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Anatomy of a U-turn
May 22, 2020
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.
Johnson Must Decide: Face Down his Brexit Zealots or add No Deal Brexit to his list of Problems
May 16, 2020
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.
Message to Boris Johnson: “You don’t measure up to the job”
May 15, 2020
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.
Brexit Plus Coronavirus Is Too Much To Take
May 14, 2020
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.
Q & A with WW2 child refugee Lord Alf Dubs
May 08, 2020
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.
The view from Piedmont
May 06, 2020
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.
In May 1945 Britain Celebrated Victory In Europe And Then Gave Up On Its Reconstruction
May 06, 2020
Once again, we are having a wondrous warm wallow in the waters of WW2 nostalgia, the sense that Britain paid the highest price, won the most battles and was under Churchill the colossus nation that conquered Hitler’s nationalist ideology and liberated Europe.
Russians, Poles, Americans, Indians, the resistance in France, Italy, Greece and the Balkans also played a part, but we just write them out of the “We Won WW2” script.
Voters Will Not Want A Return To Brexit Chaos
April 30, 2020
(Photo by Christian Erfurt on Unsplash)
At the moment, the government is adamant that it will not extend the transition period beyond December 31st. But it is worth remembering that Boris Johnson claimed he would “die in a ditch” rather than allow an extension of Britain’s EU membership beyond October 31st. That date came and went with barely a murmur and six weeks later Johnson won a landslide in the General Election. Anyone familiar with Johnson’s career knows that he is supremely comfortable with saying whatever he thinks will win him votes and popularity – so it is likely that any decision he makes around the transition period will be influenced by what he thinks the electorate wants.
COVID And Climate Change – The Lessons
April 24, 2020
The coronavirus crisis is far from over, but it is already teaching us lessons about how to tackle that other global crisis – climate change.
Johnson Back At Work Soon - A Promise Or A Threat?
April 22, 2020
Boris Johnson will soon be back full time as Prime Minister, we are told. How long will it be before Downing Street get him to do what he does best – a stunt? Maybe driving a bulldozer through a polystyrene wall with a slogan “Get Covid Gone.” Sadly, the JCB factory where Johnson performed that General Election stunt has its workers on furlough.