• Chemical_weapons

    Trump trumps Obama on chemical red lines

    Barack Obama's weakness in failing to enforce the so called red lines over the use of chemical weapons by Assad in Syria has had terrible consequences. President Trump has sent a powerful signal in his recent attack in Syria, and deserves to be applauded. But does a signal make a policy? We shall see

    by Michael Curtis - 18 April 2017
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    Europe needs our co-operation on defence

    The hypocrisy of denouncing Britain for daring to raise the prospect of no Brexit deal, while taking every ludicrous ultimatum from the EU as entirely natural and justified, needs to be challenged. Defence is an example where we are perfectly ready to play fair, but not at any price

    by Joseph Hackett - 16 April 2017
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    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: The alarming comedian

    All the world's a stage, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is renowned for his foolish role on it, that of the frightening would-be comedian whose comments have been priceless for an imbecility which has extended to the Holocaust, HIV, and even the clouds. Now he wants to run again for Iranian president. The world should stop laughing. The man, like his country, is dangerous

    by Michael Curtis - 14 April 2017
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    Laughing at socialism in theory and practice

    No country has ever become wealthy due to big government, let alone full on statism. But socialist ideologues never give up, despite how ridiculous they make themselves look. The bottom line is that statism is a recipe for stagnation and free markets are a route to prosperity

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 13 April 2017
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    Brexit must mean no more benefit tourism

    Isn’t it enough the UK has given the EU over half a trillion pounds since we joined – only now to learn we must give away even more in benefits to migrants and their relatives who don't even live here? Brexit must mean no more benefit tourism

    by Jayne Adye - 12 April 2017
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    With oil in decline, Scottish economy falters under SNP

    The Scottish economy has faltered, partly due to declining North Sea oil reserves. But the Scottish National Party not only needs to be honest about that, it also needs to explain why poor economic performance relative to the rest of the UK has coincided with its own period in government

    by John Redwood MP - 11 April 2017
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    Do you speak the language of Moliere?

    Conservative regional councils in France are forcing workers on building sites to speak French -- the so called Moliere clause. But with around 10 percent of France's population being Muslim, demography is the real language of French politics

    by Michael Curtis - 10 April 2017
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    Germany buckles: Business admits it needs UK market

    In a major breakthrough for common sense, German business has admitted it stands to lose enormously if Britain quits the EU without a trade deal. Our negotiating hand has just got a lot stronger. If we play a tough game, we'll get the trade deal we want

    by the commentator -  7 April 2017
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    Venezuela, Cuba, N. Korea, and circles of statist hell

    Venezuela is spiralling into the fires of hell. Cuba and North Korea have been there for a long time. Lessons from the former Soviet bloc show the path to freedom and prosperity is paved with effective property rights, low taxes, and free markets

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  6 April 2017
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    No Brexit deal is better than a bad Brexit deal

    Fortunately the PM understands the strength of the UK position, and understands that No Brexit deal would work better for us than for them. The UK is making a generous set of offers. If the EU doesn't take them up, we'll be just fine

    by John Redwood MP -  5 April 2017