Category Archives: Europe

Why regional identity is a much bigger problem for the Conservatives than Labour

We tend to think that within the UK, it is only Northern Ireland which has identity politics. Putting that conventional thought another way, Northern Ireland’s politics would be identity politics along a Unionist / Nationalist axis, whilst the rest of … Continue reading

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A very French slip of the tongue

If Martin McGuinness made a speech about his home city which began with the words “It is great to be back in Londonderry,” what would his supporters think? OK, you all know the answer. A Nationalist or Republican would usually … Continue reading

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Government likely to face very difficult dilemmas over Europe very soon

Last Sunday, European finance ministers met.  In reporting that meeting, the UK and Irish media focused on the terms of Ireland’s bailout. However, something far more important and fundamental to the future of Europe was also discussed at that meeting. … Continue reading

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Iberian debt crisis early next year likely to herald the collapse of the Euro

As the dust settles on the terms set out for Ireland’s bailout agreement, the public continue to balk and gasp at the sheer size and scale of Ireland’s indebtedness. Doubts about its ability to carry burden of it remain high. … Continue reading

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No satisfactory rationale emerges from the Government on £7 billion loan to Ireland

So Britain is making a loan to Ireland of €7 billion, just like that. We are told that it is in the National interest for Britain to do this. George Osborne has said that Ireland is a “friend in need.” … Continue reading

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Ireland “A society that disappeared up its own backside”

Whilst we witness the awful events unfold relating to Ireland’s economic difficulties, it is vitally important, for democracy in the future, that the mass of the voting population acquires a basic understanding of the mechanics of this disaster. Following on … Continue reading

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Margaret Thatcher was absolutely right

 It is 20 years since Margaret Thatcher was removed from power in a leadership challenge instigated by Michael Heseltine and others.  It was a time when the Conservatives lost their nerve, having seen opinion poll ratings fall.  The issue … Continue reading

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Could we have a constitutional lock to protect our economy?

There were plenty of attacks on the Labour Party during the Conservative Party conference.  They were not just enjoyable to listen to.  They were justified.  However, there was one part of David Cameron’s speech which did perplex me slightly.  Of … Continue reading

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