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…

Read More

SUFFER FOR YOUR SUFFRAGE : Why Voting Is Vital, Despite The Misery

Hello everyone. For one night only, I’m back. Well, that’s not strictly true. As of next Tuesday, I’ll be on hand to analyse, scrutinise and satirise all that comes after this waking nightmare of an election. But here’s the kicker – we really don’t know what comes next. Large swathes of the media would have…

Read More

CAMPAIGN AND SUFFERING: So Far, So Predictably Crap

Hello BTLers! I write to you after a weekend of doing very little politics because my life is now almost entirely politics. For obvious reasons, I can’t go into too much detail about life at LDHQ. What I will say is that there is an incredible sense of purpose, of everyone wanting what’s best for…

Read More

PURDAH LIKE IT’S 1999 : An Announcement

Hello BTLers. It’s been a little while, I know. Since last we spoke, the election train has chucked a load of coal in the engine, released the brakes, and is now slowly starting to chug out of the station. We’ve seen the opening salvos of what seems destined to be a vicious few weeks, with…

Read More

ELECSHUN? ELECSOON! : What Happens Now? (Part Two)

Here we go, lads. Here we bloody go. After three and a half years of terror, torture and tragedy, we are finally in the Endgame. Brexit, one way or another, will be sorted on the 13th of December, 2019. …Except it may well not be. The sad reality is that Brexit is a part of…

Read More

ELECSHUN : What Happens Now?! (Part One)

A disclaimer: this is not a full blog. Why is this, I hear you cry?! Surely so much has happened that we simply must be brought up to speed, damn you Between the Lines! Well, shut up. I’m going to tell you. Then I’m going to tell you why, yet again, it might all be…

Read More

Weekly Wrap-Up : *distant screaming*

OH GOD IT JUST DOESN’T END. Nope. Nope nope nope. Even I am so done with this now, and I write about Brexit for a living. Don’t get me wrong, this week has been, yet again, utterly bizarre and totally bonkers, and absolute gold for politicos like me. I should be happy. It’s been a…

Read More

EXTENSION REBELLION : MPs Delay Deal, But Don’t Block It Either

Talk about a game of two halves. Yesterday evening, MPs voted in favour of Johnson’s Brexit deal going through to a third reading in the house. It won by a majority of 30, a strong result. This was the first time that a Brexit deal of any kind had won a majority in Parliament. Then,…

Read More

A READ-LETTER DAY : Boris Asks For Extension, Denied Vote

The joke has been said many times already. I can’t resist. Boris is presumably writing his last will and testament, prior to his self-interment in a ditch somewhere in St. James’ Park. He said he wouldn’t do it. He refused to sign it. He sent three letters, trying to undermine his own request. But he…

Read More

NOT-SO-SUPER SATURDAY : Brexit Deal Delayed

Well that was unexpected. Boris Johnson’s brand spanking, shiny, glorious, definitely-not-Theresa May’s-deal-in-lipstick deal didn’t even get a vote. Instead, Oliver Letwin, affable spaniel-turned politician, tabled an amendment that delayed a decision to be made on Brexit, and it passed by 322 votes to 306. So the first Saturday sitting of Parliament in decades was actually…

Read More