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Borthlas · 13h ago

Beware unstable coalitions

The Prime Minister is visiting Wales today, and is delivering a stern warningabout the dangers of “an unstable coalition of nationalists”.  I think she’s absolutely right on that; being gove...
Borthlas · 1d ago

Setting the wrong specification

It is already clear that a major part of the Tory election platform will be to compare and contrast May and Corbyn, in the belief that May will come out better.  And I suppose it’s a fair ta...
Borthlas · 4d ago

It's not really all about Prosecco

There are a lot of international agencies of various sorts across the world, and they all need to have their headquarters somewhere.  Not all of them are related to membership of the EU, but...
Borthlas · 5d ago

Searching for the silver lining

It has long struck me as a strange sort of democracy which gives the incumbent Prime Minister the right to choose the timing of the next election in a way which favours his or her party inte...
Borthlas · 6d ago

Serving whose interests?

The complexities of Brexit negotiations are enormous, and the available time tightly limited.  As plenty have already noted, the theoretical 24 months reduces to 18 when we take out the nece...
Borthlas · 1W ago

What do we mean by 'defence'?

One traditional example of the sheer enormity of infinity is that given an infinite number of monkeys with typewriters and enough time, one of them will produce the complete works of Shakesp...
Borthlas · 2W ago

Frustration isn't justification

One of the results of the cynical manipulation of truth and fact by successive governments is that it becomes harder to trust anything they say subsequently.  So, whilst I’m inclined to beli...
Borthlas · 2W ago

Being consistent

Only once ever has my path crossed that of Lord Tebbit; I was in one of the subterranean tunnels of the Palace of Westminster many years ago with Dafydd Wigley when Tebbit came rushing out o...
Borthlas · 2W ago

I agree with the Daily Mail

Now that’s not something I’ve said before, and I may never say it again.  But the fact that I agree makes me wonder whether they’ve really thought through the implications of what they’re sa...
Borthlas · 2W ago

Believing is seeing

There is an inevitable tendency to blame Brexit for every economic bad news story that surfaces over the coming months and years.  We saw it at the end of last week in relation to job losses...