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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.

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.

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 […]

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.

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

Judging the Moment

Yves Herman/Reuters   By Hazel Speed There are many facets to the character of Nicola Sturgeon, as there are in respect of us all.

European Army

Hani Youssef   By Hazel Speed If it was not for the seriousness of the topic herein it would have been the source of a smile for those who voted for Brexit. The United Kingdom, apparently, would not ultimately be missed by the rest of Europe yet it will take the formation of an Army of […]

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 […]

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.

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.

Poetry

By John Mingay

The Changing Face of Britain: Islamophobia

  By Sabena Siddiqi Islamophobia is back again in British politics. More frequent attacks on mosques and gradual, growing support for far-right groups reminds us that anti-Muslim feeling is on the increase. The perspective on Islam has changed since 9/11, it is simply not so easy anymore for Muslims living in the West.