Category Politics

Bans on Military Personnel and Brexit – the link

I’ve run my own software company for the last 13 years. While still small, we have looked for new markets for our software. Two years ago I started looking at expanding into Europe – it was close, we had contacts there, and the trading rules were clear, so it wasn’t going to be hugely expensive […]

Gender Recognition Reform – A Real Possibility?

One of the things anticipated for this Parliament is that Brexit, and its associated legislation, will dominate everything. That’s not to say that legislation for other things cannot happen – there is still space allocated for Private Members Bills, for example. But the scope for other Government-sponsored legislation is small. The other complication for Government […]

What Future for Liberalism?

Today has been an interesting day, with a regional review of the recent General Election campaign (from a Liberal Democrat perspective) and then listening to a Radio 4 programme describing a “thirty year itch”. The theory behind the latter was that a consensus is broadly established in British politics which lasts for about 30 years, […]

Lessons from Ebbw Vale

The deed is done. The letter is sent. Article 50 is triggered. And the EU has confirmed that we may still have a way back. My reading of the runes is that attitudes towards and against Brexit have hardened, and there’s a good chunk of people who aren’t closely aligned with either but would quite […]

General Elections, Article 50 and Dates

In case you weren’t aware, if there is a snap general election, then I will be a candidate fighting to win a seat. So I have a “slight” personal interest in the following. There’s a lot of talk right now about Theresa May calling a snap general election. Number 10 announced today that Article 50 […]

Section 40 and Leveson 2

The Government has just closed it’s consultation on whether to commence Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, and whether to hold Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry. To the uninitiated, commencement is making sure that the law now applies. It’s not enough for it just to receive Royal Assent, the relevant Government […]

Passports for Health

On Monday the Department of Health’s most senior civil servant suggested that patients for scheduled surgeries in hospitals could be asked to provide their passport in order to prove they shouldn’t be charged. This is in response to a possible total of around £200 million (the figures seem to be intentionally vague) which has been […]