HINDSIGHT IS 2020 – We’re Back, Baby

I was stood four feet away from the Liberal Democrats’ campaign director as the exit poll was announced. The language used wasn’t what you’d normally associate with the soft, fuzzy, sandal-wearing Lib Dems. Yes, dear reader, this general election was to politics what the Cats film has been to culture. And I am truly sorry…

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FACTUALLY IN-ARCURI-TE : Poll Dancing and Parliamentary Democracies

We are in “Squeaky bum time”, to quote from Sir Alex Ferguson. If Johnson fails to negotiate a deal with the EU, based on the slim pickings he sent them last week, then we have an almighty clash on our hands. The Benn Act, the piece of legislation blocking a no-deal Brexit, should legally force…

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Weekly Wrap-Up : LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND LOGISTICS

Don’t let the smoke and mirrors fool you. This has been yet another terrible week for Boris Johnson. Despite his swashbuckling display at the Tory party conference, and praise for a toned-down rhetoric in Parliament yesterday, he’s still playing the same old game. Bluster hard enough and maybe the idiots will actually believe me. The…

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BEYOND THE PALE : A Bad Day For Brexit, But Hope For The Future

Yesterday was like watching politics through a fairground mirror. While normality, and sensibility, reigned out the outside, proceedings were bizarrely distorted through the looking-glass. Boris Johnson gave his keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference and, in all credit to him, was far better than he’s been over the last few weeks. Watching him yesterday,…

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KNACKERED JOHNSON : Why The Tory Conference Is Irrelevant

The Tory Party Conference is currently in full swing, and you can imagine what it’s like. A room full of crackpot old farts falling asleep to dismal speeches given by sub-par Ministers, Parliamentarians and commentators. You can imagine it is like this, because all party conferences are like this. Labour’s one last week was an…

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CONTACTS, CONFERENCE AND CONFLICT : PM In New Scandal, Labour Lose Plot

Even the weekends are mad these days. We enter this week with the real chance of it being Johnson’s worst yet since becoming Prime Minister. Either today or tomorrow, the Supreme Court will make its ruling on his prorogation of Parliament, and whether or not it was legal. If they rule that it was illegal,…

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Weekly Wrap-Up – 19/07 – 25/07

Here we are. Some fifteen years in the making, we are finally living in a Boris Johnson Britain. The politician who undoubtedly won the “Most likely to follow own ego until they become Prime Minister” prize at school is now our leader. And he has kicked things off with a bang. Now, like some cruel…

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Swinging His Johnson About

D-Day. Or rather, B-Day. In yesterday’s scorching heat, itself preceded by tumultuous thunderclaps and lightning flashes during the night, the sun set on one era and rose on another. It was a day of drama, tension, and upheaval – everything an important day in politics should be. We said goodbye to Theresa May and welcomed…

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Long Live The King

As I write, it is 1am. It is currently apocalyptic outside. With a torrential downpour acting as the percussion, the night’s sky is a symphony. Regular, pallid illuminations of the garden act as a melody, with the alarmingly frequent forks of jagged lightning skimming across the sky serving as dissonant frills to an already jarring…

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You Swinson, You Lose Some

Well, folks, here we go. Today, we will find out whether our new Prime Minister will be Boris Johnson (it will) or Jeremy Hunt (it won’t). While it is almost certain that the blonde, bumbling BoJo will take office, the question is by how much? Will he romp to victory, giving his no-deal credentials a…

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