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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.

David Cameron – that’s a bit rich coming from you!

PA photo   By Hazel Speed The other day, whilst watching the television coverage in respect to the unveiling of the new Monument at Horseguards to honour the fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan, I noticed that at the end of the formal ceremony, whilst guests were mingling, there was a political ‘clutch’ of Mother Hens […]

Trident Missile is an ‘In Triplicate’ Issue

Stefan Rousseau/PA   By Hazel Speed It never ceases to amaze me how Mr Cameron is grazing in pastures new while Mrs May and the Citizens of this Country are following him with a bucket and spade!

Observations of an Expat: A Good Year for Me

Negar Mortazavi   By Tom Arms It has been a good year for journalists. I have never known better. There has been an endless march of upsets, twists, turns, worries, cheers, jeers, doom, gloom and unadulterated surprised joy.

Still unbeatable? Truck attack shows Merkel’s vulnerability

Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters   By Noah Barkin For months, Germany’s Angela Merkel has looked like the one safe bet in European politics. As Britain’s David Cameron, Italy’s Matteo Renzi and France’s Francois Hollande all succumbed to the scorn of angry voters, the German chancellor promised to fight for a fourth term and seemed destined to win […]

Brexit – The Poison Chalice Before The Supreme Court

PA photo   By Hazel Speed What a total waste of time and money! Monday was the first day of the Hearing before all eleven Judges of the Supreme Court in London in respect of the requirement, or otherwise, of the Mother of all Parliaments to “sign off” on the issues associated with Brexit prior […]

Is the media making Britain a laughing stock?

Chris Ratcliffe   By Hazel Speed I listened to BBC Radio 4 Analysis and have since learned that there are those who feel the content was unwise as well as unauthorised by the British Public.

The Voice of the silent majority

By Hazel Speed This was predictable, and so far has been restrained as an ‘action in waiting’ this long, given that all sides and UK constituent countries have spoken up to now, except for the collective group that is the Brexiteers themselves, the people who voted overwhelmingly to leave Europe, and probably in the main, […]

Understanding the great delusion: India and the NSG

AP photo   By Anant Mishra India’s continuous efforts to bid for an entry in the Nuclear Suppliers Group not only made headlines, but sparked a debate from “false-neighbourhood” to “a dream too far” also.

Should Mr Cameron be called to Parliament?

PA photo   By Hazel Speed How embarrassing, not only in front of European Countries, but now in respect of the whole world.

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.

Will there be a General Strike in the UK?

Andy Rain/EPA   By Hazel Speed With the inevitable announcement that Jeremy Corbyn has achieved an even further enhanced mandate to enable security (for now at least) as to his Leadership of the Labour Party, this could well precipitate a General Strike in the future. A catalyst of sorts because of the background factors.

Chinese Checkers; Hinkley Point and Brexit

Stefan Rousseau/PA   By Hazel Speed The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has decided to play a game of Chinese Checkers after all and entrust the country’s nuclear capacity with the aid of Chinese technology and other foreign elements known and/or as yet, unknown.

Is it time for Brexiteers to march on Parliament?

Niklas Halle’n/AFP   By Hazel Speed Brexit means Leave Europe. That is what people voted for. One can leave a job, leave a Country, leave a party, leave a spouse, but cannot Leave Europe it would seem.

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.

Parity – Mugged in a Political Alley

K Wootton   By Hazel Speed We quite often hear about Parity in ‘this or that’ or between genders and age-groups. Some types of parity will begin in the future, other models of parity may commence soon or immediately, even further forms remain under debate either within the House of Commons or ‘the Other Place’.

Observations of an Expat: Europe Still on the British Agenda

By Tom Arms It’s Thursday night. The votes are being counted as I am pressing tired fingers to a worn keyboard. As soon as I finish I am rushing off to Wandsworth Town Hall to find out if my wife Eileen has been elected to our local council. Up until the 23rd of June, ex-US […]

Observations of an Expat: Lies and Democracy

EPA photo   By Tom Arms Lies and democracy don’t mix. Also unacceptable in political recipes in the democratic pot are half-truths, misinformation, disinformation, distortions or any attempt to be economical with the truth.

History or International Relations?

Reuters photo   By Ananya S Guha I remember in school in one of our units on World History we also had to study International Relations during the times of Bismarck or Hitler. And that for a class eleven students wasn’t that easy. But that was a part of World or European History today. Perhaps […]

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.

Britain votes to leave EU, unleashing a global turmoil

Stefan Wermuth/Reuters   By Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton Britain has voted to leave the European Union, results from Thursday’s landmark referendum showed, a stunning repudiation of the nation’s elites that deals the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War Two.

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 […]

Interview with Anant Mishra

  Michael Organ interviews Anant Mishra, human rights and political commentator, prolific author and former youth representative to the United Nations.

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.

Secret mining deals fund presidential elections in DRC

By Byobe Malenga Secretive mining deals risk illicitly financing this year’s disputed presidential election campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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.

Abandoning the abandoned: It’s time for the EU to act

By Anant Mishra   Introduction Refugees and asylum seekers account for only a small percentage of the world’s population, travelling frequently with migrants. Most of these movements are illegal, as their movement occurs without appropriate documentation, through unauthorized borders and smugglers.