teacher my daughter has a reputation for excellent classroom management. I had the same reputation when I taught. She lip reads because of her hearing loss; I have excellent hearing, compensation for sight loss. Young people at the back of a class have no chance of private conversations in our classrooms!

How should we remember?

Richard Hall

Memorials are a feature of the landscape. They reflect moments in time in a variety of forms. They commemorate, celebrate, inspire and educate. They enhance their surroundings. They can have more sinister purposes too, such as intimidation and the reinforcement of personality cults.

No place to be – my country has ‘ceased to exist’

Stephen Wilmot

David Howard from Kingsbury, England, CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons The protracted conflict over Brexit has reached its endgame, and it’s clear that, whatever the final shape of it, Brexit is done.   Boris Johnson has been instrumental in the outcome, but Brexit does not now depend on his political survival.  The Tory party […]

Can Chesterfield be plastic-free?

EM Bylines Team

Chesterfield Borough Council backed going plastic free in 2019 under its climate change policy, having declared a climate emergency in April last year.  It is a move with cross-party support that is currently being pushed again by the Liberal Democrats, whose Glynis Falconer is taking over the mayoralty. (The Borough is Labour controlled). They are […]

Who doesn’t want a Brexit deal?

CG Forrester

There is only one deal which can be called an actual deal. It’s the one being negotiated intensively this week with Michel Barnier and David Frost, the negotiators for the European Union (EU) and the UK respectively. It’s probably fair to say that both of these actors want the deal, although until recently the mandate […]

Cabinet cronies and the PPE fiasco

Faye Forde

In a functioning democracy the average person isn’t thinking about government procurement policies. If we do give it thought, we might expect that the government awards contracts under a fair and transparent system that prevents corruption and ensures a good deal with taxpayer money. In such a democracy, we are not glued to our phones […]

Halloween or Reformation Day?

Carolyn Thornborow

Pumpkins are appearing in the shops and some may have arrived on a doorstep near you.  Yes, it is Halloween, although whether trick or treat will be as popular this year is debatable. Halloween (more formally known as the Eve of All Souls Day) is celebrated on the same day as Reformation Day but in […]

The Culling of the Forests (an extract)

Shirley Martin

This is an extract from a longer epic poem, which we hope to see in a full length publication soon. It covers events over the past four and some years Britons! – an hour is coming an hour you’ve never seen before to the solid ground of institution an axe is now laid at your […]

Farmers feel abandoned by the Tories

Phil Bennion

In a Farmers Weekly poll last week 98 per cent of respondents had the view that the government does not have farmers’ best interests at heart. Considering that the overwhelming majority of farmers usually vote Tory, this is a resounding condemnation of government policy. The combination of government positions on the Agriculture Bill and the […]

Justice Trumped

Viv Pointon

Late Monday, Amy Vivian Coney Barrett was confirmed by the United States (US) Senate to fill the vacant seat on the US supreme court, succeeding the internationally lauded Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died in September. The Democrats held a Senate floor sit-in to protest Barrett’s nomination, but they don’t have the numbers to prevent her […]

Kent: what lorry parks tell us about Brexit

Edward Cartwright

Recent weeks have seen a flurry of bad news for those in Kent on how Brexit will affect the county: queues at the border, permits for lorries to enter, hastily built lorry parks and rows of Portaloos. Predictable though this may all have been, Kent voted to leave the European Union (EU) during the 2016 […]

East Mids MPs won’t help hungry children

EM Bylines Team

The Bylines team was shown this list of MPs and their expenses: http://MPsAgainstFreeSchoolMeals.com It is a list of all MPs who voted against free school meals for children who need them, during school breaks. The vote took place in the House of Commons on 21 October during an opposition day debate. Nicky Morgan, now a […]

Boris Johnson ‘at war’

CG Forrester

There has rarely been a time in our history when good leadership has mattered more, yet Boris Johnson seems to be ‘at war’. His current battles are with the European Union (EU), Scotland, Greater Manchester (recently), the House of Lords, the judges, the church, farmers, many of his own backbenchers and indeed anyone else who […]

A shipwreck, a theft and a little-known whisky

Raul Richero

The accidental introduction of whisky to Uruguay following a shipwreck in the 18th Century shows how an accident can lead to opportunity and the establishment of a taste for whisky. HMS Agamemnon was a Royal Navy ship of the line with an armament of 64 guns. She was 160 feet long, 44 feet in the […]

The East Midlands says no to no deal!

EM Bylines Team

Best for Britain (with other organisations) asked FocalData to conduct regional research on a no deal Brexit showing that there is very clearly no mandate for a no deal in any part of Britain. This includes the East Midlands which was one of the largest ‘Leave’ areas in the 2016 referendum. Their fieldwork was conducted […]

Brexit is ruining their future

Stewart Tolley

Unless you have been living in a cave with no access to any news for the last few years, you will be aware that Britain has left the European Union (EU). Although it is difficult to find any Brexit bonuses at all, one that has been absent from the claims of even the most ardent […]