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Pull the other one (as my old mother used to say)

The Remain Campaign makes much of the Single Market.  It is vital for the UK’s trade that we remain in the Single Market.  They still claim that outside the EU we should lose 3½ million jobs.  Trade would falter.  Inward investment would dry up.  So we must stay in the EU – or at the […]

David Cameron

Pull the other one (as my old mother used to say)

The Remain Campaign makes much of the Single Market.  It is vital for the UK’s trade that we remain in the Single Market.  They still claim that outside the EU we should lose 3½ million jobs.  Trade would falter.  Inward investment would dry up.  So we must stay in the EU – or at the […]

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Justice & The Law: what’s EUr problem?

When it comes to justice and the law, our starting point is terribly straight-forward… we believe in the rule of law. We want to explore the massive implications of EU membership for that simple yet pivotal principle. If you read almost any modern development theory – or, indeed, British history, you arrive at a central […]

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What if the outsiders win?

Bernie Sanders has a good chance of winning Iowa and an excellent chance in New Hampshire. That would put Hillary Clinton in a weaker position than she was at the same point in 2008. Her polling is also weaker than it was in eight years ago. Her opponent this time does not presently poll well […]

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We’re not cutting emissions .. we’re just exporting them

I’ve spent best part of ten years arguing against the theory of man-made climate change – and had great fun doing so.  There are powerful arguments to say that mankind has little impact on climate – not least the obvious point that the slight warming over the last hundred years is exactly comparable to repeated […]

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Solar power or batteries? Which will be the breakthrough?

Will electric cars revolutionize the world? We have seen, just last week, news of a battery powered plane. Will this change our transport structures? It is certainly possible, but we probably need better ways of generating electricity if we are to see major environmental benefits from any such change. In large parts of the US, […]

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What if the outsiders win?

Bernie Sanders has a good chance of winning Iowa and an excellent chance in New Hampshire. That would put Hillary Clinton in a weaker position than she was at the same point in 2008. Her polling is also weaker than it was in eight years ago. Her opponent this time does not presently poll well […]

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What if Hillary Clinton is indicted?

Let us begin with a simple declaration: your columnist has no inside track at the FBI, and no insight to offer on the question as to whether our former senator and Secretary of State has anything criminal to hide. This column does not predict that she is likely to be indicted, or claim that she […]

US Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York speaks about how to reform the Democratic party agenda to counter the influence of the Tea Party wing of the Republican party during a speech at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington, DC, January 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Democratic power realigns

Over the next year, the tectonic plates of power are going to shift in the Democratic Party, and New Yorkers are going to come to the fore. The president is in his final year as the leader of the party, and that is definitely for the better. His influence on politics has been largely negative, […]

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