The Young Pretender and the fabulous tales of the Tory Clown Prince

On Saturday evening, after considering long and hard about which way he would vote in the forthcoming referendum on the United Kingdom’s continued membership of the Europe Union, the Mayor of London climbed down from his fence and decided that it was patriotic duty to do what was best for Boris Johnson.  Stating that the…

In, out – the EU Hokey Cokey

On 30th September 1938, the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, gave an impromptu press conference on his return to London from negotiations on mainland Europe.  He hailed his negotiated settlement as a success for Europe, declaring it to be “Peace for our time”.  Rarely has a Prime Minister offered such a hostage to fortune and…

Putin on a brave face – as the Cold War returns

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992, there was a widespread belief that the Cold War had come to an end.  Russia would become a liberal democracy and the opening of the huge Russian market would generate an economic boom for the democratic economies.  The efficiencies of the market would open the Russian…

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Back in June 2015, The Mumbler offered a suggestion in Be Careful What You Wish For that far from resolving the problem that many see of immigration, a withdrawal from the EU could exacerbate the problems.  If Brexit lead to the French abandoning the Le Touquet Treaty, then British border control would move from Calais and Dunkirk…