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May will survive conference intact

Standing Tall After the Salzburg ambush, the Prime Minister addressed the nation with two Union Jacks behind her. The absence of the EU flag was significant. Her message, that she was not going to be bullied by Brussels, will be…
chris
26th September 2018
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Too Few

Labour’s conference is starting this weekend in Liverpool, just across the water from the Wirral where the party is in turmoil and the Birkenhead MP Frank Field has resigned the whip. We will see if party managers can deliver a…
chris
20th September 2018
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Cautious Approach on North Devolution

The days of John Prescott thumping the table and demanding power for the North are long gone according to the people now in charge of devolution. Instead of the Hull bruiser, we have the softly spoken Nick Forbes, the leader…
chris
13th September 2018
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Frank Field and the pathetic centre

Left the field With Brexit extremists undermining their Prime Minister and Labour proving they are unelectable, it seems hardly credible that the forthcoming Liberal Democrat conference is almost irrelevant. At a time when moderate politicians ought to be offering a…
chris
4th September 2018
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Voice for the whole North

AVOID A TALKING SHOP. Business people are rightly sceptical when politicians propose setting up new tiers of governance. But at a convention in Gateshead next week a Council of the North is expected to be set up comprising six combined…
chris
30th August 2018
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State of the North: Part 1

Early next month the movers and shakers of the Northern Powerhouse (NP) will meet in Gateshead for the first Northern Convention. Its aim will be to inject some impetus into the badly stalled project. The loss of its champion, George…
chris
23rd August 2018
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Lessons from 2017 General Election

The latest YouGov opinion poll puts Labour at its lowest level of support since the 2017 General Election. The Conservatives are on 39% with Labour on 35%. In the approval stakes Mrs May is well ahead of Jeremy Corbyn, 36%…
chris
15th August 2018
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Would Tory MPs dare to block Boris?

I am uncomfortable with women wearing the burka because to me it symbolises male oppression. Women have to cover their faces so as not to tempt men. Why can’t men be expected to behave with restraint? Having said that I…
chris
9th August 2018
Just Jim

Cheating their way to Brexit

Let's call it out What truly dreadful week it has been. What a vindication for those who claim politicians are liars and cheats. I’ve always argued against this lazy generalisation, but some of them have shown that they are this…
chris
20th July 2018
Just Jim

No deal a real possibility

Dog's Brexitfast The White Paper and the Chequers Deal are a dog’s breakfast not a basis for Brexit. It is highly unlikely the EU is going to accept its “cake and eat it” approach. They may be bribed by losing…
chris
11th July 2018