Brexit disaster looms…

There is worrying news from the WTO, which seems to be little noticed. The only record I can find is here, and which ‘Yorkshire Bylines’ are, I suggest, well worth following. The USA has long refused to approve more WTO ajudicators (arbitrators for disputes) so these judges are now inquorate. Trump has only accentuated the… Read more

Covid-19 How is the UK doing?

Introduction From HMG’s perspective, now that the UK has left the EU, the Covid-19 pandemic provided an opportunity to show the UK’s true genius, unshackled from an allegedly moribund Europe. What better opportunity to showcase the true and exceptional greatness of Great Britain? The UK is world-leading (almost). According to the Global Health Security Index… Read more

A duty of care perhaps…

The recent ‘clarification’ letter to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee from the FCO Permanent Under-Secretary is deliciously obtuse and obfuscatory: As David Allen Green suggests the prose is strangulated and he has obviously been ‘directed’ by Raab to issue the ‘clarification’, which manages actually to be nothing of the sort! However, my purpose here is… Read more

Macron much more impressive than our lot, but

Macron is rather impressive in his interview for the FT here – and certainly way more reflective and intelligent than our own political pigmies. And although he has made mistakes he has endeavoured to protect his people – which is rather more than our own government “we cannot protect every business and every household” (why… Read more

Criticism all round – even from your major supporter abroad

When even the Trump administration – and indeed the man himself – ridicules the UK government’s covid-19 policies you are not in a good place… Hers is a good point of course, but it would be better still when we know that the survival rate on a ventilator is roughly 50:50, I understand. Whereas fewer… Read more