Perhaps with some of the points made above there is some hope that Britain can get the flexibility it wants while still having as much integration as would benefit it and reduce some of the harm a cold, hard Brexit would cause.
"If we don't say the last Labour government was good, why would anyone vote for the next one?" That question was recently posed to Progress readers by Harriet Harman. The obvious answer is that no one will. Yet the prevailing mood within the Labour party today towards that period of power is one of measured indifference - or, at worst, open disdain.
It is obvious that Tony Blair is using the approach of Brexit as an opportunity to attempt to force his way back into the political world. He has shown himself to be an opportunist, so this isn't too surprising. What is shocking, however, is the fact that the main news broadcasters are giving him so many interviews.
"Northern" and "Ireland" together are often seen as the most boring words in English. Completely unfairly given Northern Ireland's natural beauty and hospitality. But the shock results of their recent elections are far from dull. They could presage profound change in Northern Ireland, Ireland, and the UK in the chaotic age of Brexit.
We really are in a 'through the looking glass' phase of national and international politics with a dangerous growth of 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend' dogma. Self styled moderates behaving like the right. Vexed liberals coming over all authoritarian. Reactionary western nationalists having a love-in with long time foe Russia.
It is time for pro-Europeans to unite, make the positive case for a Britain that engages with Europe to enhance our prosperity and security, and to warn about the danger of the Government's trajectory, while respecting the result of the referendum on June 23rd. That is the argument Tony Blair will make in today's keynote speech for Open Britain this morning.
Does anyone remember that old Panorama episode about Scientology? I'm thinking particularly of the clip in which, having spent the past few months ...
Like many brands, most successful political narratives are the ones that are memorable - distinctive, tangible and succinct. Positivity is an optional extra. So is truth as of late. Here we look at the top 10 attempts to establish political brands in Britain in the 21st century. Share your own favourite with a quick poll at the end.
Though Blair's project is likely to fail, we should recognise what is really behind it. Blair is driven by self-interest and opportunism. The British people are driven by the love for their country and its people. It's clear which side will win, and soon we will Get Britain Out of the EU.
"Politics is in such crisis," my friend says as he pulls the cork out from a bottle of Gran Reserva Rioja. Nothing like a cosy dinner party to discuss the ills of society and the wrongs of politics. He was, of course, referring to the impending Brexit, the imminent inauguration of Donald J. Trump - as Donald J. Trump illeistically calls himself, and the apparent rise of the Right. "Scary times," he says while studying the legs.
Why you should care that facts mean nothing in politics any more You might have heard the term post-truthism recently. From Adam Curtis' latest doc...
We Liberal Democrats are the only party which stand for hope, rather than fear. So, be hopeful. If we have the faith and commitment we can change course. We can and must build a better Britain, in a fairer world. Lets do it together!
The nauseating Trump/Brexit mashup headline, courtesy of the Daily Star, no doubt had many backwards thinking Brexiteers waving their union jack flags and 'Go Home' placards in obvious joy.
The contrast between Theresa May's and David Cameron's styles could be a refreshing change, with serious times calling for more serious leadership. But to really make a success of her time in Downing Street, May has a lot to learn, including how to adapt her style to the challenges of the office she now occupies.
I piled into his autobiography over the past week looking to get to the heart of the mystery of the tiny dancer David Cameron loathed above all others, but honestly juicy details of life in Westminster are few and far between... Here are some of my favourite bits.
"I am the heir to Blair," said David Cameron in 2005. With the announcement he is quitting the Commons after standing down as Prime Minister, he is certainly staying true to that premonition.... All Prime Ministers want a legacy, yet are rarely remembered in the way they would wish. No matter what he does next, or what else he achieved while in office, Cameron will always be remembered as the Prime Minister who accidentally took the UK out of the European Union.