Mr Johnson’s conservatives have had a busy couple of weeks, which ended in an immigration related crescendo. The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, introduced the government’s plans to enact a points-based immigration system following the end of the Brexit transition period. The system proposes that a potential immigrant must first obtain 70 points before being able … Continue reading Patel’s points-based illusion
Mr Johnson’s newly formulated war narrative appears to be one that depicts the legal system as an untamed authoritarian system, saturated with a cabal of elites who hate the idea of democracy. Put bluntly, Johnson wants us to believe the Judge's are the "enemies of the people". This past week has seen Suella Braverman … Continue reading Government by liberal tears
Boris Johnson took on a case of self-harm in his first cabinet reshuffle as prime minister, when he offered the then Chancellor, Sajid Javid, conditions to the job that he could not commandeer. Mr Javid, to keep his job, would have had to replace all of his political advisors. Mr Javid aptly resigned, with … Continue reading A refusal to accept
The initiation of a nation-wide election is like the sunrise to statisticians and pollsters. Instead of the quintessential morning coffee, this most peculiar of creatures brews tea and, as a morning exercise, attempts to predict the ways in which the tea leaves will move. Pollsters attempt to use statistics in an effort to model voting … Continue reading The pollsters attempt to shift methods
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?
Editorial An unkept Julian Assange was dragged out from the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, ponytail and all, into a police van on 11 April. For seven years Mr Assange remained free in the embassy, evading rape and sexual harassment charges brought by the Swedish authorities. He has dismissed any wrongdoing, in a very Trumpian manner, … Continue reading Assange: End Game
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 The video that surfaced this week of British soldiers in Afghanistan taking aim at a picture of Her Majesty’s leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, cannot be exonerated from our current political predicament. This unflattering episode for the armed forces goes beyond left and right politics, it even goes beyond Brexit. It speaks … Continue reading Corbyn, put your hands-up!
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