The common denominator of these two issues is the paradox between seeking an objective and means of obtaining it. Do we want real EU reform or noisy confrontation and self-harming U-turns? Business and allies see a play for the UKIP gallery, only confirming their fears and confusing them as to the 2017 end game.
As I have detailed previously to my loyal and widespread following, my loyalties to the once proud and unbowed David Cameron have taken a turn for the faltering, since I became au fait with the silver fox, and silver tongued, plain speaker Nigel Farage...
Climate change demands a collective response. We can't expect other countries to act if we don't. And as UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said: "Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act; time is not on our side."
When people legitimately challenged Andrew's point of view - providing him with logic, evidence and counter-argument - Andrew did what any Ukip-loving coward does - he hid behind a paranoid and imagined claim of persecution to avoid responding to the challenges leveled his way.
I think Nicola will achieve great things for Scotland, and continue the work that Eck started. She will be a constant thorn to Westminster and she will acquire powers by the strength of her persuasive arguments refusing to acquiesce and relentless demands. Seems like Nicola and the SNP are the only party capable of taking the fight to Farage and Ukip. It is a shame that Miliband doesn't have the same backbone.
Wikimedia Commons, Eurorealist Newsletter It cannot be denied that UKIP have had a good month. Not only has Nigel Farage been invited to take part i...
Farage is endlessly indulged by most UK journalists, notably the increasingly Eurosceptic BBC. He will survive this latest manifestation of how rickety his political edifice really is. But for those who place hopes in the European Parliament as an institution of prestige and democratic importance, this latest comedy is not encouraging.
The Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group in the European Parliament, of which UKIP formed an important part, has been disbanded after Latvian MEP Iveta Grigule decided to leave the group. Read on to find out the importance of this development and how it will affect UKIP and the rest of the European Parliament.
We hear a lot about the perceived negatives of immigration, which it turns out can be pretty much anything if you hate facts and can be inventive enough with your arguments; but we never hear about the absolute, basic, inarguable economic fact that immigration is essential to our wellbeing as a nation.
I do not believe that we are seeing the 'End of Politics'. I do, however, believe that we have reached the culmination of a steady, 40-year shift away from class-based voting. The two will feel, to many, like they are very much the same thing. Indeed, if the main parties do not face up to the change that has taken place, they could become so.
The broadcasters are demonstrating that they are utterly out of touch with the public mood. They are clinging to the idea that the future of politics looks like the past, when the public are increasingly grasping that our triple crises - economic, social and environmental - demands new answers that the three business-as-usual parties have shown are beyond their understanding.
The leadership black-hole is the real story of this year. The Union was nearly lost because the Westminster elites failed to articulate a convincing, positive vision of why the Scots should back the UK...
It's very simple: ignorance perpetuates stigma and stigma kills. In making the latest in a long series of ill-informed pronouncements, Nigel Farage seems to hark back to a dark period of history which we are all much better off leaving behind.
Fed up with the Westminster elite? Want out of Europe? Keen for a tougher stance on immigration? Then Ukip may be the party for you! Since the party's success in the European elections earlier this year and their subsequent triumph in securing their first MP in Parliament, Nigel Farage's crew appear to be going from strength to strength...
Minds were boggled and stupefaction abounded. It was as though no one was expecting it. Ukip's win in that desperate, grey, spume flecked boil on the backside of Essex was greeted as the first sight of a solar eclipse must have been received by a cave man. We were not expecting THAT... But we were. Everyone knew it would happen months ago.
After the Clacton and Heywood and Middleton by-elections, Labour has to find ways of reaching out to and reconnecting with the so-called 'left behind' Ukip voters - but without throwing migrants or minorities under the bus.