Brexit

When Guardian World meets Westminster World, you know there aren’t going to be fireworks

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According to the Guardian, a female artist was allowed to hang around Westminster harrassing MPs for their thumbprint on a work of art about Brexit. The work itself sounds supremely uninteresting; it’s basically just a bunch of coloured thumbprints. The story consisted of a few Conservatuve MPs like John Redwood saying ‘No’, and some of […]

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Quote of the Day

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Jim in the comments: I have this suspicion that Corbyn is very carefully trying to make sure that he has nothing whatsoever to do with Brexit at all, and is leaving the Tories to sink or swim themselves over it. On the wise principle its better to let others make decisions that have only hard […]

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Quote of the Day

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From Ducky McDuckface in the comments: Naked exercise of the power. The EU, particularly the way the UK government chose to implement membership, means that ministers and civil servants have a great deal of latitude in the development and implementation of regulation and legislation before the concept of oversight from the Commons ever begins to […]

Establishment

The new Sopranos

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The Telegraph re-published a Clive James piece on the Sopranos from 2004, and the one thing in it that stood out for me was this: The wise guys work their Thing by intimidating each other from the top of the hierarchy down, and maintain the cash-flow of their Thing by intimidating everybody else. When the […]

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Matthew Parris is clueless about paternalism

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Following on from yesterday’s post about Matthew Parris and his recent MPs-should-ignore-the-people Spectator article, you’ll notice, I trust, that Parris’s whole way of talking is more suitable to a member of a hereditary ruling class than an elected democratic representative. He quotes, as an example of the more traditional Conservative mindset to which he subscribes, […]

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Quote of the Day

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Jim in the comments: The thing is he’s [Parris] not 100% wrong. You can’t have the public involved in every small decision of government, it would be chaos. To govern is to choose and sometimes you have to choose things that if given a choice the public might not agree with. However these are usually […]

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Jeremy Rhymes-With

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I’ve always hated Jeremy Hunt, but if he can help swing a Managed No Deal then he can have my kidney if he needs it. Same for Penny Mordaunt, who’ve I’ve never hated, but don’t think much of. But do I trust him or Mordaunt? No. We can only hope that they have realised that […]

Politics

Quote of the Day

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By Jim in the comments: OT but sort of related, have you seen the article by Matthew Parris in the current edition of the Spectator? Where he admits that he as a politician was basically contemptuous of ‘public opinion’ and saw it as his job as one of using his power to thwart any parts […]

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Bad headlines

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The Telegraph’s view: When they have stopped arguing about Brexit, politicians must focus on boosting productivity No, they must focus on ending PC culture. That, more than anything else, will kill the country. Also the Telegraph: Owen Paterson adds name to rebel list The Tory Brexiteers are not the rebels. May and the Remainers are […]