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The EU – a failure of the Left

The EU has come in for a lot of battering over the last year or so. With the prospect of an in/out referendum on the horizon, this battering is likely to reach apocalyptic proportions. While most of the attacks on … Continue reading

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UK – Not OK!

The recent announcement that the UK economy has grown by 0.8% and has now reached its pre-recession level of output has been greeted with wild enthusiasm by the government and its supporters in the media. But this achievement, welcome though … Continue reading

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UK = Waste and Incompetence

More and more evidence is piling up on just how wasteful and economically incompetent the UK continues to be. Despite the almost frantic efforts of the No campaign to portray the UK as some safe haven, the facts continually contradict … Continue reading

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Spain and the UK – Between the Sword and Wall?

The title of this post comes from a timely new paper on the likelihood of Catalan independence. Published by the University of Sydney as an Economics Working Paper, which you can access here. The full title is Between the Sword … Continue reading

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Home Rule – History of a Failure

The impetus for this post comes from reading a book on Home Rule by Alvin Jackson. He is professor of Modern History at Queen’s University Belfast. This is a very detailed and at the same time very partial look at … Continue reading

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UK = Economic Incompetence

The NO campaign and their tame allies in the media continue to try and assert that independence for Scotland is a risky business. It’s an uncertain world out there and it is far better to stay with the UK. Think … Continue reading

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Brexit – another self-inflicted disaster for the left?

The EU referendum campaign was a pretty dismal and dispiriting affair. This was essentially a nasty cock fight between two wings of the Tory party, ably assisted and abetted by UKIP and some minor Labour MPs. It was also as … Continue reading

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Opposing Austerity

Last weekend saw various marches and demonstrations across the UK against the Tory government’s further austerity plans. Pretty substantial ones in London and Glasgow by all accounts. All very good in a way, but what does it achieve? Richard Seymour has a … Continue reading

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Is the EU about to implode?

Things are not looking good for the EU at the moment. The recent election of Syriza as the new government of Greece has unleashed some rather disturbing passions. All in response to their reasonable request for a new approach to … Continue reading

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Engaging with the Smith Commission

Now that the referendum is well and truly over, the only show in town is the Smith Commission. This is the UK government’s way of taking forward the famous or infamous Vow made by the leaders of the three Unionist … Continue reading

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