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Robert is a retired civil servant with a history and politics degree. He lives in London and runs the England Calling Blog amongst others

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 [...]

The Thomas Mair Affair – Part I

December 3, 2016 // 18 Comments

Thomas Mair has been convicted of the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox (Batley and Spen). His sentence was a whole life tariff which makes it very unlikely that he will ever be released. There is something distinctly odd about this case for the reported facts of the case do not seem to hang [...]

The Plot to Murder Brexit – Part II

November 20, 2016 // 9 Comments

[Ed: Part I of this two-part series was published here, on Saturday November 19th 2016.] The logic of referenda Whatever the status of the prerogative there are also the logical implications of holding a referendum. Parliament voted overwhelmingly for the Act (316 for, 53 against) which authorised [...]

The Plot to Murder Brexit – Part I

November 19, 2016 // 9 Comments

The remainers  are intent on murdering Brexit through the political equivalent of death by a thousand cuts. Delay is their great ally and there are plenty of individuals – politicians, mediafolk, academics, lobbyists, pressure groups, businessmen and much of the rest of the amorphous mass of [...]

The threat from the Remainers…and how to refute and defeat them. Part 2

October 23, 2016 // 10 Comments

The electors did not understand The idea that those who voted to leave were largely  ignorant and poorly educated white working class people who did not  know any better is absurd.   I can vouch from my own experience of talking to many people from a working-class background that they had [...]
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