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Is HS2 really going to be of any benefit to anyone?

If you don’t know what HS2 is, it stands for High Speed 2, a new high-speed rail project that will cut down travel times between London and Birmingham and beyond. If you’re wondering where HS1 is, that connects to Kent and via the Eurostar to, well, Europe. And Disneyland. HS2 is a domestic high-speed rail… Continue reading Is HS2 really going to be of any benefit to anyone?

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The country needs a strong opposition in Westminster. Labour must get this leadership election right.

I'm not a member of the Labour Party. I'm actually not a member of any political party. I'm just very interested in the field and I keep up with the political news. So, while Boris continues to bluster his way through daily life as Prime Minister, my attention has turned to what the opposition is… Continue reading The country needs a strong opposition in Westminster. Labour must get this leadership election right.

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Why does anyone think that a general election will break the deadlock?

And so, Britain is once again heading to the polls ahead of schedule. For the third time in the last five years, the British public will be asked for their opinion of who should run the country. After the Fixed Term Parliament Act was passed, we were looking at a future where Prime Ministers could… Continue reading Why does anyone think that a general election will break the deadlock?

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Having Boris Johnson as Prime Minister is a national embarrassment. He needs to be shown the door.

So, we now have a Prime Minister who has been found by the highest court in the land to have done something unlawful but doesn't care. He demonstrated that this week as Parliament reconvened after the Supreme Court's ruling on Tuesday. His entire performance at the despatch box was that of a petulant arrogant child… Continue reading Having Boris Johnson as Prime Minister is a national embarrassment. He needs to be shown the door.

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Why do Brexiteers think the EU owe us anything?

Michael Gove has said in the last couple of days that the EU is refusing to negotiate with the UK. Well, duh! From their point of view the negotiation has already taken place and a deal agreed. They've also said repeatedly the Withdrawal Agreement is not open to renegotiation so the matter is closed. There… Continue reading Why do Brexiteers think the EU owe us anything?

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We need to stop with the whole betrayal nonsense.

A favourite theme for hard-line Brexiteers is to accuse those who voted to remain and who push for a second referendum to be held of being traitors to Great Britain and of some sort of betrayal. This is utter nonsense. It's not true and actually it's bloody offensive, nearly as offensive as being labelled a… Continue reading We need to stop with the whole betrayal nonsense.

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Is there any place for a new group in British politics?

So, we have a new group sitting in the the House of Commons, the Independent Group. 8 former Labour MPs and 3 former Conservatives now sit together in the House. They are all in favour of a second EU referendum and all have quit their previous parties because of dissatisfaction with the leaders, policies and seeming… Continue reading Is there any place for a new group in British politics?

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Why do I have to stay quiet about wanting to Remain?

So one result means I can't speak my mind? Because one referendum result came out with a marginal majority for leaving the EU, I can't say that I would prefer for Britain to stay in the EU? That's like saying that because Chelsea got completely steamrollered by Manchester City last Sunday, I can't go out… Continue reading Why do I have to stay quiet about wanting to Remain?

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Was there ever a ‘Plan B’ for Brexit?

Well, after Theresa May's EU Withdrawal Agreement summarily was dumped on the trash heap by MPs by a nice round 230 votes,the heaviest defeat of any Parliamentary leader in the democratic era, she has had about two weeks to get 'Plan B' together and in such shape that it might just squeeze through the vote… Continue reading Was there ever a ‘Plan B’ for Brexit?

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The need for political compromise

The art of compromise has seemingly been lost in politics. It is much more the political fashion to blame others for your country's troubles. Which is really, really worrying. America is a prime example of that, with the rhetoric of the President, and the party his insidious nature has ensnared, a constant stream of fear-mongering… Continue reading The need for political compromise