FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017

  THE PALESTINIANS NEED SOMETHING TOO A hundred years ago a western statesman intervened in the cauldron of Middle East politics and we’ve been living with the consequences ever since. I fear Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, with no simultaneous effort to broker a general settlement to the Palestinian issue, [read more…]

      WILL IT LAST ? The latest government industrial strategy was launched this week. Let’s hope it lasts. History tells us it won’t. Business is certainly sceptical having made investment decisions in the past based on Whitehall plans which ministers lose interest in after the first sound bites have gone away or a [read more…]

    . BREXIT WOES. In his Budget the Chancellor set aside three billion pounds more for the mounting cost of Brexit. Three billion pounds that could have been spent on the NHS (as promised by the Leavers) being put aside for more lawyers and civil servants to deal with the complexity of leaving. Being [read more…]

  TAX AND SPEND I think the fevered talk of plots to dislodge the Prime Minister is exaggerated. Whoever is PM on Brexit Day better stand by for massive criticism either for paying the Europeans too much or keeping us too close to the EU. Better to leave Mrs May to take the flack is [read more…]

  BOTH BREXITEERS SHOULD BE OUT OF THE CABINET. A government weakened by scandal and divided over its approach to Europe continues with its ill-starred attempt to leave the European Union. One leading Brexiteer Cabinet Minister Priti Patel has resigned, but another, Boris Johnson is still in place despite risking extending the detention of a [read more…]

  THE RESHUFFLE. I would have backed Preston North MP and Security Minister Ben Wallace to be the new Defence Secretary. He was in impressive form at a terrorism seminar I attended during the Tory Party conference in Manchester. He probably lost out to Gavin Williamson because he was a staunch supporter of Boris Johnson [read more…]

    EDUCATION MINISTRY HINDRANCE TO SKILLS TRAINING. As the skills and productivity crisis deepens, the Department for Education has come under savage attack from the mayors of Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City region. Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram are getting into their stride in speaking for the North on a range of issues [read more…]

    REMEMBER THE TRUTH ABOUT TURKEYS AND CHRISTMAS   There is much idle talk amongst political commentators about a General Election being just around the corner. Why would the Conservatives, who have just been caught out badly with an unnecessary election, risk another one? In May Labour appeared to be way behind in the [read more…]

  TAKE THE RISK AND SACK BORIS The Prime Minister may be spluttering from a cold, what should make her splutter is Boris Johnson. How much longer must we endure the spectacle of fellow craven Cabinet Ministers making excuses for this excuse of a Foreign Secretary. The buffoon is dragging the name of Britain through [read more…]

  AWKWARD TIMES AT MANCHESTER CONFERENCE. The May government is rattled by the growing perception that they are not serious about the Northern Powerhouse. So, it perhaps would have been easier for the Conservatives to be meeting in their other conference city, Birmingham. The city has been confirmed as the UK candidate for the 2022 [read more…]


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