Funerial Trade

I think we should note that Extinction Rebellion are looking to blockade the Port of Dover on Saturday. Whilst I think their protests are important – and also usually clever and impressive – just look at this poignant picture of a funeral march for the climate a couple of  months ago in Exeter, further described here…. Read more

More light on sweetness

I confess this is not my usual read but if David Davis, a former employee of Tate & Lyle, sponsors of the Tory Party, and one of the few companies in favour of Brexit, can cast aspersions on Britain’s public health policy then I think I might suggest that the game is up! The only… Read more

The King hath no prerogative other than that the law of the land allows him

The title is from the Case of Proclamations which dates back to James I ironically – or indicatively? – England’s first Scottish king. So the idea that the prerogative to prorogue Parliament is not ‘justiciable’ should be for the birds. So far, the current case in the Supreme Court has mentioned nothing of this –… Read more

Advice for Mr Farage…

There is a very interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on Immigration in Hungary. As Jonathan Portes would say, immigrants have to ‘want to come to your country’. But to Hungary? With a declining population and a prosperous EU economy the Oxford educated (yes, really) Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, has little choice. It seems… Read more

The Divine Right of Government

In difficult times, I’m being conceited enough to suggest that this [necessarily edited] post on is worth emphasising…. I doubt very much whether the EU would wish to get involved in the UK constitutional arrangements. I’d suggest they are far more likely to give us a unilateral extension to enable us to sort it… Read more

Brexit without end

I have sympathy with the ‘Deltapoll’ quoted here, where 2049 people (I suspect that must have been the maximum number of UK adults they could persuade to answer…) when asked the really quite logical question “Do you think Brexit will ever end?” 41%, the majority, thought it would, 35% thought it wouldn’t and 24% didn’t… Read more