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About Robert Henderson (96 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

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 [...]

On Theresa May’s Speech of January 17th 2017 – Part II

January 28, 2017 // 6 Comments

[Ed: Part I of this analysis was published in UKIP Daily here.] Devolved powers Theresa May made this commitment: “I look forward to working with the administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to deliver a Brexit that works for the whole of the United Kingdom. Part of that will mean [...]

On Theresa May’s Speech of January 17th 2017 – Part I

January 26, 2017 // 6 Comments

Theresa May’s speech of 17 January 2017 was a classic May performance, mixing statements somewhere between a boast and a threat to give the idea that the UK would be looking to its own interests first, second and last, with suggestions which undermined the ‘Britain First’ message. [...]

Killing Two Political Birds With One Stone – Part Two

December 16, 2016 // 2 Comments

[Ed: This is the second part of a two part article. The first part can be found here.]   All these difficulties with devolution and the RoI border would dissolve with the creation of a truly federal state comprised of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and what is now the RoI. Such a [...]

Killing two political birds with one stone – Part One

December 14, 2016 // 4 Comments

Brexit provides a wonderful opportunity to deal simultaneously with two major political difficulties. These are the unbalanced devolution arrangements in the UK and what is to be done about the relationship between the Republic of Ireland (RoI) and the UK after Brexit. Both problems could be solved [...]

The Thomas Mair Affair – Part II

December 5, 2016 // 13 Comments

[Ed: Part I of this essay was published here on Saturday, 3rd December.]   Mair’s history of mental illness One of the most surprising things about the case is that no psychiatric evidence was offered in court. This was noteworthy for two reasons. The first was the obvious one that Mair’s [...]
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