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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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Defending the UK contribution of 0.7% of GDP on international aid

December 20th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This is a speech which my son Richard made very recently at a conference in Oslo on international aid. You will understand why I am super proud of him and the work he is doing.

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How is the Brexit crisis going to work out? I venture 16 predictions (2)

December 12th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

A week ago, I was rash enough to make a blog posting in which I attempted to make 16 predictions of how the Brexit crisis would unfold. One week later, one of my predictions has now come true, although the sequencing of events is not happening quite as I expected. I said that the Conservative […]

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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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