By Hobhouse. 21 Conservative ministers have been relieved of the whip, which deprives the government of not just wisdom but of dissent, too. Mr Johnson, before the emergency Brexit debate commenced, sought to coerce opinion and win the vote by threatening any rebel with the loss of his or her seat and with it, their … Continue reading Is Boris Johnson a left-wing campus activist?
By Hobhouse. The Brexiteers have become exceptional at the process of expectation management. Think back to the Brexit campaign when various proponents of Vote Leave would take it in turns to shout about how much better Britain would be after Brexit and how easy it would all be. ‘There will be no downside to Brexit, … Continue reading Brexit expectation management
By Hobhouse Nick Clegg, speaking as the coalition’s deputy prime minister at the time, described Dominic Cummings as ‘loopy’ and a person with an ‘anger management issue.’ Prime minister David Cameron, in 2014, spoke along the same tangent as Clegg when he described Cummings as a ‘career psychopath.’ When heading the campaign for Vote … Continue reading Dominic Cummings Unleashed
By Hobhouse The Brexit induced Limbo is totalitarian in effect, in that the idea and its handlers continue to erode objective truth. Orwell, writing in 1943 for the Tribune, once opined that ‘the really frightening thing about totalitarianism is not that it commits “atrocities” but that it attacks the concept of objective truth; it claims … Continue reading Brexit’s Control of the Past
Britain has been granted an extension until 31 October for their eventual departure from the EU - pushing it back from the previous 12 April deadline. It's not the June deadline Mrs May was searching for, but it does apply the brakes to the process, offering the PM and MPs a little rest-bite from the … Continue reading A spooky Brexit extension
Editorial Alas, Theresa May is still the placeholder for prime minister and as inconsequential as ever. And, in just under 24 hours, we are going to confront a realisation of just how powerless her Withdrawal agreement has, too, made the UK. MPs voted with a commanding majority to endorse Theresa May’s proposal to plead with … Continue reading Flextension
By Hobhouse Brendan O’Neill, editor of Spiked, wrote in a piece named “Parliament vs. the people,” that parliament “defied the people. They pitted themselves, arrogantly, against the public; against the very source of their political legitimacy.” He was writing of course about Brexit and specifically about the indicative votes, held on 28 March. O’Neill correctly … Continue reading It’s Parliament vs. the people, claims Brendan O’Neill
Editorial Brexit was supposed to be upon us, with Theresa May leading at the helm. Instead, parliament voted to prolong our membership of the EU and Theresa May has offered to put down her premiership. May agreed to step aside if parliament formally voted for her EU Withdrawal Agreement, handing the next, integral phase of … Continue reading Brexit is still a mess
By Hobhouse Brexit has thrown-up a lot of questions for British culture, government and the individual Brit to answer. What does British identity entail? What is our place in the world? Does the Union exist in name only? The question I most ask myself is ‘am I unwittingly being undemocratic in lending my support for … Continue reading Am I Becoming Undemocratic?
By Hobhouse. Yanis Varoufakis, an Economist and once Greek Minister of Finance writing for The New Statesman, opined that Britain’s need for a people’s debate far outweighs a need for a people’s vote (on Brexit), or of a revocation of Article 50. Yanis purports that “crashing back into the EU” – via the revocation of … Continue reading Yanis is mistaken