Articles by: Chris Manby

Europe

Debate: Should parliament have a vote on Article 50?

Debate: Should parliament have a vote on Article 50?

No – Chris Manby Judges in the High Court ruled this morning that the government must consult Parliament before invoking Article 50 and triggering Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. Since a majority of MPs backed the Remain campaign during the referendum, Leave campaigners have good reason to smell a […]

by × November 3, 2016 ×

Economic

Fracking and the new Luddites

Sajid Javid is right to ignore the doubters and greenlight fracking. For one thing, he’s got all the right people working themselves up into a hysterical frenzy. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government overruled Lancashire Council’s rejection of a site, a decision which had been appealed by shale […]

by × October 9, 2016 ×

Leftwatch

This Labour reshuffle is the triumph of the Islington set

The Labour Party continued its slide into electoral oblivion yesterday, as it increasingly adopts the character of a third-rate student union debating society. With yesterday’s reshuffle, Corbyn’s old contacts in the shady underworld of the London left have consolidated their grip on the party. Openly Marxist Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell (who […]

by × October 7, 2016 ×

Economy

Phillip Hammond and the new interventionism

There was a lot to like in Phillip Hammond’s first conference speech as Chancellor of the Exchequer. But there was also a much less welcome shift towards further state intervention in the economy. In stark contrast to Theresa May’s take-no-prisoners approach and Boris Johnson’s optimistic vision, Mr Hammond sounded a […]

by × October 3, 2016 ×

Elections

Brexiteers have nothing to fear from a general election

Brexiteers have nothing to fear from a general election

Remainers have become very fond of Parliamentary sovereignty in recent months. The referendum, the EU super-fans now allege, was merely advisory. It is for Parliament – in consultation with the ‘experts‘ of course – to decide on whether to leave the European Union. Never mind that the supremacy of EU […]

by × October 2, 2016 ×

America

US Presidential Debate: A plague on both their houses…

US Presidential Debate: A plague on both their houses…

I’ve been catching up on last night’s US Presidential debate. My first impression is that both these candidates are dreadful failures of humanity. Neither should be allowed anywhere near the reins of power. My second impression is that Hilary Clinton seemed far better prepared, whilst Donald Trump appeared to be […]

by × September 29, 2016 ×

Home Affairs

Brexit: The revolt against the establishment

Brexit: The revolt against the establishment

Like many who campaigned to leave the European Union, I wasn’t expecting victory. Neither were the pollsters, the pundits, media commentators, and Nigel Farage. I’ve never been happier to be proven wrong. Against all predictions, against all odds, Great Britain is leaving the EU and rejoining the world. The British […]

by × July 2, 2016 ×

Good Reads

Good Reads: ‘The Great Deception’  by Christopher Booker and Richard North

Good Reads: ‘The Great Deception’
by Christopher Booker and Richard North

Four decades ago, Britain joined the European Community. The British people – those inconvenient voters whom politicians periodically have to win over in order to enact their grand schemes – were told this was merely a “Common Market” that would boost jobs and trade. What they were not told is […]

by × May 2, 2016 ×

Constitution

The Queen at 90: Constitutional monarchy  is still the best form of government

The Queen at 90: Constitutional monarchy
is still the best form of government

As any British person not living under a rock on Mars will no doubt be aware, Queen Elizabeth II turned 90 yesterday. As usual, a tiny minority of republicans poked their noses out of their holes and complained. The monarchy, they claim, is undemocratic and elitist and should be abolished. […]

by × April 22, 2016 ×

Economic

Britain needs a revolution:  We can’t afford politics-as-usual

Britain needs a revolution:
We can’t afford politics-as-usual

In my last article, I wrote that Britain needs a revolution in our relationship with government. The UK’s debt burden is unsustainable. Debt interest is forecast to eat up a bigger and bigger slice of public spending every year. At the same time an ageing population and mass immigration are […]

by × March 24, 2016 ×

Economy

Britain’s debt bombshell

Britain’s debt bombshell

George Osborne is something of a political chameleon. Every so often he feels the need to change his ideological clothes. Once considered a tax-cutting deficit hawk, the chancellor has also proven to be an earnest believer in big government. You never know what you’re going to get with an Osborne […]

by × March 19, 2016 ×

Europe

Don’t let the EU bullies win: Vote for Brexit

We’ve heard a lot from the Remain camp about the ‘perils’ a newly-independent Britain will face. Most of these are blatantly false statements designed to keep wavering voters clinging fearfully to the Brussels comfort blanket. We would be ‘punished‘ if we left, claim EU enthusiasts. The day after the referendum, […]

by × March 11, 2016 ×