Lies in Politics: Was Cameron just bad at being Machiavellian? Or is something new taking place? | Unbound
I’ve a specific starting point: the sheer venom of many on the Remain side directed at the lies of the Brexiteers for having won the vote fraudulently. Yes, they lied. Emphasising this aspect of Brexit, however, can imply that the Remain side was honest. True, vote Leave was more cunning in its deceit, but I’ll argue that the government with its greater power and authority was the more profoundly fraudulent – and it set the terms.
The SNP's John Nicolson and Conservative Lord Forsyth looked at the timings and likelihood of a potential fresh vote on Scottish independence.They spoke to Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil about polling and how the debate may have been affected by the Brexit vote.
There has been little impact of the Brexit vote on the UK economy so far, says the Office for National Statistics (ONS)."The referendum result appears, so far, not to have had a major effect," its chief economist Joe Grice said.
How can we explain Brexit to our European friends? Why did the English, and the Welsh, vote to leave Europe, while the Scots prefer to stay?Many answers have been offered, from voter demographics, not enough young people voted, to protests against ‘the system’, ‘the establishment’ and ‘experts’. It turns out demographics were far less important than many thought, and the protest requires more analysis. My own thinking was shaped by a month spent working with a Bavarian film crew on Robinson Crusoe Island, off the Coast of Chile, examining why this and other tiny islands mean so much to the English.
Former Conservative Party chairwoman Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is seeking to develop and promote an ‘English’ brand of Islam, in an attempt to synchronise rituals of the Muslim faith with the Church.
The Palace of Westminster should be turned into a museum and parliament moved to Manchester, an MP has said.Graham Stringer, MP for Blackley and Broughton, made the suggestion after a parliamentary committee said urgent repairs were needed at the palace.
This new mood is growing partly because of factors tangled up with the decline of the left: the demise of trade unions and the traditional workplace, which have left political vacuums now filled by another form of collective identity. A glaring example is the new politics of England and Englishness, which is as much bound up with class as it is with place, and has so far simmered away without finding a coherent expression.I have met enough people who have identified themselves as “English” to know that it is usually not just a matter of national pride. It also tends to translate as a set of defiant cultural rejections, on the part of people who are not middle-class, not from London, and angry about the way that people who fit both those descriptions view the rest of the country.
The conditions in England will not improve until the English have their own parliament in Leeds. (From The Northern Echo)
EXPERTS at the London school of Economics and Manchester University say that the gaps between the English north and London have widened.The study found the two pulling further apart on traditional measures such as goods and services and employment. It also recorded gaps growing in education and health.
DOMINIC LAWSON: How Brexit's made dead ducks of those who warned it would doom the Union | Daily Mail Online
Who do you think is, according to the latest polling, the most popular politician in Scotland? The leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon, surely?
The Genesis of English Nationalism | Centre on Constitutional Change l Researching the issues. Informing the debate.
In the aftermath of Brexit, there has been an upsurge of interest in English nationalism. But what exactly is English nationalism, where does it come from, and what role, if any, did it play in the referendum outcome? In this extended article, Michael Kenny investigates.
Several years ago Giles Radice coined the phrase ‘Labour’s southern discomfort’ to describe the party’s difficult relationship with southern voters. This condition has worsened to such an extent that it could now be diagnosed as ‘Labour’s English discomfort’.
The chronic state of Scotland’s public finances could be enough to double income tax bills after independence, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has warned.The erection of border posts between Scotland and the rest of the UK would also be “unavoidable” under Nicola Sturgeon’s plans to retain freedom of movement with the rest of the EU while this comes to an end elsewhere in the UK under Brexit.
The three phases of Brexit – campaign, referendum, aftermath – have revealed three urgent problems, writes Russell Foster: the lack of public faith in establishment politics, the emotional deficit of the EU, and the return of English nationalism. All three stages of Brexit have been characterised by contempt, anger and despair unseen in recent British politics and the referendum was thus fought on raw emotion. Once the genie of nationalism has been released from its bottle, it turns on those who released it and it cannot be easily put back, he warns.
Gordon Brown has called for the House of Lords to be replaced by an elected senate and far greater powers handed to the UK’s devolved parliaments in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Gordon Brown backs effective Scottish Home Rule, saying Brexit vote calls for new constitutional settlement (From Herald Scotland)
GORDON Brown has today backed effective Home Rule for Scotland, saying that a “constitutional breakthrough” is now needed in light of the Brexit vote.The former Prime Minister, speaking at the Edinburgh Book Festival, made clear that the current constitutional arrangements, such as the Smith Commission and new Scotland Act, had been overtaken by events and that more powers were now needed for Holyrood over issues like the environment, agriculture and fisheries, as well as employment rights.
Broadcaster Melvyn Bragg has called for the government to follow the model of Team GB's Olympic success and invest in the north of England. He believes the region, with its history of producing industrial and creative giants, has "a magic gene pool" which could put the UK "back on track".
Tesco has removed the Saltire from packaging on its Scottish-grown fruit following complaints from south of the border.The retail giant featured a prominent Saltire on strawberries, raspberries and other fruit sold throughout the UK.
The history books refer to William the Conqueror as jovial and generous, among other surprising qualities recorded in an 11th-century Latin text written after the king’s funeral.In fact, historians have got him wrong. A new translation of the rambling chronicle reveals that such praiseworthy adjectives were directed at someone else completely – a recently deceased abbot rather than the late king.
Brexit Armageddon was a terrifying vision – but it simply hasn’t happened | Larry Elliott | Opinion | The Guardian
Unemployment would rocket. Tumbleweed would billow through deserted high streets. Share prices would crash. The government would struggle to find buyers for UK bonds. Financial markets would be in meltdown. Britain would be plunged instantly into another deep recession.Remember all that? It was hard to avoid the doom and gloom, not just in the weeks leading up to the referendum, but in those immediately after it. Many of those who voted remain comforted themselves with the certain knowledge that those who had voted for Brexit would suffer a bad case of buyer’s remorse.
Dr David Starkey is discussing the difference between Britishness and Englishness, when Feminist Laurie Penny interrupts him and tries to mock him.
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