Much about Theresa May’s Brexit “strategy” concerns me. Why, for example, has there been no big speech in Prague, Amsterdam or Rome declaring her love for European civilisation in sweeping historical terms and setting out the strong cultural, economic and security ties she wants with the nations of Europe after Britain has broken free from Brussels? And where’s our ambitious economic growth plan that the EU, because of its dysfunctionality, could not emulate but which would encourage European states to want to remain plugged into our markets? And, sotto voce, where’s the illicitly encouraged think tank paper detailing our hard cop options if certain dogmatists in Brussels play silly beggars in negotiations?… Seguir leyendo »
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John Major has deservedly been lauded for earmarking such a large slice of funds generated by his National Lottery initiative for Team GB’s Olympians. Given increasingly tragic events in Syria we are not, however, looking at the most relevant of the former prime minister’s achievements: his creation of safe havens for Kurds in northern Iraq and Shia Muslims in southern Iraq after the 1991 Gulf war.
Those havens were backed up by massive airdrops of humanitarian aid and no-fly zones enforced by the RAF and other western air forces. It is also notable that they lacked direct United Nations approval. The UN’s Boutros Boutros-Ghali even described them, subsequently, as “illegal”.… Seguir leyendo »
The best thing to be hoped for is that the Liberals Democrats will behave loyally and modestly in the national interest; loyally when the going gets tough over reducing the deficit, and modestly with regard to the lack of enthusiasm for PR to which their bad showing in the election attests.
Sadly that is Cloudcuckoo Land, because the modern Liberal party is often to the left of Labour and sees this as a once-in-a-generation chance to muscle in PR. Every Government since the war has always been re-elected once — except Ted Heath’s in 1974 — so a minority Tory ministry is the second best thing to hope for.… Seguir leyendo »