After being challenged on his choice of words by MP Kevin Brennan, Clarke quickly apologised and attempted to explain himself by saying he was “a product of having worked overseas”.
CANZUK’s proponents have produced their own programme of proposals, which include freedom of movement between members, common foreign and defence policy and a near complete eradication of trade barriers.
While we wish Mr Anderson a speedy recovery, it does occur to us to wonder if perhaps he could take a little more care. The pictures in the press of his meeting with Johnson last week showed them standing close together with nary a mask between them.
The ‘punk movement’ of the late 1970s rose up out of a UK experiencing general strikes and cutbacks. The banning of the Sex Pistols God Save The Queen (1977) by the BBC only served to increase the appeal of the song amongst its target audience.
Events have changed everything and, in the words of one of your predecessors, ‘events dear boys’ shape politics above all else. Now is your opportunity to be our Churchill, to bring the country back from the brink at the eleventh hour.
The long-overdue departure of Dominic Cummings from Downing Street is to be welcomed. So too is that of his acolyte Lee Cain.
My aunt Florrie Haslam is best remembered as a pioneer of women’s football, but she worked for many more years in nursing.
Polls show, given another referendum, more people would opt to remain than to leave the European Union (EU). But we have left the EU and cannot undo Brexit for the moment. Nevertheless, we have not left the single market and could have the option to stay – the Norway option. The Vote Leave government does […]
Professor John Curtice reported that identification as British or English was an important motivator for leave voters in the referendum, but identification with Europe and the EU was only significant for a relatively small group of Remainers.
The UK has just become the first country in Europe to pass the grim milestone of 50,000 deaths from Covid-19.
“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.”
Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, comes under fire from the Public Accounts Committee and sinks yet more deeply into the quagmire of his politically motivated decisions.
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!
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.
In December 2019, Boris Johnson did not unleash ‘Britain’s potential’ but yet another of his interminable catchphrases. ’Levelling up’ appeared in the slimline Conservative election manifesto no less than eleven times.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]