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Is David Cameron’s Legacy Going To Be A Conservative Party Break Up Over Europe?

September 6, 2014

In my teen years back in the 1980s the Tories under Thatcher seemed completely invincible. They were united, ideological driven and had a vociferous right wing press in lock step with them. It was no surprise that they were the most successful political party in the western world (as we were constantly told). Those years […]

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Crystal Ball View of Europe in 2022

March 19, 2013

Yanko Tsvetkov‘s Mapping Stereotypes project (Part 2) – Crystal Ball View of Europe in 2022. Every single day that passes, this vision gets a little bit closer to reality.

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Europe According to the Tories

March 19, 2013

The graphic designer genius that is Yanko Tsvetkov is currently developing his Mapping Stereotypes project having recently published his Atlas of Prejudice book. The latest target of the project is the Tories/UKIP and their xenophobic scaremongering towards all functions and forms within EU member states. Brilliantly mapped out. Please check out his project at http://alpha […]

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If Europe was a pub fight…

March 18, 2013

As we lurch towards yet another Eurozone crisis over Cyprus, perhaps it is now time to update the old joke:- “If World War One was a pub fight.” So instead, All That’s Left have modified the joke to:- If Europe was a continuous pub fight over the last 100 years… Germany, Austria and Italy are […]

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Six Thoughts On David Cameron’s Europe Speech

January 23, 2013

After, a farcical build up, which saw the date of the speech changed on at least 3 occasions and an interview with the Prime Minister on the Today programme about a speech that had not yet been made, this morning David Cameron finally delivered his speech on Britain’s relationship with the European Union. As predicted […]

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Europe: Phobic, Sceptic, Schizo, Phile?

November 1, 2012

I was brought up in a deeply pro-European house. My father, born just before the war, had been profoundly affected by what he saw being unearthed at Belsen and Treblinka, Auschwitz etc and was rightly persuaded by the pro-European politicians of the 1950’s and 1960’s who made the very persuasive argument that in order to […]

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Hungary: The Death of (a) Democracy In Europe

January 5, 2012

Last July I had the pleasure of visiting Budapest for the first time.  I found it to be an attractive, fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable city.    It had much to take in.  The Belle Epoque architecture of Pest, the bullet hole ridden buildings of the narrow streeted Jewish quarter, the House of Terror (first the headquarters […]

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Week 50: Prat – Nick Clegg

December 18, 2011

This week’s Prat of the Week is seven-times winner, the Rt Hon Nicholas Clegg MP. Is there no end to this man’s prattishness? I was left a little gob-smacked this morning watching the Andrew Marr show.  In his chat with guest paper reviewer Fiona Shaw, Marr made the claim that the veto had made it a good week for […]

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Europe and the Tories: The Bastards Won

October 25, 2011

It is hard to know which is the correct response to last night’s outbreak of the crazy in the Conservative Party – Ray North’s despair, or my raucous laughter.   81 Tory MPs rebelled against a three line whip and a rather pitiful pleading Davey Cam speech after a cancelled Prime Ministerial trip.  A further 14 […]

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