TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017

  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…]


  IDEAS FOR THE NORTH AFTER BREXIT.   It’s a shame that SAS (Strong and Stable) Theresa May and Jean Claude Juncker can’t stop the trash talking ahead of their Brexit fight. They should learn from the dignified approach of boxers Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko who avoided throwing chairs or making lurid threats against [read more…]


  GOOD TORY CANDIDATES IN MANCHESTER AND LIVERPOOL BUT LABOUR TO WIN.   Not for the first time Westminster has disrespected the local election process. The constitutional innovation of electing mayors for some of our great conurbations next Thursday should be at the centre of political attention at the moment. Instead it will be largely [read more…]


  THE PURPOSE OF PARLIAMENT MRS MAY. We really are in worrying times. I suppose I shouldn’t rise to the bait of the Daily Mail who have characterised this opportunistic General Election as an opportunity to “crush the saboteurs”. (That’s all of us who believe that Britain should remain in the EU and those who [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…]


  PATCHY ROLL OUT. This week saw some significant developments in the roll out of devolution in Greater Manchester at least. It was always going to take a lot to fill the shoes of Sir Howard Bernstein, the retired Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, so it is no surprise that we now have two [read more…]


  AN INFAMOUS CLAUSE. A week after parliament was subject to a horrific terror attack, the Prime Minister is threatening our European partners over security cooperation. What was already a very sad day for us Remainers was made worse by this from the letter triggering Article 50. “In security terms a failure to reach agreement [read more…]


    FORTRESS WESTMINSTER.   I first worked at Westminster as a journalist a year after Airey Neave was blown up in New Palace Yard, the very place where brave PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death on Wednesday. Security was tightened after that incident in 1979 and progressively since. But the gates where the [read more…]


  MAY FIGHTING ON MULTIPLE FRONTS.   “Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to night. Comets importing change of times and states brandish your crystal tresses in the sky” Henry VI Part I. It seems an appropriate quote for the week when most opposition MPs stood by whilst the government gained parliamentary authority [read more…]


  SHOOT THE MESSENGER. Budget Day began with the news that Michael Heseltine had been sacked as a government adviser because he had voted to give the British people a meaningful vote on exiting the EU. What a sad end for a man who has served the North, and Merseyside in particular, well. Let’s hope [read more…]