Category Politics

Appeasement doesn’t work

We found that out in 1939. Chamberlain tried to appease Hitler. He kept giving in to Hitler’s demands – the more he gave in, the more Hitler wanted. We have a similar situation now with the “weaponisation” of antisemitism against Labour. Antisemitism is a complex thing but at its heart it is very simple. What […]

Brexit can be stopped

In response to @owenjones84 piece in the @guardian 4-Jan First – the referendum was only advisory. Parliament is sovereign – two-thirds of MPs opposed Brexit and a promise from a Cameron government does not bind any future government. The “will of the people” argument is nonsense. My constituency voted Remain but our MP is now […]

How I was nearly elected as a Tory MP

Born with natural advantages – I went to school at Winchester – I was lucky enough to be able to have squirreled-away enough money to found an Artificial Intelligence company in my early 30’s and to move to a lovely village in West Hampshire. This was 1986 – peak Thatcher era. Like many rural communities, […]

Why Labour will oppose Brexit (and we will Remain)

This article was written in response to David Allen Green who, is surely one of the most interesting commentators on Brexit, certainly a lot better than those employed by the Daily Express. Labour will (eventually) oppose Brexit for the three very good reasons that (1) it only supported it in the first place due to […]

The Northern Powerhouse is Dead

Good – now let’s start again. It was ill-conceived at the start and yesterday (9-Jul) The Sunday Times confirmed that the Northern Powerhouse is dead. We need to go back to first principles and get it right second-time around. George Osborne promoted it as a way to get the north behind HS2. HS2 is fundamentally […]

The Journalists got it wrong

Really, really wrong¬†and I enjoyed reading the Sunday papers today seeing how journalists tried to show that actually, they hadn’t. Few said “mea culpa.” Journalists are mostly paid for their opinions and analysis. News we can get from Twitter – journalists are supposed to add insight. It is accepted that most will have an agenda […]

Trident and Jeremy Corbyn

Trident is a short-hand for “the UK’s nuclear capability”. This post discusses it in relation to the UK General Election on 8-Jun-2017 and in particular to the comments raised against Jeremy Corbyn the @BBCqt interviews on Friday 2-Jun. Since Trident was first introduced the world has changed. Russia is (probably) a much-diminshed threat to European […]