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...

MR OETTINGER GOES TO HAMBURG; MR JUNCKER GETS A HEADACHE

One has long had one’s doubts about Gunther Oettinger as a funny speaker; the anthology of his wittiest speeches was always likely to be a thin one. And his latest foray on October 26th in front of the AGA employers’ federation in Hamburg seems unlikely to change this...

On the other side of the divide

Talking of Brexit, has the UK government hit on a new negotiating tactic? You start by creating gratuitously one of the greatest international problems since the Second World War.  Once the unthinkable has happened, after a campaign based in part on crude xenophobia,...

Some Thoughts This Week

I guess this weekend we’ll see Jeremy Corbyn re-elected as leader of the Labour Party: so back to square one. The relatively unknown Owen Smith deserves some credit for taking the plunge but one does Wonder where other more illustrious figures were hiding when...