It’s 1950 and Britain is on its knees. Destroyed houses, vacant bomb sites, temporary prefabs, rationing (which did not end until 1954) and a level of income tax twice the level it is today. Natural disasters – which are now blamed on austerity – are devastating: five days of smog killed over 4000 people in […]Read More Austerity Is Fake News
1) Unstraightforward, dishonest politics Much has been made of Jeremy Corbyn’s fresh approach to politics. His first slogan after all was ‘Straight Talking, Honest Politics’. The Maybot’s ‘strong and stable’ mantra, a textbook case of spin, made Corbyn look even more honest. And yet, both of May’s spin doctors resigned in the wake of the […]Read More 3 Reasons Corbyn Shouldn’t Be Trusted
In the aftermath of the horror last week in Kensington much was made of the inspiring leadership provided by the Queen. Unlike the Prime Minister, Elizabeth II looked the West End in the eye. And yet this morning the newspapers have reported that no member of the Royal Family wants to play King anymore (according […]Read More Brexit Britain Must Rethink the Monarchy
We have now had the State Opening of Parliament. The Parliament of the United Kingdom is sitting and the government can be held to account. Or can it? Whatever your personal views are about ritual and tradition, it is surely your duty as a member of Her Majesty’s Opposition to accept and obey them. And […]Read More The Right Dishonourable Opposition
Imagine this: as the Brexit negotiations reach a stalemate within the first hours of battle, David Davis bangs his fist on the table, looks Michel Barnier directly in the eye and says: ‘You are infringing upon our rights as Europeans!’ The Confederacy of the United States, the Republic of Ireland and even current designs for […]Read More In order to declare independence, Britain must declare allegiance
The ash-strewn debris of a faulty and ignored monolith now marks a dark stain on the London skyline. Not far away the bloodshed from two consecutive terror attacks has permanently stained our streets and its citizens. In Manchester parents and relatives will forever mourn the loss of innocence, and across the country the things which […]Read More More in Common?
The idea that a Christian leader in the UK feels uncomfortable expressing their religious beliefs marks a significant moment in our history. Can you imagine the press targeting Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher (or even that Liberal titan William Gladstone) for their belief in the Word? Of course not. I always liked Tim Farron because he […]Read More Tim Farron’s resignation marks the Triumph of Illiberalism
Much has been made of the present situation and its relation to a “post-truth” world of “alternative facts”. This is nonsense and serves ideological ends. What is true is that there is no such thing as truth; there is only consensus as to what is supposed to be true. It is the job of this […]Read More Spread The Word