GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE : The Dis-United Kingdom

Well that can’t be good. Over the weekend, The Sunday Times revealed that the UK was at its most likely to disintegrate since… Well, ever. According to the ST, 50% of Scottish and 51% of Northern Irish voters want a border poll in the next five years. Not only that, even Wales, lovely, trustworthy Wales,…

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VAX 2 THE MAX : Vaccination Rollout Going… Well?!

When I started Between the Lines, I vowed to make it as bipartisan as possible. I have my own political stance (lefty-leaning but not socialist, basically Third Way centrist dad), but I honestly wanted to do my best to be both critical of and complimentary to all parties across the spectrum. For Labour, this has…

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FREE SCHOOL STEALS : Inadequate Food Packages and Tory Cronyism

I’m just as shocked as you are. Turns out that this government’s generosity does have a limit after all! But this does, of course, come as something of a major surprise, given how “in touch with the common man” our government is. I mean, just take a look at their London Mayoral candidate, Shaun Bailey,…

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VOTE LEAVE LEAVES: Johnson Isolated and Isolating

And then there were none. Last week saw divisions at the heart of Number 10 culminating in Boris Johnson’s two most trusted and senior political advisors being given their marching orders. Lee Cain, Director of Communications, was dismissed on Thursday night, with self-described super-forecaster and Brexit architect Dominic Cummings following him on Friday. Given Cain’s…

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IT’S OVER… RIGHT? : The 2020 US Election

Good grief. That was a deeply stressful few days. Full disclosure – I wish I had been able to write about this sooner, but in a very odd turn of events I found myself on the island of Tenerife during the US election. My partner and I had a holiday booked for last Tuesday and,…

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SEVEN NATION BARMY – Corbyn Kicked Out of Labour Party

Just a few short years ago, I saw Jeremy Corbyn speak to the Glastonbury crowds firsthand. Luckily, I wasn’t too drunk or sunburnt at that particular moment, so I remember it pretty vividly. He spoke with passion and verve about his vision for a new, more egalitarian future. Tens of thousands around the fields of…

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LACKING PANACHE-VILLE: The Final Presidential Debate

I’m not going to lie, I stocked up for last night’s debate. The first Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was so utterly, excruciatingly bad that I wanted to gouge my eyes out, stick hot pokers in my ears and never speak to anyone again. Essentially, it made me want to deliberately emulate…

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A-Starm Bells Are Ringing

The gloves are off. Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the Opposition and leader of the Labour Party, has come across as measured, competent and dull over the course of the pandemic, according to opinion polls. For those who despair at the Johnson government’s handling of the crisis, this might not be such a bad thing.…

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