Net Migration to and from the UK

Net migration into the UK has become a very politicised  topic. It is worth however looking dispassionately at the numbers over the past 50 years or so. The numbers are taken from the ONS and available here. They only run to 2015, so are a few years out of date. Immigration patterns have changed considerably… Read more

BoM March 2019

Our March 2019 book of the month is The Lies We Were Told: Politics, Economics, Austerity and Brexit by Prof Simon Wren-Lewis. I have been increasingly worried about media bias over the past few decades. This seemed to start  with anti-EU propaganda – at best highly distorted and at worst completely fictional stories in the… Read more

Three Reasons for Brexit?

I have heard only three arguments which carry some weight in going ahead with Brexit. All from private conversations but there are echoes elsewhere. The first was a senior criminal lawyer, who dealt in fraud cases such as motor accident claims. Deliberately causing crashes, by for example slamming on brakes without any notice, so that… Read more

Freedom of Movement – Cultural Attitudes and comparison with Ireland

Introduction UK politics has been for many years split on a Left/Right – Labour/Tory axis, but over Brexit this is breaking down. Prof. Richard Murphy gives a succinct definition that difference between Left and Right is how widely ‘us’ is defined. Left wing people cast the definition of ‘us’ very widely; ideally incorporating the whole… Read more