What can Brexit tell us about the respective merits of mediation and negotiation? That’s what BBC Radio Scotland’s Stephen Jardine invited me and TCM’s David Liddle onto his show to discuss. I don’t think it will surprise anyone that from the perspective of either negotiation or mediation, the situation screams out “Don’t Do It this Way”. A slow-motion car … Continue reading Brexit, Mediation and Negotiation
Why Both Johnson and Hunt Want An August Election
There will be a General Election this side of Brexit because it is the only way out of the Catch 22that our new PM will find himself in.
Does Iran Treaty Crisis Spell The End For Brexit Abstentionism? It Should.
Voting to leave didn't make us lemmings: It's time for the Commons to say Yes to EEA membership
Lies, Damned Lies And Fake News
Fabrication, dissembling, being “économique avec la vérité” is seeping into everyday discourse on a wider scale and to a greater extent. It's time to stop the lies.
No Majority, No Allies, No Dignity, No Respect – But Theresa May Has One Last Sting In Her Tail
May is doomed, but never forget the Conservatives taste and instinct for power.
Devolution & PR: The Antidote to Brexit Poison?
With the UK government elected by less than 25% of the electorate, the centre left shut out of politics, and SNP-reduced Parliamentary airspace for Labour, is this a perfect storm set to break ?
A New Populism? Talk Like You Mean It
The starting point for a new populism is to understand just how difficult it will be.
Time for a Labour-led alliance for Brexit?
On Brexit, you need to go to where people are, rather than where you would like them to be. There may be no other way to douse the flames many are fanning.
We Must Fight This Retreat From Britain’s Liberal And Open-minded Traditions (or Who Will Save Us?)
Brexit is bad, the Tories are worse and Corbyn must lead. But there is something new and important in this epic editorial
Points of View: Me and St George
(Lyme Regis 2016, credit: Richard Bridges) This photo caught my eye. “So crowded” was my first thought. I looked again. Felt uneasy. Felt guilty. Felt confused. It’s not hard to work out why. This is reality not an air-brushed brochure. The beach isn’t pristine, the clothes are not haut-couture and the bodies aren’t air-brushed. But … Continue reading Points of View: Me and St George