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  • Commentary

    England their England

    In The Lion and The Unicorn, his great 1940 essay on the nature of Englishness, George Orwell, in Hampstead, as the German Bombers flew overhead, […]

    Peter Arnott 20th Sep'17 26
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    For the Muggles not the Few

    JK Rowling – a talented writer and generous philanthropist who has popularised children reading – is frequently slightly unhinged about politics. In a confused twitter […]

    Mike Small 19th Sep'17 9
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    Three Long Years

    “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” – John Lydon 1978 Three years after the biggest exercise in mass political education met a professional propaganda campaign backed by […]

    Mike Small 18th Sep'17 14
  • Commentary

    The Fix

    Last week we noticed that England has successfully replaced an undemocratic European Bureaucracy with a populist British Oligarchy, all in the name of freedom. What […]

    Mike Small 16th Sep'17 12
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    The Green Lantern’s Magic Ring

    Parliament has just voted that Whitehall can change laws without Parliamentary scrutiny. This is an unprecedented attack on democracy. This is a power grab. The constitutional, […]

    Mike Small 12th Sep'17 18
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    We are Unbrexable

    As a German citizen who has lived in Scotland for 14 years, I’ve been part of social and civic movements in both countries. For example, […]

    Svenja Meyerricks 26th Aug'17 0
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    Brexit’s Irish Problem

    “It is inconceivable that a vote for Brexit would not have a negative impact on the (Irish) Border, bringing cost and disruption to trade and […]

    Peter Geoghegan 4th Aug'17 5
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    Red Tape, Brexit, Shock and Bluff

    As the Brexit ‘negotiations’ begin (or ends?) we are drawing on academic experts to try and cut through the spin and political fog to understand […]

    3rd Aug'17 30
  • Commentary

    Der Schrei der Natur

      If anything captures the mood of the nations (s) and the madness infecting Anglo-British politics, this image of the Tories seated in front of […]

    Mike Small 31st Jul'17 13
  • Brexit

    The Rough Wooing

    The Westminster Parliament EU (Withdrawal) Bill provides invaluable illumination of the British problem of Brexit, and is a surprisingly transparent demonstration of Parliament’s limited power […]

    John S Warren 17th Jul'17 14
  • Commentary

    Power Grab

    The Brexit farce has gone from being a widening of the democratic deficit to an attack on democracy and devolution. Scotland voted against this exercise […]

    Mike Small 13th Jul'17 14
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    From Hamburg to Warsaw

    The once powerful United States of America are aligning themselves with the values and policies of Putin’s Russia. We should be alarmed not by secret […]

    Mike Small 8th Jul'17 17
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    Adam Ramsay 5th Jul'17 9
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    Strong and Stable. Full steam ahead.

    * Captain May kept the boat headed for the iceberg; she was damned if she was going to let Ensign Corbyn take the wheel. Ensign […]

    Alec Finlay 2nd Jul'17 10
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