A WEEK OF REVELATIONS

We have learned something more this week about Brexit, and a lot more about British politics. Not, alas, thanks to Mrs May’s speech. About Mrs May’s Mansion House address, and her poorly received encore at Davos, we can be brief. I am afraid that our Prime Minister...

COALITIONS: GRAND OR GRUBBY?

On January 17th the European Parliament will elect its next president. This used not to be a ‘hold the front page’ moment but it is a tribute to the outgoing President, Martin Schulz, that there is now much greater awareness of the post, and its importance. His own...

TIME TO LEAVE THE WINTER QUARTERS

2016 has done little to make Europeans love Europe. They do not want disbandment of the EU but are unpersuaded that they need more of it. The Union’s problem is that its successes (maintaining the peace in Europe for seventy years; the single market; free movement;...

2016: THE YEAR OF FEAR & LOATHING

For the tolerant, progressive, internationalist liberal this has been the year to remember and the year to forget. My own native land has wilfully perpetrated an act of self-harm in so doing rejecting the advice of all well-informed opinion almost because that opinion...

THE DELUSIONAL LEFT

This is a tale of two delusions: or more accurately a familiar delusion in two cities. Some people on the left seemed to imagine that the announcement by François Hollande last week that he would not be seeking a second term as President of France would herald a new...