Category Archives: United Kingdom

British ideas of Europe. PART I. More supranational than the Pope.

British ideas about Europe may be seen as stretching out along two axes: one from west to east represents the spectrum of views ranging from a diverse Europe of states and peoples,  to a supranational Europe, a United States of … Continue reading

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The May-Barnier Withdrawal Agreement: not the end of this story

What follows is a précis of the May government’s proposed draft deal. It is based on published documents. HMG: Explainer for the agreement on the withdrawal ofthe United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union 14 … Continue reading

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Peter Hitchens: An Old Testament Prophet. Part II.

The Abolition of Liberty. The Abolition of Liberty was published in 2003. Hitchens starts off with two quotes, one from Edmund Burke, the Whig statesmen of the eighteenth century: “Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite … Continue reading

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Peter Hitchens: An Old Testament Prophet. Part I.

Peter Hitchens, the conservative author and broadcaster, was born in 1951 in Malta, where his father, Eric Hitchens was stationed as a career naval officer attached to the then Mediterranean Fleet of the Royal Navy. Commander Hitchens served during the … Continue reading

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Europe’s revolution: the unintended consequences of good intentions

Europe’s revolution is special in the sense that the old regime is determined to overthrow itself without the consent of its peoples. This is the source of what European élites call the populist revolt. In the French, Russian or Chinese … Continue reading

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Chequers is dead: long live an alternative Europe

Prime Minister May was a remainer, and has remained a remainer. She has ensured that Whitehall leads the negotiation with Brussels. Since Whitehall is part of the Brussels establishment, it is the establishment negotiating with itself about how best to … Continue reading

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White Trash in the UK: The Revenge of the June 23, 2016 vote. Part III. Racialism and Identity politics

Education: Education in the UK is highly  contentious. The same holds true in western Europe, the United States and Australia. [1]Where the UK differs is in the gap between more conservative and liberal attitudes on education.  Conservative people generally prefer … Continue reading

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White Trash in the UK: The Revenge of the June 23, 2016 vote. Part II The secularist wave

The law of unintended consequences has rarely been so evidently at work than in the century-old attempt to engineer UK society into a new mould. In the opening sentence of English History 1914-1945, OUP 1965, the historian A.J.P.Taylor, wrote that … Continue reading

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Tommy Robinson: enemy of the British state?

Introduction. On August 1, Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was released on bail after winning an appeal against a contempt of court finding.  Robinson describes himself as “a working class man from Luton”, At the Court of … Continue reading

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White Trash in the UK: The revenge of the June 23, 2016 vote: Part I. Policies and the economy.

A central feature of the June 23, 2016 vote on whether or not to stay in the EU is that the poorer you were, the more you tended to vote Leave.[1]The so-called “nothing to lose” electorate voted heavily against membership: … Continue reading

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