Mr Trump just Wants to be Friends

There was a lovely cartoon, I think from a German newspaper, which I cannot unfortunately now trace, but it was a compelling scene. It showed the empty chairs around the table at the Paris climate change talks. They all had the country flags on the back of them, and in the long line of chairs… Read more

Taking back too much control

There is a clause 7 in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill that seems to have been little mentioned. It states “A Minister of the Crown may by regulations make such provision as the Minister considers appropriate to prevent, remedy or mitigate— (a) any failure of retained EU law to operate effectively, or (b) any other… Read more

Zero Hours or Zero Cash?

Matthew Taylor’s report on the so called gig economy seems worryingly conservative. He seems quite happy with zero hours contracts although as I always point out this transfers the onus of success from the swashbuckling capitalist onto the employee, who is rarely entitled to the rewards for success, but seems firmly gripped by the system… Read more

Croatia, the EU and Grenfel Tower

Amid the bewildering discovery that Surrey seemingly has higher skyscrapers than London – at least based on the heights of their respective fire services’ hydraulic platforms we now discover that the EU also played a role in the disaster and one which does not show it in a good light. In order to comply with… Read more

Brexit – Reasons to Remain

The recent amendment to the Queen’s speech by some in the Labour Party struck me as decidedly odd – asking the Tories not to support their own Queen’s speech was always a very long shot. Corbyn’s reaction may have been disrespectful to the 70% odd of Labour voters who wanted to remain. But as this… Read more