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The Conservative Party is dying – literally

April 10th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

“Younger and older generations have always been politically different, but never by this much. The generational schism exposed at the last General Election was unprecedented. The gap between the youngest and oldest voters was three times the post-war average – a fifty percentage point increase on the median gap since 1945. Age, rather than class […]

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So two more Government Ministers resign – making how many under May’s premiership?

April 4th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

It has been really hard to keep up with Ministerial resignations since Theresa May became Prime Minister. There were two more yesterday in protest at her decision to talk to Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn to see if they can agree a way out of the Brexit fiasco. If you thought that, under May’s ‘leadership’, there […]

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Two thoughts about Brexit

April 3rd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I know that I should be blogging more regularly about the horror story that is Brexit, but: a) it’s hard to say anything that hasn’t already been said and b) as soon as you think you’ve caught up with developments, something else happens. As I follow the twists and turns of the debate and I […]

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86 year old Michael Heseltine’s speech at the People’s Rally against Brexit and for a second referendum

March 24th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

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So, have you been watching the MP Nick Boles?

March 17th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Nine months ago, I did a blog posting about the Member of Parliament Nick Boles and concluded “He is a man to watch”. This weekend, we had the news of his resignation as the Conservative MP for Grantham & Stamford, although he is likely to continue taking the Conservative whip. We haven’t heard the last […]

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At last, a short and simple explanation of the Brexit negotiations

February 7th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

David Cameron made a promise he didn’t think he’d have to keep to have a referendum he didn’t think he would lose. Boris Johnson decided to back the side he didn’t believe in because he didn’t think it would win. Then Gove, who said he wouldn’t run, did, and Boris who said he would run, […]

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My 16 predictions for the future of Brexit – how are things working out?

January 16th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Six weeks ago, I was rash enough to make a blog posting in which I attempted to make 16 predictions for how the Brexit crisis would unfold. So, a month a half later, how are things working out? So far, the first four of my predictions have come to pass (although not always in the […]

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What next for Brexit?

January 10th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

This was the title of a discussion which I attended last night hosted by the “Guardian” newspaper at Kings Place in central London. The panel participants were Jessica Elgot, Martin Kettle, Aditya Chakrabortty, Lisa O’Carroll and Polly Toynbee. All the speakers were Remainders who were close to despair at how the Brexit process was unfolding […]

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Why it’s fun to be in one’s 60s or 70s in today’s Britain

December 29th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Since I was 70 this year, I’ve had to change the title of my light-hearted look at some of the advantages of being a pensioner in Britain. Check it out here.

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How Jeremy became Paddy

December 24th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Why was th deceased Liberal Party leader Paddy Asshdiwn called Paddy rather than Jeremy like the current Labour Party leader? This explanation is taken from the “Guardian” obituary: John Ashdown, an Ulster Protestant who was an Indian army captain and his Ulster Catholic wife, Lois (nee Hudson), who had been an army nurse. The family […]

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