Category Archives: Politics

PM missing the point

A generous 7½ out of 10 for the Prime Minister, when he could so easily have got 10. Lord Justice has not proposed removing press freedom by legislation. He is not pointing the way across a Rubicon or advocation a … Continue reading

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3rd Update: The United Kingdom and the Eurozone crisis

As he heads to the EU summit in Brussels, will the UK prime minister, David Cameron, be thinking about the London Conference nearly 80 years ago, also called to resolve an international financial crisis and avoid a further recession? That … Continue reading

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2nd Update: The United Kingdom and the Eurozone crisis

Here is common sense and leadership from justice secretary Kenneth Clarke in today’s Financial Times: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/5606a946-201a-11e1-8662-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1fomGwuZY. (You may have to register to read it, but registration is free). He was a good minister to work for, as I recall. Also … Continue reading

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Update: The United Kingdom and the Eurozone crisis

David Cameron’s threat today to veto any new EU treaty (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16048131) confirms the worst.  Of course he is right to defend the United Kingdom’s interests and not to sign any treaty that does not accord with our interests (although as … Continue reading

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The United Kingdom and the Eurozone crisis

Why is the UK taking no part in solving the Eurozone crisis? Why was the UK prime minister not at the summit in Paris yesterday, when President Sarkozy of France and Chancellor Merkel of Germany met? The financial crisis affects … Continue reading

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Immigration

Is it not a delicious irony that it is a Conservative home secretary on whose watch immigration checks were scaled back apparently without ministerial sanction so that she does not now know how many people were let in improperly? We … Continue reading

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Greece and the Eurozone crisis

Just when I think I understand what is going on, I don’t. There was a deal to resolve the Eurozone crisis, which meant solving the Greek crisis.  Then there wasn’t because the Greek prime minister, George Papandreou, called a referendum … Continue reading

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Liam Fox’s resignation

Janet Daley and Tim Montgomerie have blogged that Liam Fox’s resignation makes the Cabinet “less Conservative.” What’s to complain about? The message in all this for politicians is that there is no such thing as a “private meeting”.

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Cat and dog

I should blog more. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say. I have lots, but writing it down causes more reflection than in normal conversation and then the time is gone. We endure a regime of instant comment. … Continue reading

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Fair Votes referendum

Have just Attended Nick Clegg’s excellent speech in Leeds city centre in support of a yes vote in the Fair Votes referendum in May on changing the voting system to the Alternative Vote: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12504941. He was speaking following the passage … Continue reading

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