Category Politics

The Multiheaded Hydra that is Brexit

The level of government and political instability has reached such a point that I’m now asked if there will be a General Election on a daily basis. This post is an attempt to lay out what I think the main options are going forwards, and discuss the issues which arise from each one. Undoubtably there […]

Stopping Brexit – Referendum or General Election?

Over recent months the People’s Vote campaign has gained some considerable momentum, with polls in August and September indicating that slightly more people now want a referendum on the final Brexit deal than don’t. The talk today has been whether the Labour Party will swing behind this (some of the unions already have) or whether […]

And I Would Walk With One Hundred Thousand

Today I was with well over 100,000 others marching to protest for a People’s Vote on the EU. Photo from ITN News website As it becomes ever more clear that labeling the facts as Project Fear was a diversionary tactic, and businesses are assessing whether they can continue in the UK, people from across the […]

PRESS RELEASE – Helen Belcher re-selected by Chippenham Lib Dems

F FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday 13 April 2018 Helen Belcher was re-selected as the Liberal Democrats’ prospective parliamentary candidate for Chippenham at a packed meeting in Melksham on Thursday evening. Over 100 party members crowded into the pavilion in King George V Park to hear three strong candidates express their views on international relations, local […]

A Tale of Two Countries

Britain seems like two countries right now. I don’t mean England and Scotland (apologies to Wales – and Northern Ireland, assuming you take a liberal interpretation of “Britain”). Rather we seem to be divided into two tribes, those who voted Leave and those who voted Remain. And, like the UK and the USA, we are […]

Schrodinger’s Brexit and the Thin Sliver of Optimism

A few years ago I read a piece that looked at one’s attitude towards the world and how that corresponded to your political allegiance. Generally the more optimistic you were, the more likely you were to vote for left-wing parties, and the more pessimistic you were, the more likely you were to vote for right-wing […]

Suffragettes

If you’ve not seen the film Suffragette, you should do so. It’s the story of how one women gets drawn into the battle for women’s votes in the 1910s, and how she was excluded from her family and community as a result. It’s a sharp reminder of how activism often has a high personal cost. […]