Archive for the ‘British current affairs’ Category


How Netanyahu could lose; how Boris could be beaten; and why voting matters

August 19th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

There’s an election going on in Israel right now and incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is widely expected to retain power, but my friend Eric Lee has written an interesting column for the “Times of Israel” explaining how Netanyahu could lose. The argument rests on the supposition that Israeli Arabs – who comprise a fifth […]

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What would really be involved in a no-deal Brexit and why we should be really worried

July 30th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

In the last few days, a whole bunch of new Cabinet ministers will have been briefed by civil servants on the consequences of a no-deal Brexit and the planning that will be required to mitigate these consequences. These Ministers will now know what a cabal of ex Cabinet Ministers have known for a long time […]

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There are still some Americans who think that President Trump is not racist …

July 29th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

They should watch this short clip from Victor Blackwell of CNN – until the end …

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So how does the British political system actually work?

July 25th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Britain has a new Prime Minister and a new Government. The media today are full of information about the new personalties and speculation about what this all means for Brexit. But how does the British political system work? It’s very different from other systems around the world and even the British are often confused about […]

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The dude who is now Britain’s Prime Minister

July 24th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

“We know the mantra of the campaign – in case you have forgotten it – it is deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn and that is what we are going to do. Some wag has already pointed out that deliver, unite, defeat was not the perfect acronym for an election campaign since […]

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Here in Britain, it’s going to be quite a week …

July 22nd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

We’re going to have a new Prime Minister – almost certainly Boris Johnson. The contrast in temperament and style with Theresa May could hardly be more stark. Although it remains to be seen whether policy changes – especially on Brexit – are really that different. We’re going to have a new Government with major changes […]

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Word of the day: irenic

June 28th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

This adjective means “tending to promote peace or reconciliation; peaceful or conciliator’. So why do I choose to highlight the word now? It’s because the frontrunner for the leadership of the Conservative Party and the post of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just used the word in the latest hustings with members of the Conservative Party who have the vote in the leadership […]

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So is GATT 24 the answer to our no-deal Brexit worries?

June 27th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Not according to all the experts including Chris Grey, a professor of Organisation Studies at Royal Holloway.  He writes on his blog: “In my previous post I made reference to the recent upsurge of Brexiter interest in GATT Article XXIV. As noted there, it was mentioned as a way of avoiding the damage of no-deal Brexit by […]

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Is our character essentially formed by the age of seven?

June 10th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I’ve recently viewed three programmes on ITV in a short series called “63Up”. This is the ninth series in a remarkable project that began in 1964 with a series called “SevenUp”. Originally 14 children aged seven, but from different social backgrounds, were interviewed about their lives and hopes. Then the director Michael Apted returned to […]

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Which part of “second referendum” does Jeremy Corbyn not understand?

June 2nd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

“In the latest Opinium/Observer poll published on Sunday, the Brexit party has surged into first place, overtaking Labour. It is the first time the party has achieved top position in a national poll. The Brexit party is on 26% with Labour on 22%, the Tories on 17%, and the Lib Dems on 16%. When Labour supporters […]

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