Hegemony in the UK means there’s no need for a “coup” after Brexit

In his recent blog http://www.progressivepulse.org/brexit/the-state-of-the-unions-between-england-scotland-and-northern-ireland my fellow PP blogger, Sean Danaher, makes his usual excellent dissection of recent polls on the subject of Brexit and the way this may impact relations between the various countries of the UK and Ireland, and specifically the potential for creating opportunities for a united Ireland and independent Scotland. Sean also… Read more

Brexit and the State of the Unions between England, Scotland and NI

Introduction Two major opinion polls have been published this week, the Scottish Independence and Brexit chapter from the British Social Attitudes survey (20 June) and Lord Ashcroft’s Poll on Brexit, the Border and the Union (19th June). These give a good insight as to current public opinion, with the usual caveats that no poll should… Read more

Gin Drought Possible

Worrying, nay shocking, news has reached me that Brexit might provoke a gin drought. Without a shade of irony ‘Harper’s Wine and Spirit’ reports: “If Britain were to leave the EU without a deal, distillers fear that supplies of juniper and other botanicals such as lemon peel, liquorice, orris root and angelica root would be… Read more

An American Economist’s View on Brexit

Top economist @AdamPosen discusses the UK going global after Brexit. pic.twitter.com/wAUs2B7W9G — Our Future, Our Choice (@OFOCBrexit) June 15, 2018   I add this because it is nice to see an economist who is not British and therefore with ‘no skin in the game’ say it like it is. Even for a minute and a… Read more

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Minister Resigns on Principle Shock

Philip Lee, the – Secretary of State for Youth Justice in the Justice Department resigned yesterday, Tuesday 12 June. Whilst most attention shone on what it meant for the Prime Minister, the man himself had, in his resignation statement, some interesting things to say, which are well worth highlighting. …as the [Brexit] negotiations are unfolding,… Read more

“The UK’s bargaining power, with A50 untriggered, would have been much greater.”

The title is a quote from a recent Simon Wren Lewis blog on the disastrous Brexit performance of our current, so called government. I’ve always maintained that Theresa May is easily the worst Prime Minister since the Second World War. I’m, in an odd way, reassured that Simon Wren Lewis has written an excoriating article… Read more

A More Definitive guide to the DUP

It is general knowledge that there are two broad groups in Northern Ireland, the Protestant /Unionist /Loyalist (PUL) community and the Catholic /Nationalist /Republican (CNR) community. Historically  the PUL community has been the majority and the CNR community the minority, but they are now getting very close to par. Nationalists tend to see themselves as… Read more