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The 12,000 people who crew the UK’s fishing fleet have been encouraged to believe that Brexit and Britain’s departure from the Common Fisheries Policy will transform their fortunes. They have been promised that an entirely national policy will give them exclusive rights to fish in the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone and that they will still be able to export duty-free to the rest of Europe.

Fish Pie in the Sky: Brexit hopes of UK fishing likely to be dashed

The 12,000 people who crew the UK’s fishing fleet have been encouraged to believe that Brexit and Britain’s departure from the Common Fisheries Policy will transform their fortunes. They have... Read more

In less than a month's time the UK could be committing itself to leaving the EU on December 31st with no deal, no extension and no contingency plan. While the country, and indeed the globe, is distracted by the immediate need to tackle coronavirus, the UK government is sleep-walking towards a disastrous cliff edge that could compound the damage to the UK’s economy that the months of lockdown have already inflicted.

No Deal Brexit Must Be Ruled Out

In less than a month's time the UK could be committing itself to leaving the EU on December 31st with no deal, no extension and no contingency plan. While the country,... Read more

Dominic Cummings, die-hard Brexiteer and UK sovereignty fetishist, is now part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s problems — and no longer a solution. Like all of Britain, most of Europe has been agog watching the Dominic Cummings affair. It was even the strongest trending topic on Twitter in France.

Boris Johnson Digs In Over Dominic Cummings Affair and Brexit

Dominic Cummings, die-hard Brexiteer and UK sovereignty fetishist, is now part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s problems — and no longer a solution. Like all of Britain, most of Europe has... Read more

One of the minor arts of broadcast journalism is the vox pop – a handy, if often overused, way to get real people into reports. I can let you into the secret of what makes a good one - It’s down to closed or open questions.

The Dim and Dom Show

One of the minor arts of broadcast journalism is the vox pop – a handy, if often overused, way to get real people into reports. I can let you into... Read more

If you are going to U-turn, do it quickly. That’s what Boris Johnson did over an immigration health surcharge including NHS and care workers. So maybe the Prime Minister is brighter than we in the LME usually give him credit for. 

Anatomy of a U-turn

If you are going to U-turn, do it quickly. That’s what Boris Johnson did over an immigration health surcharge including NHS and care workers. So maybe the Prime Minister is... Read more

To extend or not to extend. That is the question which soon will have to be settled. The Coronavirus crisis goes on and on to its indefinite horizon. But very soon, barely a month, Boris Johnson will have to take a big decision.

Johnson Must Decide: Face Down his Brexit Zealots or add No Deal Brexit to his list of Problems

To extend or not to extend. That is the question which soon will have to be settled. The Coronavirus crisis goes on and on to its indefinite horizon. But very... Read more

When Boris Johnson is toppled, who will get the credit who for exposing his incompetence and mendacity?

That will surely be owed to Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the Opposition, who has had the Prime Minister on the ropes in the three rounds of their head-to-head confrontations in the Commons.  

Message to Boris Johnson: “You don’t measure up to the job”

When Boris Johnson is toppled, who will get the credit who for exposing his incompetence and mendacity? That will surely be owed to Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the Opposition,... Read more

Along with what I hope and believe is the majority of Labour supporters, I welcome the election of Keir Starmer as the party’s leader. It takes neither hope nor belief, because we have the evidence already, that he and those he has appointed to shadow ministerial positions far outshine the inadequate group of Conservative MPs currently in government.  They make us determined to see these latter replaced as soon as possible.

Brexit Plus Coronavirus Is Too Much To Take

Along with what I hope and believe is the majority of Labour supporters, I welcome the election of Keir Starmer as the party’s leader. It takes neither hope nor belief,... Read more

Dutch Child Refugees Arriving in Britain, Essex in 1945

 

This is an edited Q & A with WW2 child refugee Lord Alf Dubs who has vigorously campaigned for the UK to do more when it comes to the rights of child refugees and is now a Labour Peer.

Q & A with WW2 child refugee Lord Alf Dubs

Dutch Child Refugees Arriving in Britain, Essex in 1945   This is an edited Q & A with WW2 child refugee Lord Alf Dubs who has vigorously campaigned for the... Read more

After over seven weeks of shut down in Italy, people weary of mask-wearing and worried about when they can return to work, despair at the lack of EU urgency. The time for summitry is over. They must be shown and not just told about solidarity. 

The view from Piedmont

After over seven weeks of shut down in Italy, people weary of mask-wearing and worried about when they can return to work, despair at the lack of EU urgency. The... Read more

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