Mr Barnier echoed a similar sentiment in a speech in Stockholm today as he said: ‘We are ready to do our best and to do the maximum in the 11 months to secure a basic agreement with the UK, but we will need more time to agree on each and every point of this political declaration.’ … [Read more...] about History is made as MPs FINALLY formally approve Brexit deal by 330 to 231 after three years of bitter wrangling and deadlock
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But there have long been tensions between Scruton’s brand of social conservatism and the liberal, free-market approach that has dominated economic thinking on the right since Thatcher – and these will, if anything, be exacerbated by Brexit. Take immigration. Scruton would have hated Boris Johnson’s policy of a non-discriminatory, Australian-style, points-based immigration system. The idea that immigration policy should prioritise the “skills we need” would have been anathema to him – both because of the priority it gives to economics over culture, and because it will probably increase the number of Asian immigrants at the expense of Europeans. … [Read more...] about Roger Scruton’s brand of conservatism became a licence for bigotry
When Enfield, along with Waltham Forest and Kingston, were awarded £30m each to transform cycling in their neighbourhoods, I was delighted. Since moving to the area a decade ago, I had grown increasingly frustrated with its predominant car-centric attitude. At the induction evening for my child’s primary school, the headteacher told us that cycling to school was banned and that, as much as they’d like to allow it, the roads just weren’t safe for children. Many arrive in the back of cars which battle for parking spaces and clog up the road. Coincidentally, childhood obesity in Enfield is among the highest 10% in the country in reception and year six (4 to 5-year-olds and 10 to 11-year-olds). … [Read more...] about Bike lane blues: why don’t businesses want a £30m cycle-friendly upgrade?
Alison McGovern, the Wirral South MP and chair of the Progress group of Labour centrists, said: “Actually, the candidates are pretty similar – they are all from fairly working-class backgrounds but have lived fairly middle-class lives. And let’s be honest, Keir is quite a bit older than the others, so he’s going to have more wealth built up – that’s just a fact.” … [Read more...] about Stop trying to out-working-class each other, Labour candidates told
The parallels with the shenanigans over Brexit are obvious. The Democrats have never accepted the result of the 2016 Presidential election and, like our own dear Remainers, have exhausted every avenue, legitimate or otherwise, in their frenzied attempts to overturn it. … [Read more...] about RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Until the Left respect democracy, they’ll just keep losing elections