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Some more reading for Theresa May: how to make decisions

December 11th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Until yesterday afternoon, we had spent a couple of weeks expecting that today we would have “a meaningful vote” in the House of Commons on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. I did a blog posting on how I thought that things would work out on and after that vote. Instead the Prime Minister has decided to […]

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Voting: you think you know when it’s over and you think you know when it’s going to take place

December 10th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

It’s over a month since the Congressional mid-term elections took place in the United States but we still don’t know all the results. In North Carolina, the outcome of the election in the 9th House District is still in dispute. Check out the problem here. Meanwhile, for days, we’ve been told that the House of […]

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How is the Brexit crisis going to work out? I venture 16 predictions …

December 4th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

In the House of Commons “meaningful vote” on Theresa May’s Brexit deal, there is no majority for the deal. The Parliamentary Labour Party tables a vote of no confidence in the Government. It fails. The 1922 Committee tables a vote of no confidence in May as Conservative Party leader. It fails. May seeks to tweak elements […]

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What would it take for Britain to have another snap General Election?

November 29th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

We are close to a constitutional crisis if, as widely expected, British Prime Minister Theresa May fails to achieve a majority vote in the House of Commons for her Brexit deal. Many – including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – are calling for a General Election. But how likely is that? In the past, elections to […]

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The British Government has made “a political choice” to increase poverty

November 17th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Britain is the fifth largest economy in the world, but: About 14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty and 1.5 million are destitute, being unable to afford basic essentials. Child poverty could rise by 7% between 2015 and 2022, possibly up to a rate of 40%. Who says so? Philip Alston, […]

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The Royal Air Force’s 100th anniversary flypast

July 10th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

The wonderful flypast over Buckingham Palace at 1 pm today consisted of 100 aircraft of 23 types with nearly 200 aircrew from 25 different squadrons operating from 14 RAF stations and three civilian airfields. The highlight was a formation 22 Typhoons making out the number 100.

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Is Britain’s National Health Service the best healthcare system in the world?

July 6th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

In the week that the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday, this is a good question to ask. On the one hand, the British are immensely proud of the NHS; on the other hand, there is a widespread view that the system is now underfunded and failing to deliver consistent service. Some relevant facts and figures […]

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Will there be Cabinet resignations at today’s crucial Chequers meeting? Perhaps not …

July 6th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Hard Brexit? Soft Brexit? Mish-mash Brexit? Who knows? But a special meeting of the Cabinet today at the Prime Minister’s country retreat of Chequers is supposed to provide some clarity. The trouble is that Cabinet ministers are totally divided on the best way forward. The conclusion of a piece on the Chequers meeting in today’s […]

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Will there really be a Brexit dividend to fund increases to the NHS budget?

June 18th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

The Conservative Government has announced that there will be a new funding settlement for the NHS to mark the 70th anniversary of the the creation of the health service. This may well not be enough but the news is welcome. However, it is unclear how it will be funded. The Prime Minister claims that part […]

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“Power to the people: How stronger unions can deliver economic justice”

June 12th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

The IPPR Commission on Economic Justice has just published a discussion paper entitled “Power to the people: How stronger unions can deliver economic justice“. This paper shows why trade unions and collective bargaining are good for workers and good for the economy. It shows how the decline of the union movement has contributed to a […]

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