A referendum in Need of Refuge

The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said that the EU’s migration crisis is linked to the argument the government is trying to make for EU reform.  Indeed it is.  But perhaps not in the way he implied. The refugee crisis is making it harder for the government to pick the date for the referendum.  And …

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John McDonnell: Old Labour or New Capitalism?

Labour’s new Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, has said that he enjoys fermenting the overthrow of capitalism. So his appointment has spooked many in the City and unnerved most Labour MPs. It’s not an unprecedented development for the Labour Party.  A century ago, a firebrand hard left MP Philip Snowden proposed, on the floor of the …

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The Consequences of Mr Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn assumes his new office, as, possibly, the preferred choice of all the main parties in Britain. Few, especially within the Conservative Party, could have expected this prize to fall into their lap, when Ed Miliband announced his departure back in May. What are the wider political consequences of Mr Corbyn? Cornucopia for Cameron? …

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