Politics

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That upstart crow.

“for there is an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tygers hart wrapt in a Players hyde, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blanke verse as the best of you…” Robert Greene,Greene’s Groats-Worth of Wit, 1592 William Shakespeare has been dead for 400 years and more, and still Read More

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The Unspoken Backstop

The Withdrawal Agreement has foundered, and beneath the froth and fury of Parliamentarians blaming the prime minister, the opposition, the European Research Group, the European Union, and indeed each other for the deal’s undoing, the rocks of the Irish backstop await the next unfortunate attempting to pass. The prevailing consensus is that there can be Read More

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Brexit’s contradictions trap May between border and sea

With four months remaining until the UK leaves the EU, Theresa May is caught between the devil and the deep grey Irish sea. The November meeting of EU heads of state, originally pencilled in as the date when Brexit negotiations would be signed off on, could now become an emergency response to a potential no-deal Read More

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How bad politicians drive out the good

One of the best known laws of economics is that bad money drives out good. If a country debases its coinage, mixing the gold and silver in new coins with lower value metals, people will hold onto the older and more valuable coins and spend the new ones. The bad money flushes the ‘good’ money Read More