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How to be an independent

Donald Trump is, effectively, an independent president. He has no roots in the Republican Party, and no sympathy with its vision or policies. There are numerous ways to be an independent. Your columnist would favour a grand bargain in which the president persuaded Democrats to abandon everything they want on the economy and Republicans to abandon […]

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Brexit – what does it really mean?

Opinion polls in the UK underestimated support for “Brexit” – Britain’s exit from the European Union. Blue collar workers in particular ignored pleadings of the Labour Party, which was almost united in arguing that Britain should remain in the EU, and either voted to leave or stayed at home. This may have implications for polling […]

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Brexit – what does it really mean?

Opinion polls in the UK underestimated support for “Brexit” – Britain’s exit from the European Union. Blue collar workers in particular ignored pleadings of the Labour Party, which was almost united in arguing that Britain should remain in the EU, and either voted to leave or stayed at home. This may have implications for polling […]

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How to be an independent

Donald Trump is, effectively, an independent president. He has no roots in the Republican Party, and no sympathy with its vision or policies. There are numerous ways to be an independent. Your columnist would favour a grand bargain in which the president persuaded Democrats to abandon everything they want on the economy and Republicans to abandon […]

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Unbelievable folly: the ‘lose-lose’ EU climate policy

… I’d like to start by addressing two of the clichés — indeed the canards — that invariably come up in any debate about the EU and the environment. The first is: “We have to thank the EU for clean beaches” … or for employment rights, or health and safety, or whatever. Maybe I can […]

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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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No Congressional Honeymoon

President Clinton – President Bill Clinton – began his term when the Democrats had controlled the House for forty years and the Senate for most of that time too. They lost control two years later. When George W Bush took office Republicans had a secure majority in the House and a narrow one in the […]

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The question of a mandate

Discussion has already turned to the question of Hillary Clinton’s mandate. Assuming she wins, then the Democrats are more than likely to gain the Senate and possibly, if there is down ballot carnage, the House. But will that be a mandate for her policies? Or is it merely a mandate for not being Donald Trump? […]

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Extremely careless

There is evidence that Secretary Clinton and her colleagues “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information”. So said FBI Director, James Comey. But what, exactly, does “extremely careless” mean? Etymologically and literally it means that they cared less than they should have about national security. This included the identities of […]