Europe

Europe

Who said satire is dead? Me. And it’s a bloody bore.

Who said satire is dead? Me. And it’s a bloody bore.

A few weeks ago I was delighted to see two very familiar names in the candidates’ book of the club which I am a member. Younger readers may not recognise Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, but among the sitcoms they have under their belt are Birds of a Feather, Goodnight […]

by × March 22, 2017 ×

Europe

So this is how Democracy dies…

So this is how Democracy dies…

‘Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.’ Thus spake John Adams, the Second President of the United States. Against perceived odds and all mainstream predictions, 2016 seemed to demonstrate a democratic awakening. Voters delivered several, […]

by × March 10, 2017 ×

Europe, Liberty

EAW under the spotlight: The dire prison conditions in Romania

EAW under the spotlight: The dire prison conditions in Romania

As we build up to the hearing in April that will determine whether Alexander Adamescu is to be extradited to Romania in accordance with the European Arrest Warrant, we at Conservatives for Liberty have been campaigning to highlight the political motivations behind the warrant, exploring the wrongful assumption of parity […]

by × February 20, 2017 ×

Economic, Europe

Will the Government betray British Fishermen yet again?

Will the Government betray British Fishermen yet again?

The Common Fisheries Policy devastated the British fishing industry. The Government must now begin the process of repairing the damage by leaving the CFP as we leave the EU. One of the most striking images of the EU Referendum was the sight of multi-millionaire Bob Geldof aboard a luxury yacht […]

by × February 15, 2017 ×

Europe

Romania: Politicised ‘justice’ in the EU era

Romania: Politicised ‘justice’ in the EU era

In August 2016,Sky News reporter Stuart Ramsey brought us the story on a gun-running gang in the East of Romania. I’m sure he had no idea of the can of worms that he was about to open up, or how very little of it was anything to do with the […]

by × February 15, 2017 ×

Europe

It is right that parliament should vote on triggering Article 50; but the decision to leave was definitively made on June 23rd

It is right that parliament should vote on triggering Article 50; but the decision to leave was definitively made on June 23rd

It was inevitable that the Government would lose the Supreme Court appeal and now that Theresa May has been ruled against by a majority of 8 to 3; the appeal looks like an unforced error by the prime minister. Triggering Article 50 not only requires changes to legislation; it will […]

by × January 24, 2017 ×

Europe

Remoaners will cry wolf every step of the way

Remoaners will cry wolf every step of the way

Michael Gove’s infamous pre-referendum declaration that the public were “sick of experts” was leaped upon by his opponents, and ridiculed as an admission that, what turned out to be the most Britons that have ever voted for anything, were unwilling to listen to reason. The received wisdom being that silly […]

by × January 12, 2017 ×

Europe

Look beyond the EU; the world is our market

Look beyond the EU; the world is our market

Contrary to what Tim Farron says, the European Union is not the be all and end all; there is a whole planet beyond the Europe. A planet with growing markets across all four corners of the map. When we free ourselves from the shackles of the worlds only shrinking trade bloc […]

by × January 11, 2017 ×

Europe

Clean Brexit: We may need a transitional arrangement; but the EEA is not the answer

Clean Brexit: We may need a transitional arrangement; but the EEA is not the answer

Clean Brexit: Paul Reynolds explores alternatives to the EEA Agreement for potential transitional arrangements to act as a bridge to a bespoke Free Trade Agreement In recent weeks, the Brexit debate has been filled with terms such as “transitional” and “interim” arrangements so as to avoid a “cliff-edge”. But what […]

by × January 1, 2017 ×

Europe

The EU has failed to uphold democratic values

The EU has failed to uphold democratic values

One of the defining features of the EU referendum campaign, and arguably a major factor in the vote for Brexit, was the seeming inability of the Remain side to say anything positive about the European Union. The message, from start to finish, was not so much that the EU was […]

by × December 22, 2016 ×

Europe

The Richmond by-election is not a mandate to reverse Brexit

The Richmond by-election victory for the Lib Dems has got the remainers rather over excited. Sarah Olney said the outcome had sent a “shockwave” through Downing Street and paved the way for Parliament to “override” the EU withdrawal referendum result. This is a particularly baffling conclusion to make; a by-election mandate of 20,000 […]

by × December 2, 2016 ×

Europe

Merry Christmas! Eurocrats receive another bumper pay rise

It’s going to be a very merry Christmas in Brussels this year! Yes, though millions of people across the EU are suffering thanks to the stagnant eurozone and the constraints of the euro currency, although there’s a migration crisis that has been badly bungled, and ongoing economic crises across the continent, despite […]

by × November 28, 2016 ×