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 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. “If you come to England, you must speak English”! This saying has many implications and inherent undertones to it, many of which are often mis thought or simply xenophobic. However, the adage does often garner wide support from “liberals,” conservatives and, of course, the far-right vocalists. Sajid Javid, Home Secretary, said in 2014 … Continue reading Regulating the Sounds Spoken
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
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. 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