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About Robert Henderson (101 Articles)
Robert is a retired civil servant with a history and politics degree. He lives in London and runs the England Calling Blog amongst others

Churchill – a film review

September 3, 2017 // 10 Comments

This was a disappointing film in terms of its general theatrical quality which veers towards the melodramatic, but even more because it is a travesty of Churchill’s character. That fine actor Brian Cox might have been made for the role of Churchill and with a script which reflected [...]

Film Review: Dunkirk

August 30, 2017 // 6 Comments

The year is 1940. The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) has been sent to Europe to help repel the Germans. This fails and the BEF eventually make their way to Dunkirk, a French port six miles from the Belgian border. Here they wait, more in hope than expectation, to be evacuated back to Britain. [...]

Brexit and Surviving Mrs Maybe

June 23, 2017 // 10 Comments

  The shamelessly   anti-democratic remainers are queuing up to cheat the British electorate of Brexit. Those in the media and the likes of Gina Miller  shriek that a hard Brexit is dead and it is already  reported that remainer MPs from both the Tory and Labour parties are plotting to [...]

Why the Universal Wage is a Non-Starter

June 12, 2017 // 8 Comments

The universal or citizen’s wage is finding favour in various political quarters. This is remarkable because it is very obviously hopelessly  impractical. The idea of the universal wage is that every adult in a society should receive  a payment from the state. It is predicated on these two [...]

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – Living beyond their means

June 7, 2017 // 14 Comments

The Office for National Statistics (ONS)  has produced  its first regional analysis of UK  public spending and tax collected. The ONS describes the statistics as experimental and their  methodology can be found here at the beginning of the analysis. Hence, it should be treated with caution. [...]

Theresa May decides to go to the country – Start counting the spoons

April 19, 2017 // 4 Comments

Theresa May has announced that she wants an early General Election on 8 June. However, this is no longer a simple matter of the PM going to see the Queen and requesting that Parliament be dissolved and an election called. Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act Mrs May will require a two thirds [...]

Funny Business at No 10!

April 13, 2017 // 11 Comments

The No 10 petitions unit  rejects  a petition to get the UK out of the EU using the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties On 2nd  April 2017 I submitted a petition to the No 10 website  which hosts petitions created by  any British citizen. My petition, including the further explanatory [...]

The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

March 31, 2017 // 12 Comments

The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties gives the UK the right to leave the  EU immediately. If the UK is trapped for two years within the EU (or even longer if all parties agree to extend the negotiating period) a great deal of damage can be inflicted upon the UK by hostile EU member states [...]
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