It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The original plan of Prime Minister David Cameron was to call a referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union, renegotiate new terms with the powers that be in Brussels and then use the machinery of government to persuade people to vote to remain.
A source in Downing Street tells me that Mr. Cameron’s circle was expecting the Remain campaign to be comfortably ahead by now. Yet, little more than a week before the referendum, the polls show that the two camps are neck and neck. Although the Leave campaign — of which I am a founding member — is still the underdog, there is a real chance that Britain will vote for independence from the European Union on June 23.… Seguir leyendo »
Britain is a much better place today than it was when I was born in the early 1970s. People are free to live as they choose. We are more open and tolerant, and most of us are more prosperous.
As the father of a young daughter, I’ve also come to appreciate how much feminism has achieved within my lifetime. Boys and girls growing up today have far better life chances because of greater equality. And there’s been a revolution in attitudes toward disabled people. What people once attacked as “political correctness,” we now recognize as good manners.
My country is better in so many ways — except when it comes to how we do politics.… Seguir leyendo »
Britain has just promised £7bn towards a €90bn package aimed at rescuing Ireland’s economy. But the bailout has not worked. Instead, we are sinking billions into a temporary rescue of the euro that will prolong Ireland’s economic misery. So we should change course and prepare to offer a dramatically different solution – help Ireland decouple from the euro and allow the country to default on its debts.
A prosperous Ireland is in Britain’s interest, as the chancellor, George Osborne, was quick to tell the House of Commons. It is not simply a case of economics. There is scarcely a street in Britain in which family ties do not bind the fate of our two islands.… Seguir leyendo »