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Donald Trump Withdraws from Paris Climate Agreement: The World Responds

After teasing and tormenting his fellow world leaders and pledging an announcement only sometime this week, finally on Thursday – in the White House Rose Garden, surrounded by anti-environmentalists for the sort of bathetic display which has come to characterise every administrative ‘success’ – Donald Trump confirmed that he is pulling the United States out of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement….

The Problem With Social Care Stretches Beyond Any ‘Dementia Tax’

Entitled ‘Forward, Together: Our Plan for a Stronger Britain and a Prosperous Future’, less of a wish than a command, and superficially attempting to shift the focus away from domestic policy and back towards Brexit, much of the Conservative Party manifesto released last Thursday seemed brazenly wrong or patently false. There was the scrapping of free school lunches for infants; another…

Higher Education and Research Bill Hurried Through Parliament

Given that the government’s own representative, Jo Johnson, the younger brother of Boris and the Minister of State for Universities and Science, described it as ‘the most significant legislative reform of the sector for twenty-five years’, you would be forgiven for presuming that the Higher Education and Research Bill just passed by parliament at least possessed some semblance of academic…

Theresa May and the Snap Election: Opportunism of the First Rank

As Theresa May decided after all to call a snap general election, which will now take place in just seven weeks’ time on 8 June, too few commentators called May out for what amounts to a brazen and deceitful display of political opportunism. Rather than questioning the strength of her leadership or calling her a liar, they simply threw up…

Britain Seeks Closer Trade Ties with Philippines and Saudi Arabia

Still without the £100 million royal yacht – presumably with its poop beaten gold and purple sails – which he and Boris Johnson agree would significantly boost the soft power of this country, Liam Fox continued this week on his flabby mission to make Britain a great global trading nation regardless. On a visit to Southeast Asia he stopped by…

Gibraltar Shuffles on the Precipice of Brexit

Just when everything seemed to be running so smoothly! For months the House of Commons has been more than compliant, after a brief stand on moral grounds the Lords too meekly wilted, and with the claim of the Supreme Court swiftly abated, Article 50 was finally triggered. Brexit was well and truly underway. Theresa May sent her six-page letter to Brussels,…

Marine A’s Reduced Conviction Raises Question: Where Lies Blame?

In reducing a British marine’s murder conviction to manslaughter, allowing him to be released from prison in a matter of weeks, the Court Martial Appeal Court and the guilty party, Alexander Blackman, have ruthlessly dispatched any notion of ethics in war. The incident Blackman was tried for took place in Helmand Province on 15 September 2011, as part of the British…

The Great Repeal Bill Will Allow the Government to Amend Law at Whim

Before the referendum and after, for those British citizens who in their infinite wisdom wished to see their country wave goodbye to the irksome EU, ‘control’ served as a useful byword for ‘immigration’. It turned a negative into a positive in one fell swoop: for instead of demanding an end to ‘uncontrolled’ immigration, one could assert control as a right,…

Lords Retreat Over Brexit Bill Amendments

The relevance of the House of Lords to public life in the United Kingdom was traditionally debated along party lines, until following their election in 1997, the Labour Party removed all but 92 hereditary peers. Further attempts at reform have largely stalled, but we continue to ponder whether the House would be better off at least partially elected, what electoral system…