The ‘peace dividend’ ends just at the wrong time

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With the Governor of the Bank of England predicting a recession, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine smashing the ‘peace dividend’ and the prime minister indulging in economic Cake-ism, does the government have a plan to grow the economy? Frank McKenna suggests tax -cutting may be the way to go.

Six Years On

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Six years on from our decision to leave the European Union, Jim looks at how it is impossible for any of the parties to admit we made a huge mistake and promise any steps to remedy the damage it is doing to business.

Loss of reputation

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Jim accuses the government of trashing our international reputation in the row over the Northern Ireland protocol and calls on Brussels to prepare sanctions.

So, this is global Britain!

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Jim examines what the government’s vision for “Global Britain” means in the light of humiliation in Afghanistan whilst at home the shortage of EU lorry drivers is affecting supermarket supplies and car production. He also comments on an important trade union election.

There is a magic money tree after all

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The Tories have found the magic money tree that Theresa May said didn’t exist. But in his Budget review, Jim asks if there is underlying unease in the Tory Party about this dramatic switch from austerity to a bonanza of spending.

It may be the year of the North

Jim says this needs to be the year when Minister’s are held to their promises on real investment and devolution for the Northern Powerhouse.

What will the left do now… nothing probably?

Jim gives his comprehensive review of the General Election result. He concludes the debate over our membership of the EU is over for a generation. He also asks if now is not the time for the splintered Left to engage in brave strategic thinking, when is?

Support another vote on Brexit

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Jim reflects on the difficult decision facing Remainers next week but believes it must be a vote for Labour to stop Brexit.

The Pork Barrel election

Let’s see the manifestos! That’s Jim’s plea this week as he casts a sceptical eye on the huge number of big spending promises that are being revealed in a piecemeal fashion as the election campaign continues.

PM to miss his deadline leaving the UK deadlocked

This week Frank McKenna reflects on another turbulent week for the government and Brexit as PM Johnson looks set to miss his 31st October deadline – but our CEO isn’t expecting Boris to ‘die in a ditch’ anytime soon.

Lower and Lower

This week Jim discusses the latest Brexit developments, the betrayal of the Kurds and backs Chorley’s Lindsay Hoyle to be the next Speaker.