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Posts Tagged ‘Nicola Sturgeon’

Steering a political ship

AFP/Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed I cannot ever recall in my life time such political turmoil leading up to a General Election in the United Kingdom.

Mrs May vs Mr Corbyn: A Question of Honour

AFP/Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Ruth Davidson, the Official Opposition (Conservative representative) of Nicola Sturgeon SNP, First Minister for Scotland, has always been loyal to her Conservative Party and Mrs May, that is, until now.

Brexit, EU and the General Election

By Hazel Speed Yesterday a group of younger non-voters were interviewed due to the fact that most had either never voted, nor had any plans to vote this year or ever.

Mrs May: Why Britain needs her now to deal with EU negotiations

Eric Vidal/Reuters   By Hazel Speed It is a bit incredulous that when the EU Countries could have given a basic guideline once they knew the UK were leaving Europe, they have chosen to outline their categorical imperatives (as opposed to hypothetical ones), or preliminary demands, whilst the UK is in the middle of a […]

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.

UK General Election: How the vultures are gathering

SNP photo   By Hazel Speed It has been quite sickening to watch the broadcasts today – already ‘wall to wall’ arguing-the-toss between political parties.

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 […]

Nicola Sturgeon, don’t bite the hand that battles for you

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed The Scots are, rightly so, a proud Nation, but currently they are still a ‘Constituent’ Country within the United Kingdom.

Brexit: UK Sovereignty has started its journey home

DPA photo   By Hazel Speed What a historic day! Prime Minister Theresa May signed her letter triggering Article 50 on Tuesday and on Wednesday 29th March 2017, UK Ambassador Sir Tim Barrow, handed it over to EU Council Chief Donald Tusk, who subsequently commented that it was not a happy occasion – and his […]

Scottish MPs vote for second independence referendum

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed The Scottish Referendum issue was debated and voted for successfully, but that is about as far as it will go until at least post Brexit.

Mrs May meets Nicola Sturgeon prior to triggering Brexit

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Mrs May returned to Scotland today, firstly to broadcast a statement outlining her vision for the United Kingdom to become even stronger after Brexit.

Labour issues list of six key tests for Brexit

EPA photo   By Hazel Speed Labour MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Sir Keir Starmer, has presented a list of six tests which he says are required if Labour are to back any final deal in Parliament regarding Brexit.

Terrorist Attack: Evil returns to London

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed I had planned to write an article about the second day of debate and vote in the Scottish Parliament regarding Nicola Sturgeon’s quest for another Scottish Referendum. No sooner had I switched to BBC TV – Parliament network, when a news flash scrolled across the screen advising of a […]

Nicola Sturgeon may be sealing her own fate

PA photo   By Hazel Speed Nicola Sturgeon has painted herself into a corner by thinking it is now or never, to push for another Scottish Referendum.

House of Lords pass Bill for Brexit to proceed

PA photo   By Hazel Speed   When Democracy can be too Democratic for its own good

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 […]

Mrs May’s unrequited love for the UK

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Mrs May, yet again, did not disappoint with her outline of the importance and meaning of the United Kingdom.

Brexit: Vote for The Bill to trigger Article 50

Neil Hall/Reuters   By Hazel Speed It is a bit rich that the members of the British public who voted to leave Europe, and who were referred to as not understanding what they had voted for (despite months of media bombardment on the subject prior thereto), suffered such a verbal indignity when, in comparison, Parliament […]

Brexit: Tears before bedtime again for the Opposition

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed MP Tulip Siddiq has resigned from Labour’s Front Bench over Article 50 which Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Opposition, has instructed his Party to support in Parliament with their vote.

Parliament must vote before UK can trigger Brexit, top court rules

Stefan Wermuth/Reuters   By Michael Holden and Estelle Shirbon Prime Minister Theresa May must give parliament a vote before she can formally start Britain’s exit from the European Union, the UK Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, giving lawmakers who oppose her Brexit plans a shot at amending them.

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!

Brexit: To paraphrase words of Oliver Cromwell – ‘In the name of God, Go!’

By Hazel Speed The actual quote was ‘Depart I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!’

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.

Is it time for England to declare Independence?

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Oh to be a fly on the wall in respect of the meeting Mrs May is to have with the constituent countries of the UK.

Why Nicola Sturgeon should count her blessings

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed

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.