Podcast – Catalonia: Recent developments and what they mean

In this last week, the situation in Catalonia has worsened. What is the future of Spain and of Catalonia, and can sanity be returned to the debate taking place? https://soundcloud.com/user-564576738/catalonia-recent-developments This podcast, recorded on Monday 30th October 2017, we discuss likely implications of developments in Catalonia known so far and what it could mean for independence … Continue reading Podcast – Catalonia: Recent developments and what they mean

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Podcast – Westminster’s Sexual Harassment Allegations

Westminster is being rocked by a series of sexual harassment allegations which may have serious consequences for both those involved but also wider implications should it ultimately mean MPs are forced to step down. This podcast discusses likely implications such allegations may have in the future and how parliament may proceed from what we know so … Continue reading Podcast – Westminster’s Sexual Harassment Allegations

It’s time the left started condemning Corbyn

This article originally appeared on United Politics. When Jeremy Corbyn first emerged from the back benches to take a crack at the Labour leadership, I confess I was partly enamoured with him. Don’t get me wrong, his political worldview is the polar opposite to mine, bearded old marxist that he is, but on the surface … Continue reading It’s time the left started condemning Corbyn

Brexit extremists? Only on the Remain side

This article originally appeared on United Politics YouGov have released some polling results this week which they claim examine ‘Brexit extremism‘. The headline grabbing statistic from their research is that 61% of Leave voters would be undeterred by ‘significant damage’ to the UK economy as the cost of leaving the EU. This has resulted in … Continue reading Brexit extremists? Only on the Remain side

Calling an election was the right move. Running an awful campaign wasn’t

This article originally appeared on United Politics. The prevailing wisdom in the wake of the election result two weeks ago was that Theresa May made the wrong decision in calling for a snap general election. Given how she has thrown away a slender majority in favour of a hung parliament, weakening her position going into … Continue reading Calling an election was the right move. Running an awful campaign wasn’t

May’s offer on EU citizens’ rights doesn’t go far enough.

This article originally appeared on United Politics. Theresa May has finally seized the initiative on the matter of EU citizens’ rights and offered Brussels a deal which would see any EU migrant who has been living in the UK for five years acquire ‘settled EU’ status, along with access to health, education and other benefits. … Continue reading May’s offer on EU citizens’ rights doesn’t go far enough.

Brexit has been worryingly absent from this election

Brexit is the single biggest issue facing the country at this election, yet none of the parties are talking about it. This article originally appeared on United Politics. If ever there was an election that should be centred around a single issue, it’s this one. British politics will be dominated for at least the next … Continue reading Brexit has been worryingly absent from this election