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To extend or not to extend. That is the question which soon will have to be settled. The Coronavirus crisis goes on and on to its indefinite horizon. But very soon, barely a month, Boris Johnson will have to take a big decision.

Johnson Must Decide: Face Down his Brexit Zealots or add No Deal Brexit to his list of Problems

To extend or not to extend. That is the question which soon will have to be settled. The Coronavirus crisis goes on and on to its indefinite horizon. But very... Read more

When Boris Johnson is toppled, who will get the credit who for exposing his incompetence and mendacity?

That will surely be owed to Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the Opposition, who has had the Prime Minister on the ropes in the three rounds of their head-to-head confrontations in the Commons.  

Message to Boris Johnson: “You don’t measure up to the job”

When Boris Johnson is toppled, who will get the credit who for exposing his incompetence and mendacity? That will surely be owed to Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the Opposition,... Read more

Along with what I hope and believe is the majority of Labour supporters, I welcome the election of Keir Starmer as the party’s leader. It takes neither hope nor belief, because we have the evidence already, that he and those he has appointed to shadow ministerial positions far outshine the inadequate group of Conservative MPs currently in government.  They make us determined to see these latter replaced as soon as possible.

Brexit Plus Coronavirus Is Too Much To Take

Along with what I hope and believe is the majority of Labour supporters, I welcome the election of Keir Starmer as the party’s leader. It takes neither hope nor belief,... Read more

Dutch Child Refugees Arriving in Britain, Essex in 1945

 

This is an edited Q & A with WW2 child refugee Lord Alf Dubs who has vigorously campaigned for the UK to do more when it comes to the rights of child refugees and is now a Labour Peer.

Q & A with WW2 child refugee Lord Alf Dubs

Dutch Child Refugees Arriving in Britain, Essex in 1945   This is an edited Q & A with WW2 child refugee Lord Alf Dubs who has vigorously campaigned for the... Read more

After over seven weeks of shut down in Italy, people weary of mask-wearing and worried about when they can return to work, despair at the lack of EU urgency. The time for summitry is over. They must be shown and not just told about solidarity. 

The view from Piedmont

After over seven weeks of shut down in Italy, people weary of mask-wearing and worried about when they can return to work, despair at the lack of EU urgency. The... Read more

Once again, we are having a wondrous warm wallow in the waters of WW2 nostalgia, the sense that Britain paid the highest price, won the most battles and was under Churchill the colossus nation that conquered Hitler’s nationalist ideology and liberated Europe.

Russians, Poles, Americans, Indians, the resistance in France, Italy, Greece and the Balkans also played a part, but we just write them out of the “We Won WW2” script.

In May 1945 Britain Celebrated Victory In Europe And Then Gave Up On Its Reconstruction

Once again, we are having a wondrous warm wallow in the waters of WW2 nostalgia, the sense that Britain paid the highest price, won the most battles and was under... Read more

(Photo by Christian Erfurt on Unsplash)

At the moment, the government is adamant that it will not extend the transition period beyond December 31st. But it is worth remembering that Boris Johnson claimed he would “die in a ditch” rather than allow an extension of Britain’s EU membership beyond October 31st. That date came and went with barely a murmur and six weeks later Johnson won a landslide in the General Election. Anyone familiar with Johnson’s career knows that he is supremely comfortable with saying whatever he thinks will win him votes and popularity – so it is likely that any decision he makes around the transition period will be influenced by what he thinks the electorate wants.

Voters Will Not Want A Return To Brexit Chaos

(Photo by Christian Erfurt on Unsplash) At the moment, the government is adamant that it will not extend the transition period beyond December 31st. But it is worth remembering that Boris Johnson claimed... Read more

The coronavirus crisis is far from over, but it is already teaching us lessons about how to tackle that other global crisis – climate change.

COVID And Climate Change – The Lessons

The coronavirus crisis is far from over, but it is already teaching us lessons about how to tackle that other global crisis – climate change. Read more

Boris Johnson will soon be back full time as Prime Minister, we are told. How long will it be before Downing Street get him to do what he does best – a stunt? Maybe driving a bulldozer through a polystyrene wall with a slogan “Get Covid Gone.” Sadly, the JCB factory where Johnson performed that General Election stunt has its workers on furlough. 

Johnson Back At Work Soon - A Promise Or A Threat?

Boris Johnson will soon be back full time as Prime Minister, we are told. How long will it be before Downing Street get him to do what he does best... Read more

As he savoured his moment of glory after his triumph in the polls in December, followed by Britain leaving the EU Treaty in January, Boris Johnson thought he had Europe at his feet and rushed into law an act stipulating that the UK would terminate all negotiations by December 2020.

Boris Johnson’s First Big Decision When He Returns To No 10 Won’t Be On Coronavirus But His Obsession - Brexit

As he savoured his moment of glory after his triumph in the polls in December, followed by Britain leaving the EU Treaty in January, Boris Johnson thought he had Europe... Read more

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