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Mrs May vs Mr Corbyn in last pre-election PMQs

Reuters/PA   By Hazel Speed This was the most bizarre and incongruous event.

The runners in the UK Political Grand National

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Only Nicola Sturgeon has the ability (since the days of Mrs Thatcher) to have the effect on people that when she appears on TV, the First Scottish Minister is at risk of having a similar drink named after her. If she hasn’t already.

Corbyn puts icing on a half-baked cake

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Jeremy Corbyn has proposed four Bank Holidays to celebrate the Saints of each Constituent Country of the United Kingdom.

PMQs or a visit to the Hellfire Club?

HOC photo   By Hazel Speed Prime Minister’s Question Time yesterday, (followed by the Prime Minister’s statement, then debate, after which a vote took place in respect of a snap General Election), was such a loud, bawdy and undignified affair, that I am sure the historic Hellfire Club would seem more sedate in comparison.

Observations of an Expat: May U-Turn

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms The Lady turned—big time.

Mrs May calls General Election for 8th June – Was this wise?

PA photo   By Hazel Speed Yesterday morning, Mrs May made a surprise announcement outside No 10 Downing Street that she will be putting forth a Motion in Parliament on Wednesday in accordance with the Fixed Term Parliament Act in the hope she will achieve a two thirds vote to have a General Election on […]

Does England need its own Leader and to Declare Independence?

Nick Stern/Banksy   By Hazel Speed The soap opera farce (Brexit), that the UK has become is a situation now beyond embarrassment and one which for many is turning to anger.

Observations of an Expat: The Headless Brexiteers

AFP photo   By Tom Arms “They haven’t a clue,” the nameless senior civil servant told me as she pressed her hands to the side of her head, grimaced and squeezed her eyes shut.”

Mrs May’s coat of many political colours, albeit with patches

Adrian Dennis/AFP   By Hazel Speed Mrs May’s keynote speech at the Conservative Conference was cleverly written, whether constructed by herself, a speech writer, or combination of both.

Hats Off to John Humphrys

PA photo   By Hazel Speed BBC Radio 4 ‘The Today Programme’ broadcast an interview with Owen Smith which is a Classic of its Genre, but not for the right reasons as far as Mr. Smith is concerned.

Observations of an Expat: Brexit and Shakespeare

Jack Taylor   By Tom Arms BREXIT has plunged the land of the Bard into a Shakespearean tragedy. Or to be more accurate, it has plunged it into overlapping tragedies which have left the British ship of state without a helmsman and drifting rudderless into dangerous financial and political waters.

Brexit vote, UK political confusion keep world markets on edge

Reuters   By Kylie MacLellan and Anirban Nag Britain’s vote to leave the European Union continued to reverberate through financial markets, with the pound falling to its lowest level in 31 years, despite government attempts to relieve some of the confusion about the political and economic outlook.

British EU vote unnerves world leaders and markets

Toby Melville/Reuters   By Estelle Shirbon and Ben Blanchard Britain plunged deeper into political crisis on Sunday after its vote to leave the European Union last Thursday, leaving world officials and financial markets confused about how to handle the political and economic fallout.

Observations of an Expat: Brexit Repercussions

By Tom Arms It looks like Marx was right. The world revolution will start in Britain. It started on Thursday.

Observations of an Expat: Brexit is BIG

By Tom Arms Next Thursday and Friday are BIG news days. Allow me to reinforce that through repetition. Next Thursday and Friday are BIG news days. The tail end of the next working week could go down as a historic watershed. At 7am the British electorate will start marching to polling stations to vote whether […]

Sadiq Khan becomes Mayor of London, but Britain faces deep-seated problems

By Rupen Savoulian Sadiq Khan’s election as London Mayor is a rejection of the politics of fear and Islamophobia, but let us not endorse his policies.

Observations of an Expat: Sadiq Khan

By Tom Arms Sadiq Khan. Remember the name. You will hear it again quite soon–and a lot more often. Sadiq – as he is known in Britain– is the Labour candidate for the job of Mayor of London. He is also way ahead in the opinion polls for the elections next Thursday.

Reactions to Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015

  By Grégory Wilson  Recent months have been plagued by a series of terrorist attacks in several Western states. Each of these incidents were followed by a general outcry and outpouring of empathy from Western citizens around the globe. They also spurred Western leaders to publicly reaffirm that their populations will not be intimidated by […]

Divided we Stand: the beginning of the end for the EU?

  By Robert Barrett Sunday 25th January may have seemed an inconspicuous enough day to you and I, but whilst we were mildly complaining about the cold and looking forward to the end of “Dry January”, Greek voters were setting in motion a chain of events that may well change the status quo of the […]