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In the National interest?

At the end of a week when Labour had more positions on Brexit than are featured in the Karma Sutra and Theresa May used the phrase ‘in the national interest’ without a hint of irony, we await with bated breath…
chris
27th September 2018
BlogsJust Jim

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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COUNCIL: High Noon for Ward?

A botched attempt to conclude an industrial dispute effectively brought Cllr John Clancy’s short tenure as council leader to an end. Now, a row with another union and a protracted failure to agree reforms to an important local authority service…
chris
20th September 2018
BlogsJust Jim

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
BlogsTotally Frank

Austerity Isn’t Working

The obsession with Brexit, and the state of the political parties in the UK at this moment in time, has meant that the consequences of an economic approach that has sent public services back years, pushed more people into poverty,…
chris
20th September 2018
BlogsJust Jim

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
BlogsTotally Frank

You cant defend the indefensible

The rise of populism, not only in the UK but across Europe and indeed across the Atlantic, is causing some historians to reflect that politics, as we know it, may be coming to an end. Post-war, the political settlement in…
chris
6th September 2018
BlogsJust Jim

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
BlogsTotally Frank

We don’t need no education?

Entrepreneur Richard Branson caused some controversy this week by saying that kids who didn’t pass their exams shouldn’t worry too much – reflecting on the fact that it didn’t do him any harm. Although nobody would advise their offspring to…
chris
30th August 2018