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    Vaffa Day: How many stars for Italy's populists?

    Ten years ago Beppe Grillo launched his first Vaffa day (Vaffa means ‘fuck off’ in Italian). It was a disdainful gesture at corruption in the establishment. Nowadays, the whole of Europe is at it. Will Grillo win through, and if he does will he change anything?

    by Tim Hedges - 13 September 2017
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    Anti-Brexit Blair's scorn for the British people

    Tony Blair is a Remoaner on speed. He dismisses the referendum almost completely. In his anti-Brexit fantasy world, he is pushing immigration policies that Brussels has already rejected, and he has no idea why Britons want to leave. Just butt out Tony. Your daft ideas aren't welcome

    by John Redwood MP - 10 September 2017
  • Felix_dzerzhinksy

    The politics of statues from Washington to Moscow

    The eradication of General Robert E. Lee from American history is not occasioning any soul searching in Russia where Valdimir Putin is raising up the image of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the effective founder of the KGB. Statues do tell us something. President Trump should be aware of the message from Moscow

    by Michael Curtis -  8 September 2017
  • Flag_latest

    German tantrums over Britain and Brexit

    The German media and probably some in the German and EU governments misjudge the UK position on Brexit. Once again they think pressure, personal ridicule, scorn will force the UK to see it their way. It did not achieve their end when they tried to pressurise us into joining the Euro, and it won't work now

    by John Redwood MP -  6 September 2017
  • Mumbai_slum

    Free Enterprise: The irresistible anti-poverty strategy

    Where the world has shifted in favour of free enterprise, poverty has seen dramatic falls. The Left has always opposed free enterprise, so what does this tell you about their true priorities? The poor are just canon fodder for their big state ambitions, anyone?

    by Daniel J. Mitchell -  4 September 2017
  • Present

    Yes to an EU divorce bill; No to a leaving present

    We'll pay a fair Brexit divorce bill, but we won't give them a leaving present. Those who say you don’t leave a restaurant without paying the bill are right. But once you have left the restaurant you do not have to pay for the meals of other people who are still dining. Brussels needs to wake up

    by John Redwood MP - 31 August 2017
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    Renzi's return?

    Renzi’s was not a failure of a political career. He did some good in his time at the helm: freeing up the labour market and making some modest alterations to speed up the courts system, both of which were sorely needed. Now he wants another go.

    by Tim Hedges - 30 August 2017
  • Brexit

    The EU is a house deeply divided

    The issue of refugees is bringing out into the open the deep divisions inside the EU which make a nonsense of ever closer union. Former communist countries who endured occupation do not take kindly to being dictated to by Brussels, and Brexit may yet be an example they will wish to follow

    by Jayne Adye - 26 August 2017
  • Vote-remain

    History will not be kind to the "broken people" of Remain

    The infantilism and anti-intellectualism of the anti-Brexit camp has created much unnecessary bad feeling in Britain. But, like the Fellow Travellers of the Cold War, they are the ones that will ultimately suffer when history hands down its judgement

    by the commentator - 24 August 2017
  • Davis_and_barnier

    EU could make no Brexit deal a self-fulfilling prophesy

    The EU and its supporters are mired in delusion and hysteria. It almost looks as if they'd rather have no deal than one in their own interests. They'll make that a self-fulfilling prophesy unless they wise up soon

    by John Redwood MP - 22 August 2017