Is Italy the white hope for European reform?

The radical reformist and largely Eurosceptic coalition parties in the Italian government are declaring radical views. They have asked for 250 billion of Euro debt to be written off. Although it has been subtly since denied, it is entirely in character with their previous pronouncements and they still maintain that a pre-Maastricht system would be… Read more

Paying the political piper

This is from the latest ‘Sunday Times’ and shows the Top 50 political donations from individuals and private companies in 2017. It reveals that the Conservative Party receives the overwhelming majority of donations – both financially and in numbers – with 47 large donors, or 48 if you count when it was shared with UKIP,… Read more

British government to host summit on why other countries should join the EU

I am grateful to the ‘Independent’ for this piece of toe curling news. “London will in July play host to Western Balkans governments including Serbia and Albania, as well as existing EU member states, to discuss reforms to pave the way to future EU enlargement.” Apparently the Foreign Office said “We remain of the view… Read more

On Ypres and Poppies

I was fortunate to be able to take part in the Great peace run and walk in Ypres recently. I have no relatives who fought in the first world war, they thought it a war between Imperial powers, but I thought it was immensely valuable for my 13 year old son in particular to take… Read more

BoM May 2018

Our May book of the month is Tony Connelly’s Brexit and Ireland. We have previously featured  Ian Dunt’s, Brexit: What the hell happens now? so why another Brexit book? The answer is that Tony’s book is different in that there is not just an examination of the facts but also a much greater examination of… Read more