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Posts Tagged ‘Referendum’

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.

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon’s diplomatic gaffe

SG photo   By Hazel Speed It was Commonwealth Day yesterday, and while watching BBC2, around 11am, the network kept updating the viewer that any minute there would be a live broadcast ‘within minutes’/’any minute now’, which then changed to ‘in about fifteen minutes’ as Her Majesty The Queen will be handing a baton to […]

House of Lords reject Government’s second Brexit vote

Reuters photo   By Hazel Speed Peers were advised, apparently, to take a camp bed into the House of Lords, if necessary, the night before to ensure their presence on Tuesday where they debated and voted first of all on Amendment 1 to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill at the report stage.

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.

Hateful, toxic rhetoric creating a dangerous and divided world

Mario Tama/AFP   By Amnesty International Politicians using toxic rhetoric, reminiscent of the 1930s, are creating a dangerous and divided world, said human rights NGO Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

Tony Blair, have you been sharing the same water cooler as President Trump?

PA photo   By Hazel Speed What is it with people who have had their time in the limelight but want to return to politics like old singers who have numerous final concerts?

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 […]

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.

Division in Brexit

Niklas Hallen/AFP   By Hazel Speed MPs voted on a Government amendment to Labour’s Opposition Day Motion on the Government’s Plan for Brexit. The Amendment accepts the need to publish a plan for Brexit and calls for Article 50 to be triggered by 31st March 2017.

The Twelve Days of Brexit

Ronya Galka   By Hazel Speed   Brexit in song

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 […]

Italy’s Renzi resigns after crushing referendum defeat

Tony Gentile/Reuters   By Crispian Balmer and Gavin Jones Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vowed to resign after suffering a crushing defeat on Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reform, tipping the euro zone’s third-largest economy into political turmoil.

EU globalisation fears most acute in Austria and France

Jacky Naegelen/Reuters   By Noah Barkin Fear of globalisation is the most important factor in pushing European citizens towards populist right-wing parties and those fears are most acute in Austria and France, a survey by Germany’s Bertelsmann Foundation showed on Wednesday.

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.

Observations of an Expat: Trump’s First Major Diplomatic Faux Pas

AFP photo   By Tom Arms It didn’t take long. Fortunately Donald Trump’s first diplomatic faux pas involved America’s closest and most forgiving ally. But Donald Trump’s tweet that Britain appoint UKIP leader Nigel Farage as British ambassador to Washington won’t be forgotten.

Observations of an Expat: Pax Americana—The End

AP photo   By Tom Arms It is the beginning of the end of Pax Americana. For 71 years the world has sheltered under the wings of the American eagle. The result has been one of the longest periods of prolonged peace, prosperity and political advancement in world history.

Why the Supreme Court should overturn the High Court…

AFP photo   By Alan Share   … even though the High Court was right!   The Law needs to be predictable so people know where they stand. Judges see it as their remit to make it so. They worship precedent. They like the status quo. Their independence underpins it. That is why the High […]

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, […]

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.

Colombia child soldiers reluctant to leave FARC ‘family’

John Vizcaino/Reuters   By Anastasia Moloney The release of scores of child soldiers from Colombia’s FARC rebel group is a top priority, but some are reluctant to leave because they fear an uncertain future away from the insurgents they view as family, a guerrilla commander said.

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.

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.”

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.

Observations of an Expat: The Refuge of the Failed Politician

By Tom Arms It’s as if Brexit was a loose thread in the complex political tapestry of the European Union. The Eurosceptics worked Britain loose and are now pulling with all their might on the rest of the fabric.

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.

A Beacon of Justice, Security and Rule of Law: German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Frank Augstein/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel is widely viewed as the most powerful woman not only in the EU but in the world. Today, Ms. Merkel is confronted with widespread criticism primarily from fringe groups in Germany threatening Germany’s long-standing status as being a leader in justice, security and […]

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: 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 […]