Cameron: Not A Legacy To Be Proud Of

Robin Lustig | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I don't often claim powers of clairvoyance, but perhaps on this one occasion, I might be excused. Because now he's gone, and history will not be kind. Like Chamberlain at Munich, Eden at Suez, and Blair in Iraq, he made an error of judgement so monumental that it will overshadow everything else for as long as people remember his name.

Don't Let the Leave Politicians Con Us a Second Time

Bob Morgan | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

I hate it that we have voted to leave the EU. It looks like national self harming - done because lots of people are angry for lots of reasons and the vote leave leaders channelled that anger by repeating things that even they probably didn't really believe. They did so without knowing what would happen if we left the EU - and they still don't know and they don't have a plan.

Will Our New Prime Minister Recognise the UN Declaration of Human Rights?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

In October 2010 David Cameron set out his vision for the future at the Conservative Party Conference, explaining how the Government was going to tackl...

The Westminster Assassins

Robin Lustig | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I'm going to take a deep breath, count to ten, and try very hard to pretend that the people who are running the country are grown-ups. I'm going to resist all Shakespearian allusions and attempt to negotiate a path through the wreckage that now passes for the British political scene.

Boris Johnson Just Walks Away From the Damage He Has Done

Bob Morgan | Posted 01.07.2017 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

So - his leadership is just something else he is not going to deliver as promised to the leave campaign - along with many other promises on immigration and the certainty of a better future for the Country.

Who Says We Can't Have Another Referendum?

Bob Morgan | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

The EU referendum was promised and implemented by Cameron's Conservatives to address divisions in their Party because of pressure from UKIP. It was done so that the Tories could stay in power.

Keep Quiet and Carry On: The EU

Chris R Wright | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics
Chris R Wright

You are not wrong for holding a legitimately cultivated opinion, and you are not bad for saying so, or changing your mind. But together we must stop allowing a fear of offense to legitimise folly. As long as ignorance is bliss, the opposite is also true.

After the EU Referendum Result, Jeremy Corbyn Must Go

Richard Carr | Posted 25.06.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Carr

One nation Tories and the rump of the Lib Dems should all feel more comfortable with the next Labour leader than they do a Johnson-Farage axis at No.10. The centre should therefore proffer a single candidate prepared to make specific offers to such types outside the party. And they should act now.

New Brexit Hooligans

Stephen Clarke | Posted 27.05.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Clarke

In short, the eurocrats are scared of a fight. They're as unlike Hitler as you could get. But European pacifism is apparently not something that Messrs Cameron and Johnson want to hear about.

Has the EU Really Saved Europe From War?

Robin Lustig | Posted 21.05.2017 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

The EU has already been buffeted by the Eurozone and migration crises; one more major shock to the system could well mark the beginning of the end. In the words of David Cameron: 'Can we be so sure that peace and stability on our continent are assured beyond any shadow of doubt?' Like the prime minister, I would never be so rash as to make that assumption.

Osborne's 'One Nation' Credentials Now Firmly on the Line

Richard Carr | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Carr

A one nation government should be about moderation, carefully thought through policy which does not over-burden one strata of society, and tacking to the centre. There is much in that would describe many historic Conservatives from Macmillan to Heseltine, and who knows, perhaps Stephen Crabb will seek to lay claim to that territory. At present, however, it does not describe the Chancellor or the course the government has taken since the summer budget.

Nationalism Is a Bad Argument Against EU Membership

Bob Morgan | Posted 18.02.2017 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

As the debate heats up - one thing is certain - politicians will seek to simplify the arguments. Those arguing for us to stay in may well emphasise the as yet unknown hazards of leaving - the fear factor.

The EU Needs Britain? TOUGH!

Rob Comley | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Politics
Rob Comley

As we approach the European Council summit on February 18th and 19th, the renegotiation rhetoric we are used to hearing from the Prime Minister is int...

Stay or Go, Europe's Democratic Deficit Must Be Tackled

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 08.01.2017 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

With a New Year and the holiday season coming to an end, the EU referendum campaign is heating up. But since our membership of European Union is a crucial constitutional issue, there's one issue that can't be ignored: democracy.

Sympathy for Terrorism

Chris Foren | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK
Chris Foren

David Cameron asserts that Jeremy Corbyn is a terrorist sympathiser. There is a sense in which he is correct. Corbyn has a long record of support for the suffering people of Palestine. He has shared platforms with people who were, allegedly, members of Hamas and Hizbollah. Both of those organisation have used violence for political ends. Corbyn is not a pacifist.

Bombs May Kill Extremists, but They Will Not Kill Extremism

Umar Nasser | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Umar Nasser

Nothing can ever justify an extremist taking an innocent life, particularly one who does so in the name of Islam. However, without a commitment to change deeply ingrained behaviours in our international approach, extremism is here to stay.

A Win for Sisi

Robin Lustig | Posted 06.11.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

What impressive dexterity our prime minister is demonstrating. In February 2011, there he was, grandstanding in Tahrir Square, celebrating with Egypt's pro-democracy activists the overthrow of the country's former leader, Hosni Mubarak. And here he is now, less than five years later, warmly welcoming Mubarak's successor, the former field marshal who seized power in a coup that ended Egypt's imperfect experiment with democracy.

This Debate Is About the EU, Not About Europe

Rob Comley | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK Politics
Rob Comley

If you take a look at the pro-EU StrongerIn website, the first thing you will read is the following message - blurting out of the screen in big, bold, white letters: "Britain is stronger, better off and safer in Europe than we would be out on our own." Let's set this record straight - we love 'Europe'. We just hate the EU!

David Cameron Has to Catch Up With Germany and France on Climate Change

Andreas Sieber | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Politics
Andreas Sieber

It is only 50 days until what might be the most important climate conference, the COP 21 in Paris. This week in Bonn diplomats from all over the world...

Corbyn's Therapeutic PMQ Style

Karen Dobres | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Politics
Karen Dobres

The other evening I was invited to a "Circle" led by a Native American elder - we do this kind of stuff down in deepest, darkest Sussex. Manitonquet (...

Madrasahs Are Simply About Inculcating Spirituality and Recognising the Rights of Fellow Citizens

Ismaeel Nakhuda | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK
Ismaeel Nakhuda

The Prime Minister's lumping of madrasahs within a three part strategy to tackle extremism at the Tory party conference on Wednesday problematises an ...

Migration and the EU: An Institution Crumbling?

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

The European Union is built on a labyrinthine system of rules and regulations designed to ensure that all members have equal rights and responsibilities. Once member states start tearing up the rule book with impunity, the structure soon starts to crumble.

SDGs: It's Time to Get Serious About Sustainable Development

David Nussbaum | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK
David Nussbaum

A few days ago WWF revealed that over the last few decades, the number of marine vertebrates in our seas has halved. Bird, fish, reptile and mammal p...

It Is Time to Talk to Assad

Robin Lustig | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

Bashar al-Assad is responsible for some of the most heinous war crimes of recent times, including the use of chemical weapons, the mass imprisonment and torture of political opponents, and the indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas causing massive casualties. Yet the unpalatable reality must surely be that, despite his grim record, he remains indispensable in the search for an end to the conflict.

Time Is Running Out in the Middle East

John Watson | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Politics
John Watson

Very hesitantly, with a weather eye on the immigration figures and the population forecasts, the UK Government reacts to public pressure to confirm th...