Category: Local Elections

  THE EU STRENGTHENED. The French people have turned the tide on the 2016 populist surge which led to reckless Brexit and reckless Trump in the White House. Opponents of the European Union were forecasting it would break up following populist success in Hungary, Holland and France. All three countries have rejected a return to [read more…]

    NOT ABOUT BREXIT. Brexit has overshadowed every other political activity in the last 12 months, but in three weeks time a series of important elections in the North will remind us there are other things to concentrate on apart from Europe. City Region mayors will be elected in the Liverpool City and Greater [read more…]

    The Scottish independence vote and immigration into the UK were dominant themes in 2014, but for all the talk little has been resolved. The Scots voted no but the Scottish National Party could soon be holding the whip hand over a weak minority government at Westminster.   Then there’s the issue of our [read more…]

E.U. TREATY TALKS While the Lib Dems implode after their disastrous election results, let us look forward to the implications for next year. I have thought for some time that the Tories would be the largest party after the General Election. Labour’s under performance in the North last week has strengthened my view. Therefore there [read more…]

  From the seventies to the noughties the Liberals and then the Liberal Democrats came to occupy the space vacated by the Tories as the opposition to northern Town Hall Labourism. In many cities the Lib Dems actually came to power. Ten years ago I goaded a political commentator into predicting that Labour would lose [read more…]

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