ARCHIVED NEWS - OCT-NOV 2018
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A PAPER TIGER
The Somerset Guardian, 28th November 2018
On Monday, the Prime Minister made a statement outlining the terms of the UK's exit from the EU. Since the deal was confirmed 10 Downing Street’s PR machine has gone into overdrive, warning Parliament and the public that this is the best...
PRINCE CHARLES' BIRTHDAY
The Somerset Guardian, 21st November 2018
“It is a privilege for any mother to be able to propose a toast to her son on his 70th birthday. It means that you have lived long enough to see your child grow up. It is rather like - to use an analogy I am certain will find favour - planting a tree and...
BREXIT - AN ISSUE OF TRUST
The Daily Telegraph, 14th November 2018
The drama reaches a crescendo, the excitement is almost too much and the Prime Minister appeals to the national interest to gather support for her deal. It is as if a play had been put on for the nation’s benefit with words meaning what you will and...
The Somerset Guardian, 14th November 2018
Last Sunday, I was honoured to attend three events for this most important Remembrance Sunday marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War. The first service I attended was Mass in the Catholic Church in Chew Magna, the Sacred...
A 'BREXITEER COMPROMISE'
The Daily Mail, 11th November 2018
Jo Johnson's resignation is the 'Emperor's New Clothes' moment in the Brexit process. He has stated clearly what everybody knows: that the negotiations satisfy no one and that we are hurtling towards making the UK a vassal state...
A SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE
The Somerset Guardian, 6th November 2018
This week I attended a Service for Parliament to mark the Centenary of the end of the First World War in St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey. The First Reading was by the Speaker of the House of Commons. It was the speech made by the then...
THE AUTUMN BUDGET
The Midsomer Norton & Radstock Journal, 1st November 2018
There is much to welcome in the Budget this week. On Monday morning I tweeted that fixing Universal Credit ought to be the priority, so I was delighted that the Chancellor announced an extra £1 billion over five years to help with the...
SALTFORD POST OFFICE
The Somerset Guardian, 31st October 2018
Last Saturday I visited the newly-opened Saltford Community Post Office. Following the closure of the village Post Office, members of the community worked together to provide a much-needed facility for the village, all organised by volunteers...
A BUDGET WINDFALL?
The Somerset Guardian, 23rd October 2018
A forecast for 2018-19 made by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) indicates that the Chancellor has underestimated tax receipts by around £13 billion for income tax, National Insurance and alcohol duties. This means it is likely that the...
The Somerset Guardian, 17th October 2018
The situation in Saudi Arabia is one of the most difficult and complicated in modern international politics. Any action taken by the West must be strategically balanced. We rely on Saudi Arabia for oil and this puts it in an extremely powerful...
CHESS AND CHEQUERS
The Somerset Guardian, 10th October 2018
“Chess is the struggle against the error.” This is a quote from Johannes Zukertort, a German-Polish chess master who was one of the leading world players for most of the 1870s and 1880s. The current state of Brexit negotiations is beginning to...
LABOUR CONFUSION VERSUS SUPER CANADA
The Midsomer Norton & Radstock Journal, 4th October 2018
At the Labour Party Conference there was much confusion about Brexit. John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said that remaining in the EU is not an option. Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow...
The Somerset Guardian, 3rd October 2018
During this year’s Party Conference, I introduced an event where the topic for discussion was family policy. Family policy does not have a good name in the United Kingdom. It is linked to John Major’s "Back to Basics". In the past the approach was too...