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

    UPDATE: In the US and elsewhere academic and intellectual opinion has shifted following this article... 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
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    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
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    The failure of the Communist god

    Communism has often been compared to a religion. But it was one that failed far more quickly than the millenarian creeds such as Christianity and Islam. It brought terror and destruction with no compensating benefits so that only the most deluded could long believe in it

    by Michael Curtis - 21 August 2017
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    Jobless rate falls, Project Fear fails

    The big rise in employment since the Brexit vote again raises the question of why George Osborne's Treasury forecast big job losses if we voted for Brexit and sent our Article 50 letter. Was it incompetence or were they talking down the economy deliberately? Either way, Project Fear failed

    by John Redwood MP - 18 August 2017
  • Arrival-web

    Pending Brexit, immigration has still not been addressed

    One, among many, reasons why people don't trust the establishment is the pack of lies they have been told about uncontrolled immigration, which has not benefited the economy and which has not slowed down. The people have a right to see their concerns addressed

    by Jayne Adye - 16 August 2017
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    Berlusconi's come back as philosopher king

    Berlusconi is barred from standing in the next election. But he is mounting a comeback as potential king maker, and then philosopher king. Welcome to Italian politics: you can't keep the old boy down

    by Tim Hedges - 14 August 2017
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    Why Northern Ireland won't go south after Brexit

    Project Fear goes into overdrive when it comes to Northern Ireland. But there is no more prospect of a return to the Troubles than there is of the UK sinking into economic depression. Workable solutions are there for the taking. As ever, we need to ignore the scaremongers and build a successful Brexit

    by Alexander Fluza - 11 August 2017
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    Should we forgive Justin Gatlin?

    American Justin Gatlin, an athlete twice banned for taking illegal drugs, beat Usain Bolt in the 100 metres. Gatlin was continually jeered, but is this right? Can and should we forgive the American for his misdemeanours?

    by Luke J. Harris  -  7 August 2017
  • Airport_chaos

    Blame the EU for this airport chaos

    The chaos at some European airports is another example of incompetence and bad faith in Europe, while European airlines and Brussels are agiain showing petty mindedness on aviation policy to punish British travellers for Brexit. They will not succeed in breaking our will

    by Jayne Adye -  5 August 2017
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    Ironies and delusions of the anti-Brexit camp

    It is a cruel irony that those who are the most pro EU are the most negative about the nature and likely actions of our EU partners in negotiating a Brexit deal. They are also going to be proved wrong on this as on so much else about Brexit, since a good deal is in everybody's interests

    by John Redwood MP -  2 August 2017
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    Blair and the dangerous, unrepentant Remoaners

    Tony Blair is possibly the most reviled political figure in Britain -- on both Right and Left. But he thinks he has the right to start interfering over Brexit, hoping, above all, he can reverse it. Butt out Tony, and finally give the British people a break

    by Jack Tagholm–Child -  1 August 2017
  • Hong_kong

    Inequality, growth, fairness: Not quite what you thought

    All the available evidence shows we should focus on growth and forget about inequality. Yes, some rich people will get richer, but the really great news is that the poor will get richer as well. Put another way, socialism just makes everyone poorer, especially those who are aleady poor

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 31 July 2017
  • Europe

    Britain has beaten Continental bullies before

    As we have done before, we will push past the bullies in Europe as a truly global trading nation, and we will emerge triumphant from the Brexit negotiations by defying threats, embracing our global connections, and believing in the Great British Public

    by Alexander Fluza - 28 July 2017
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    Cardinal sins mean a long hot summer for the Pope

    Pope Francis has a multitude of problems on his hands, not just for the summer but for the long term. The sins of some of his cardinals may or may not be forgiven by the Almighty, but the Pope has a very real challenge right here on Earth

    by Tim Hedges - 27 July 2017