In 2016 I decided to take a global look at all BME MPs as they stood at that time. The findings reported in my website article “UK political party differences in selecting BME Parliamentary candidates” were illuminating. The article looked at the House of Commons… Read More »The distribution of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) MPs after the 2019 general election
When you have been “Top Dog”, it is psychologically hard to cope when you are not. It is even harder for a country, when for well over a century it was the most important and powerful country in the world, the first industrial power, with… Read More »The dangerous illusion of British strategic autonomy
Book Review – “Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends” by Anne Applebaum
When Movement46 was founded, it was never my expectation that I would be posting book reviews. However, Twilight of Democracy the latest book (the inside cover describes it as an essay) by Pulitzer prize winner Anne Applebaum traces the tectonic shifts that have taken place… Read More »Book Review – “Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends” by Anne Applebaum
Answers to 20 questions explain factually how we reached a situation where the UK intends to violate international law.
Daniel P. Moynihan once said: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” Although some seem no longer to believe this, I…Read More »
Antoinette Sandbach argues that quality food should be kept on the dinner table and off the negotiating table. Some of the key workers who have been vital during the COVID lockdown have been our farmers. When supermarket shelves were cleared the importance of British food… Read More »Our food and farmers are the best in the world. We must keep it that way.
On 31 January 2020, the UK left the European Union. I regard that as self-inflicted damage. However, Prime Minister Johnson clearly considers it an essential step towards a new British “Golden Age.” Why hasn’t anything changed yet? Under the UK-EU withdrawal treaty, we are currently… Read More »Avoiding shooting ourselves in the foot on 30 June 2020
Leading scientists write an open letter to the Prime Minister detailing the impact on scientific research of Brexit transition termination, and call on the Government to “take whatever time is needed to negotiate a productive future relationship with the EU, including UK research and the ERA.”
With schools to re-open to all children in a little over two weeks, I say it is too soon. Schools have continued to offer support to the children of essential workers throughout the lockdown. However, at the beginning of June, the government wants to see… Read More »June is too soon for our schools
Since the beginning of human history, those who wish to be in charge have sought to control the lives of those around them. This has applied from local settlements, through tribes, feudal lords to monarchs…and then to politicians who adopted monarchical powers. Throughout most of… Read More »Fighting pandemics in a liberal society
The pandemic disease covid-19 forces us to consider fundamental questions about the nature of society and the state. Questions we usually ignore. How do your freedoms and obligations relate to mine, and to those of other citizens?