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Elections, Europe

No, Brexit was not “hacked”

No, Brexit was not “hacked”

The Public Administration and Consitutional Affairs Committee of the House of Commons today released a report on lessons learned from the EU referendum. Immediately, the press has seized upon a couple of paragraphs to do with cyber-security, to re-animate the old stories about the referendum being ‘hacked’. In particular, the […]

by × April 13, 2017 ×

Economic, Europe

What is the impact of tariffs & Rules of Origin outside the EU Customs Union?

What is the impact of tariffs & Rules of Origin outside the EU Customs Union?

It is perhaps surprising that so much attention has been given to the Single Market, yet so little attention has been paid to the EU Customs Union. Particularly as leaving the EU Customs Union has potentially greater impacts on UK trade than leaving the Single Market: A repatriated trade policy […]

by × April 5, 2017 ×

Liberty

Religion cannot be protected from debate and criticism

Religion cannot be protected from debate and criticism

When Khalid Masood drove his car over pedestrians on Westminster Bridge with nothing but anger and a vague notion of Jihad in his heart, it was not the first time that Britain had been the victim of a religious zealot. Nor will it be the last. In our assessment of […]

by × April 4, 2017 ×

Scotland

Don’t forget the importance of the Union: Why conserving the UK must be our top priority

Don’t forget the importance of the Union: Why conserving the UK must be our top priority

History, especially that section of history which passes into the national consciousness, is rarely fair. That is why it’s entirely possible that the present Government will be remembered, above all else, as the administration which lost the Union. The exact Brexit deal which is agreed, and its wider impact, will […]

by × April 3, 2017 ×

Scotland

I voted Remain; but I still oppose a second Scottish referendum

I voted Remain; but I still oppose a second Scottish referendum

There’s a cartoon floating about the Remain pages on Facebook just now. The strip depicts a Brexiteer galleon sailing towards a precipice while the canny Scottish crew-members have liberated a skiff and are making for the shores of the European Union. There are two things wrong with this sketch; firstly, […]

by × March 30, 2017 ×

Law & Order, Liberty

Dear Amber Rudd; there are no “necessary hashtags”

Dear Amber Rudd; there are no “necessary hashtags”

The most disturbing aspect of the Home Secretary’s howlingly incompetent maunderings on Sunday’s Andrew Marr show wasn’t her view of encryption. Although the idea of banning of compromising strong crypto is disturbing, it is vanishingly unlikely that it will come to pass. Whenever similar ideas have been floated in the […]

by × March 30, 2017 ×

Health & Environment

Meddling With Smokers – Governments Cant Kick the Habit

Meddling With Smokers – Governments Cant Kick the Habit

Smoking, once the mainstay of social and business occasions, is now an abhorrent act; one of defiance in the face of accepted norms. The very idea of someone lighting up their cigarette next to a non-smoker generates a great deal of stigma and distaste, but why should non-smokers find tobacco […]

by × March 30, 2017 ×

Europe

Jeremy Corbyn should give Henry VIII more credit

Jeremy Corbyn should give Henry VIII more credit

Poor Henry VIII. Remembered primarily for being obese and a serial monogamist, the father of Elizabeth I last weekend had to endure the supreme indignity of a codpiecing by Jeremy Corbyn on national television. “I don’t think the record of Henry VIII on promoting democracy, inclusion and participation was a […]

by × March 30, 2017 ×

Europe

Brexit: Leaving the Customs Union and repatriating trade policy

Brexit: Leaving the Customs Union and repatriating trade policy

In 1973, the UK joined the EEC (as the EU was known then) and became the member of a customs union – the so-called “Common Market”. By contrast, the Single Market is a more recent development. In 1987, the Single Europe Act came into effect and paved the way for […]

by × March 27, 2017 ×

Europe, Foreign & Defence

The UK should adopt a free trade policy towards developing countries

The UK should adopt a free trade policy towards developing countries

In his recent Guardian article, David Cameron, the former UK Prime Minister and newly appointed Chair of the Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, argued that it is right for the United Kingdom to continue to give aid to developing and unstable countries. Mr Cameron argued that it is […]

by × March 27, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Saudi Arabia is an apartheid state

Saudi Arabia is an apartheid state

The label ‘Apartheid’ is bandied around frequently these days, sadly it hasn’t stuck to the one State who, in my humble opinion, not only deserves it but whose human rights atrocities are routinely ignored and glossed over by the International Community for the sake of not rocking the boat. Unlike […]

by × March 26, 2017 ×

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 Savile Club. 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 Sweetheart, and my favourite […]

by × March 22, 2017 ×