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Leaving The EU Isn’t Rocket Science


Several of the weekend’s newspapers have criticised the Vote Leave campaign for failing to spell out how the UK will actually leave the EU in the event of a vote for Brexit.

Its an odd accusation as the process is set out in Article 50; basically we negotiate.  Talk of the Norwegian or Swiss models is claptrap – we’re the UK and will adopt our on terms.  I covered this in my recently published (and sadly not yet widely read) pamphlet on the EU debate Tilting At Windmills and so have produced the relevant chapter below.  Enjoy.

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Economically Illiterate Archbishops Are No Use To The Church (Or Anyone Else)


The election just became more comical thanks to the intervention of the Church of England in the form of a soon to be published collection of essays “On Rock or Sand” by the Archbishop of York. Guess what? He deplores capitalism and comes from the Marxist approach of “from each as he has, to each as he needs” redistribution. The Archbishop of Canterbury and Labour peer Lord Adonis are also contributing to the book, which is similar in tone and content to one produced 30 years ago during the Thatcherite revitalisation of this country. It seems that the Church has not noticed that socialism doesn’t work (and never has).

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Who Gave The Broadcasters Authority to Regulate the Leaders’ Election Debates


So the current state of play is that Cameron won’t take part in the TV Leaders’ debates unless the Greens can, and OFCOM says that the Green’s can’t.

I am becoming increasingly concerned that the election is being run for the media, by the media. This is manifest in the decision being made by OFCOM rather than The Electoral Commission. Quite how we ended up with leaders’ debates escapes me; the chief reason I think was that they have them in the US so we should follow. That makes no sense to me (or I suspect anyone outside luvvie land). Nor is it consistent – they have the death penalty in much of the US.

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Newsnight Induced Depression (or Fury)


I suspect that I am not the only member of Monday’s Newsnight audience to be profoundly depressed at the prospect of five more months of the irritating, cliché and sound bite riven drivel that passes for political coverage in the UK.

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A Conversation With Ed Milliband


Apparently Ed Milliband wants to have four million conversations before the general election? I’m not sure that there are that many people who want to talk to him. Nor do I think it likely that he and I will meet, but if we did here is what I would say.

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