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Borthlas · 1w ago

Business and circuses

The early invitation by May for Trump to make a State Visit to the UK looked pretty silly at the time.  The more time passes, the more reason he gives people for demanding that it be cancell...
Borthlas · 1W ago

Progress?

Today’s news about an apparent ‘breakthrough’ in talks over Brexit is better than many of us had expected, although whether it’s much more than a form of words to enable the next stage to co...
Borthlas · 1W ago

Blaming the 'marginalised'

The offensiveness and insensitivity of the remarksmade by the Chancellor to the Treasury Select Committee yesterday mean that an important point about the way in which productivity is measur...
Borthlas · 1W ago

Border myopia

I don’t really expect ministers of the Crown to understand the entirety of their briefs; that would be too much for people who are generally little more than political figureheads.  So the f...
Borthlas · 1W ago

Accidentally cancelling Brexit?

Unsurprisingly, the Brexit fanatics are taking their ireout on the Republic of Ireland over the issue of a border across the island.  For those who have never really understood, let alone ac...
Borthlas · 1W ago

That, apparently, is not what he meant...

I’m not exactly the biggest fan of the idea of designating a particular city as the Capital of Culture for a period.  It does seem to bring some economic benefits to the areas concerned, but...
Borthlas · 2W ago

Delusion and reality

One of the problems from which the delusional often suffer is that the real world has a tendency to intervene, and can’t always simply be imagined away. For Brexiteers, the hard reality that...
Borthlas · 3W ago

Truth and political advantage

A few days ago, one of the Chancellor’s aides insisted that the much-criticised pledge to provide an extra £350 million a week to the NHS could in fact be met after the UK leaves the EU.  Th...
Borthlas · 3W ago

Debating the tax bill

There is nothing at all unreasonable about a departing member of any organization arguing about the legal basis on which outstanding debts should be settled.  Money is either owed or it isn’...
Borthlas · 4W ago

Latest update from Planet Zog

I thought that David Davis was simply making an attemptto re-affirm his extra-planetary origins in his speech last week.  The BBC’s Europe Editor saw itas evidence that the two sides were in...