In those days, when I travelled the land trying to get the sense of a coming election, it was customarily assumed that the component regions of the UK were likely to behave in much the same way. It was further assumed that when a political leader spoke, people listened; and further that when the day of decision came, they would always choose what they knew over what was largely unknown, and certainly wholly untasted. The voice of the expert was loud in the land and largely respected. … [Read more...] about Why did the UK change its mind about Brexit?
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From tomorrow, Britain will adopt the EEC provisions for the free movement of labour and grant unrestricted access to Community citizens; British companies will be liable to pay fines if the European Commission considers they have broken EEC rules on free and fair competition; Britain will start contributing to the Community budget, and will be eligible for payments from the European Social Fund and the European Investment Bank; duties on British coal exports to the rest of the Common Market will be abolished; and Britain will not be able to negotiate new independent trade agreements with other countries. … [Read more...] about We’re in: the UK enters Europe – archive, 1 January 1973
Labour had held the seat in 2010 with a majority of 5,763. It marks an extraordinary personal and political comeback for the controversial politician who lost in the UK general election in 2010, and in the Scottish parliament in 2011, appearing to confirm that the remainder of his career would lie in broadcasting and celebrity programmes. … [Read more...] about George Galloway wins Bradford West byelection
A guide to Labour anti-Semitism claims Unite union backs Long-Bailey for Labour leader Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr McCluskey said: "I'm absolutely convinced that there were those individuals who opposed Jeremy Corbyn's election right from the beginning, used the anti-Semitism issue - which I think is quite despicable that they did this on such an important subject - to undermine Corbyn, there's no doubt about that." … [Read more...] about Labour: Anti-Semitism claims used to undermine Corbyn – McCluskey
One audience member said the Tories should provide more detail about where the axe would fall, telling Cameron: “I think you are either deceiving the British public, or you know exactly what you are going to do but you are refusing to give specifics. I find that very difficult to understand. How can I possibly vote for you on that basis?” … [Read more...] about Ed Miliband: I won’t have Labour government if it means deals with SNP