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Theresa May urged to ‘exploit Merkel crisis’

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Senior Tory Brexiters demanded last night that Theresa May exploit Angela Merkel’s political weakness and suspend plans to offer billions of pounds more to the European Union, according to today’s front page of The Times. Talks to form a coalition in Germany collapsed yesterday, and Mrs Merkel said that she was ready for a rerun […]

Winner Takes It All (Including the Troubles)

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Winning is undoubtedly a good thing and delivers nice feelings. Being a winner is a positive social role as well. But. There is always a ‘but’, particularly in politics. Including elections, the main championship in modern democracy. Here, being a too strong and clear winner can, after the euphoria from the lovely results is gone, […]

Why the Brexit Secretary is out of his depth

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In Berlin this week our Brexit Secretary, David Davis, attempted to give a lecture to the Germans. “Don’t put politics above prosperity,” he said. That seems rich as the ideology of Brexit means doing exactly that: putting politics above the prosperity of Britain. But there were other oxymorons in Mr Davis’s speech. He said he […]

No guarantee of EU rights after Brexit

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An amendment by Labour to protect our EU rights and protections after Brexit has been defeated in the House of Commons. The Labour front bench sought to amend the EU (Withdrawal) Bill to ensure that after Brexit, EU derived employment rights, environmental protection, health and safety standards and consumer standards can only be amended by […]

A trip down memory lane: Shadowing, ERM and lessons for Brexit

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The upsides of getting older are relatively few and far between, but one of the best is that you get to annoy younger people by dragging up things from the past that they have no memory of. And so it’s been this week: I’ve been musing on the late 1980s and the oddities of monetary […]

European Union or a new Soviet Union?

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There is now mounting evidence that the Russians are using techniques to destabilise the European Union, and possibly attempted to influence a win for ‘Leave’ in last year’s referendum. Today’s front page of The Guardian gives a non-cryptic clue: ‘Russia backed Brexit in fake Twitter posts’. And today’s front page of The Times claimed, ‘Russia […]

How fake news caused Brexit

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It’s becoming increasingly obvious that fake news in some of Britain’s leading newspapers helped to cause Brexit. Every day newspapers such as the Daily Mail and Daily Express print articles that promote hatred of migrants and the EU generally. ‘Too many EU migrants’ was cited as one of the main reasons people voted for Leave […]

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