Awkward time to be Pro EU

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For once Jim is in critical mood about the European Union, but stresses the need to maintain good relations with the bloc despite their poor handling of the Covid crisis

Here’s to the next 10 years

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In his first blog of the new decade, Downtown boss Frank McKenna glances back at a tumultuous ten years and attempts some tentative crystal ball gazing for the next ten years.

The destabilising decade

In his last blog of the year, Jim looks back on the most turbulent decade ever in British politics. It began with Gordon Brown determined to make Labour the natural party of power and ended with it looking unlikely they will ever be in power again.

Get Powerhouse done!

In his final Downtown Monthly blog for 2019, Downtown Political Editor, Jim Hancock explores what the result of the 2019 General Election might have in store.

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.

Prorogation outrage

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This week Jim gives his latest views on the Brexit debate, assesses the 11 contenders for the Tory leadership race and wonders if we have learnt all the lessons about D-Day.

Speaker to block no deal exit?

This week Jim reviews British politics in the wake of the European elections and back’s the Speaker’s assertion that Parliament can’t be a bystander while the clock ticks down to a No Deal exit.

A pointless election?

In his latest blog, Frank McKenna suggests that the forthcoming European elections will be a pointless exercise that will have no impact on the Brext debate in Westminster.

If they can U-turn, why can’t you?

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After another tumultuous week in parliament, Frank McKenna argues that only a people’s vote can truly define what the ‘will of the people’ is – and he suggests our ‘special relationship’ with the States may not be that special in the future.