Scotland and Ireland the Road to Independence (part III)

Introduction In part I the common heritage of the Scots and Irish was explored. Part II explored the comparative performance of the two economies over the past few hundred years. In part III the current situation is examined. Has independence been a success for Ireland? Should Scotland look at Ireland with envy or pity? Ireland… Read more

Conservative Brexit ‘Thinking’

According to an article in Bloomberg, ex governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, considers the proposed EU withdrawal demonstrates “less a carefully crafted diplomatic compromise and more the result of incompetence of a high order.” Aside from those who might suggest that King would know all about ‘incompetence of a high order’ it… Read more

The supplicant classes

There is much fuss about a priest supporting the Prime Minister’s Brexit scheme on BBC Question Time who was an actress as well as a dog-collared priest in her own church. Indeed the Daily Mail even managed a picture of the lady, who unfortuitously rejoices in the name of the Rev Lynn Hayter, worshipping. She… Read more

Lying tonight – and every night

Caroline Lucas has been pointing out the errors of the Prime Minister’s ways saying that she has misled Parliament by denying that her own deal to leave the EU will make us worse off than staying – when her own Chancellor agreed this is exactly so. The Prime Minister has clearly breached the ministerial code…. Read more

UK Euromyths Statistics

It is interesting to see the sheer number of myths that have been peddled by the British media and interesting too that the EU has a myth rebuttal website! Here are the fascinating statistics on the number of myths per year – it has been going on for a long, long time. Boris Johnson has… Read more

Liberté de Mouvement, la Paix en Irlande et la Dinde de Noël

“Freedom of Movement, Peace in Ireland and Christmas Turkey” Liberté de Mouvement -Freedom of Movement The summer of ’76 lives on in the English imagination as a gloriously hot summer. For me it was a Continental one, with a DAAD scholarship in Germany from June to mid September and at the end of the summer… Read more

Last chance saloon

All the recent resignations from the cabinet seem to imply there is scope for new negotiations on the UK’s break from the EU, but as the FT says, “EU leaders have shunned the idea of reopening talks” and who, frankly can blame them? They also point out that “The prospect of the EU27 agreeing to… Read more